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Photos: How to Design a Trophy Room

January 29, 2015

A trophy room should be an inviting space to entertain family and friends, while preserving the best memories of your sporting adventures.

Whether you call it a trophy room or game room, in reality it’s a memory room. Inside is a gallery of the best mementos and artifacts from time spent outdoors. It’s a place that celebrates the beauty of field and forest, stream and sea. It’s where we go to relive the thrill of our sporting adventures, and to respect and admire our quarry. How to design and build these special rooms is the topic of an annual seminar held as part of the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention and expo in Dallas. The event, most recently held January 15 to 18, 2015, is Texas’ biggest showcase of hunting...

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Video: 7 Wild Game Appetizers to Heat Up Super Bowl XLIX

January 27, 2015

Game day is almost upon us, but is your fridge ready?

Whether you are a Patriots fan, a Seahawks fan, or none of the above, just about everybody agrees that the food is one of the best parts of game day. It is also a very necessary part, unless you want to be shunned by your guests and former friends by not providing adequate grub. So you could make a last minute run to the supermarket and scrounge up some chips and some of that disgusting prepackaged five-layered dip, or you could do your shopping in the great outdoors. Here are seven easy-to-make wild game recipes that will be sure to make you the host of the year for Super Bowl XLIX. Some...

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A Simple Guide for Understanding Application, Drawing, and Tag Terms

January 14, 2015

If you are going to drag out a big buck, you must first go through the process of getting a tag. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you understand the ways tags are allotted in the various states, you’ll be drawing premium tags in no time.

Acquiring a deer tag to hunt in a state far from home can be a confusing process, but this explanation of terms and definitions will help you navigate to the deer license you have always been wanting. Applying for a nonresident tag in a state far from home can leave you with an overwhelming feeling. Game laws regarding tags are complicated and at times very confusing. It seems like every state is different, and laws within a state can differ from one species to another. With that in mind, my "Glossary of Tag Terms" that follows should help you navigate the clutter by...

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Where, How, and Why: DIY Antelope Bowhunting

January 8, 2015

Mike Zmek of Blue Rock Outfitters in Montana has put dozens of hunters on their first antelope. Many of them transition to DIY hunts. Antelope hunting can be quite addicting. Image courtesy of Mike Zmek.

Most bowhunters get their start in pursuit of deer. Whitetails are the number-one game species targeted by bowhunters by a large margin, mule deer are high on the list in the Western United States. When bowhunters turn to a second big game species, the black bear gets the nod followed by the antelope. In fact, west of the great plains, the antelope is a highly-sought-after species that lends itself well to bowhunting. Some hunters start out with an outfitter to learn the ropes and others just jump in head first with a hunt on their own. Antelope hunting is all kinds of fun, they are...

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Where to Find Color Phase Black Bears

January 7, 2015

The cinnamon-colored bear the author shot in 2014 during a spring hunt in Saskatchewan gave him three of the four color phases. His quest to become one of the first hunters to take all four major colors with a bow is now three-quarters of the way complete.

Some may be surprised to learn that black bears come in a wide variety of colors. Black bears are often loosely grouped into the four following color phases: Blonde, which is a yellow to very light-brown color. A blonde bear's head or legs may be darker. Cinnamon, which is brownish with a distinct red tint characteristic of the spice after which it is named. In some areas these are called red bears. Brown or chocolate, which can range from fairly light brown to a deeper chocolate-brown color. Black, which of course is unmistakably black, often accompanied by a shiny sheen. Blacks...

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Trigger Control for Shotgunners: Don’t Think about It!

December 22, 2014

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I take some heat from readers and colleagues because I still call what I do to make a shotgun fire “pulling” the trigger. They’ve informed me that the correct word, these days, is to "press" the trigger rather than "squeeze" or "pull" it, especially when it comes to handguns and rifles. Granted, “press” is probably is the more precise choice because it can describe the motion of a single finger while “squeeze” is more commonly associated with whole-hand movement like “squeezing” an orange. And you definitely don’t want to move your entire hand when you’re aiming a...

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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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