December 2016

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Scott Leysath

An Easy to Make Flank Steak Recipe


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Often discarded, the venison flank is a tender meaty morsel that’s also versatile. You can grill it as-is or pound it into thick little medallions and stuff it with asparagus, cheese and anything else that makes you happy. Slice it thinly across the grain and throw it into a hot wok for a quick and […]

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Ron Spomer

Hunting Bucks in the Western US – go to the Grass!


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Grassland whitetails don’t play by by woodland whitetail rules. Once you get west of classic forest, woodland and Mid-West farmland whitetail country, you’d better be prepared to think outside of the box — because the deer you’re hunting do. In the Dakota’s south to Texas and west to the Rockies, whitetails have learned how to […]

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Scott Bestul

How to Learn From Bucks That Elude You


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The 2016 deer season isn’t quite history as I write this, but the clock is definitely ticking. And, as of now, my home-state buck tag has not been punched, which means that many of the bucks that comprised my so-called “hit list” will have eluded me.  I’ll keep my cameras running for a few weeks, […]

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Scott Leysath

Easy to Make – Christmas Eggs and Venison


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Christmas morning at the Leysath house starts with a Bloody Mary and Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict. Freshly steamed Dungeness crab is piled onto a crispy English muffin and topped with poached eggs and “real” hollandaise sauce, not something made from a foil packet or can. It’s a tradition that will live on as long as […]

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Ron Spomer

Historic Winchester Rifles Still Available Today


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Bolt-action rifles might be the ultimate hunting tools, but lever actions might be the ultimate “excitement” rifles. Open sights and short to medium range bullets like 44-40 Winchester, 30-30 Winchester and 45-70 Govt. put the hunt back in hunting, something Winchester’s been doing for 150 years. Winchester changed the world of hunting way back in 1866 […]

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Scott Bestul

Late Season Tips to Help Bag a Buck


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Hunting in early winter can be some of the best of the season, but it’s not without its challenges. One of those hurdles is staying totally silent, a real challenge in the cold, thin air of late season. Follow this week’s tips to keeping your clothing and gear as quiet as they can be.

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Scott Leysath

Home for the Holidays – Easy Venison Dishes


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It’s a given, at least with the people I hang out with, that I’ll see plenty of venison and duck poppers this holiday season. There will be those folks who will proclaim, “These are great! You can’t taste any gamey flavor at all.” There will also be large vats of venison chili, which is usually […]

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Ron Spomer

I’ll be Home for Christmas – Winchester Style


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Puzzled over what to get your hunter for Christmas? Make it ammunition, the gift that keeps them shooting. Unlike ties, sweaters and fruit cake, ammunition is always in style and never goes unused. Even if you buy the wrong caliber, your recipient can easily trade it in for the right size. Of course, serious shooters […]

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Scott Bestul

Where to Locate Late Season Whitetail


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Here in the Great White North we’ve got a long-standing tradition of teasing “snowbirds”; those warm-blooded folk who can’t handle our cold, snowy, winters. They flee South, to places like Florida and Arizona, where they linger for the winter. I’ve told a snowbird joke or two of my own over the years, but after many […]

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Scott Leysath

How to Make Fast and Easy Venison


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The holiday season can take a toll on your mental well-being. Too much bad food, always some place you have to be and people just don’t seem all that friendly during what should be one of the more congenial times of the year. For me, the biggest downside of annual Christmas parties, aside from getting […]

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