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  • February 25, 2010

    Hurteau: Whitetail Headlines

  • February 25, 2010

    Bestul: Illinois Owns the B&C Non-Typical Books

    By Scott Bestul

    The buck pictured here is a giant by anyone’s standards. Killed by Illinois bowhunter Shawn Bennett, the triple-drop tined monster reportedly scores 237” B&C. I have friends who are capable of looking at a photo like this and estimating the buck’s net/gross rank within a couple of inches. I, on the other hand, can barely get past my first reaction…Which is little more than a simple “Wow!”

  • February 24, 2010

    Hurteau: Craigslist Swing Set, Deer Not Included

    By Dave Hurteau

    So the kids are about that age where my wife and I are thinking about getting a swing set for the backyard. And, truth be known, there isn’t as much venison in the freezer this year as I would like. So you can imagine how excited I was to see this Craigslist post:

    Commercial Swing Set and Slide – $850

    Commercial Swing Set and Slide: Heavy Duty This is the Type used at Elementary Schools.

  • February 23, 2010

    Shoot Me Down: The .260 Rem. Is The Best All-Around Whitetail Cartridge

    By Dave Hurteau

    First, “Shoot Me Down” is a new feature on this blog, so let me explain how it’ll work. I’ll post an opinion and an argument to back it up. And you, in the comments section, can either stand with me or shoot me down.

    The person who offers the best argument for or against will be invited to do my job for me—I mean, to post the next “Shoot Me Down” opinion as a special (that means unpaid) guest blogger.

    So here we go:

    The .260 Remington Is The Best All-Around Whitetail Cartridge

    A .308 necked down to .264, the .260 Remington is a light-kicking, flat-shooting, short-action cartridge whose high ballistic coefficients and sectional density make it very accurate and plenty deadly way downrange. (Snipers consider it an excellent “midrange” round, meaning out to 1,000 meters.)

  • February 19, 2010

    Hurteau: Win A Mathews Z7 Bow, Round 2

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay folks, here is the next buck you need to score (click here if you missed the first one). Let’s review. You are playing for a Mathews Z7, the company’s brand new, flagship compound bow for 2010. It’s a prize worth about $900.

  • February 18, 2010

    Hurteau: Wood-Pile Blind, SpongeBob, and the Mother of All Deer Stands

    By Dave Hurteau

    So I’m here banging my head against the wall to see if anything falls out for this morning’s blog when Bestul sends me a charity email sporting pictures of this crazy, wood-pile hunting blind. Yes, that center slot that looks like logs flips up so you can shoot.

  • February 17, 2010

    Bestul: First Shed of the Season!

    By Scott Bestul

    Any hardcore shed-head will know by reading this title that I am not a member of their clan. I know some diehard shed guys, and many of them are already well into double-digit finds for the year. I marked my first antler this weekend, and it will probably be among the relative handful from this year’s collection.

    Still, the horn (and yes I call sheds “horns” even though I know they’re actually “antlers”) was a special one. For starters, I’ve been battling some sickness the last few weeks, which has basically kept me out of the woods. We’re also having a serious winter in Minnesota, and the weather has forced me indoors even when I’ve felt perky. So it just felt good to stretch my legs for a short walk on one of the farms I hunt on Saturday. Shed hunting was my excuse to go; mainly I just wanted some cold air in my nostrils on a sunny winter day.

  • February 17, 2010

    Hurteau: What Does Your Little Dear Play? Grunt Call or Duck Call?

    By Dave Hurteau

    It happens to families everywhere. Little Johnny’s parents want him to play the bassoon, but Little Johnny wants to play the drums. You give your kid a grunt call, but they don’t stick with it. You try to explain that subtlety is a virtue, but they’re drawn to sheer volume. You know the grunt will be your kid’s constant companion eventually (and that it’s pretty much the only call you can give them to wail on right now without making your spouse hate you). But it’s no good. The grunt is the bassoon of game calls. No volume. No flash.

  • February 16, 2010

    Hurteau: Minnesota Record Buck Certified

    By Dave Hurteau

    It’s official: The 32-Point Camp Ripley buck has set a new Minnesota archery record.

    From The Annondale Advocate:

    Scott O'Konek's 32-point buck, which racked up so much excitement this fall with what many speculated to be the largest non-typical rack ever taken by archery in Minnesota, is finally where it belongs - hanging on his wall.

  • February 12, 2010

    Hurteau: Score Some Bucks, Win A Mathews Z7 Bow

    By Dave Hurteau

    The Z7 is Mathews’ brand new flagship model for 2010. The company touts it as their best-ever blend of speed and forgiveness, featuring an IBO speed of 332 fps, a 30-inch axle-to-axle length, a 7-inch brace height, and a retail price of $899.
    And it can be yours. All you have to do is score some bucks.

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