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5 Best Places to Find Deer Shed Antlers - The Camping Page

Shed antlers tell many tales to savvy hunters who listen.<p>Locating a hefty piece of bone poking through melting snow tells you that a big buck is in …

Buck at Sunset - White tailed deer, Ottawa, Ontario

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Spot And Stalk: The Art of Hunting on Foot

The nice 5×5 mule deer appeared suddenly just before sundown. I was hunkered in a brush blind near a waterhole in Montana. My main objective was elk, …

Recipe: How to Make Jalapeño Country Venison Sausage

As I mentioned in my post of a few weeks ago about chorizo chile rellenos, I have an abundance of peppers to deal with, including jalapeños. I also …

Cooking

5 Tips for Better Homemade Sausage

<i>Today, Ryan Farr, founder of 4505 Meats and author of Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide with Recipes</i> <i>is taking our sausage-making skills up a few notches. Get your grinders and spices ready, folks: There's no going back to mediocre sausage.</i><p><b>1. Get your (cold) meat and ingredients ready.</b> Before you …

How to Make a "Hot" Wild Game Jerky

As hunting season fast approaches (seriously, it’s almost July already), it’s time to start cleaning out the rest of the venison in the freezer. I …

BBQ

How to Make Your Own Homemade Jerky | Men's Health

All you need is an oven, a hunk of fresh animal flesh, and a few secret seasoning blends. From there, it’s easy if you follow O’Sullivan’s 5 steps.<p><b>1. Go Shopping</b><br>Buy a 2-pound piece of top round steak, and ask the person behind the counter to trim off any visible fat and silver skin. The leaner the …

Video: Four Tips for Deboning a Deer

I wanted to share with you one of the better videos out there on how to debone a deer carcass. Tim McClendon of McClendon Country Meats, in Roseburg, …

Understanding the Second Rut

No sooner did I ink my last post, “Bucks Still Running in the Northeast,” that everything shut down. My deer network in several states has noted a …

Hunting

Tips for Blood Trailing and Recovering Game: What to Do Before and After the Shot

Few things in hunting are more frustrating than losing an injured animal. For most, an animal is “lost” when the blood trail dries up and they are …

Where to Shoot a Deer for One-Shot Kills

To kill an animal with a single shot is the goal of every responsible hunter. Most of us were taught to put a bullet in the "boiler room," the heart …

Two Great Recipes From Two New Cookbooks

If you’re like me, you enjoy cooking from cookbooks (I’m useless in the kitchen without some written instructions on the counter), and already this …

Seafood

Feast Your Eyes

A strong argument can be made that the ultimate trophy is the game and fish you bring home for dinner. Here are recipes and tips to help you cook …

Cooking

Not Seeing Deer? Here's Why

Every year as the rut winds to an end, we outdoor writers begin compartmentalizing the reasons for the tough hunting—and the strategies you should be …

Hunting

How to Score on a Late-Rut Buck

The rut is virtually over where I hunt in South Carolina. Most of the rut activity in Florida and Arkansas is over, too. Parts of Georgia, Alabama, …

Get Crafty To Outsmart Survivor Bucks

The deer left in the woods aren’t getting any easier to hunt now that the rut is over. In fact, these survivors are just coming off an advanced …

Hunting