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  • March 31, 2010

    Hurteau: The Elite Eight of Whitetail Cartridges

    By Dave Hurteau

    Now things should get interesting.

    It’s been clear sailing for the top seeds so far, as the .30-06 (1), .308 (2), 7mm-08 (3), and .30-30 (4) all advanced easily in the first round of Division II. Now, with only eight cartridges left standing, the matchups get far more compelling.

  • March 29, 2010

    Hurteau: Sweet Sixteen of Whitetail Cartridges, Division II

    By Dave Hurteau

    With nearly 600 votes cast, we have our first-round Division I winners. And unlike this weekend’s basketball games, the results are all chalk. The closest match (I don’t mind pointing out) was between the 1 and 8 seeds, in which the .260 Rem (claimed by one prescient commenter to be radically under-seeded) gave the .270 WSM a mild scare, but couldn’t pull out a win (with such a blatantly unfair draw).

    Moving on to the Elite Eight with the .270 WSM are the .243, .25-06, and .270 Win, which pretty much embarrassed the .257 Weatherby. Now we shift to the Division II matchups, featuring some very heavy hitters in the .30-06, .308, and .30-30—not to mention the sleeper 7mm-08. SHOT Business contributing editor Christopher Cogley has seeded the contenders as follows:

  • March 26, 2010

    Hurteau: The Sweet Sixteen of Whitetail Cartridges

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last night, the NCAA college basketball Sweet Sixteen tipped off with Syracuse vs. Butler. Today, our own sweet sixteen gets started with .270 WSM vs. .260 Rem.

    I am talking about the March Madness of whitetail cartridges. The Final Four of deer rounds. Bullet bracketology. (Okay, bullet-case-powder-and-primer bracketology, but you get the idea.)

    We start with16 contenders for the title of Best Whitetail Round, which have been split into two divisions and seeded by SHOT Business contributing editor Christopher Cogley. We chose Mr. Cogley to help us because he is highly qualified and so I have someone to throw under the bus if necessary. His seeded selections (which you are free to take issue with, as my @$$ is covered) are:

  • March 23, 2010

    Hurteau: Whitetail Headlines

  • March 19, 2010

    Hurteau: Announcing The Bow-Contest Winner!

    By Dave Hurteau

    Very soon, one lucky hunter will hear the rumble of a delivery truck coming up the driveway. His doorbell will ring, and a stout man in brown shorts will hand him a new Mathews Z7 bow.

    So who is our winner?

  • March 18, 2010

    Hurteau: Breaking News, World-Record-8-Point Poacher Goes To Jail

    By Dave Hurteau

    The sad tale of a world-class buck’s sorry demise continues. Today, Troy Alan Reinke, 32, of Cannon Falls, MN, pleaded guitly to poaching the largest 8-point whitetail buck ever killed--a 185-inch bohemoth brought down last Halloween. Now, Alan is headed to where many hunters say he belongs—in jail.

  • March 17, 2010

    Bestul: Hunting Deer at Eye Level

    By Scott Bestul

    On the last day of the Iowa archery season, I shot a doe at a distance of seven yards. I was kneeling at the time, my back pressed against a broken-down willow tree that hid my silhouette. I can honestly say that the seconds before I released that arrow were every bit as exciting as the ones leading up to the buck I killed three months earlier. And that was the largest whitetail buck I have ever taken.

  • March 16, 2010

    Shoot Me Down: Food Plots And Baiting Are One And The Same

    By Dave Hurteau

    Wait a minute. Hold on, now. It’s not me saying so. It’s the winner of the previous “Shoot Me Down”—that is, the person who gave the best argument against my wild assertion that “The .260 Rem. Is The Best All-Around Whitetail Cartridge.” It is our own Walt Smith, who has agreed to accept the coveted prize of doing my job for me, as a guest blogger. Put another way, Walt is my guest. So be nice. Disagree, by all means. Shoot him down, if you must. Nail him to the wall. But be nice about it.

    (Seriously, Walt, thanks for playing along.)

    With that, here’s Walt:

    Food Plots and Baiting Are One And The Same

    Whether you till the soil and plant seeds in the ground or you stop by the gas station and buy bags of corn and carrots to spread on the ground, the only reason you go to all that trouble is to attract deer to your stand. Either way, you’re baiting.

  • March 15, 2010

    Hurteau: A New Buck For The Bow-Contest Tie-Breaker

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last Friday, I announced that we have a four-way tie in the Mathews Z7 contest. Buddyboy25, Ikedogg, mwmrtn, and taylor1 each correctly guessed the actual, to-the-inch, gross-score total of 685 inches. I also posted a tie-breaker buck—but that deer, unfortunately, proved to be a little too well-known, as Hank111 rightly pointed out.

    So here is a new buck for our Final Four (as buckhunter has dubbed them) to guess at. Okay finalists, we’ll give you two looks at this one:

  • March 12, 2010

    Hurteau: Tie In The Bow Contest!!

    By Dave Hurteau

    So we have a four-way tie. That’s right, buddyboy25, ikedogg, mwmrtn, and taylor1 each correctly guessed the actual, to-the-inch, gross-score total of all four bucks, which break down like this:

    Buck#1:
    153
    Buck#2: 151
    Buck#3: 170
    Buck#4: 211

    For a grand total of 685 inches.

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