November 2016

Ron Spomer

Cold Weather Impact on Ballistics – Fact or Fiction?


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It snowed last night. The wind is howling and the thermometer is plunging. Will your hunting rifle still work? Shooters have been hearing horror stories about rifles and ammunition failing in cold weather, but how much of this is true? One concern is that your ammunition will shoot slower when it’s cold. Well, maybe. It […]

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Scott Bestul

What Effect Does the Moon Have on Whitetails?


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Want to start a good deer-camp debate this fall? Ask your buds about the effect of the moon on whitetails. If there’s a scientific type in the bunch, he’ll likely pooh-pooh the idea because there is no proof. Another will tell you the moon can effect the timing of the rut. And a third will […]

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Scott Leysath

Backstraps Made Easy – Really


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It’s been said that we eat with our eyes and that “presentation is everything.” Well, presentation is important, but whatever it is that looks really good had better taste good too or some folks are going to be really disappointed. During the holidays, put a little extra time into making your venison dishes look great […]

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Ron Spomer

A Big Thumper of a Gun


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If you want to celebrate Winchester’s 150-year Anniversary and impress your friends as much as the deer, elk, bears and hogs you hunt, introduce all of them to your Winchester Model 1886 lever-action in .45-70 Govt. The .45-70 Govt. is a big round, one of the last survivors of a bye-gone age but still a […]

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Scott Bestul

Effective Tips for Using a Deer Decoy


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With the rut in full swing, there’s never been a better point in the whitetail season to use a decoy. Follow this week’s tip to use and set your decoy right…even if you’re a gun hunter!

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Scott Leysath

The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey: Part 2


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Your turkey has been brined for 12 to 24 hours. It hasn’t been crammed with stuffing because stuffing is best prepared outside of a turkey. Now, it’s time to start cooking. The turkey will be cooked at least 2 hours before it’s time to carve and serve it. Breast Side Down What? If you roast […]

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Ron Spomer

A Tip to Ensure You’re Never Without a Cartridge


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How much spare ammo do you carry on a hunt and where do you keep it? Who cares? You should because how you carry could spell the difference between success and failure. Traditionally hunters throw a few spare rounds in a pant or jacket pocket. The more tailored among us wear ammo wallets on our […]

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Live the Legend

History for the Taking on Winchester and its 150th Anniversary


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The ammunition and firearms that bear the Winchester name that you use each and every fall (or perhaps even more frequently) don’t happen by accident. Winchester was founded by Oliver Winchester way back in 1866…150 years ago. The benefit to you, the hunter/shooter, is that Winchester uses these 150 years of expertise and experience to […]

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Scott Bestul

How to Avoid Screwing up the Rut


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At first glance, the rut should be the easiest, and certainly the most exciting part of the deer season. But if I hear one complaint more than any other each fall, it can be summed up like this; “the rut just stunk for me this year. I didn’t see near the buck movement I thought […]

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Scott Leysath

How to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey: Part 1


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We’re getting off the beaten path the next couple of blogs because I feel compelled to share my way of cooking turkeys. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to venison shortly. One way to stir the holiday pot is to tell folks that your turkey is the best ever. Now before you start telling me about […]

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