January 2015

Chili Colorado

Scott Leysath

Chili Colorado


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It is some of the best-tasting slow-cooked venison you will ever enjoy. If spicy’s not your thing, this dish isn’t high on the heat scale. Of course, you could always add a splash of your favorite hot sauce to amp it up. Venison Chile Colorado6 servings 6 -8 New Mexico dry chiles, washed and stems […]

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Ron Spomer

Break It To Me Gently


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Usually you’re directed to soak a bore with a few wet patches and allow them to “work” for five to ten minutes before scouring the bore with a hard nylon or bronze brush. Follow these brushings with more wet patches followed by dry. Repeat the process as necessary until the patches come out clean. This […]

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Grant Woods

Bonus Carbs by Grant Woods


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Deer seek carbohydrates during the winter when the temperatures are cold as they help deer maintain their body heat. I’ve had success in tagging deer during the late season by hunting near plots planted with brassicas. Turnips are easy to grow and can be planted by hand on most soil types. Plan on planting a […]

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Venison McMuffin

Scott Leysath

Venison for Breakfast


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You can even add the apple to the grinder and save time mincing with a knife. I make a ton of sausage out of lesser cuts of game, so a good grinder is a must-have tool in my kitchen. Venison Apple Sausage 6 cups ground venison 2 cups ground pork 1/2 pound bacon, finely diced […]

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Barrel burners

Ron Spomer

Don’t Burn Out Your Barrel


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A couple of cartridges infamous for burning out barrels are the .220 Swift and .264 Winchester Magnum, but they’re far from the only two. Any high velocity cartridge, one with a tiny bore and large powder capacity, can be hard on barrels if they are shot hot. A few include the .17 Remington, .22-250 Remington, […]

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Grant Woods

Turnips During The Late Season by Grant Woods


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If brassicas haven’t been planted in their home range before or for several years, deer may be hesitant to eat the crop. In addition, deer are very selective feeders. They will almost always eat the best forage and/or grain within their home range first and then consume the less preferred food sources next. Brassicas are […]

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Whitetail and Wine

Scott Leysath

Whitetail and Wine


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Partial bottles of wine from the bar that have been uncorked for a few days too long also seem to make their way to the cook’s line, even in some of the finest dining establishments in the country. Not that there’s anything wrong with this. In my opinion, it’s a crying shame to waste good […]

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Ron Spomer

Frangible Bullets For Deer


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Projectiles made of lead and copper alloys can’t explode, but they can break apart when the extreme pressures of high velocity are suddenly arrested by muscle and bone. Or just by soft tissue with high water content. The kinetic energy is disbursed and dissipated via several particles as they “scatter” throughout the tissue of the […]

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Scott Bestul

Taking Stock


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But, not now. Instead, I flew out in the woods just two afternoons later and stuck out a trail camera. And I was almost as excited about that event as I get for a hunting opener. Two decades ago, I’d be in a little funk for a while at season’s end, knowing I wasn’t going […]

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Scott Leysath

Comfortably Numb


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Load up the slow cooker either the night before or in the morning before you take to the woods and you’re greeted with the wafting aroma homemade stew when you return, assuming that the rest of your family left you some. My personal preference is to make a large batch, cool it and freeze it […]

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