October 2016

Scott Leysath

Venison Enchiladas – Seasonal, Cheesy and Delicious!


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6 servings The Roasting Part venison hindquarter or shoulder roast, bone in or out olive oil salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder heavy duty foil barbecue sauce (store bought is fine) The Sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 2/3 cup onions, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin […]

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Ron Spomer

Insurance in the Field – A Backup Scope


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  It doesn’t have to have all the bells and whistles. In the good old days we carried a basic 4X or 6X because they were cheap and rugged. These days they’re neither cheap nor particularly easy to find, but a basic 3-9X zoom is. And they cost about what a plain Jane 4X did […]

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Scott Bestul

Corn Harvest – Time to Change Tactics!


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But for much of the fall, there are usually lots of easier feeding opportunities. The harvest season simply tosses a bunch of corn on the ground (even the most efficient combines usually leaves enough waste corn to get whitetails excited) and whitetails quickly shift to the easy-meal scenario that the harvest season represents. *Goodbye Cover: […]

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Scott Leysath

Easy to Make Venison Stew


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One of the more memorable meals I had many years ago was at Beringer Vineyards in Napa. They had, or maybe still have, an advanced school for talented chefs. These people could flat out cook some incredible cuisine. I’ll never forget a first course of roasted pumpkin soup topped with boar bacon. It was served […]

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Scott Bestul

Scrape Week Part Two: Better Get Going!


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  *Make a milk run: As much as you want to get in a stand or blind now, scouting has to be part of your routine. Fortunately, your cameras are doing most of the work for you, so your job is simple; make frequent (I go every other day, and sometimes daily, for cams that […]

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Scott Leysath

Simplify Your Venison Prep – Enjoy Venison Even More


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I know, you’ve sworn by it for years, but there’s a simpler way to enhance the flavor of your next venison dish. The buttermilk thing works if your plan includes pounding, breading and frying the nuggets after a good soak. Think chicken fried venison. That works, but only because it gives the breading something to […]

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Scott Bestul

Scrape Week – Part One: Prep for it Now


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Research (both the scientific, university-level studies, and the informal stuff I do on my own) has shown that most scrape visits by whitetail bucks occur at night. Also, bucks almost completely abandon scrapes when the first does enter estrous. So, many hunters have sat watching a hogged-up scrape line, anticipation building by the minute…and then […]

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