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Freedom Munitions Gear Review

After having to wait through nearly the entire summer just to be able to use a fire arm out of doors, Kansas was hit with a cold front, and although I nearly had to put on a parka to hold up to the frigid 88 degrees it was outside (as opposed to the 110 degrees we’ve had), I used this opportunity to my advantage and spent some range-time with so

Watch for Signs of Hemorrhagic Disease - NY, NJ, and PA!

From New York Hunting Today: QDMA Urges Hunters to Watch for Signs of Hemorrhagic Disease Posted: 17 Jul 2012 02:33 PM PDT While heat and drought don’t cause hemorrhagic disease (HD), they set the stage for biting flies that spread the viruses to whitetails.

Finding Your Record Book Bull

Where is the best place to take a trophy bull elk? It’s the same question that is on the minds of every hunter hitting the elk country this year. Everyone has their honey hole, and their opinion of what state or location has the best and the biggest elk. If you check the record books, there are a few places that stand out time after time for producing some giant bulls.

ThermaCELL vs OFF Clip On

I absolutely hate mosquitoes, but I don’t like to use repellents with Deet. I figure anything that will strip paint from a car can’t be all that healthy to soak my body in.

Eclectic the noun

Eclectic the noun:

A philosopher who selected from the various systems such opinions and principles as he judged to be sound and rational.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

I sure like the way he puts his words together. Though I never thought of myself as a philosopher, to most folks I'm just opinionated bushrat.

How to Hunt the Drought

Last season, we all observed the effects of the nationwide drought on wildlife. Fortunately, we had one of the mildest winters ever to compensate and that resulted in very low winter mortality rates in game animals. Now this year, although somewhat better, we are still in a cycle of drought, and we can expect to see many of the things we saw last year with some new twists.

Easy Hunts to Plan

The summer has started. With temperatures across the nation in the 80’s and higher, the cool breezes of fall are often forgotten amongst the summer vacations, baseball practices and time spent with the kids. Unfortunately, the busy activities of summer leaves many hunters unprepared for the fall season, whether it’s because they didn’t make the time they wanted to practice with their weapon, or if it’s because they missed the opportunity to plan their fall season.

The Western Hunter lives on!

Over the last several years, I have become helplessly infatuated with hunting in the mountain states. If I could make a good living solely hunting for myself, I'd be doing it. It's what I think about when I'm awake, and what I dream of when I'm asleep. For the last 5 years, I've been a member of BGH and for most of that time, I have logged on time and time again to follow the BGH Journal and The Western Hunter Blogs. Night after night, I'd be lurking in the shadows at work, trying to read the articles on my phone.

A No Plucking Way to Dress Out a Whole Turkey

The old saying is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Well – there is more than one way to dress a turkey. Some folks just pull the breasts off and leave the rest of the bird for the coyotes, but that seems wasteful to me. When we roast a whole turkey whether it is a Butterball or wild bird, the breasts make the main course of at least one meal and most of the remaining meat gets used for turkey sandwiches the next day while the bones are stewed into stock for future use as turkey soup.

Northeast Notebook: Smell the roses

Sitting Bull is famously quoted as saying "I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie mice.

If you are a hunter, you know exactly what he meant.  Peter Hathaway Capstick reasoned that there is biological proof that humans evolved as hunters.  He explained herbivores (prey animals) have eyes on opposite sides of their head to better watch against danger.  But all hunting mammals have forward facing eyes with which we focus on the prey ahead while stalking and pursuing them when they flee.

Our lives would be incomplete without the hunt.  Yet there are times when the hunt must pause.  Game laws and closed seasons protect against over hunting.  New York’s spring turkey season ended yesterday.  It is a long wait until the September goose season and even longer until we can pursue cotton tails and white tails in the fall.  I used to find this wait almost unbearable.  I would feel frustration seeing deer casually browsing in the summer fields.  I filled my evenings with reading about other’s hunts and longing for a chance to get back in the field.  

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