October 2014

Scott Leysath

Refresher Course


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While there aren’t any elk in Elk Grove, Levi sees plenty of them after they’ve been dispatched by Western hunters. And mule deer…lots of mule deer. Although he can break down a deer in short order, he wastes little. As I watched him scrape 1/8th inch thick meat off a 1-inch wide swath of silver skin, […]

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Ron Spomer

Does Cold Slow Bullets?


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The cure for these mechanical problems is a thorough cleaning —including internal firing pin/sear parts, to remove heavy oils. Use no lubrication at all, a dry lubricant or a light oil specifically formulated for extreme cold. There are several on the market. On returning to warmer conditions, you can resume using heavier, more traditional oils. […]

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Scott Bestul

Personality Plus


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  I spotted him one evening as I sat by a picked bean field along a creek. The buck was quite a distance away, with his head in the stubble, and I couldn’t see his antlers very well. He didn’t hear when I grunted at him, so I picked up rattling horns and gently clacked […]

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Scott Leysath

Simple Starter


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The pinker cuts, those that were closer to the ends of the loin, are medium-rare. Medium is a lighter shade of pink and well-done is gray. It is also dry and chewy, but I’ve beaten that dead horse plenty. After rubbing the meat with olive oil (to help brown) and your favorite seasoning, let it […]

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Ron Spomer

Variety is the Spice of Life


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A .243 Win. for the ultimate coyote rifle. A .30-30 Win. for heavy woods deer and black bear hunting. A .458 Win. Mag. for that ornery Cape buffalo of your dreams… Yes, we do have many cartridges —like the .270 Win. and .280 Rem. and .284 Win. —that are peas in a pod, but there […]

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Scott Bestul

He’s Got Personality


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Bucks are no different, and recognizing their unique personalities is not only fun, it can make you a better hunter. Rattle at a shy buck, and he could flee to the next zip code before you hang your antlers. Snort-wheeze at his rowdy cousin, and he’ll stiff-leg it to your stand so fast you barely […]

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Scott Leysath

Real Southern Cuisine by Scott Leysath


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Stacy Harris is one of my favorite game chefs. She epitomizes those rare individuals who grow it, raise it, butcher it and make it taste better than most. Her Smothered Venison and Sweet Potato Fries recipe is one of my favorites. Stacy knows the importance of not overcooking better cuts of venison. She pairs a […]

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