TECOMATE WHITETAIL NATION TV Series - To Feature One...

January 6, 2020 – SAN ANTONIO, TX – Tecomate Whitetail Nation (TWN) first aired on Outdoor Channel in January 2011....
January 6, 2020 – SAN ANTONIO, TX – Tecomate Whitetail Nation (TWN) first aired on Outdoor Channel in January 2011. Since then, the series has informed and entertained viewers with exciting hunts across America for big whitetails and showcased the properties we hunt, the management strategies in place and the people behind the success. TWN’s overriding goal has always been to show viewers what’s possible with sound management and, hopefully, help them move a little closer to realizing the dream...
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Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part II

Last week we discussed the scientific approach of aging of deer on the hoof. This week we focus on characteristics...
Last week we discussed the scientific approach of aging of deer on the hoof. This week we focus on characteristics that will help you age deer in the field. The Best Characteristics For Aging Deer On The Hoof Are... Results of statistical tests indicated that the single best antler characteristic to use for aging bucks on the hoof was gross B&C score. Overall antler size is the best method for aging live bucks, contrary to what I was mistakenly told...
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Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part I

Have you ever wondered what characteristics are best for aging deer on the hoof? When I was growing up in...
Have you ever wondered what characteristics are best for aging deer on the hoof? When I was growing up in the Midwest, I was mistakenly told that the number of antler points also told you the buck’s age. If the buck was an 8-pointer for example, he was eight years old. Unfortunately, before I knew anything about aging deer on-the-hoof, I mistakenly killed a 13-point buck in Iowa that still had his milk teeth - he was only one-and-a-half years...
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Shed Antlers or Shed Horns?

Finding sheds can be great way to get outside after a long winter when cabin fever starts to set in,...
Finding sheds can be great way to get outside after a long winter when cabin fever starts to set in, get some exercise due to holiday meals, or do some preseason scouting. Maybe there is that target buck you’re after or simply wanting to add to your growing shed collection. Whatever the reason, here’s a few tips to help you find your next shed!1. Take it easy! Trying to walk too fast will often make you walk right past a...
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Shed Antler Hunting - Part II

Techniques For Finding ShedsA new shed antler search technique is getting even more people involved in this non-consumptive sport. The...
Techniques For Finding ShedsA new shed antler search technique is getting even more people involved in this non-consumptive sport. The technique, called the “shed drive,” is similar to the deer drive hunting technique so popular in the Midwest. The shed drive involves organizing your partners in a line with each member evenly spaced across the line at the edge of the area to be searched. Drive members then walk through the area, picking up sheds along the way, until everyone...
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Shed Antler Hunting - Part I

As soon as I noticed the sun glare off the tip of the antler tine, I knew which buck had...
As soon as I noticed the sun glare off the tip of the antler tine, I knew which buck had shed the antler that lay on the deer trail in front of me. It was the right side shed antler from a buck I had passed the previous fall with bow and arrow in hand, as well as a buck for which we had dozens of trail camera photos. He was the largest buck on our Iowa property that we...
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“Nutrition”, Not Just For Deer

When it comes to hunting season, the topic of Nutrition comes up often. This shouldn’t just be about Whitetail Nutrition,...
When it comes to hunting season, the topic of Nutrition comes up often. This shouldn’t just be about Whitetail Nutrition, it should also be about how “you” as the hunter prepares and takes care of him or herself to get ready for the upcoming season.A little bit about me when it comes to this topic, is I’ve always kept my routine for staying in shape a yearlong program. The reason for this is, probably like most of you, when you...
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Top 10 Hunting Tips for Taking Kids Hunting

As a father of two young kids, 9 and 10, taking a child hunting is the most rewarding opportunities in...
As a father of two young kids, 9 and 10, taking a child hunting is the most rewarding opportunities in the field whether you fill the tag or not. I started my kids young into hunting and enjoying the outdoors. My son took his first deer when he was just 5 years old and my daughter took her first when she was 6 years old. My son converted from a 20 gauge youth slug shotgun to a Hoyt Rampage when...
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Practices for Herd Censusing

How do you go about censusing a herd? Game cameras strategically placed in high-use areas (best when used with feed...
How do you go about censusing a herd? Game cameras strategically placed in high-use areas (best when used with feed or bait) during the fall (preferably before the shooting starts) are invaluable censusing tools. Consistency of time and place brings best results.If possible, wait until the fawns are at least 4 months old so they are more likely to be traveling with their mother. The more pictures you have the more accurate your census. The idea is to determine the...
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Movement Management

Ever been in a treestand on a nice quite early morning? You can see the movement in the trees and...
Ever been in a treestand on a nice quite early morning? You can see the movement in the trees and you just know its that perfect time in the morning for the deer to start coming in. Just as the first deer comes to the clearing it happens….. you have to sneeze! Perhaps it’s a creeking sound from the treestand, or your arrow falls off the nock. It could be an abudance of things, but just when should you throw...
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Apache Springs Alarm Clocks

Occasionally a turkey hunt begins as a hopeful journey to an unfamiliar and exciting place. Then the hunt develops into...
Occasionally a turkey hunt begins as a hopeful journey to an unfamiliar and exciting place. Then the hunt develops into an event with so much fast paced action and success that it is never forgotten. The details are fondly relived often. The days during such an event pass like minutes. The stars, moon, sun, and the bead of the shotgun all properly align, and hence, big gobblers are felled, and the hunt is forever forged into memory. These special days...
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Tecomate’s Famed La Perla Ranch Produces 14 lbs. 5 o...

February 20, 2015Laredo, TX – Toyota ShareLunker entry #559 was picked up at 2:00 a.m. this morning from the famed...
February 20, 2015Laredo, TX – Toyota ShareLunker entry #559 was picked up at 2:00 a.m. this morning from the famed Tecomate Headquarters, La Perla Ranch, which has been the talk of the bass fishing world the past couple of months. The behemoth largemouth was caught by Blair Schwarz late yesterday afternoon and weighed soon thereafter on certified scales kept at the ranch. Sharelunker #553 weighed in at an incredible 14.3 pounds, which equates to 14 pounds 5 ounces, and is...
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