November 2015

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Scott Bestul

How To Set A Stand Immediately And Hunt From It


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It’s always nice to head to a stand or blind that’s waiting for you, carefully installed in the preseason. Trouble is, no matter how much we scout and plan, deer don’t always read our scripts. Suddenly, we find out that bucks are using an area we didn’t anticipate, or we didn’t have time to get […]

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Scott Leysath

Easy To Cook And Delicious – Backstraps


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“Hey, can I have one of the backstraps?” “No.” Unless you’re brand new to deer hunting or just clueless, you know better than to ask someone if you can take one of the two most tender muscles from the animal. Oh sure, there are special circumstances when one of your closest pals might feel inclined […]

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Ron Spomer

The Best Rifle Ever – Is There Such A Thing?


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Hunters and shooters continue to search for their holy grail — the best rifle of all time. This search has been going on for several hundred years and will continue for every shooter except the few who understand the KEY to discovering the perfect rifle, and that KEY will be divulged right here: The best […]

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Scott Bestul

How To Stay Warmer When Chasing Deer


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Finding the right clothing combination for long and/or difficult hikes to a deer stand is a real challenge, especially when the temps drop. If you layer up in clothes warm enough for your hunt, you’ll be a sweaty, stinky, hypothermic mess before your hunt even starts. Follow this week’s tip for advice on how to […]

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Scott Leysath

Trim And Sear That Steak


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If your venison steak can barely fit inside a Frisbee, either it needs to be trimmed or you’ve just killed a 2000 pound deer. Although it’s less common that it was several years ago, some game processors still turn a boned-out hindquarter into huge “steaks” that are interlaced with the silvery connective tissue that binds […]

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Ron Spomer

More On The Venerable .30-06


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There are dozens of centerfire cartridges on the market and dozens more that flourished for a time and slipped into obsolescence, but the most versatile of all time is the .30-06 Springfield. And it’s been that way for 109 years, 112 if you count the .30-03, it’s subtly different predecessor. The .30-06 is known and […]

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Scott Bestul

Tips To Make You A More Successful Rattler


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Next to food plot questions, I probably field more queries about calling to deer—especially rattling—than any other topic. Most deer hunters were raised like I was; taught to not make a sound during a hunt, so making the kind of racket necessary to rattle up a buck is tough. But rattling not only works, it’s […]

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Q & A: Why does DSXP have a polymer tip?


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Interestingly, polymer tips do a couple of things very well for hunters. Number 1, they make a bullet incredibly streamlined so it will travel true; and maintain its downrange energy – this then gives the bullet a very high ballistics coefficient. Next and unique to Winchester, the polymer tip used on Deer Season XP is […]

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Scott Leysath

How To Make Mushroom Sauce Quickly


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I’ve learned to not get too worked up over the way others cook their wild game. I don’t understand how anyone could possibly prefer a dry, leathery well-done deer steak over one that is a tender and moist medium-rare, but that’s their business. Just last week I had someone tell me that the venison burger […]

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Ron Spomer

Ideal Cartridges For Youth Deer Hunters


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Dads, Moms and grandpas often puzzle over which cartridge and rifle to start young Jessica or Cole with for deer hunting. And the answer is the right one. Boy, does that ever call for a definition of terms. What’s the right one? What we’re looking for is a compromise, a balance of power, reach, accuracy, […]

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