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How We Started Hunting!

By: Paul Murray

Sitting in my treestand for the first hunt of the season, my mind drifted back through my 30 years of hunting to the time when we got our first deer. I could not help but smile as I glanced up the ridge to the South West of my stand position.  Sitting there remembering the excitement, the happiness and the feeling of true accomplishment of the day that unfolded on that comfortable fall afternoon about 200 yards from where my treestand is located.

When I was 12 years old and my brother Scott was 10 we went on our first deer hunt with our father. We did not hunt on opening day, because the weather was forecasted to be miserable and dad didn’t want us to miss a full day of school. So we would have to wait until the first weekend of the season, as our shotgun season opened on Monday’s back then. That week was one of the longest I can ever remember. Finally it was Friday, we got out of school early that day and we headed to our families property in the South West Corner of New York State.

As soon as we got there, we got dressed and headed to the woods. We had spent so much time growing up in these woods, yet they seemed so different on this day, almost as if there was an actual purpose to being there. We only had about two and a half hours of daylight to hunt.

After we marched single file through the meadow in knee deep snow to the woods edge, dad stopped and looked at us and told us two things. First off, where we were headed, and secondly “When I stop, you stop!” That went in one ear and out the other for both of us.

We only had to walk another couple hundred yards to where we were hunting for the evening. We sat there for an hour when Dad looked at the two of us shivering with our noses running and said “Let’s move down the trail about one hundred yards, I know a good place to sit.” As soon as I jumped to my feet, about 100 yards down through the woods on the deer run we were hunting, I saw something move and did a double take.

Recreation of the author, his brother and father’s first hunt
A family that hunts together stays together, the Murray’s 2012
The Authors son, helping his papa celebrate another successful opening day
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SusieQ: Venison Sausage Meatballs

 

By: Sue ‘SusieQ’ Burch

Venison Sausage Meatballs

1 lb premium sausage
1 lb ground venison
1 egg
2 or more cups shredded cheese (I used 3 cups)

Mix all ingredients together.  I put mine in my mixer and let my dough hook mix it up for me.  When it was mixed up really good, I took out my cookie scoop and put my balls on my cookie sheet covered with non-stick parchment paper. I didn’t put the parchment down for the first batch and I can tell you, that was not a good idea. The clean up was a major mess.  I won’t make that mistake again. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes depending on how large your Venison Sausage Meatballs are.

All ingredients in my mixing bowl waiting to be mixed up.Dough hook in mixing bowl churning away getting all ingredients mixed up.

 

By: Sue 'SuzieQ' Burch
All ingredients in my mixing bowl waiting to be mixed up.
Dough hook in mixing bowl churning away getting all ingredients mixed up.
All mixed up and ready to be made into balls.
This is so much easier then rolling out one ball at a time... just scoop up a ball and put it on the pan.
My pan full and going into the oven with non-stick parchment paper. I should have put down non-stick parchment paper under the Venison Sausage Meatballs so they wouldn't stick. My cookie sheet was a mess!!! I learned my lesson on this one. I had to soak my cookie sheet on top of scrubbing it to death.
Turn out so much better... cooked 15 minutes instead of 20 minutes and the parchment paper was a lifesaver as far as cleaning the pan. I am going to cut back on the cheese since it seems so much of it melted out anyway. Note: You will notice the balls won't increase in size like normal sausage balls because it does not have any biscuit mix, flour of any kind. Just meat, egg and cheese.
This is the second recipe that I have tried making Low Carb Venison Sausage Balls and this recipe is by far much better than the first one I tried.
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Venison Hot Dog Chili

INGREDIENTS
2lb. venison
2Tlb. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin (optional)
1 cup Ketchup
2 cups water

Two pounds of venison or any ground meat you want to use.Brown ground venison and drain any grease.

In pan, brown venison and drain any grease.

Add chili powder and (cumin if desired).

Add chili powder and cumin if desired. (Cumin gives it a bit of smoky flavor 1/2 tsp will only give a hint of smoky flavor. If you want a lot add 1tsp.) Stir well and add ketchup and water.

Stir seasoning and ground venison well.Add ketchup and water, mix well.

Blend all ingredients well and bring to a boil. Simmer on low until your preference of how juicy or dry you want chili. It should take from 30 to 45 mins. simmering on low depending on your stove.

Just starting to boil…

Also, at this point you can put it in a crock pot if you would like too. I do if I am cooking it for a cookout, family gathering or plan to take it somewhere so I can just plug it in when I get there to make sure it stays warm.







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How To Age Deer

How To Judge The Age Of Deer Like The Whitetail Biologist Do.

