December 2015

Ron Spomer

Be Slow And Persistent For Big Bucks


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This old warrior wore a rack with 20 tines. It taped roughly 150 inches in mass and length. That might not sound like much until you realize this was a del Carmen Mountain subspecies, a west Texas/Mexico border deer similar in size to the Coues deer of Arizona. The SCI world record non-typical scores about […]

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Scott Bestul

Excitement Over “Deer Season XP”


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I understand terminology like trajectory, ballistics coefficients, energy, muzzle velocity and the like … but I couldn’t memorize those numbers for one rifle, let alone dozens. So I guess I should be the last one to chip in with an opinion on a new rifle cartridge. But here’s the thing: I am serious about killing […]

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Scott Leysath

How To Fix Tough Meat


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Obviously, we most often share the pics of the big ones with big racks. But big racks often mean tough steaks. So what to do with a chewy hunk of venison muscle? There are a few choices. Even the toughest cuts of older animals can be tamed by first browning, then braising at low heat in […]

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Ron Spomer

A Sling – One Of Your Best Hunting Friends


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The slim rifle balanced at the receiver, right where my hand gripped nicely around its small frame, so it was easy to carry without a sling. But it was a pain to store when I needed to glass and rattle. Glassing has become an essential part of my hunting success. By scouring woods and fields […]

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Scott Leysath

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – A Holiday Party


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We all have our priorities. As long as I’m getting roped into going to a party, I want to have something to eat besides a giant nut-covered cheese ball and Triscuits. I know that some of the party-goers will be a little uncomfortable when I show up with something that didn’t come from Safeway. They […]

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Ron Spomer

I Should Have Used The .30-30


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Young Andrew Hollenbeck, back from college for the weekend, started the action by rattling cast off antlers. The bucks weren’t long in coming. Four. Four whitetail bucks, all inside of 80 yards, the biggest carrying a burdensome rack of 8-point antlers that towered high over his head. A good buck, a great buck, a dream […]

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Scott Bestul

The Magic Of Deer Hunting Through Eyes Of A Youth


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a Wisconsin 8-point that fell on the very first day of my very first whitetail hunt. I’d anticipated that hunt for months. I’d graduated from a hunter’s safety course, listened to advice from my dad as I learned to shoot slugs through my 12-gauge shotgun, read article after article on deer hunting, and dreamed—to the […]

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Scott Leysath

Venison Sausage Holiday Side Dish – a Certain Crowd Favorite!


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Call it what you want, but I’m a firm believer that a turkey is best cooked unstuffed and, when properly prepared, the stuffing tastes better when baked in a separate dish. The recipe below calls for chicken broth, but it’ll be even tastier if you make homemade stock from roasted game bird legs and thighs, […]

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Ron Spomer

Why Confusing Cartridge Names? Blame Powder


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Seems great, great, great grandpa had it right back in the late 1800s. He named cartridges after the bore size followed by the powder supply. You instantly knew the relative power of each round. You might not want to buy a .45-70 for hunting rabbits, but you surely didn’t want to buy a .25-20 for […]

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