March 2015

Scott Bestul

Hang ’em Right – Part 1


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There are many ways to kill a great big whitetail buck, but let’s face facts; the vast majority of whitetails tagged every year are shot from an elevated stand. And most of those stands will be hang-ons, the type of stand perfectly suited to the off-season scouting/preparation/stand placement covered in my last few blogs. Since […]

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Scott Leysath

Give it a Rest!


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No doubt you’ve heard the TV chefs tell you that you should let your meat rest before you serve it. But since these are the same wise guys who tell you that searing meat on the outside actually “seals in the juices”, you’re naturally skeptical. I mean, everyone knows that searing meat doesn’t provide a […]

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Ron Spomer

When to Buy That New Deer Rifle?


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This happens most often when a whitetail hunter decides to sample a bit of his North American hunting heritage with a trip west for mule deer or elk. Everyone knows you can’t kill either of those with your old .270 Win., .257 Roberts, or 308 Winchester whitetail rifle. So you buy a 7mm Rem. Mag. […]

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New Deer Season XP – Some Technology Snippets


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Hard to believe, but true – most of the bullets designed for those who hunt deer and used by today’s hunter, were developed some 50 and 60 years ago. Meaning – it was time for a leader like Winchester to engineer some state of the art advancements into new ammunition specifically built for deer hunters. […]

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Scott Bestul

Happy Trails


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In the last couple of posts, we’ve discussed the need for off-season scouting in order to set up for this fall’s deer hunt. We’ve bombed into doe bedding areas, unraveled buck rub lines and, hopefully, figured out some key places for ambushing a buck. In the next couple of posts, I’ll discuss how I set […]

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Scott Leysath

Plank It


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The concept seems reasonable enough. You stick a hunk of meat or fish on a board and set the board on fire over your outdoor grill grate. The wafting smoke from the burning plank adds smoky flavor to whatever’s on-board, so to speak. It seems that most folks use the plank method for fish, but […]

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Ron Spomer

Targeting Weird Deer


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Case in point. Several years ago I passed up an easy shot at a freaky old buck with a double main beam on his left side and a tiny, five-point antler on his right that jutted straight up. The resulting inside spread was probably the narrowest I’d ever seen on a mature buck. The next […]

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Scott Bestul

Rub Lines…Connecting The Dots


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Last week we examined the importance of understanding where and how does use our hunting properties. While you can never know too much about deer, if you can understand where does most likely bed as they adapt to a variety of ever-changing food sources, you’ll be a huge leg up on killing a great buck […]

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Scott Leysath

Pearce’s Venison Hawaiian Sliders


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“If you’re looking for fancy, complex recipes, look elsewhere. I’ve lived by the motto that a meal shouldn’t take longer to prepare than consume.” Michael Pearce I recently received a copy of Michael Perce’s “Taste of the Kansas Outdoors Cookbook.” Although our paths have never crossed, at least not that I can recall, we’re kindred […]

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Ron Spomer

Scope Settings For Whitetails


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Yes. Both sides of this debate are partly right, partly wrong. The power hungry scope buyers may be going a bit too far with magnification. The 4X traditionalists aren’t going far enough. Here’s the scoop: While magnification of 4X certainly is sufficient for aiming at the chest of a deer well beyond the range 98 […]

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