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Deer Hunting

  • February 10, 2014

    Beef Recall is Another Good Reason to Eat Wild Game

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    By David Draper

    Two large-scale industrial food scares within the past week have me thankful my household subsists almost exclusively on wild game. Last week, PFP Enterprises, a Texas-based meatpacker, announced the recall of more than 15,000 pounds of beef that could be contaminated with up six different strains of E. coli.

    If that’s not enough to make you think twice about picking up a shrink-wrapped Styrofoam tray of meat at the local Kroger, consider this USDA announcement released Saturday:

    Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.” [ 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

    Gunfight Friday: Semiauto Deer Rifles

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Two classic semiauto deer rifles go head-to-head this week: Dr. Ralph’s Winchester Model 100 and Jack Swanson’s Remington 740.

    The Remington 740 was comparatively short-lived. It was introduced in 1955 and replaced by the 742 in 1960. During its production run, it was chambered in .308, .30-06, .244 and .280. There are some complaints about its durability, but apparently Jack Swanson’s rifle never got that memo. It has been shot forever and is still alive and ticking.

    The Winchester Model 100 is one of the better-looking semiautos ever made. It was envisioned as a companion to the lever action Model 88. Introduced in 1961, it was produced in .308, .243 and .284 until 1973. Dr. Ralph’s rifle is new to him and has no history — yet. But it’s a beautiful 100. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 6, 2014

    Write the Best Caption, Win a New Bow!

    By Scott Bestul

    That’s right, a bow. Which means this ain’t just any old caption contest—no “Write a Caption, Win a Bottle of Deer Pee ” deal. We actually asked for a bottle of deer pee, but when we did the folks at Bass Pro Shops said, “Well, sure, we could do that. But, you know, we’ve also got this awesome bow we’d like to give away to somebody. Would that work?”

    Yes. Yes it would. [ 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 5, 2014

    Wounded Deer Attacks and Injures Louisiana Hunter

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    Five weeks after being gored by a wounded buck on Christmas Eve, hunter Bobby Neames of Clinton, La., says he’s still having nightmares about the ordeal.

    Neames was hunting from a stand when he shot a big buck he had seen on his trail camera pictures. He hit it in the neck and the deer ran into the woods. Neames followed 15 minutes later and suddenly found himself face-to-face with the wounded deer.

    "It happened so fast. I was 20 feet away when he lunged up from a squatted position, and within one-tenth of a second, he'd hit me," Neames told Shreveporttimes.com. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 4, 2014

    Deer Hunting Gear: 3 Good, Affordable Ladder Stands

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    By Scott Bestul

    Dave Hurteau, who edits David E. Petzal’s Q&A column, sent me this question from Petzal’s overflow bin:
    I am a beginner bowhunter and would like to know your recommendation for a ladder stand that is cheap but will not make me wonder how good my safety harness is? --Nick Koury, St. Louis, Missouri

    What you want in a treestand is what most guys want—a model that won’t break the bank, or your neck. There are some truly cheap ladders out there, but to get that added measure of security and solid construction, you need to spend just a bit more, and I think it’s worth it. I’ve been using a lot of ladder stands in the last few years, and they keep getting better and surprisingly less expensive. Here three solid, affordable models to look at: [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 3, 2014

    New Binoculars: Bushnell Excursion EX

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    By The Editors

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    The Good Glass for Peanuts Era started about 5 years ago when all of a sudden, it seemed, every big-name manufacturer was rolling out shockingly good binoculars in the $250 to $350 range. The GGP era rolls on in 2014, but the big wrinkle we noticed at the SHOT show is that this year glass-makers seem to be willing to take even fewer nuts for very serviceable binos. [ 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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  • January 30, 2014

    Big Bucks Vs. Hunter Recruitment and Retention, Part 2

    By Dave Hurteau

    We have begun a good discussion. So let’s continue. Many commenters, jjas being the first, pointed out that access is the biggest issue affecting recruitment and retention. No doubt that is true. But as this is a deer blog, I’ll point out (as I did briefly in the last comment section) that the biggest trend in deer hunting — managing for trophy bucks — has a significant effect on access. Not everywhere perhaps (as Dougfir rightly notes), but in many places to be sure. 

    At our Heroes of Conservation Roundtable discussion, I submitted two questions related to this point: 

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  • January 28, 2014

    New Hunting Pack: Alps Outdoorz Crossfire

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    By The Editors

    Features are the name of the game when it comes to new hunting packs and Alps' Crossfire has plenty of them. It sports a vented mesh back panel, a frame system, and a detachable accessory pocket. It also features a gun or bow carrier, a blaze orange pack cover, and more compression straps than you'll need.

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