February 2015

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Scott Leysath

Venison Scaloppine by Scott Leysath


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      1 1/2 pounds venison 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 extra large eggs 2 cups breadcrumbs, dried and seasoned 1 pound large button mushrooms, quartered 1½ cups red wine olive oil 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves   […]

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Ron Spomer

Save Those Slugs


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  Watch carefully, remember and then write down what you observed the animal did upon getting hit. Did it jump, dash, wobble, collapse or merely stand there? Confirm your initial impressions by carefully examining the area where the animal was standing when hit. Many shooters think they saw a deer get knocked ten feet backward by a […]

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Scott Bestul

Offseason Antics


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There’s a ton of work to do in the woods between now and spring green up. And it’s important work, too; so critical, in fact, that I’ve come to view the two-to-three months ahead as one of the most crucial planning/prep times of the year. If I haven’t committed to some serious woods work now, […]

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Scott Leysath

Mushroom Rub


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When I’m out of fresh mushrooms and don’t feel like going to the store, my go-to solution to pairing venison with shrooms is to make a flavorful rub out of dried mushrooms. All it takes is a food processor and some seasoning to make your deer come alive. To save money, I buy my dried […]

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Ron Spomer

Economical Road to Accuracy


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You can scrub it down to bare metal using bronze brushes and copper solvent or just remove the carbon (powder) fouling with powder solvent. Many rifles shoot poorly when a new bullet is fired through a bore fouled by a different bullet that may have left behind a different alloy of copper. I generally clean […]

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Scott Bestul

What Javelina Taught Me About Deer Hunting


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  *Mystery is a blast: Nothing is more fun to me than traveling to a new place and trying to decipher how terrain, habitat and conditions affect game…then trying hunting techniques to adapt to the new area. I love such a hunt for deer, and it was even more of a hoot for javelina. *Public […]

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Scott Leysath

A Lasting Impression


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I still remember browning some burger, adding a can of gravy and mixing it up with noodles. It sounds gross now, but everyone raved about it then. A chef was born. As I got older, I could tell that the cooking thing impressed women. They thought it was romantic, which worked for me since it […]

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Ron Spomer

Keeping Guns Safe


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  Walk-in closet/safe. Anyone with basic carpentry skills can convert a storage closet or even kitchen cabinet into a fairly “access resistant” storage area. Adding two sides to a basement corner works great. Two walls are already thick concrete. In any closet, the thicker the walls the better. In traditional walls you can add 2×4 […]

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Scott Bestul

Totally Classic


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It pains me to admit that, for a few years there, I kind of gave up on attending deer shows. I suppose it was a fit of blasé been-there-done-that feeling that settles in on any activity you do frequently. Then I was asked to be a seminar speaker at an expo awhile back (The Wisconsin […]

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Scott Leysath

Field to Fork


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It should come as no surprise that in my home state of California, there is a constant battle to protect our gun rights and access to public lands. I’m talking about the areas where we hunt sustainable populations of healthy, lean, free-ranging game rather than buying beef from Argentina because we heard that their grass […]

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