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Cookin’ in Camo: Suds and Squirrel with a Mushroom-vegetable Ragout

September 17, 2014

Small game season is IN! Maximize the value of your harvests with this delicious dish.

Squirrel is one my favorite small game animals. They come in a variety of species and are wildly abundant throughout the world. With many of our states’ squirrel seasons finally open, it only seems to bring this dish to the table! Braised in rich, flavorful beer and infused with the earthiness of mushrooms, you can’t help but go "nuts" after the first bite! Ingredients 4 ounces thickly sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 squirrels, 2 pounds each, cut into 6 pieces (don’t dare discard the heads---put them in the pot as well) 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 4 ounces...

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Michigan’s Youth Hunting Programs Keep Sporting Traditions Strong

September 17, 2014

When our son was three, he started going afield to goose hunt with us. Waterfowl hunting is a great way to teach kids about hunting and conservation.

Most of us who hunt come from families of hunters. The love for the sport gets passed down from one generation to the next, with fathers and mothers looking on with pride as sons and daughters take to the field. With the rich tradition of hunting ingrained in the DNA of the state of Michigan, it does the heart good to see how the state has embraced our youthful hunters. I can remember the first time I went deer hunting. I was very young, not able at the time to carry a rifle of my own. My father has passed away several years before, so Ted, a family friend, asked my mother whether I could...

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South Carolina Coyote Population Stabilizes at New High

September 2, 2014

Coyotes in South Carolina have plateaued, but not at a number that many would like.

Officials from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say that the coyote population has leveled out over the past few years, but at a much higher number than before. Although there is no accurate estimate of how many coyotes live in South Carolina, The State reports that hunters harvest about 30,000 of the animals annually, compared to less than 20,000 roughly a decade ago. “People just want DNR to make the coyotes go away,” said Emily Cope, DNR deputy director...

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Cookin’ in Camo: Coniglio alla Cacciatora (Hunter-style Rabbit)

August 25, 2014

Look good to you? Read on to learn how to prepare this "hunter-style" rabbit dish!

Rabbit hunting is pretty emotional for me. Like many, I cut my "outdoors teeth" on small game hunting. Some of my earliest memories are of trudging through chin-high brush carrying a pocket knife decorated with an American flag, while my dad walked ahead of me toting a gun. Now a grown man, I still love hitting the fence rows and brush piles in search of those “wacky wabbits.” The difference between then and now is that I get to carry the gun! Serves 4 to 6 Prep time: 2 hours and 30 minutes Cook time: roughly 2 hours Join me as we once again go “forest to fork” with...

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Colorado Health Officials Warn of Plague in Small Game

August 22, 2014

Residents are warned after the first confirmed case of bubonic plague in Colorado since 2011.

Boulder County health officials have announced that fleas from a dead prairie dog tested positive for bubonic plague earlier this month. The animal was found in the city of Boulder after residents noticed its carcass on their property. According to a press release, health officials have already set warning signs in the area where the animal was found, as well as nearby parks and open spaces. Residents are warned to avoid wildlife such as squirrels, prairie dogs, and other small rodents that...

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Tips for Calling Squirrels to Enhance Hunting Fun and Success

August 19, 2014

Proper calling is one of the most important parts of squirrel hunting.

Communicating with game is one of the absolute joys of hunting. For squirrel hunters, calling can fire up a forest and increase fun and success, just as it can for turkey, deer, and elk hunters. Calling adds versatility to your hunting arsenal and allows for more efficient and effective hunting. ESG_BrownellsEssentialsKits_PR_400_300...

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Dogs Gone By: On the Front Line in the War Against Prairie Dogs

July 21, 2014

The battlefield upon which the author's battle against prairie dogs was fought: Silver Spur Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming.

We awoke at dawn. Most of us were slightly nervous, but energized by the certainty of impending combat. I doubt the enemy ever sleeps. They’re too busy digging tunnel networks. We’d been the ones to choose the field of battle---the Silver Spur Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming. Encampment is an eerily appropriate name given the enemy’s permanent dug-in positions. Our foe has a great propaganda machine, although I have absolutely no idea how they can afford such a thing. As a result, most people know them as those cute, adorable, and cuddly...

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Video: Hunting Rabbits with a Tomahawk

June 26, 2014

Stuck-Voodoo

When you think of a tomahawk, the first thing that comes to mind likely won't be hunting with one. There is a small community of devoted tomahawk hunters who harvest anything from muskrats to squirrels and rabbits. Experienced knife or spear hunters may even try one against a feral hog, although it can certainly be more dangerous. In the video below, competitive shooter and Top Shot winner Dustin Ellermann apparently manages to take down a cottontail while demonstrating a Cold Steel Norse tomahawk to students. Ellermann makes the sidearm throw look almost...

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Tonight is a Good Night for Frogs

June 26, 2014

Back in the old days, frog gigging was one of the few activities a 16-year-old Southern boy could participate in without causing trouble.

He sat on the front porch rocking, listening; the distinguishing remarks of the bullfrog singing from the pond in front of his cabin. It was almost ethereal when the crickets clicked to the rhythm and the lightning bugs danced in step. He thought of the male’s low and distinguished, “want some, want some.” And the female’s higher, “come n’ get it, come n’ get it.” Arthur Farrell laughed. It was a joke he’d heard ages ago. Back through those ages he remembered the hot summer nights in the South when frog gigging was one of the few activities a 16-year-old boy could...

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Plague Spreads Through South Dakota’s Prairie Dog Population

May 19, 2014

Prairie dogs are especially vulnerable to plague due to their densely-packed underground colonies.

Hunters traveling to South Dakota this year may be hard-pressed to see a prairie dog, especially in the southwest parts of the state. The cause is sylvatic plague, and while the plague has been active in the state since as early as 2004, it has now spread as far north as the Fort Pierre National Grassland. The Associated Press reported that the disease is taking a heavy toll on colonies across South Dakota's central prairie. “In the last few years I’ve seen some...

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