October 2016

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Scott Bestul

Tips on Calling Bucks


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With the rut about to pop across much of the nation, hunters will (or should be) calling to bucks more than at any time of the season. Call to whitetails enough and you’ll run into a buck that hangs up just out of range. Follow this week’s video tip to learn how to deal with […]

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Scott Leysath

Venison Enchiladas – Seasonal, Cheesy and Delicious!


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I prefer to make enchiladas with slow-roasted pulled meat from shoulder and neck roasts, but this recipe also works just fine with ground venison. Skip “The Roasting Part” and start with seasoned ground venison instead. 6 servings The Roasting Part venison hindquarter or shoulder roast, bone in or out olive oil salt, pepper, onion powder, […]

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Ron Spomer

Insurance in the Field – A Backup Scope


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I’m a big believer is hauling two rifles to any hunt — just in case one malfunctions. But there’s a less expensive alternative. A backup scope. No, a second scope isn’t going to help with a broken firing pin or stock, but if you’re hard up for space or can’t afford a whole new rifle, […]

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Scott Bestul

Corn Harvest – Time to Change Tactics!


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It’s harvest time. The annual combine invasion is a busy and exciting time for farmers; it’s also an event that totally shakes up the whitetail world. It’s a sea-change shift in available cover and food, and savvy deer hunters know how to stay on top of the action. The rest play catch-up for several weeks. […]

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Scott Leysath

Easy to Make venison Stew


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Many years ago, when I owned a restaurant near Sacramento, California, I’d get a little taste of the good life when wine salesman would take me over to Napa and Sonoma for wine sampling and incredible chow. Since I left the restaurant business, they just don’t call anymore and I can’t say that I blame […]

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The Winchester 44-40 Rifle – 143 Years Young and Still Going Strong


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The name “Winchester” became synonymous with “repeating rifle” in the last third of the 19th century thanks in no small part to this famous cartridge, the first modern centerfire brass cartridge mass produced for the commercial market. It’s 143 years old, it’s been used to take everything from bunnies to bears, and it’s still going […]

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Scott Bestul

Scrape Week Part Two: Better Get Going!


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Last week we opened and examined the scrapes-are-a-night-thing phenomenon. Our conclusion was that yes, scrapes are largely visited by bucks at night, but with a notable exception; I call it “scrape week” –a narrow window just before peak breeding—and we are fast approaching that magic time. To capitalize on scrape week, last week’s blog advised […]

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Scott Leysath

Simplify Your Venison Prep – Enjoy Venison Even More


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“Soak your deer meat in buttermilk overnight. It will take out the gamey flavor and make it melt in your mouth.” Um, no.  Buttermilk might add some flavor to the meat, but it won’t turn tough into tender or release the gamey spirits, turning your deer into something more reminiscent of beef. Besides, the buttermilk […]

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Ron Spomer

Do Not Overlook the Winchester 33-30 Rifle


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Overshadowed amid the high tech revolution of the 21st century is the most successful, most productive, most enduring deer hunting cartridge and rifle ever bestowed upon whitetail hunters — the 30-30 Winchester and Model 94 Winchester lever-action rifle. Now in its 122 year, the 30-30 remains one of the world’s deadliest, easiest shooting, mid-range deer […]

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Scott Bestul

Scrape Week – Part One: Prep for it now


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Scrapes have gotten a lot of bad press over the years. I know just why, because I’ve cussed them myself. Our collective frustration with scrapes is perfectly understandable; we find a torn-up patch of dirt, with an overhanging limb pointing down to the scrapes, like a beacon claiming “find buried treasure here!” And our immediate […]

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