September 2014

Scott Bestul

Uncle Sam’s Bucks, Part II


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For starters, great whitetails can come from places that surprise everyone. And I truly believe that someone willing to work hard and “think out of the box” can find great deer hunting—and yes, for great deer—on public ground. But remember, any time we decide to hold out for a mature buck, the entire hunting game […]

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Scott Leysath

Canned Meat by Scott Leysath


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Both are regular co-hosts on The Sporting Chef TV show (Sportsman Channel). Tiffany Haugen, cookbook author, hunter, angler and pro chef uses canning to save freezer space and have ready-to-use cooked venison on hand that doesn’t require thawing or preparation. Tiffany tells me that the best part about canned meats is that she can just make […]

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Scott Bestul

Uncle Sam’s Bucks, Part I


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And the rest of my whitetail hunting—about 50%, most years—is done on public land, owned by the county, state, or federal government. I collectively call these land holdings “Uncle Sam’s property”. I have also learned that whitetail hunting on public ground is not only not bad…It can be very, very good. Before you start questioning […]

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Scott Leysath

Ten Minute Deer


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For those who think medium-rare is pink, it’s not. Pink is medium and is the level of doneness that immediately precedes overcooked. If you lean towards well-done and your plan is to cook this recipe until it is cooked “all the way through,” find another recipe unless you’re OK with deer that’s tough and chewy. […]

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Ron Spomer

An Oily Business


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  1.    How often should you clean a rifled barrel? You are welcome to clean your barrel after every 100 shots, 20 shots, 10 shots, 1 shot or every day whether you shoot it or not. But the smart money is on leaving it alone unless and until you no longer like its accuracy. If […]

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Scott Bestul

What a Difference a Year Makes?


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And I was right about Mr. Cassidy’s potential. The buck on the right is the same deer, one year later. His frame is nearly identical, but he’s loaded on tine length and mass, plus a split on his left G2 that adds some character. I’m always thrilled to see a nice buck on camera, but […]

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Scott Leysath

Crispy Venison Stir Fry


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For those of us who don’t eat much fried food, a little something crispy now and then won’t kill you, besides, it sure does taste good. If the menu reads “crispy”, “crunchy” or “frizzled,” it’s fried. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad for you. Done properly with high heat and a good-quality oil, most […]

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