October 2014

Scott Leysath

Refresher Course


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I recently spent a few hours in a butcher shop with an old friend brushing up on the right way to break down a deer. Actually, my friend is not so old, but he learned how to properly process animals at a young age. Much like an apprentice sushi chef who has to spend a […]

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Many times the shot is just the start of recovering a wounded deer


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A key to recovering a deer is to give it ample time after a shot is made – many wounded deer are lost each year because this part of the recovery process is rushed.

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Ron Spomer

Does Cold Slow Bullets?


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Thirty degrees below zero F. That’s the coldest temperature at which I’ve ever hunted, and I’ve no desire to beat that record. It wasn’t fun. Aside from being unpleasant or downright painful, does cold do anything else to screw up hunting? Can it hurt firearm and ammunition performance? You bet it can. Extreme cold can […]

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Scott Bestul

Personality Plus


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In my last installment, I discussed how a buck’s personality should affect our hunting approach and methods. Generally, I try to match my tactics to the nature of a specific buck; the more rowdy and careless the deer, the more aggressive I play. But when I know I’m hunting a shy deer, I stay as […]

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Scott Leysath

Simple Starter


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It hurts my ears to hear people tell me about how they chunk up their deer loins and tenderloins and put them in a pot with a bunch of salty, canned goo. I just couldn’t imagine taking some of the most naturally tender parts of the animal and cooking the life out of it in […]

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Dog days – real or perceived?


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Many feel that deer do not move nor feed heavily during the early part of the hunting season – hence the reference to ‘Dog Days.’ Not true.

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Ron Spomer

Variety is the Spice of Life


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It’s been said with justification that the .30-06 Springfield can do everything a hunting cartridge needs to do. It’s also been said we have too many cartridges, many of them redundant. I say variety is the spice of life. If you’re wholly pragmatic, get a .30-06 and head to the wilds. But if you enjoy […]

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Scott Bestul

He’s Got Personality


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Cuz he’s got (bop) personality! It’s pretty easy to view one whitetail buck as pretty much like all the others. You know; they’re all sprouting antlers, wearing about the same color coat, and generally follow the same routines…Bed, feed, sleep, breed. Trouble is, they’re not all the same. If you’ve raised dogs or, even better, […]

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Scott Leysath

Real Southern Cuisine


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I’m guessing that, if I asked a group of “Yankees” which food most represents Southern cooking, the answer would most likely be “fried chicken.” For those of us, myself included, who grew up with Colonel Sanders’ commercials and Hee Haw, Southern food is fried. As the son of an Alabama farmer, I know that there’s more […]

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Hunting the Interstate


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Dan Perez of Whitetail Properties shares some tips on saving hunting areas that should not be burned out in the early season, but held to the later season when does want to elude bucks, and bucks want to find bedded does. ‘Bank’ your best spots and set yourself up so opportunity meets preparation.

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