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  • August 31, 2010

    Hurteau: Whitetail Headlines

  • August 27, 2010

    Bestul: Transition Time

    By Scott Bestul

    Archery season opens in less than three weeks here in Minnesota—even sooner in several other states—and I’ve got several buddies in a severe panic right now. Sure, there’s the usual small stuff to sweat; assembling gear, prepping stands, broadhead shooting, final hunt planning…But that’s not what they’re worried about.

    The bucks they’ve watched all summer are disappearing.

  • August 25, 2010

    Hurteau: Write a Caption, Win a Deer Call

    By Dave Hurteau

    My UPS man just handed me a box full of brand new True Talker 2 Deer Calls, courtesy of Hunter’s Specialties. But they’re not for me. They’re for you. And the first one will go to the one among you who writes the best caption for the picture below, which has been bouncing around the internet lately. (Actually, the first first one will go to –Bob, the winner of our last contest; sorry for the wait –Bob. But the second first one could be yours.)

  • August 23, 2010

    Guest Blog: 5 Reasons To Plant Food Plots Now

    By Dave Hurteau

    Today I’m turning it over to my friend John Barsody of Frigid Forage Inc. in northern Minnesota. For any of you who think you’ve missed your window for putting in a food plot or two, John has some good news—and has generously offered to answer your questions about fall plots in the comment section below. (For those of you who cringe at the very idea of food plots, be nice.) Here’s John:

  • August 20, 2010

    Bestul: Summertime…And Even Now, The Living Ain’t Easy

    By Scott Bestul

    We all know that whitetail bucks run a gauntlet during fall. When they’re not dodging hunters, they’re fighting off rivals, chasing down does, evading predators, not eating right, or slipping past any of dozens of goofy accidents that could end their lives in a second. And once past those hurdles they face winter, when things only get tougher….

    Of course summer is supposed to be Easy Street for a buck. What the heck does he have to do but sleep, drink a little water, maybe hit a salt lick, swat some gnats and flies, and pig out on a dozen pounds of forage a day?

    As this photo proves, there is no such thing as “the salad days” for a deer. This monster whitetail was found dead last week in southeastern Minnesota, less than 30 miles from my home. As the photo proves, he clearly got tangled in a barbwire fence, couldn’t extricate himself, and won’t have to run gauntlets any more.

  • August 19, 2010

    Hurteau: Do You Pull or Do You Squeeze?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last year for the July 2009 issue, I edited Dave Petzal’s “No B.S. Accuracy” field manual (not that Dave needs much in the way of editing). He wrote: “It’s common advice that you should squeeze the trigger so that you’re surprised when the rifle goes off. This assumes you can hold the rifle perfectly still. I can’t do that in the field. I wobble and weave—not much, but enough. Instead, I pick the precise instant when the crosshairs are where they should be and then pull that trigger smartly.

    Dave actually gave me this advice almost 15 years ago, and since then I’ve done just as he describes. In the field, hunting deer, I pull the trigger. I don’t squeeze it. I try to pull it straight back with minimal extraneous movement—but it is not a surprise when the gun goes off.

  • August 17, 2010

    The Best Climbing Treestand for Deer Hunting

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay, here’s the idea: I’ll tell you about my favorite stuff, and in the comment section below, you tell everyone what you like best and why. When we’re done, we’ll have a great resource for fellow bloggers looking for honest advice about a wide variety of whitetail gear items—starting with climbing treestands.

  • August 13, 2010

    Hurteau: Announcing The Buck-Scoring Contest Winner

    By Dave Hurteau

    And we have a winner.

    But first, let me detail just how good you people are. In the last contest, an astounding 20 percent of contestants guessed within 5 inches of the actual total gross score of our four bucks. I figured you’d have a tougher go with sub-P&Y-class bucks this time around, and you did. But not much. Twenty-three contestants—more than 15 percent of you—guessed within 5 inches, including former winner buddyboy25 and former finalists mwmrtn and Taylor1. You guys are studs. Okay, let’s get to the buck’s:

  • August 12, 2010

    Bestul: I Like ‘Em Goofy!

    By Scott Bestul

    Every year someone shoots a buck that earns the comment “that rack is way bigger than its score.” Which means, of course, that the Boone & Crockett scoring system doesn’t seem to give the buck adequate credit for the antlers it grew.

    Well the buck pictured below is the poster child for such inequity.

  • August 11, 2010

    Hurteau: Caption Contest Winner Announced

    By Dave Hurteau

    If you remember, the whole point of this exercise was to get you to do my work, and you did a bang-up job, submitting more than 125 captions. And now, a winner must be chosen. I didn’t want to be entirely saddled with that, either, so I sent the following list of finalists to a select panel of F&S editors to help me choose. (I’d planned to automatically disqualify fart jokes as too obvious—unless one happened to be a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And lo and behold...)

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