In this three-part video series on aging whitetail deer after harvest by using their lower jawbone. Wildlife biologist and QDMA CEO Brian Murphy shows you how to use the “tooth replacement and wear technique for aging deer.”

FIRST

In part one, Brian Murphy demonstrates the tooth replacement technique of judging a whitetail deer’s age.

SECOND

Now Brian moves on and explains how aging wears the teeth in a way that indicates the age of the deer.

THE TEST …

So now that you’ve seen and heard about the modern ways to judge the age of deer, how well can you judge a whitetail’s age? In this video you’ll take a look at the jawbone below, and then make your judgement about the age of this deer … and see what you learned.

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Tim Wells Bowhunts Africa

Tracy Breen Interviews Tim Wells About Bow Hunting Africa.

By: Tracy Breen

Tim Wells from Relentless Pursuit TV has been to Africa bowhunting a dozen times. Over the years, he has learned a few things about bowhunting African game. I recently interviewed him about bowhunting in Africa and what first timers should know before they go.

USE THE BOW YOU OWN

Tim says many people get worked up about bow draw weight, kinetic energy and broadheads. Most people who bow hunt in Africa hunt Plains game which, according to Wells, is similar to hunting whitetails and elk in America. “Unless I am hunting dangerous game, I don’t get worked up about using super heavy arrows. The average bow setup that will take down a whitetail will take down plains game including Kudu or Impala,” Wells said. “I recently hunted in Africa and used my Oneida bow tipped with a Grim Reaper Whitetail Special.  The blood trails were amazing.”

HUNT OVER WATER

Wells enjoys spot and stalk bowhunting but he believes if a person hasn’t bowhunted in Africa, he should focus on hunting over water. “Hunting over water is fun.  For starters, you get to see several different species of animals which is fun and exciting. The shots to the water hole are typically about 20-30 yards so it is similar to whitetail hunting, so the odds of success are extremely high,” Wells explained.


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Deer Pictures By Robert Hoague – First 2022 Gallery

I Just Bought A Photo Gallery Program That I Can Upload Pictures Into That Will Work In Bowhunting.Net. So I’m giving it a spin with some pictures that I took on my Sony. To View The Pictures Place Your Cursor on The Picture Above and a White Square will appear. There is a > sign in the white square. Click on it and the nexxt picture will appear. There are 15 deer pictures.

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INTERVIEW: Byron Ferguson

FA: Byron, before we get started, where were you born and raised?
I was born in Moulton, Alabama. At about 2 years of age my family moved to Birmingham and then to Hartselle, where I still live.

FA: What was your early childhood, family life like?
Let’s just say my mother had her hands full. I have always been very adventurous.

FA: Did you play sports in school?
Yes, I played baseball, football and ran track.

FA: What type of work did you do prior to your archery career?
I was a sheet metal worker for several years before getting into the outdoor sports business. I still use some of the skills I learned in sheet metal for bow designing.

FA: How did you become involved in hunting?
My Dad was always good to take me hunting. I shot my first animal, a rabbit, with a 410ga shotgun at age 2 or 3.

FA: I understand you were a gun hunter before taking up the bow. Who or what convinced you to try bowhunting?
I got into bowhunting as soon as I learned I could hunt deer 4 weeks earlier than with a gun. When I was 12 I worked as a brick mason helper to earn money for my first bow. It was a 55lb Browning Wasp Recurve. The guy that sold it to me told me to get a bale of hay and put a paper plate on it for a target. Paper plate my foot! I couldn’t even hit the hay bale, much less the plate.




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The Wild Boar Attacks You! Now What?

How fast can a wild boar run? How many people do they cut or injure in a year?  How many people do they kill? Should you run, Yes or No? What can happen to you if they knock you down? Do they carry diseases?

Bowhunting.net | Wild Hog Bowhunts

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Up Close And Real With Huge Kodiak Grizzlies

Cinematographer Andreas and Greg journey far into the great Alaskan wilderness to find and film some of the largest grizzly bears in the US. And we’re talking up close and personal. I picked this video out because it has Grizzlies on the prowl and living in their native habitat. Honestly, this is not a bear hunt, but it is some of the most incredible look into the Alaskan Grizzly in their world, for real. This is so real and as wild as it can be.

