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Hunting

Triple Play Decoys

Use a three-bird spread of realistic decoys and kiss your ground blind goodbye.

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12 Shooting Drills That Will Make You A Better Hunter

Shot a bull's-eye from the benchrest? Got 20 out of 25 at the trap range? Great—but...
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  • 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

    Wild Cocktail: How to Mix the Mallard Manhattan

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    By Colin Kearns

    For a couple hours last Thursday afternoon, the entire 9th floor of our office building transformed into the biggest bar on Park Avenue when the various departments and magazine staffs here held a friendly competition—the Cocktail Challenge.

    The rules were simple: Each team had a $50 budget and was tasked with making or creating a cocktail for the employees in the company to drink and judge. After tasting all of the cocktails, employees were asked to vote for their one favorite. The team with the most vote wins. (In case you’re wondering, the sample sizes were all very small to ensure we could still walk at the end of the tasting. We are “professionals,” after all.) [ 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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  • April 3, 2014

    Would You Eat Fake Meat?

    By David Draper

    Despite a recent Austrian study reporting vegetarians suffer from poorer health and more chronic diseases—including allergies, cancer, and mental-health ailments—than us meat-eaters, sales of fake meat continue to rise.

    According to The New York Times, manufacturers are investing time and money into developing new vegetarian alternatives to meat and other animal-based food products as a growing number of consumers are demanding them due to “concerns over the impact of industrial-scale animal husbandry on the environment.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Outdoor Survival: First-Aid Kits

    By David E. Petzal

    I was asked what’s in my first-aid kit. Since I don’t remember, and I’m too lazy to dig it out, I’ll give you some general rules about first-aid kits that will be more useful than an item-by-item rundown.

    Don’t think about a first-aid kit as a fixed and immutable object. The kit should expand and contract, depending on where you’re going, what you’re likely to encounter, and how long will it take to get to a doctor, or have a doctor get to you. I have two first-aid kits, one for hunts, which are in close proximity to civilization, and the other for places like Alaska, where you may be left to your own devices if something happens. This saves me the trouble of re-building a single first-aid kit over and over.  Whatever you take, it should be small enough that you can keep it with you. My small kit is a little bigger than a fist and fits in a fanny pack with no trouble. The larger one is the size of maybe two fists. Package it in something waterproof, like a Ziplock bag, or better, the rollup Velcro-seal plastic bags sold in camping-supply stores. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    96-Year-Old Nebraska Waterfowl Guide to Retire

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    The end of this year’s spring snow goose season also marks the end of Ralph Kohler’s career as a Missouri River waterfowl guide. At 96, the Tekamah, Neb., guide is a living legend among Midwestern waterfowlers. Kohler began guiding hunters near Omaha when he was 16 years old, often hunting every day of Nebraska’s duck and goose seasons. He is retiring to move to California to be closer to his family.

    Kohler spent more than 45,000 hours in a blind and kept records of every hunt he made over the years. He is credited with making the first full-body goose decoy, the now-collectible K and W, which he made out of paper mache in his garage. Kohler and Dorothy, his wife of 79 years, were the only husband and wife to earn All American honors in trapshooting. They also competed successfully in ballroom dance competition throughout the country. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Lawsuit Filed Against Mining Exploration on Montana's Smith River

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    By Sarah Grigg

    In the same week that some anglers received coveted lottery permits to float Montana's iconic Smith River—a bucket list experience for many trout anglers—environmental groups filed a lawsuit to prevent mining exploration near its headwaters.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Gear Test: 4 Top Red Dot Sights

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    By Slaton L. White


    Photo by Satoshi

    When a gobbler's glowing head pops up, a red-dot sight helps you put him down. All last season, our testers evaluated four models to see which performed best.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Turkey Hunting: Sit or Sneak on a Flocked-Up Tom

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Flocked-up birds? Toms not leaving hens? Here are two ways to fill your tag anyway.

    As I hunted Nebraska's Pine Ridge with Allen Williams of Dos Plumas Hunting Ranch last year, bitter weather lingered into early spring and kept the turkeys on a mostly winter pattern. Huge flocks of hens hung tightly together. Although the shadowing toms would gobble and strut, there was no luring them away from all those girls—no matter how sweet our turkey calling. We certainly tried, but eventually, we switched to a pair of less conventional tactics to get shotgun-close to those cold-weather toms.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Video: Can You Spot the Mountain Lion?

    By Ben Romans

    Eric Martin was recently hunting for bobcats with a decoy and predator call and had his video camera rolling when a much larger cat showed up on the scene.

    In this short clip, it looks like the lion seemingly materializes from the brush. But later review reveals that it was actually present through most of the scene. If you enlarge, view at the highest quality setting, and look closely, you can see the cougar enter the frame in the first few moments of the footage. Obviously confused by the decoy, the cat approaches with caution and doesn’t waste time retreating when it realizes the ruse. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 31, 2014

    March Madness: The Elite Eight of Whitetail Shotguns

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Kentucky is not the only 8-seed to move on. In a head-scratcher of an upset (on par with the .30-06 winning last year's Long-Range Whitetail Cartridge Championship) the tricky-to-scope and not-particularly-tack-driving yet classic Browning Auto 5 has thumped the 1-seed Savage 220/212 bolt with it's excellent trigger and stellar reputation for accuracy—and affordable accuracy at that. Go figure. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 31, 2014

    Rifle Ammo: Hanged by the Neck

    By David E. Petzal

    A friend of mine has just returned from his first trip to Africa and, as all such hunters do, is now walking around with his eyes fixed on a distant continent, plotting how to get back. (The place does get a hold on you.) He was hunting for plains game, and brought along a .300 Winchester Short Magnum, loaded with Swift Sciroccos, which performed peerlessly. However, he experienced a problem that comes up very often, particularly with short-necked cases like the .300 WSM—the bullets slipped forward in the case and one of them eventually jammed its little meplat in the rifling causing all sorts of problems.

    If you’re not aware of this when it happens, you’ll yank the bolt back and the bullet will come out of the case, spilling powder everywhere and leaving you to find a cleaning rod to drive the slug out. It happened to me on an elk hunt in Colorado, using 250-grain .338 factory loads with a very long, then-experimental bullet. I barked and roared like a berserk baboon. [ Read Full Post ]