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50 Best October Reader Photos

Huge elk, big bucks , nice trout and funny trail cam pics: these are the 50 best photos taken by our readers in October.

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2012 Pumpkin Contest: Win Knives and Machetes from Gerber!

Go find a pumpkin, carve it up, take a picture, and enter the photo in our 2012 Pumpkin Carving Contest. We'll give some great prizes from Gerber to the most creative jack-'o-lantern carved in a hunting, fishing, survival, or shooting theme.

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  • 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 7, 2014

    All That Remains: How to Make Game Stock

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    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 ]

  • March 26, 2014

    Year-Round Wolf Season for Northern Idaho Residents

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    By Ben Romans

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has announced it will allow wolf hunting 365 days a year on private property in the state’s northern Clearwater Region, an area that stretches from the Salmon River to the Canadian Border.
     
    IDFG made the decision last week during its annual meeting on proposed changes for the upcoming hunting season. IDFG Clearwater Regional Supervisor Dave Cadwallader told the Associated Press the change was largely made to give landowners the ability to protect their property.
     
    “It gives them an opportunity to help themselves if that is what they need,” he said. “In the end, I don't think you are going to see an active hunting effort.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: How Marinades Really Work

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    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 20, 2014

    How to Teach a Kid to Turkey Hunt

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Photo: Wyatt Bradford Barrett, 8, Florida

    A couple of years ago, on a plane returning home from Texas, I sat next to a 7-year-old boy who had just added a Rio Grande to his Osceola, putting him halfway through his turkey Grand Slam. Whether a 7-year-old is mature enough to understand a Grand Slam—or even killing a turkey—is a question for another time. What’s undeniable is that many kids now get their introduction to hunting in the turkey woods.

    My generation started with .410s and squirrels, but we didn’t have any choice: There weren’t any turkeys. Now they’re everywhere, and most states hold youth seasons before the regular season. Many adults are more interested in turkey hunting than in small game anyway, and that’s how their kids learn the sport. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 17, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: 7 Secrets to the Best Corned Beef Hash Ever

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    By David Draper

    It’s hard to say which I like better: a big meal of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, or that day-after cure of corned beef hash and eggs. Both are among my favorite meals of the year, but only the latter has the ability to put a high point on what is normally a rough morning. But there’s more to corned beef hash than mixing together meat and potatoes and frying it in a hot skillet. Here are seven of my hard-won secrets to creating the best corned beef hash you’ve ever tasted.

    You can also make a great St. Patrick’s Day (or anytime of year) meal by substituting venison roast or even goose breasts for beef brisket when making corned beef. You can find my recipe for corned goose here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Bushmaster AR 15 vs Howa 1500

    By Phil Bourjaily

    This week’s gunfight is a battle of varmint rifles. An AR 15 matches up against a bolt action.

    I was surprised by the overwhelming negativity in the comments section when I tried “FebruARy Madness” two weeks ago. At the same time, “FebruARy Madness” garnered over 600 votes, which shows pretty strong interest in the AR platform. So, based on the comments and the vote totals, I am wondering if there is a silent majority of AR fans out there who just keep their mouths shut and vote.

    Maybe we’ll find out this week as two Gunfight Friday regulars face off. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: Rabbit Sott'olio

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    By Jonathan Miles


    Photo by Johnny Miller

    Craig Wallen, the chef at New York City’s ’Cesca restaurant, does an amazing thing with rabbit: Employing an old Italian method of preserving meats and vegetables called sott’olio, he submerges rabbits in oil and slow-cooks them until the meat is tender and rich. Then he dresses the warm meat in a salad for a perfect counterbalance. The only difficult part of this recipe is pouring that much oil into a pot—but it’s worth it. Be sure to fish the garlic out of the oil for later: Spread the cloves on toasted bread for a killer snack. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    What's the Strangest Thing You've Ever Eaten?

