July 2014

Ron Spomer

Burn 20 Rounds Now Or One Later


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You might even buy a $500 non-resident tag, hire an outfitter for $5,000., take a week off work, drive 1,500 miles…Do you really want to risk all that to save a few hundred dollars in practice ammo? Not me.   Even if you do it on the cheap —hunt public land, share the drive with […]

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Scott Bestul

Foot Plots – It’s All About The Prep


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And they have taught me that the stuff you do before you ever sow a seed is usually what makes or breaks a plot. This prep work is easy to ignore, of course; we’re all busy, and setting aside time to work our land is tough. The temptation to just scratch up some earth and […]

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Scott Leysath

Denver Leg


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If you see venison on a restaurant menu, it hasn’t been harvested by hunters and it’s probably not a whitetail. Rather, it’s usually an exotic breed that’s been raised on a farm. Typically, they range and graze naturally. They aren’t fed or injected with steroids, hormones or antibiotics. The animals are harvested when they’re young, […]

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food plots

Scott Bestul

Channeling Your Inner Farmer


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I like the fact that deer usually eat the stuff I plant, but mostly I just adore the process. Part of that enjoyment comes from the two men pictured above; my neighbors Alan and Vernon. These guys grow stuff for a living, and I learned in a hurry that if I want a plot to […]

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deer sausage

Scott Leysath

Summer Sausage


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The curing process typically involves a curing salt. Cures contain sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite, both of which can be toxic, but don’t freak out. It’s just a word of caution. Cures inhibit bacteria, maintain the color of the meat and make it taste better. The most readily available cure is Morton Tender Quick, but […]

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burning prairies

Scott Bestul

Pumped on Prairies


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The NRCS is packed with experts that know more about soil and water conservation than you’d think possible. They also have offices in most counties, and technicians can visit your property, assess its condition, and make recommendations on what changes and/or improvements would work best on your land. Not only are many of them experts […]

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lesser cuts of deer meat

Scott Leysath

Making the Most of Lesser Cuts


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Philly traditionalists tell me that the real deal has Cheez Whiz, not provolone cheese. I happen to like provolone better than whatever is in the jar of Whiz. Funny, the name seems to fit, but probably not for the reasons Kraft had in mind. By the way, the ingredients listed don’t include cheese. Just saying. […]

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