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Deer Hunting

  • April 16, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: Try a Pickle Juice Brine

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    By David Draper

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  • April 16, 2014

    Classic Deer Guns and Crapshoot Accuracy

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Generally speaking, today’s rifles are much more accurate than yesterday’s, which leads people to think that the old guns can’t shoot. Many can’t, for sure. But some can.

    I have a Savage 99 in .300 Savage that shoots just over a minute of angle and a Remington Model 141 in .35 Rem. that shoots just under. I got lucky with those. On the other hand, I have a Winchester Model 70 Classic Compact in 7mm-08 that won’t put three shots inside a cantaloupe no matter what I feed it. Them’s the breaks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    March(ish) Madness: Announcing the Deer Shotgun Champ

    By Dave Hurteau

    And so it's the 870 in a walk. I might fall down dead of shock.

    From the very beginning our online editor, who is still young enough that the spark of romanticism has not yet been fully stamped out, dreamed that the Ithaca might win this whole thing. That would have been surprising, and wonderful. But, like so many things, it couldn't be.

    Instead, you have voted for the 870 fair and square (and shoved our online editor a bit farther down the knife's edge of life). [ 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

    NY Suburb's Deer Birth Control Program Gets Slow Start

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Organizers of a whitetail birth control program in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, admit the effort is off to a slow start, citing heavy snow, regulations, and “the unpredictability of the animals.” Workers from the Humane Society of the United States had hoped to catch 40 to 50 does and inject them with a birth control drug, but they have only caught eight after a month, The Associated Press reports.

    The contraceptive program, designed by Allen Rutberg, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, is said to be the first attempt to control a free-roaming deer population in a suburban area. “Free roaming” is the key word, unfortunately for the HSUS workers trying to capture deer. Heavy snow in the park the deer ordinarily call home drove the animals into the shelter of back yards, forcing workers to go door to door asking permission to capture deer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Spring Scouting: The Search for One Killer Spot

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    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 8, 2014

    Secrets of the Whitetail Rut

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    By Scott Bestul


    Photo by Lance Krueger

    We deer hunters can never claim that we lack information. We know all about deer habits and habitat, preferred forage and growth rates, physiology and reproductive practices. We can identify the size of a deer by its tracks, its gender by its urine, and its current feeding preferences by its droppings. We watch deer on trail cams and name animals we've never seen in the flesh. So, is there such a thing as TMI—too much information—when it comes to whitetails?

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  • April 8, 2014

    March Madness Championship: Remington 870 vs Ithaca Deerslayer

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Two classics collide in the championship of our Sweet 16 of whitetail shotguns. The Remington 870, America’s shotgun, meets the Ithaca Deerslayer. The 870, deservedly the number one seed in its division, has probably shot more deer than any other shotgun in the tournament. The Deerslayer, on the other hand, is one of the first dedicated slug guns, and still one of the best.

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  • April 8, 2014

    Are UFOs Scouting for Deer?

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    By Ben Romans

    There’s something mysterious in the Mississippi sky watching the deer on Rainer and Edith Shattles’ land — or is there? That’s the question the couple is asking after a series of images captured by a trail camera on their property in the Cumbest Bluff area in Jackson County show mysterious lights appearing and disappearing above unsuspecting whitetails.
     
    “We have unusual things happen around here that happen, but it’s usually associated with our grandchildren. But this case, we didn’t know what it was,” Edith said. “I was looking for a nice buck to be showing up on the trail camera actually.” [ 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 ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Two Ways to Deal with Buck Fever

    By David E. Petzal

    Drawing on my extensive medical background, I classify buck fever as a form of hysteria in which your cerebrum and cerebellum shut down simultaneously and you are left either paralyzed and unable to do anything except wet yourself (or worse) or do really odd things like cycling a whole magazine of ammo through the rifle without pulling the trigger.

    We know that the sight of a big-game animal can have a profound physical effect on the body. Back in the 1990s, at a plantation loaded with really monstrous whitetails, scientists attached heart monitors to a number of deer hunters who then climbed into their trees stands to await one of these behemoths. When a Serious Deer did stroll by, heart rates went instantly from normal resting (about 72 beats per minute) to close to 200 per minute, which is a trip to the ER for many people. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    March Madness: The Final Four of Whitetail Shotguns

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Two Final Fours in one weekend. What more do you want? And ours is a contest of mostly classics, including the Remington 870, the Mossberg 500, and the Ithaca Model 37 Deerslayer. It was, in fact, nearly a contest of all classics, as the 8-seed Browning Auto 5 was outpacing it's superior A-Bolt sibling until the final minutes, when a late run put the latter on top at the buzzer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Scott Bestul

    A great prize always brings out the best captions, and with your choice of three Cabela's trail cams on the line—you guys came through again. As usual, the elite judging panel at Whitetail 365 (Hurteau and me), chuckled, guffawed, and argued until we had a winner.

    But first, here are ten entries that came oh-so-close to claiming the prize.

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