June 2015

Scott Bestul

Ants in the Pants…Well, in My Trail Cams


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My most recent shot of hatred came just this week, when I checked my first trail cam of the season. Normally, I never hang a trail cam until July 4th, but there’s been a plethora of cute young fawns in the neighborhood lately, so I bumped up the opening day of the trail cam opener […]

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Scott Leysath

Bourguignon…Not so Easy to Say, but Easy to Cook! By Scott Leysath


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Since deer season is just around the corner, why not clean out the freezer and make room for this year’s big buck? Stews are simple and forgiving. Brown, simmer and throw in some vegetables, mushrooms or legumes. If you like it thick, stir in a roux or cornstarch slurry and keep cooking until you get […]

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Ron Spomer

Flat Enough for 300


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…aim dead-center on game to about 300 yards, sometimes as far as 350 yards without needing to worry about a few inches of drop. It’s only after 300 yards that subtle differences in velocity, ballistic coefficient and subsequent trajectory begin to really matter. While everyone talks about long-range shooting, I’m betting you, like me, shoot […]

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Scott Bestul

Mowing Clover


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But like all things worth enjoying, the plot needs maintenance. As winter was giving way to spring I frost-seeded the plot, scattering seed to fill in bare spots. The melting snow drove the seed into the ground, showing me that Nature can sow as well as any machinery. Later, after snow-melt, I spread 100 pounds […]

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Scott Leysath

Fuel For The Fire


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For me, it’s charred on the outside and rare in the center. I’ve heard it called “black and blue” or “Pittsburg rare”, which includes a story about how steel mill workers with little time for lunch would put super-high heat to a hunk of meat and it would be ready to eat in just a […]

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Ron Spomer

A Little Motion Goes A Long Way


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Shooter motion is an old trick designed to settle nerves and twitches. If you find that pointing a steady rifle at a steady deer results in a lot of bobbing and weaving of the sights above and around the target, a bit of motion might smooth things out. Just as spinning steadies a top, moving […]

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Scott Bestul

Tiny Plots Are Terrific – Version II


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  So here’s what you do. Do not plant immediately after tilling. Give things a rest for a week or two. Then return with Roundup and absolutely nuke the place, because weeds will be sprouting, and the absolute best time to destroy a weed is when it’s getting its first head of steam. If I’m […]

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Scott Leysath


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The butter gives it flavor and the oil keeps it from burning as quickly. Toss the seasoned meat into the pan. Lightly brown on all sides. Add some diced red onion, a minced garlic clove or two, some fresh minced rosemary leaves, a splash of balsamic vinegar, some berry preserves and a splash of dry […]

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