January 2015

Chili Colorado

Scott Leysath

Chili Colorado


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Most people don’t know what to do with the whole dried red chiles they see packaged in the Hispanic section of their markets. Seeded, soaked in hot water and pureed, they’re loaded with rich, earthy flavor that is Chile Colorado. The word “Colorado” has nothing to do with the state, although I’ve had some exceptional […]

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Ron Spomer

Break It To Me Gently


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Although every new firearm should have been and probably was test fired at the factory, this doesn’t mean you should load it up and bang away. Clean it first, starting with the bore. Clean from the chamber end and use a commercial bore guide if you can. This is designed to prevent the cleaning rod […]

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Grant Woods

Bonus Carbs


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In my last blog entry I shared a video of deer eating the forage produced by turnips. In that video almost all the turnip leaves produced in that small plot had been consumed. However, the plot is still attracting deer! A huge advantage of using brassicas as a deer attractant and nutrition supplement in small […]

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Venison McMuffin

Scott Leysath

Venison for Breakfast


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I just got back from a moderately successful duck hunt which, by a long shot, beats the snot out of sitting in my office staring at work that won’t go away. While there, I made breakfast sandwiches for the guys in the blind. It’s basically a Sausage McMuffin made with homemade venison sausage. If you’ve […]

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Barrel burners

Ron Spomer

Don’t Burn Out Your Barrel


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Shooters dread the infamous “barrel burn out.” Much like “burning out” at work, this is a result of too much work and too much pressure. But you can easily prevent it. Barrels burn out when hot gases jet from cartridges and super-heat the barrel just in front of the chamber, or throat. The hotter the […]

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Grant Woods

Turnips During The Late Season


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Some hunters ask if deer eat turnips, otherwise known as brassicas. This question usually is based on an experience where they hunted near a food plot planted with brassicas, and didn’t see a deer or any sign of deer eating the forage. In this video it’s clear this buck is eating brassicas. They are part […]

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Whitetail and Wine

Scott Leysath

Whitetail and Wine


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Among the many things you’ll hear from TV chefs is, “You should never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink.” Now, for some of us, that leaves the door wide open. I have friends who aren’t that particular when it comes to a glass, or a styrofoam cup, of wine. And then there are the […]

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Ron Spomer

Frangible Bullets For Deer


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Fragile, Deadly and Risky There are big game hunters who subscribe to a theory of bullet design and placement they consider deadly, but others consider risky if not downright stupid. But it works. Sometimes. It also fails. Dramatically and drastically. Sometimes. The key component in this approach to big game shooting is what many consider […]

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Scott Bestul

Taking Stock


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Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the Deep South, whitetail season is over. Mine ended just the other day in Wisconsin, where I said goodbye to the 2014 hunt by sitting in a tripod stand tucked between picked fields of beans and corn. Wind chills pushed the temps to minus-35, but I had a […]

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Scott Leysath

Comfortably Numb


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After the first of the year, most deer seasons have either ended or are winding down, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean that you’re just going to stay inside until the next season. We like spending time outside and cold weather’s not a problem, we’ve got plenty of gear to keep us warm. But […]

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