December 2014

Ron Spomer

Beware the Loaner Rifle


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“I sight my rifle 3-inches high at 100 yards, so it’s shooting 4 inches high at this range. Aim for the lower third of the chest.” He didn’t. Another handful of dirt was blasted into the air by a 130-grain Extreme Point bullet arriving at close to 2,800 fps. Had it struck the buck, my […]

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Scott Bestul

Late, Great, South-Facing Slope


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Wintering deer love a south slope because it soaks up more of that low-hanging winter sun than any other aspect. Even a few degrees of extra warmth is critical for deer now (and especially so in late in the winter, shed hunters take note), because that thermal advantage reduces the calorie requirements deer need to […]

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Something Special

Scott Leysath

Something Special


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I’ve changed the minds of more people by simply cooking a venison backstrap to the proper temperature and serving it with a sauce that enhances, but doesn’t overpower the slightly sweet, dense flavor of the beast. When I listen to “Bizarre Foods” host, Andrew Zimmern, describe something as “gamey”, it makes me flinch.” To me, […]

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Box Target

Ron Spomer

The 12″ Box


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Park a bullet anywhere within these organs and your deer expires. Shoot a bit high and you hit the spine for an instant kill. Total vital area on the average whitetail, sheep, pronghorn, and black bear is at least 144 square inches. So you don’t really have to hit a one-inch circle. You can hit […]

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Game Cameras

Scott Bestul

Some Truths About Trail Cams


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Take last summer, for example; my cameras picked up no less than 5, and as many as 8, bucks I’d be happy to tag. Not only did I not tag any of these deer, I never even saw them. If my trail cameras reveal anything, it’s how little I know about the bucks they “shoot.” […]

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Scott Leysath

Paying it Forward


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Although the hunting part was as good as it gets, the big payoff for all, by far, was the “5th Annual Pickin’ and Pluckin’ Bluegrass Jamboree” in Huron, SD. The band, along with the generous support of event sponsors like Dakota Provisions, helped raise money to help support Wounded Warriors, the Huron Step Outside Youth Program […]

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WINCHESTER TARGET

Ron Spomer

New Shooters – New Rifles


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  “Mitch, I think you’ll handle that rifle a bit more effectively if you don’t bend your head down to meet the stock. Instead, lift your trigger arm higher. Here, get your elbow up like this.” I raised his elbow until it was level with his shoulder. “There, that made your shoulder pocket higher so […]

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Scott Bestul

Are Big Bucks Really Different?


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They’re also rare; the percentage of truly mature whitetails in a given herd can be frighteningly low. And they can also be maddening; they do this when we think they should do that. So we attribute that frustrating behavior to an old buck being “smart” or “wise”. But are they smart, really? I could easily […]

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Leysath Pizza

Scott Leysath

Pizza Party


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Little Caesars offers a “Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza…topped with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, a blend of 100% real cheese, and pepperoni, and then finished with an irresistible four-cheese gourmet blend of Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan, and White Cheddar cheeses.” Papa John’s new “Fritos Chili Pizza” is not for me, but I’ll bet there a plenty of […]

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Win XPR Extreme Point

Ron Spomer

New Bullet Off on Right Foot


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  The big tip pushes against more of the lead alloy core, forcing it open dramatically on impact. Determining how well all of this works can’t be done on one or two deer, but so far so good. I started shooting the new .270 Winchester, 130-grain Extreme Point bullet in Winchester’s new XPR rifle just […]

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