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Big Game Hunting

  • February 19, 2014

    Video: Charging Cape Buffalo Freaks Out Woman

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    By The Editors

    Combine a tourist, a video camera, and one angry cape buffalo and you get a pretty funny video. This clip was uploaded to YouTube by Mary Ettner, who said: "We were doing a water safari in Chobe, Botswana and this lone Cape Buffalo charged our boat."

    Brace yourself for the screams …

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  • February 18, 2014

    Hunter Sues Outfitter for Sending Wrong Sheep Horns

    By Phil Bourjaily

    An electrician from Great Falls, Mont., is suing his outfitter and his hunting guide for sending him the wrong horns.

    In 2012, Rick Vukasin, 65, booked with Canadian outfitter Americ-Cana Expeditions to travel to Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, the best place in the world to take a record book argali, or Marco Polo sheep, bearer of the most spectacular horns of any sheep species. Hunting in the thin air of 14,000 feet with guide Yuri Matison, Vukasin was able to take a nice ram with 58-inch horns. Although well short of a record, for Vukasin the horns were the trophy from the trip of a lifetime. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Leftovers Edition

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    By David Draper

    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of leftovers. In several past Wild Chef posts I’ve touted the value of them. I especially appreciate it when last night’s dinner becomes today’s lunch in a whole new form. This week’s Food Fight honors upcycling wild ingredients into dishes that could easily find a home on a diner’s lunch menu. And don’t forget, we would love to feature your fish or wild game dish here, so snap a photo, write up a short description and send them to fswildchef@gmail.com. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    We Need Our Public Lands, Now More Than Ever

    By Hal Herring

    The most powerful and effective anti-hunting movement in the United States is not PETA, or the Humane Society. It is not headquartered in any bustling metropolis; it has no representatives in Hollywood; it needs no beautiful, scantily clad women to promote its dark agenda.
     
    The most powerful anti-hunting movement in the U.S. is the loss of access to places to hunt and shoot. Every Field & Stream reader over the age of 40 is familiar with the problem. Not so long ago, a place to hunt could be had for the price of politely asking a farmer or rancher for permission. Now the question is how much can you afford to pay to lease the hunting rights or be a part of a hunting club. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 11, 2014

    Video: Warthog Flips Leopard

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    By The Editors

    The leopard is widely regarded as one of the deadliest predators on the planet. We've seen videos of the big cats taking down everything from pythons to fowl. But in this video, one big warthog proves to be too much to handle.

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  • February 11, 2014

    Conservation Measures Suddenly Gain Momentum in Congress

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    By Bob Marshall

    In an earlier life, when I covered sports that involved balls, a coach once told me “Momentum is a factor because the players think it is.”
     
    You don’t need to be Aristotle to figure that one out. But the observation came to mind because there has certainly been a sudden, positive momentum to sportsmen’s concerns in Washington. And, just maybe, Congress is finally doing right by sportsmen because its members finally think it’s the right thing to do.
     
    Just days after the two-year struggle to get the new Farm Bill enacted finally ended in victory, three more important bills for sportsmen have a stiff wind at their backs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 10, 2014

    Anti-Hunters Slam Prince William for Supporting Anti-Poaching Efforts

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    By David Draper

    Anti-hunters aren’t known for their rational thoughts or actions, so it should come as no surprise that animal activists in Britain went apoplectic when Prince William, along with his father Prince Charles, were featured in a video supporting anti-poaching efforts and calling for a stop to the illegal wildlife trade. You heard me right, instead of coming out in support of Prince William’s pleas to “unite for wildlife,” Joe Duckworth of Britain’s League Against Cruel Sports slammed the future King. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 10, 2014

    Video: Deer Crossing Close Calls

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    By The Editors

    Do you ever wonder how reliable those deer crossing signs on the highway are? Well this video shows that they are at least useful in Germany. This from the LiveLeaK video description:

