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Big Game Hunting

  • December 16, 2013

    Potential World-Record Buck, But Is It Worthy?

    By Scott Bestul

    Frankly, I was getting worried. The 2013 deer season is winding down, and to date we have not entertained one rumor—nary a hint—of a world-record whitetail. But that’s all changed. Last week, my friend, veteran B&C scorer, and Heartland Outdoors blogger Tim Walmsley sent several photos (including this blurry one) of this colossal buck. Rumor has it that the buck was arrowed in northeastern Iowa and scores in the neighborhood of 206 inches, which mean this buck could (assuming the measurement is accurate and holds up) threaten one of the most iconic trophies of all time. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 16, 2013

    Six Great Cookbooks for Christmas

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    By David Draper

    My family knows cookbooks make great gifts for me, as evidenced by the overflowing bookshelf in my kitchen. While I appreciate all of them, more than a few become all-time favorites that I turn to again and again. If you’re making a late Christmas wish list or are looking for ideas for the Wild Chef in your family, here are five new cookbooks worth considering. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 16, 2013

    Video: Leopard Makes Incredible Grab

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    By The Editors

    ESPN has Web Gems and the Field Notes blog has LiveLeak. Check out this amazing grab as an incredibly athletic leopard ambushes what appears to be a guineafowl.

    If you missed it the first time, don't worry, they play it back in slow motion…

  • December 11, 2013

    Bow Tip: Shoot from Your Knees or Maybe Miss Your Buck

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    I have a confession: I don't shoot my bow as much as I should. When we are testing new bows in the spring, I shoot a ton and get pretty dialed in, even at long range. But during the rest of the year, like many of you I assume, work and family (and work and work and work) make it pretty much impossible to regularly hit the range. And so while Will Brantley's recent video advice to practice shooting your bow from your knees is totally valid, I admit I don't do it that much. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 9, 2013

    Video: Hunters Save Buck from Coyotes

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    By Ben Romans

    Three mountain lion hunters near Spokane, Washington recently rescued a whitetail buck from becoming a coyote meal by untangling it from another deer’s antlers.

    A short video posted online shows a whitetail buck struggling to free itself from the rack of its dead, partially eaten adversary while coyotes watch from a distance. The hunters briefly discuss the scene before trying to help the obviously distressed deer and are eventually able to wrangle it free. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 2, 2013

    Monster Bear: Pennsylvania Hunter Takes 772-Pound Bruin

    By Ben Romans

    After decades of hunting bears with no success, a hunter in northeastern Pennsylvania harvested his first Keystone State bruin. What's even better is that the bear just happened to be the biggest taken in the state so far this season, weighing in at 772 pounds.

    Hunter Daniel Beavers told ABC affiliate WNEP he was hunting in Lackawanna County last week, but almost talked himself out of going. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 2, 2013

    Win a New Bow: Buck-Scoring Contest, Round 3

    By Dave Hurteau

    All right, it’s time to ratchet up the degree of difficulty here—make things a little more interesting. Up to this point you’ve been scoring typical whitetails, but now, for the third buck of our contest (click here if you missed Round 1 or Round 2), I’m throwing a muley in the mix. Remember, you are playing for a brand spanking new Prime Alloy bow, G5’s 2014 flagship model, a prize worth over $900. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 26, 2013

    Number of Female Deer Hunters Increases in Wisconsin, Follows National Trend

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    By Phil Bourjaily


    Photo: Realtree

    Women make up an increasing number of Wisconsin deer hunters, mirroring a nationwide trend. Last year Wisconsin sold 614,435 gun deer tags and 62,000 went to women. That number is estimated to grow by 43 percent by 2030 as more women take up hunting. The Wisconsin DNR has increased license sales with learn to hunt classes and inexpensive licenses for first-time hunters. Many of those new hunters are women.

     

     

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  • November 22, 2013

    Gunfight Friday: Voere Shikar .300 Win. Mag vs Sako .375 H&H

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Two magnums square off in today’s gunfight: a .300 Win Mag versus a .375 H&H. While that’s normally not a totally fair fight caliber-wise, the .375’s owner admits to only using it occasionally for deer and moose hunting; nothing that can’t be done with a .300 Win Mag. Both rifles are good looking, accurate, and definitely their owners' pet gun. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 22, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Antelope Green Chili

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    By David Draper

    One of my favorite things to make from antelope scraps is a big batch of green chili. In fact, I just whipped some up a couple weeks ago, ate it for a few days, and then froze three quarts to get me through the winter. So when Koldkut sent in his photo of antelope green chili, it was an automatic lock to get featured in a Food Fight. But is it good enough to beat my chorizo burrito smothered in the stuff? Well, that’s all up to your votes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 21, 2013

    How to Restore an Old, Rusty Ax

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    By Kristyn Brady

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    Earlier this month, I attended an Axe Restoration Workshop at Best Made Company's retail location in lower Manhattan. In six hours, I learned about the history of ax manufacturing in our country, filed an American hickory handle, and hung and sharpened an old Plumb hatchet head I'd bought off ebay for $19. Ax expert Nick Zdon and the team at Best Made were excellent hosts — they even served the class BBQ, whiskey, and cheesecake. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 21, 2013

    Diehards: The Toughest, Coldest Elk Hunt

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    By Keith McCafferty


    Illustrations by Paul Pope

    As I got a fire burning with pages torn from an old paperback, my brother, Kevin, shuffled down the hill to the creek. The book was The Moviegoer, and I'd read about a third, so there was plenty of early narrative to burn. In the past when we've backpacked for elk, I've started fires with The Big Sleep, The Deep Blue Good-by—even Gone With the Wind has gone up in smoke. You can start a lot of fires with Scarlett O'Hara's pining for the woodenheaded Ashley Wilkes.

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  • November 19, 2013

    Guest Recipe: Eli Cairo's Elk Hirsh Peffer

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    By David Draper

    Eli Cairo is the head salumist and a co-owner of Portland, Oregon’s Olympic Provisions. A first-generation Greek-American with a father who made charcuterie the old-fashioned way, Cairo apprenticed in Europe, where he was exposed to the wonders of working with game meat. Back in Oregon, he’s gained a reputation for making some of the nation's best European style charcuterie from locally sourced ingredients. When he’s not curing meat for his two restaurants and for retailers around the country, he is fly-fishing the Pacific Northwest’s famed waterways or bird hunting with his pointer, Leather. Here Cairo shares his recipe for Hirsh Peffer, a traditional Swiss stew using game meat marinated in wine: [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 18, 2013

    South Africa Petition Wants To Ban Melissa Bachman From Hunting There

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Melissa Bachman, host of the show "Winchester's Deadly Passion" posted a picture of herself on her Twitter account with a lion she shot in South Africa, prompting viral outrage. Negative and vulgar comments poured in to the now-deleted account, including one from comedian Ricky Gervais.

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