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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Grind Venison into Sausage

December 18, 2014

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SportingChef-Ep4 Want to learn more about grinding venison? Check out the video below! ...

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How to Bowhunt Last Minute Bucks

December 17, 2014

The rut is over, and so is gun season. Now deer are focused on finding and consuming food. In the opinion of many deer hunters, the late season is the best time of the year to shoot a big buck--if you can handle the cold. Image copyright Getty Images/Lynn_Bystrom.

Many bowhunters consider the early season the best time to hunt deer, and with good reason. The deer at that time are undisturbed, they can be found in somewhat predictable daily movement patterns and the weather is nice for sitting in a treestand. The rut and the gun seasons open up and the normal patterns go out the door. Bucks are running around helter-skelter and hunters either figure out how to take advantage of the conditions, or just sit home and wait it out. The majority of bowhunters who have an unfilled tag in their pocket just hang it up and wait until the following year to go...

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How to Bowhunt Last Minute Bucks

December 17, 2014

The rut is over, and so is gun season. Now deer are focused on finding and consuming food. In the opinion of many deer hunters, the late season is the best time of the year to shoot a big buck--if you can handle the cold. Image copyright Getty Images/Lynn_Bystrom.

Many bowhunters consider the early season the best time to hunt deer, and with good reason. The deer at that time are undisturbed, they can be found in somewhat predictable daily movement patterns and the weather is nice for sitting in a treestand. The rut and the gun seasons open up and the normal patterns go out the door. Bucks are running around helter-skelter and hunters either figure out how to take advantage of the conditions, or just sit home and wait it out. The majority of bowhunters who have an unfilled tag in their pocket just hang it up and wait until the following year to go...

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Wolf Trapping Tips from Canada’s Premier Trapper

December 11, 2014

Wolf hunting and trapping opportunities are now available to many outdoorsmen throughout the United States. One of Canada's most well-known trappers, Gordy Klassen, has extensive experience trapping the canines and shared some of his expertise with the author. Image copyright Getty Images/photofellow.

Wolf hunting and trapping is now available to many outdoorsmen and women in the United States after years of prohibition. Expanding wolf populations have created new opportunities for hunters and trappers in states like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Sportsmen now hunger for information about how to hunt and trap these amazing, but wary canines. The best way to learn how to catch a wolf is to look to those who have been doing it. In Canada and Alaska, wolves have not had the protections that they’ve known in the Lower 48, and many hunters and trappers...

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Can Venison

December 3, 2014

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How to Bag Yourself a Windy Day Whitetail

November 26, 2014

Deer like to spend time in the corn, and windy days allow you to move through the corn without spooking deer. It’s common to get remarkably close in these windy conditions.

It’s no secret deer do not like to move as much on windy days. The more wind; the less they move. But don’t let that make you stay home, in fact the wind opens a new set of opportunities if you know how to make the most of it. An older fellow from my neighborhood named Jim helped me get started in bowhunting by toting me around to hunting spots. He knew I had a hard time sitting still so he admonished me with this unforgettable bit of advice, “When the deer are on their feet, you stay put and let them come to you; when the deer are bedded down tight, that’s when you go to...

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Break Down a Duck—the Long Way

November 26, 2014

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3 Things to Look for to Accurately Field Judge Antelope

November 19, 2014

There are 3 things to look for when field judging antelope: length of horn, length of prong, and mass. Image by Nick Trehearne.

For some, antelope are an animal that they pursue year after year. But for others, an antelope hunt is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Knowing how to judge an antelope on the hoof can be quite difficult, making it very easy to mistake 5 inches for 10. This can potentially make for a lot of ground shrinkage and disappointment. When it comes to field judging, there are only three things to look for: length of horn, length of prong, and mass. With a few simple tricks, antelope can become one of the easiest animals in North America to score on the hoof. Length of horn When field judging the...

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November Fowlin’: Your Last-minute Guide to Michigan Waterfowl Hunting

November 13, 2014

November usually brings Michigan its first real taste of winter, and along with it, a final push of ducks and geese. Image by Derrek Sigler.

For those of us who would rather hunt ducks and geese than deer, November is just as special of a time for us as it is for those chasing whitetails around. Sure, we Michigan sportsmen and women have been able to hunt birds since the beginning of September, but the next-to-the-last month of the year is cold. Winter is just around the corner and the North Country is already frozen, meaning the big push is upon us. We all know about the gales of November. This time of year brings unpredictable weather patterns and the first real snow of the year. It also brings huge flocks of geese and the...

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4 Shotgunning Drills You Can Do at Home

November 10, 2014

As winter (and the off-season) approaches, don't let the cold temps get you down. Give these four at-home shotgunning drills a try to keep your skills sharp.

Winter’s coming. For a lot of us, that means shotgunning becomes a pain in the...thermometer! I tend to think I love all forms of shotgunning more than the next guy, but in zero or below-zero temps I find I love them a lot less. If I work up the fortitude to shoot trap in January or go on a last-day-of-the-season pheasant hunt, there’s always the inconvenience of accommodating bulky jackets with shorter stocks. Even if you don’t live in the North Country, getting to the range can be tough to squeeze into a busy day---and shooting (or even drilling) in the backyard might earn a...

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