    "Here you can see why deer crossing signs are serious and you should take your foot off the gas - for your own safety. These images were taken during the first year of the electronic test "Stag radar" on the B 202 on Rastorfer Kreuz. Through the system, the number of accidents decreased by 80 percent." [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 7, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Antelope Fajitas vs. Cast-Iron Grouse

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    By David Draper

    For outdoorsmen and women in much of the country, February is a downtime, a chance to take a breather after the flurry of hunting the past few months and before the fish start biting and the turkeys start gobbling. It’s also a great time to enjoy the fruits of our labors. February is when I do much of my sausage making and experimenting in the kitchen with the spoils hunting season has delivered. Thankfully I get a lot of inspiration from Wild Chef readers sending in photos for each week’s Food Fight. For that, I thank each of you and encourage anyone who hasn’t submitted a photo to make it their mission to do so this month. Snap a photo of your next fish or game meal and send it, along with a short description, to fswildchef@gmail.com.

    Now, on to this week’s Food Fight... [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 6, 2014

    Video: Brutal Bull Moose Fight

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    By The Editors

    Real Langlois, better known as the RackMan, is the guy to go to for amazing moose hunting footage. A few years ago he posted a video of himself shooting a world record Pope and Young bull from point-blank range. 

    Last month he posted this video of two young bulls fighting in the middle of a road. The moose seem to be only posturing for dominance, but eventually one bull drives the other into the ground, severely injuring it.

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  • February 5, 2014

    Poll: Should Yearling Buck Protection Be Voluntary or Regulated by the State?

    By Scott Bestul

    I thought the thermometer and Peyton Manning’s bid for best quarterback ever were the only things bottoming out. But according to a press release from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the percentage of yearling (1-1/2-year-old) bucks in America’s annual whitetail harvest is lower than ever.

    Among the fascinating stats in the QDMA’s annual “Whitetail Report,” a yearly compilation of all things whitetail, only 37 percent of bucks killed by hunters nationwide during the 2012-13 season were yearlings. Back in 1988, when the QDMA started tracking this number, 62 percent of bucks shot by hunters were yearlings. That’s a 25-percent drop in as many seasons.

    Kip Adams, QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach and a certified wildlife biologist is naturally pleased with the numbers. “Hunters in some states still shoot a high percentage of yearling bucks,” he says. “But overall, the trend is moving toward protection of at least some yearling bucks, as hunters are recognizing the benefits of having some mature bucks in the population—and it’s not just about antlers.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 5, 2014

    Cooking Wild Game: The Most Common Mistakes

    By David Draper


    CC image from Flickr

    In case you haven’t heard, I’ll be appearing at the upcoming Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee next weekend, Feb. 14-16. Throughout the three-day game bird extravaganza, I, along with Hank Shaw and Tovar Cerulli, will be presenting seminars on wild-game cooking. If you’re in the area, or are nearby, I’d encourage you to stop by — and if you happen to see me or are able to attend a seminar, be sure to say hello. A complete schedule of the event can be found here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 3, 2014

    How to Smoke Wild Boar Ribs

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    By David Draper

    Although my Broncos-loving friends weren’t so happy with how the Super Bowl turned out, they all agreed that our spread of food last night was world-championship worthy. All of the classics were represented, including wings and meatballs and a few varieties of cheese dip. A big pot of taco soup was a hit, as were my girlfriend’s chocolate sugar puff cookies. My contribution was this overflowing pan of pork, featuring ribs from both wild and domestic pigs. I didn’t figure the two slabs of skinny wild ribs (shown on the left in the picture) would be enough for this crowd, so I included a fatty slab of St. Louis style pork ribs, also hedging my bet a bit in case the wild ribs weren’t up to par. Somewhat surprisingly, between the two, the wild pig was by far the winner in the taste test. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 31, 2014

    New Rangefinder: Bushnell The Truth with ClearShot

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    By Dave Hurteau

     

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    Four years ago, peering through a screen of branches, I thought I saw a clear lane for sending a shaft into a decent New York buck. What I forgot to consider was that my arrow wouldn't follow the straight-line path my eye drew to the target, but would instead arc above my line of sight and then back down. 

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