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David Morris

David Morris

David Morris grew up hunting and fishing in South Alabama. His love for the outdoors led him to get a master's degree in biology from Auburn University. In 1976, David and his partners founded Game and Fish Publications and ultimately grew the company to include 33 state and regional hunting and fishing magazines covering all Lower 48 states.

In 1982, North American Whitetail, the nation's premier deer0only magazine, was added to its stable of publications. David is an accomplished author who has published several books on hunting trophy whitetails, and his articles have appeared in several magazines. David has a passion for big whitetails and has hunted them successfully throughout North America and has amassed on of the largest collections of personally harvested trophy whitetails in the country.

In 2000, David joined forces with food plot pioneer Dr. Gary Schwarz to form Tecomate Wildlife Systems, a company literally forced into existence by the big bucks Gary and David were growing. Tecomate has grown to be one of the nation's largest suppliers of wildlife management services and products, including the famous food-plot planting machine, the Plotmaster, and helps managers and hunters throughout the country realize their deer hunting dreams. The success of the Tecomate Food Plot System and El Cazador Ranch has given David the opportunity to be a regular on many outdoor TV show, including Realtree Outdoors, The Managemment Advantage, Gander Mountain's “We Live Outdoors,” The World of Hunting and many others.

Though David loves hunting, and the outdoor business, these are not the most important things in his life. His personal relationship with his Lord Jesus Christ holds that place along with his love of his wonderful wife Debra and his three daughters, who all share his passion for the outdoors.

Gary Schwarz

Gary Schwarz

Born in 1952, Gary Schwarz grew up on his family’s South Texas farm, where he developed a deep love of wildlife and land. After completing his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1983, Gary and seven friends purchased his first 1,000 acres of land, the beginning of what ultimately became the famous Tecomate Ranch. Gary and his partners placed the first Conservation Easement ever done in Texas on the initial property in 1986. Gary has also placed Conservation Easements on all his other acquisitions, protecting them in perpetuity from becoming anything other than what they are today – wildlife habitat.

Besides land conservation, Gary’s other consuming passion is wildlife management. Convinced he could use the farming knowledge he learned from his father and the research knowledge he learned in school to grow bigger deer on his property, Gary began to seek out the right forages and develop predictable dry land farming techniques in 1983. By 1989, he had perfected farming methods, discovered lablab and other new subtropical legumes and invented the reversible game-proof fence for food plots, opening the way for revolutionary food plot management for deer even in arid South Texas.

The results were spectacular! The unbelievable explosion in deer numbers, size (both antler size and body weights) and reproductive rates had never reported before. Word spread rapidly, aided by the scientific research done on his ranch by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. The Institute validated his results with three separate Master’s Degree thesis earned in two-year studies done by graduate students under the direction of Dr. Tim Fulbright. The results of each study were published in prominent scientific peer-reviewed journals, setting Tecomate’s work apart and establishing the credibility of the techniques Gary had pioneered.

The clamor among hunters and managers for information and seed literally forced Gary into the seed business in 1991, when Gary, Fred Schuster, and Dr. Fulbright started the original Tecomate Seed Company. Awards and acknowledgements began to follow, as Gary received the Wildlife Stewardship Award from the Wildlife Society, the first Lone Star Land Stewardship Award from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and the first Friend of Wildlife Award from the Texas Wildlife Association.

Among the many people Gary met as a result of his successes was his dear friend and business partner, David Morris. David shared Gary’s love of hunting and management, had had similar success in using food plots as the centerpiece of intensive whitetail management, and, most importantly, shared Gary’s love of family and Lord Jesus. Not long after the two met, David purchased neighboring El Cazador Ranch in 1998, and they joined together to form Tecomate Wildlife Systems in 2000, with the express purpose of helping others realize their dream of owning and managing their own property… for big deer!

Today, Gary is exploring new interests on two recently purchased ranches. On one, Gary is pushing the envelope on bass management. With five newly constructed lakes from 7 to 80 acres, Gary is developing forage production strategies that will take forage production (food sources) to an all new level, promising of more and bigger bass than ever thought possible. On the other property, Gary is taking upland game bird management to a new frontier and has turned unproductive county into a bird paradise supporting incredible dove populations and perhaps the highest density of wild bobwhite quail ever produced! Gary credits all of his successes to God and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jordan Shipley

Jordan Shipley

Jordan is a former Texas Longhorn two time All-American wide receiver and third round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a Bilitnikoff Award finalist (nation’s top wide receiver) and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation’s top player) in 2009 while setting most of the single-season and many of the single-game and career receiving records at the University of Texas. ... a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick ... set UT single-season records for receptions (116) and receiving yards (1,485) and is tied for first with 13 receiving TD’s in a season… set a school record and posted the second-highest total in Big 12 Conference history with his 273 receiving yards on 11 receptions versus UCF…set school record with 15 catches in 2008 vs Ok State…set school record with 248 career receptions.

He led AFC rookies in receptions in his NFL rookie season before suffering a near career ending knee injury in his second season. He came back to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars for the remainder of his NFL career.

He is now a Co-Host for The Bucks of Tecomate and Tecomate Whitetail Nation TV shows on Outdoor Channel. Jordan has always considered himself to be a hunter/fisherman first and an athlete second, so his new role comes naturally. He’s an avid bow-hunter and tournament bass fisherman and enjoys nearly all outdoor pursuits with his wife, Sunny.

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