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Deer Hunting

  • August 13, 2009

    Chad Love: Would You Wear Mantyhose?

    By Chad Love

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    Pantyhose.  It's  one of those dark secrets real men just don't talk about.   But if you took x-ray glasses into half the duck blinds and deer  camps in this country you'd find more sexy stockings than you see at the  Moulin Rouge. Ultra-Sheer, nude, black, fishnet, lacy,   control-top, we've worn 'em all, skulking around the woods   worrying that our wives are gonna get really pi**ed if we get a  runner in  their L'eggs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 12, 2009

    Sharp-Dressed Man?

    By Scott Bestul

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    One of my hunting buddies has a t-shirt that has always amused me. “There’s a place for all God’s creatures,” it proclaims in bold print, with various game animals silk-screened nearby. Then, in slightly-smaller script, the punch line: “Right next to the potatoes and gravy.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 10, 2009

    Rifles of Interest: Montana High Country Series Ridgeline

    By David E. Petzal

     

    Montana Rifles started out as a barrel maker in the early 1990s, but shortly after that began development of its own action, a highly refined version of the Winchester Model 70 which it calls the Model 1999. (The list of refinements is too long to cover here; you can see it on their website.) This action is living proof of why so many people are so dippy about the Model 70. The M 1999 is a Model 70 to the 10th power. It is the slickest, greasiest, most-positive-in-operation action that you have ever used. Watch the cartridges slither into the chamber and the empties come flying out, and feel your heart fill with joy.

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  • August 10, 2009

    Camera-Shy Deer?

    By Scott Bestul

    I have a buddy who hates trail cameras. His main beef? He feels the flash and/or sound of the camera spooks the very deer he’s trying to scout. I’ve seen enough photos of bucks looking leery of —if not high-tailing it from—a camera to feel there is certainly something to my buddy’s claim. As another camera-phobic pal puts it; “How would you feel if you were taking a night-time stroll and someone shot a strobe at you from 15 feet?”

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  • August 10, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Michael Vick and The HSUS

    By Dave Hurteau

    Even with the Yanks and Sox locked up in a critical four-game set over the weekend, all anyone wants to talk about on sports-talk radio is Michael Vick. Stuck in the car, I had to listen to a parade of analysts applaud Vicks’ new coziness with the country’s leading anti-hunting group—one after another explaining how Vick’s road back to the NFL and its fan’s good graces should include plenty of stops to publicly snuggle up with Humane Society of the United States and score some photo-ops with cuddly animals.

    So this morning, to find out how animals feel about Michael Vick, I went to the HSUS website to read a statement by President and CEO Wayne Pacelle, who according to the site’s bio is, like few others, “in a position to speak for animals” (I’m guessing that Dr. Dolittle is one of the few others):

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  • August 7, 2009

    Bourjaily: Blast From The Past

    By Phil Bourjaily

    A lot has changed in shotgunning since I started hunting in 1979, and I don’t think anything has changed as much as slug shooting has. I remember the days before rifled barrels and sabot slugs. Back then, people really did brag about slug guns that could hit a five-gallon milk jug at 100 yards. My old Polychoked A-5 probably couldn’t hit a milk can every time at 100 feet but I shot quite a few deer with it at close ranges and never lost one.

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  • August 7, 2009

    Favre Pitches Wildgame Innovations’ Acorn Rage

    By Dave Hurteau

    So what’s Brett Favre going to do now that he’s “officially” retired? Have a look, on Wildgame Innovations’ website (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the TV screen). [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 6, 2009

    The Big Blow Up

    By Scott Bestul

    It’s rare for me to have the privilege of watching a buck get older. Oh, I get to track the odd 2-1/2 year old make it into the beginnings of maturity the next year…but that’s often the end of my history with him. In my area, a 3-1/2 year old buck is a special critter; not exactly rare, but certainly unique and often hard to keep tabs on.

    Of course, the jump in growth from a buck’s second set of antlers to his third can be amazing. Mass, height and width can all skyrocket, turning a simply “pretty” buck into what many, many hunters would consider a trophy. But when a buck gets the chance to reach full maturity—those prime years between four and eight—he can truly turn into a giant.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Michigan Man Stages One-Man Deer “Cull”

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    Prosecutors say a man upset at deer infesting his Grand Haven neighborhood mounted an illegal cull [of eight deer] with a .22-caliber rifle.

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  • August 3, 2009

    High Tech Bow Building

    By Scott Bestul

    There’s little doubt that modern compounds are the most efficient shooters ever produced. But just how do they manufacture the thousands of bows demanded by hunters and shooters every year? The video below gives a peek at the process from the Bow Tech factory, and I found it highly entertaining.

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  • July 31, 2009

    In Memory of William Tapply

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    By Dave Hurteau

    In my first couple years with F&S, I edited a handful of articles by Bill Tapply. I didn’t know him as the literary force he was. The English professor and author of more than 40 books, including two dozen mystery novels, never let on to any of that in our few phone conversations. His writing was clean and tight—not much to discuss there. So we talked grouse hunting and flyfishing. I didn’t think anything of it. Having no clue of his stature, I saw no reason why he shouldn’t speak to a perfectly green editor as a friend and an equal. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 30, 2009

    Trail Cams: A Sure Cure For Those Post-Vacation Blues

    By Scott Bestul

    I was on vacation with my family for the better part of a week, and it is always tough to return. But last year, I figured out a trick that lets me look forward to getting back home; I stick out a bunch of trail cameras! Instead of mourning my return to work routines and house chores, I find my excitement building the closer the vehicle gets to our house.

    So after helping unload the van ... [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 30, 2009

    Experts Say: Little Correlation Between Deer And Lyme Disease

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    By Dave Hurteau

    From The New York Times:
    When deer are scarce, ticks don’t necessarily become scarce, because they have alternative hosts. Indeed, several recent studies. . . in New York and New Jersey found no correlation between deer and ticks.

    Second, ticks and Lyme disease are rare or absent in parts of the United States (the Southeast, most of the Midwest) where deer are abundant. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 30, 2009

    North Dakota Food Pantries To Serve Bullet-Killed Venison Again

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    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Associated Press:
    A North Dakota program that distributes venison to the needy will resume accepting deer that have been killed with lead bullets . . . [after accepting] only deer killed with arrows last year, fearing that firearm-shot meat might contain lead fragments.

    Executive director Ann Pollert says venison that is distributed at food pantries will be labeled with a warning for pregnant women and young children because they are most at risk from lead poisoning. [ Read Full Post ]

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