    By David Draper

    A few weeks ago I was up in Milwaukee, speaking about food at the 2014 Pheasant Fest. I ate plenty of good food while I was there, and had a couple beers of course, but by far and away the best meal I had was at Hinterland. I can’t recommend it enough. Along with Hank Shaw and several friends from Pheasants Forever, we were lucky enough to secure the chef’s table, and gave ourselves to the whims of Chef Dan Van Rite and the rest of his staff.

    After an initial appetizer of roasted Brussels sprouts, I don’t think we saw another vegetable for about eight, or maybe nine, courses. Instead, we got salami, beef heart tartare, oysters, elk loin and I don’t even remember what else. It was all amazing and by the end I was in physical pain from the food, drink, and laughter we enjoyed over several hours.

    One thing I did not get while I was there, but was featured on the menu, was the Pan Seared Duck Testes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2014

    Washington Girl Shoots Cougar Stalking Her Brother

    By Ben Romans

    An 11-year-old girl came to her sibling’s aid on Feb. 20 by shooting a mountain lion that appeared to be following her brother into the family’s home in Twisp, Wash.
     
    According to the New York Daily News, Thomas White had already scared the cougar away twice that day. It returned around 3:30 p.m. when his daughter, Shelby, and son, Tanner, 14, were returning from school.
     
    Tanner went outside to feed the family’s dogs, unaware the lion was hiding underneath one of the family’s parked cars. The cat followed him to the house. That’s when Thomas looked out a window and saw the cougar just 10 feet away. Shelby, who had a permit to kill cougars, grabbed her rifle immediately and shot the lion. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    The Perfect Rabbit Gun

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Now that it’s February, everything is closed here in Iowa but rabbit season, which naturally brings up the subject of rabbit guns. Like the Most Interesting Man in the World, I don’t shoot rabbits often, but I when I do, I shoot them with a shotgun. 

    Usually I shoot rabbits when I’m bird hunting and my dog isn’t looking. So my “rabbit gun” is whatever I’m carrying for pheasants or quail. That usually means an IC/M 12 gauge and whatever lead or non-toxic load I’m shooting that day.

    The perfect rabbit gun, though, doesn’t have to be a 12. Although I’ve never mangled a rabbit with a 12, it doesn’t take a lot of pellets to kill a cottontail. In fact, the best rabbit shoot I ever went on was a quail hunt in which the quail didn’t show up and the rabbits did. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    5 Tips for Better Braising

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    By David Draper

    Sometimes, when I mention the word “braising,” people look at me all quizzically—like I’m talking about some fancy, foreign cooking technique. Nothing could be further from the truth. Braising is the very simple act of cooking something—generally meat—at a low temperature under moist heat for a long period of time.

    Sounds a lot like cooking in a Crock-Pot, doesn’t it?

    In fact, anytime you’re using a slow-cooker, whether making a pot roast, stew, cacciatore, or any number of other low-and-slow recipes, you’re braising. You can also braise in a heavy-duty pot on the stovetop or in the oven. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Trapper Attacked by Owl While Checking Snares

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    By Ben Romans

    A trapper in Nova Scotia was checking his snares last Tuesday night when an owl swooped down and sank its talons into his face.

    According to CBC News, Kevin O’Neil was heading into the woods to collect rabbits when he saw the owl perched in a tree. He even stopped to jokingly talk to it. But a half-hour later, when O’Neil was walking back to his truck with rabbits in tow, the bird attacked. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Shooting Tips: Keys to Long-Range Coyote Hunting

    By David Draper


    Photo by Windigo Images

    Much of the excitement of hunting coyotes comes from calling them close, but predators are wary by nature, especially when they’ve been called to, and shot at, before. On more than a few occasions I’ve watched a coyote come from a quarter-mile only to stop just out of what some people might call reasonable range. But with the right setup and some practice under your belt, you can push the limits of reasonable and put that long-distance dog down. Here’s where to start. [ Read Full Post ]

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