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Big Game Hunting

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  • April 18, 2014

    Bowhunters Help Reduce Car-Deer Collisions Outside Cincinnati


    By Ben Romans

    The number of auto accidents stemming from deer collisions outside of Cincinnati is declining, and residents have bowhunters to thank.

    Indian Hill Rangers Police Chief Chuck Schlie told the Cincinnati Enquirer that drivers reported just eight collisions in 2013—down from 44 in 1997—and he credits a tightly monitored, archery-only deer hunting program for the decline. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Video: Florida Black Bear has Rough Landing


    By Ben Romans

    Last Monday, a big black bear crashed to the ground with a thud from its perch 30 feet up in a tree after Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) officers shot it with a tranquilizer and tried catching it with suspended tarps.

    A story from UPI says some residents in the Panama City, Florida neighborhood initially thought the animal was a dog roaming the streets until they saw it climb a tree, but were glad officials were relocating it to the Apalachicola National Forest—especially after its hard landing, which FWCC Officer Jerry Pitts said actually went just as planned. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    Bear Attacks Florida Woman in Her Garage


    By Phil Bourjaily

    A Florida woman was attacked by a bear in her garage on the evening of April 12, Orlando Sentinel reports. Terri Frana, who lives near Lake Mary in Seminole County, saw two bears in her driveway and, knowing her children were riding bikes nearby, went outside to check on her kids. She went into her garage where she found five bears eating her garbage. One attacked her, biting her head. The bear tried to drag Frana away but she escaped into the house.

    She also sustained bite marks to the arm and leg and claw marks on her back. She required 30 staples and 10 stitches to close the wounds to her head. Frana is expected to make a full recovery. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Stop Using Bacon. Seriously.

    By David Draper

    Of all the game-cooking myths and missteps I preach about, telling readers to stop using bacon is the most likely to start fights. Bacon is so popular and universally loved that I’m almost scared to bring it up because I’ll alienate all my readers, but it’s worth talking about, if only briefly.

    Ever eat duck breast wrapped in bacon? Or bacon-wrapped dove? Or anything game covered in bacon? What does it taste like?

    That’s right, bacon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Spring Scouting: The Search for One Killer Spot


    By Dave Hurteau

    It’s finally spring, and I’ve been walking some of my hunting properties in earnest. As Hurteau and I have pointed out previously in this space, if you really want to know your deer ground, now — in the narrow window separating snow-melt from green-up — is the time to be out there. 

    Spring scouting has been my annual ritual for years, but most of that recon has focused simply on getting a better overview of a property and how deer use it. Lately, I’ve added a new, more specific, mission: finding, then setting up, one killer stand location for next fall’s rut. To be even more specific, I want that stand to be in or near a bedding area or other spot that’s difficult to set up during the season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Are You an Ant or a Grasshopper?

    By David E. Petzal

    You may recall Aesop’s Fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper. In case you don’t, it went something like this: A grasshopper who sang and danced all summer was rebuked by an ant who spent the time in endless toil gathering eats for the cold months.

    “You watch, a-hole; when winter comes you’re going to wish you’d stockpiled food,” said the ant.  But the grasshopper just kept at the fun and games.

    Sure enough, winter arrived and with it hard times. The grasshopper, who was by then starving, went to the ant and begged for food. But the ant, who was just finishing off an ant-sized Beef Wellington with a very nice Chateau Latour, belched, picked a piece of crust from its mandible, and said, "Beat it, parasite. You had your chance,” and with that he picked up an ant-sized Bennelli M4 tactical shotgun and fired a round at the grasshopper’s feet by way of emphasis. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Video: Massive Elk Herd Jumps Fence


    By Ben Romans

    A YouTube user named Austin Stonnell was recently driving around Bozeman, Montana and encountered a rather large herd of elk crossing the road, possibly on a route back toward Yellowstone National Park, and filmed the migration.
    The number of elk in the video is impressive, but it’s the one bringing up the rear that makes the video noteworthy. While most of its brethren have no trouble figuring out it's better to go over the fence rather than through it, the last elk becomes a bit flustered. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    All That Remains: How to Make Game Stock


    By David Draper

    One thing you can do to amp your kitchen credibility quickly is learning to make stock—a flavorful cooking liquid that forms the base of many soups, sauces, and other recipes. Making homemade stock from venison bones or bird carcasses not only give your favorite dishes, such as the duck pho in the photo, a flavor boost, but you’ll be get every last scrap of use from your bird or game animal. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Outdoor Survival: First-Aid Kits

    By David E. Petzal

    I was asked what’s in my first-aid kit. Since I don’t remember, and I’m too lazy to dig it out, I’ll give you some general rules about first-aid kits that will be more useful than an item-by-item rundown.

