June 2014

spring scouting

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Viewing the Big picture


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My friend is not only scary-smart, he’s one of the most savvy deer hunters I know. Too often, it’s easy to view buck sign in a vacuum; we look at the rub, scrape or bed in front of us as spoor unto itself, rather than trying to view it in a big-picture format that tells […]

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free range chicken

Scott Leysath

Free-Range


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What could be better for you than a deer that has been free to browse on nuts, acorns, fruit, corn and your flower and vegetable gardens? Steroid, hormone and antibiotic-free, deer are constantly on the move. They are lean, fat-burning machines. With about half the fat and more protein than a skin-on chicken breast, venison […]

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search for deer scrapes

Scott Bestul

The Search for Scrapes


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Second, I don’t care if every visit a buck made to a scrape for the rest of time was nocturnal…Scrapes are still buck-only sign that reveal a ton about a) the number and quality of bucks in an area, b) general areas where bucks spend their time, and c) specific routes bucks use to travel. […]

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backstrap and blue cheese

Scott Leysath

Backstrap and Blue Cheese


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While that might put a few less adventurous eaters over the edge, others know that it’s a winning combination. Combined with roasted walnuts, crumbled bacon and spirited balsamic vinaigrette, this is one of my favorite warm weather venison dishes. Venison Backstrap and Blue Cheese Salad 4 servings 1 1/2 pounds venison backstrap (loin) olive oil kosher salt freshly ground […]

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deer rub

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Reading the Rub


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And they also offer up huge hints about where the best hunting areas to set up an ambush. Here are four things I look for when scouting rubs: Number: This is pretty simple; lots of rubs mean lots of bucks. Rubbing is a competitive event for bucks, and when you find a bunch of hashed-up […]

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deer backstraps

Scott Leysath

Open Letter to Game Processors – Backstraps


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Not reason enough for me. Once a backstrap has been hacked up into pieces and butterflied, it eliminates several options on how it can be cooked. I suppose you could stuff each little medallion with a teaspoon of stuffing and fold it over. When they’re butterflied, they are easier to pound into thin, scaloppini-friendly morsels […]

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buck bed

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Invade the Bedroom


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  But spring scouting allows me to discover and invade buck-bedding areas, minus such repercussion. Odds are good that my target animal is living elsewhere right now, but even if he has returned and I shag him out, he’s got plenty of time to relax before fall. Last weekend I found a honey-hole bedroom and […]

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