December 2014

Ron Spomer

Beware the Loaner Rifle


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Hunters are as peculiarly enamored of their rifles as drivers are their cars, sailors their boats. We tune them, tailor them and name them. But sometimes we’re forced to hunt without them. Travel constraints, excessively expensive shipping costs, malfunctions — any number of events can inspire us to hunt with a borrowed rifle. And that […]

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Scott Bestul

Late, Great, South-Facing Slope


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The clock is ticking on deer seasons across much of the country. Which means that, in many places, it’s either wintry, or soon to get there. The main rut is over and big bucks are tired. While they’ll never shut off their interest in does until they drop their antlers, most bucks have shifted their […]

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Something Special

Scott Leysath

Something Special


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Most of the time, my wild game meals are relatively uncomplicated. It’s been my experience that, if a recipe takes three pages and ingredients you have to Google to figure out what they are, you’re probably going to try a different recipe. Oh sure, there are those among us who are constantly on the hunt […]

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Box Target

Ron Spomer

The 12″ Box


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Some things are best handled in a plain, brown, paper wrapper. Like learning to shoot a deer. Most hunters practice shooting by sitting at a bench and poking holes in little bullseyes. But game doesn’t come with bullseyes attached. So where do you aim on a brown deer or black hog? Center chest, just as […]

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Game Cameras

Scott Bestul

Some Truths About Trail Cams


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I’ve been pulling some trail cams for the year lately and, in addition to being one of my favorite parts of the whitetail year, the trail cam season always teaches (or reinforces) some great lessons. Here are a few that have stood out during the 2014 season. Cams are not cheating: I hear this one, […]

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Scott Leysath

Paying it Forward


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I just returned from an incredible pheasant hunt in Hitchcock, South Dakota. A great group of people, guides, dogs, a beautiful lodge and absolutely the best pheasant hunt I’ve ever been a part of, and I’ve had some great opportunities in my lifetime. I’m a lucky guy. But the pheasant hunt wasn’t really about the […]

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WINCHESTER TARGET

Ron Spomer

New Shooters – New Rifles


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  One of the best ways to introduce new shooters to new rifles is without any ammo. Last week I set out to teach 14-year-old Mitch how to manipulate and shoot a brand new, Winchester XPR bolt-action rifle in .270 Winchester. Here’s roughly how the session went: “Got a mild shooting new rifle I’d like […]

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Scott Bestul

Are Big Bucks Really Different?


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The whitetail season is fading as I write this, and just this week I was having one of those deep, end-of-the-season discussions about deer hunting with one of my close hunting buddies. The topic? How we, as hunters, give mature bucks too much—and not enough—credit as we try to figure them out. Make no mistake, […]

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Leysath Pizza

Scott Leysath

Pizza Party


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Lately, I’ve noticed a number of commercials from national pizza chains that feature what most folks would consider non-traditional pizza toppings. I’m not sure if they’re being test-marketed regionally or unveiled on a larger, nationwide scale. It does seem that the decision-makers have decided that, if people like it, why not put it on top […]

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Win XPR Extreme Point

Ron Spomer

New Bullet Off on Right Foot


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If bullets had legs, Winchester’s new Extreme Point bullet with its oversized polymer tip would be off on the right foot. Two hunts, three long-range shots, two dead bucks. Winchester engineers, always working to supply America’s deer hunters with the ultimate ammo, have created the all-new Extreme Point bullet with a longer, pointy nose and […]

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