    Don’t think about a first-aid kit as a fixed and immutable object. The kit should expand and contract, depending on where you’re going, what you’re likely to encounter, and how long will it take to get to a doctor, or have a doctor get to you. I have two first-aid kits, one for hunts, which are in close proximity to civilization, and the other for places like Alaska, where you may be left to your own devices if something happens. This saves me the trouble of re-building a single first-aid kit over and over.  Whatever you take, it should be small enough that you can keep it with you. My small kit is a little bigger than a fist and fits in a fanny pack with no trouble. The larger one is the size of maybe two fists. Package it in something waterproof, like a Ziplock bag, or better, the rollup Velcro-seal plastic bags sold in camping-supply stores. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Video: Can You Spot the Mountain Lion?

    By Ben Romans

    Eric Martin was recently hunting for bobcats with a decoy and predator call and had his video camera rolling when a much larger cat showed up on the scene.

    In this short clip, it looks like the lion seemingly materializes from the brush. But later review reveals that it was actually present through most of the scene. If you enlarge, view at the highest quality setting, and look closely, you can see the cougar enter the frame in the first few moments of the footage. Obviously confused by the decoy, the cat approaches with caution and doesn’t waste time retreating when it realizes the ruse. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 31, 2014

    Rifle Ammo: Hanged by the Neck

    By David E. Petzal

    A friend of mine has just returned from his first trip to Africa and, as all such hunters do, is now walking around with his eyes fixed on a distant continent, plotting how to get back. (The place does get a hold on you.) He was hunting for plains game, and brought along a .300 Winchester Short Magnum, loaded with Swift Sciroccos, which performed peerlessly. However, he experienced a problem that comes up very often, particularly with short-necked cases like the .300 WSM—the bullets slipped forward in the case and one of them eventually jammed its little meplat in the rifling causing all sorts of problems.

    If you’re not aware of this when it happens, you’ll yank the bolt back and the bullet will come out of the case, spilling powder everywhere and leaving you to find a cleaning rod to drive the slug out. It happened to me on an elk hunt in Colorado, using 250-grain .338 factory loads with a very long, then-experimental bullet. I barked and roared like a berserk baboon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Deer Hunting Tip: Cut Your Shooting Lanes Now


    By Tony J. Peterson

    Last November I hung a portable stand in a peninsula of high woods that jutted into a cattail slough. During the first sit I noticed a single red osier dogwood that blocked a 20-yard shot to the best trail through the sawgrass. As soon as I called it quits I snuck out to the dogwood, snipped it clean and left.
    The following evening I sat the stand again and readied myself to fill an antlerless tag as a doe noisily walked through the slough. When she hit the spot I had trimmed, her eyes bugged out and she back-peddled. She offered no shot as she walked stiff-legged back into the cattails. Nearly 30 hours had passed since I’d handled that brush with gloved hands, yet it was more than enough to turn the doe inside out. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: How Marinades Really Work


    By David Draper

    For some reason, the go-to recipe for wild-game always starts with “Soak (insert game meat here) in Italian dressing for three days.” Seriously, how many times have you heard a hunter say this? This statement turned me off marinades for a long time and I have often mentioned on this blog I don’t use marinades. My stance on marinades has softened as I’ve come to value them for their ability to enhance the taste of wild game.

    One argument for using marinades is that they help tenderize tough meat. But this is probably the biggest misconception about using marinades, at least if you believe in science. According to a study done by Fine Cooking magazine, acidic marinades may, in fact, make meat tougher: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    How to Hunt Turkeys in the Backcountry


    By Jace Bauserman

                          Photo: Bill Kinney

    Break out the backpack and camp out for a wilderness turkey this spring. The farther you go into the mountains or deep woods, the better your chances of not seeing other hunters—and of finding birds that have never been called. Here’s how to plan an overnight hunt, what to bring, and tactics for finding a gullible gobbler. [ Read Full Post ]

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