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  • December 30, 2010

    Buck Scoring Contest, Round III

    By Dave Hurteau

    by Dave Hurteau

    And now, the third buck in our scoring contest. On the frosty dawn of November 5th in southeastern Minnesota while hunting with friends Scott Bestul and Mark Stimets, I heard crackling hoofsteps in the crystalline leaf litter behind me. This fine buck in the photo below was trotting right to my bow stand. Reflecting, however, on the many, many Midwestern giants on my wall already, I lowered my bow and I coolly shooed the buck in the direction of Mark’s stand. And like all mature whitetails, it did exactly what I expected it to. Mark arrowed it at 20 paces. For whatever reason, he has forgotten to thank me.

  • December 28, 2010

    So, What Did You Get For Christmas?

    By Dave Hurteau

    I did pretty well this year, but by far best gift I got was this Hunter Dan Hanson Buck action figure, an eight-inch-tall replica of the B&C world-record typical whitetail.

    The fact that I had to give it to myself really didn’t take away from the magic at all. Truth is, the reason I didn’t post a blog yesterday is that after the hubbub of the holiday, I needed to take a day for some serious one-on-one play time with the Hanson Buck. So I apologize for that—but had I not done so, I couldn’t now present you with this stunning diorama photo. Enjoy!

  • December 27, 2010

    Guest Blog: Draper’s Crazy Double-Drop Tine Buck

    By David Draper

    In late October, I spotted two trophy mule deer - one with a distinctive span of antlers with short tines I nicknamed the Wide Guy; the other, a 4x4 whose deep tines stretched high above his ears was Tall Boy. At the time, both were in bow range, but I didn’t happen to have a bow tag in my pocket.

  • December 23, 2010

    Buck Scoring Contest, Round II

    By Dave Hurteau

    by Dave Hurteau

    Okay folks. Here is the second buck in our scoring contest. My friend Jim Meader arrowed this deer in November not too far down the road from my place in east-central New York—a fine, fine bow buck for this part of the country. Below is a look from two different angles. Now, the question to you is, what is its gross score?

    To recap: You are playing for a new Rinehart RhinoBlock archery target. To win it, you must guess the gross B&C score of each of the four bucks I post here (click here for last week’s) and keep track of your guesses. Fractionals will count. When I post the final buck, I’ll ask you for your grand total. Whoever is closest wins the target. If there’s a tie, we will have a tiebreaker buck

  • December 22, 2010

    Video Tip: How To Survive the All-Day Sit

    By Scott Bestul

    Scott Bestul provides some helpful recommendations on how to pass the time and fight boredom during a long day in the stand.

  • December 17, 2010

    The Saga of a Buck

    By Scott Bestul

    by Scott Bestul

    I always enjoy a deer story that involves a hunter who has a history with the buck he shoots. My friend Josh Swenson told me just such a tale last week; and the buck—a giant he’d named “Stickler”—threw in enough twists that it made the story downright bizarre.

    Swenson had known Stickler over the last couple of seasons. He had many trail cam photos, but this fall the Wisconsin monster was pretty elusive. Josh had some photos from the summer, when Stickler not only took a big leap in antler growth. He also sported an odd, volleyball-sized lump growing between his front legs. Stickler disappeared for several weeks during the fall, and Josh wondered if the deer had been shot or otherwise met his maker; either from the lump, a vehicle, or some other accident.

    Finally, during the state’s recent late muzzleloader season, Josh’s camera captured Stickler again. The buck appeared to have an injury to his back leg, and the chest lump was larger. But Swenson was excited to see Stickler again and decided to hunt that area two days later.

  • December 16, 2010

    Score More Bucks, Win a Rinehart Target

    By Dave Hurteau

    by Dave Hurteau

    I know. You’ve been wondering, When is Hurteau going to post the next buck-scoring contest? Well it’s not as easy as you may think. First, I have to wait for Bestul and his friends to kill some decent bucks, which between you and me can seem like an eternity. Sure I could post a few of the monsters I’ve taken so far this season, know (picture me sheepishly inspecting my fingernails). Plus these contests require a mountain of logistics, which are tough to nail down between morning and evening hunts.

    Anyway, it occurred to me today that the best archery target I have used is Rinehart’s RhinoBlock. I say this not because Rinehart agreed to provide one as a prize for this contest, but because it’s true, and after reflecting on the truth, I called Rinehart (about 10 minutes ago) and asked them if they would give a target to the winner. And they said yes.

  • December 15, 2010

    Video Tip: How To Improvise Your Own Ground Blind

    By Scott Bestul

    Scott Bestul gives you some tips on utilizing your surroundings to make a quick DIY ground blind in locations with no suitable trees for hanging a stand.

  • December 10, 2010

    Video Tip: Know The Topography of Your Hunting Grounds

    By Scott Bestul

    Scott Bestul shows you how "forecast the funnel" by studying local topography maps to stay ahead of buck movement in your area.

  • December 9, 2010

    Sarah Palin Vs. NPR

    By Dave Hurteau

    Whether you lean left or right, the political irony here is rich. On one side of the spectrum, you have Mama Griz, outspoken defender of sportsman’s rights and open critic of NPR. On the other, you have NPR, long-standing pillar of what many Americans rightly or wrongly describe as the liberal media.

    Both have given our sport a national audience this month. The first via TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” in which the former governor drops a caribou on her 6th shot, video of which can be seen over at the Field Notes blog.

    The latter via today’s Morning Edition in a segment profiling 15-year-old cheerleader and deer hunter Magan Hebert of Waynesboro, Mississippi (shown with a spike buck she took this fall).

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