December 2015

Ron Spomer

Be Slow And Persistent For Big Bucks


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Where and how do you tag a big whitetail buck? By hunting private farms and ranches? Special permit trophy entry units? Midwest farm lands? Canada? Texas? Ohio? Do you hunt from a tree stand or ground blind? Still-hunt or glass-and-stalk? Grunt, rattle? Bait? Snipe from long range? Or just get lucky? Yes. To all of […]

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Scott Bestul

Excitement Over “Deer Season XP”


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I’ll be the first to admit that I am no ballistics expert. Born and raised where shotguns and muzzleloaders were the only legal tool for firearms deer hunters, I came to the rifle game late in life. When my buddies—many of whom are dyed-in-the-wool rifle experts—start making serious gun talk, I can keep up, but […]

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Scott Leysath

How To Fix Tough Meat


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If you spend more time hunting for meat than you do for trophy deer, I’m guessing that you may have noticed that young does, in general, tend to make better table fare than old bucks. Depending on your seasons, tags and availability of either sex, you may not want to waste your limited time in […]

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Ron Spomer

A Sling – One Of Your Best Hunting Friends


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Cowboys didn’t sling rifles, but cowboys rode horses and carried rifles in scabbards. Cowboys didn’t use binoculars or rattling antlers, either. I figured this out (duh) last week while hunting Texas whitetails with a slick, fun, Winchester Model 1873 genuine lever-action cowboy rifle. It was chambered for the famous .44-40 centerfire cartridge that accounted for […]

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Scott Bestul

How To Make Standing Corn 2-3 Times More Attractive To Deer


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Planting corn for late-season whitetail hunting is a common practice across the US. In this week’s tip, learn how to make your standing corn three times more attractive to whitetails, while creating a killer stand/blind site in the process!

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Scott Leysath

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – A Holiday Party


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I know that most people probably enjoy holiday parties. You get together with friends and neighbors, many of whom you really haven’t spent much time with since last December. And while I can manage to appear congenial and engaging, my mind is usually elsewhere. My wife knows this and she’d argue that I’m not all […]

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Ron Spomer

I Should Have Used The .30-30


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I should have used the .30-30. My first whitetail and I met over the barrel of a Winchester M94 lever-action .30-30, the quintessential North American whitetail woods rifle and cartridge. Youth and tradition, however, soon gave way to the fast and furious, cartridges like .243 Winchester, .270 Winchester, .30-06 and .300 Winchester Magnum. They served […]

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Scott Bestul

The Magic Of Deer Hunting Through Eyes Of A Youth


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Every year about this time, I make it a special point to look at a photograph. It hangs in my office; a black-and-white, 8” X 10” print that a boyhood buddy made from a picture he’d somehow hung on to for decades. The pic features a geeky, skinny, kid posing over a handsome whitetail buck. […]

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Scott Leysath

Venison Sausage Holiday Side Dish – a Certain Crowd Favorite!


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Rarely will you see stuffing served outside of the holiday season. Stuffing season usually starts at Thanksgiving and ends about the time the last of the leftovers are eaten between Christmas and New Years. Once the New Year begins, it’s best to back off on the high-calorie foods and give your belt a break, at […]

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Ron Spomer

Why Confusing Cartridge Names? Blame Powder


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Why does the .30-06 Springfield shoot a .308 bullet while the .308 Winchester shoots the same .308 bullet and the .30-30 Winchester shoots — a .308 bullet? Why didn’t they call the .30-06 the .308-06 and the .30-30 the. 308-30? The old .44-40 Winchester makes more sense. This round, first released with the Model 1873 […]

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