Andreas and Greg go to Kodiak Island and take their cameras and courage in amongst some of the largest and wildest Grizzly bears in the world. — Robert Hoague

 

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Fred Bear Showed Me How

During the 1970’s s Dick Lattimer at Bear Archery came out with a slogan that was very popular on bumper stickers and T-Shirts. It said five simple but very true words, “Fred Bear Showed Me How”. Archery was beginning a boom that would carry into the 1980’s and beyond, and see unprecedented growth in both archery and bowhunting. Technical improvements in equipment meant that the compound bow, aluminum arrows, and other gear were attracting a new wave into the sport, yet most gave credit to a tall, slim fella in a borsolino hat named Fred Bear.

A young Frank Addington Jr. with his hero Papa Bear.

Fred Bear did show us how. Fred Bear was “us”. He was the face of the modern bowhunter and he was very careful with that image. Fred’s films showed respect for the game hunted, they educated viewers on the habitat and habits of the game and the environment, and his films sometimes made you laugh. There was adventure to be sure, like the footage of the Kodiak Bear coming up the beach. However, Fred was aware that with all eyes on him he would have to present bowhunting in a very specific way. Remember, not everyone was sold on the sport and to attract gun hunters and even non hunters, Fred was out to educate and promote.

After the shot the next view you had of Fred was usually him holding the animal. You would see a quiet celebration of the success and the hunt. The game deserves that quiet respect. The American Indian would often bow and say a prayer after harvesting game. The animals we hunt deserve this quiet moment of respect.

Papa Bear the man who did it all for archery

We have to remember in the big scheme of things, we, as hunters, are a minority in this country. We, as bowhunters, are an even smaller minority. So we must be conscious of this and strive to grow the sport. Fred Bear knew it, and he knew how to attract people to the sport.

Fred Bear also knew how to promote himself, his wares and the sport of archery. In his early days he made leather goods such as quivers, armguards, and gloves. He could not afford a booth at sports shows and would often attend the shows and invite certain attendees by his hotel room after the show closed. There Fred would have his wares displayed across his bed… and people shopped from this hotel room. At the end of the evening Fred would clear off the bed and repeat the process the next day.



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‘Fanning’ In A Big Gobbler

In April, one day before the wild turkey opener, on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota. We were preparing to hunt the reservation’s incredible population of Merriam’s wild turkeys. My friend Ken Byers, a media sales rep from Michigan, has been hunting the ‘bud for over a decade and he annually hosts a wild turkey hunt for several archery and gun industry members.

On this year’s hunt were New Archery Products’ Brady Arview, Easton’s Gary Cornum, Hoyt’s Jeremy Eldredge, and Mark Seidlinger of Media Direct. Derrick Nawrocki and Lee Heatherington were here from Grand View Media Group, publishers of magazines like Bowhunting World, Archery Business, Whitetail Journal, and Predator Xtreme, all of which I write for and/or edit.  Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo were also here filming an episode of their Archer’s Choice cable TV hunting show. It was a great group and lots of fun.

Once they leave the roost and hit the ground, these Wild turkeys at the ‘bud’ simply do not call much, and so over the years Ken has developed a radical new way of hunting them. In addition to the standard set up a blind and use decoys gig, he began “fanning” them.

“Because these gobblers do not call much nor do they respond to calling all that well, we hunt them ‘Run & Gun’ style,” Byers said. “We glass them up, then do a spot & stalk sneak to get as close as we can and set up. Then one guy raises a real turkey tail fan, hides his face behind it, and slowly moves it back and forth while peeking through the feathers.

The shooter is behind and slightly off to one side, hidden by brush and the fan. The fan gets the gobbler’s attention, and when it flips their switch they come running right at you! It isn’t unusual to get a shot under 20 yards – and sometimes even closer.

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Alaskan Brown Bear Bowhunt

Gus Congemi and Live the Wild Life travel to the Alaskan peninsula for an Archery Brown Bear Hunt. Gus harvested a SCI #1 world record Brown Bear with his bow … at 5 yards!

Bowhunting Videos | Bowhunting.net 

 

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How To Video Your Own Hunts

Fred Bear told us, “A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be . . . time to commune with your inner soul as you share the outdoors with the birds, animals, and fish that live there.”

By: Cindy Lavender

With the increase of outdoor hunting TV shows during the past few years, many people have purchased professional quality cameras and begun capturing their hunts on film. My first camera was a Canon GL-2, which, for television broadcasting, has since become obsolete; just about everything today is in High Definition.

My husband captured my first archery hunt on the GL-2 and I have since been unable to find that footage. I think I taped over it, which really upsets me, because watching your hunt for the first time and being able to replay it is such an amazing experience. I can’t tell you how important it is to keep track of everything you film; once lost, it may be forever.

Whether filming a hunt for a segment on the Nature Productions family of TV shows or my own personal use, I want to make memories and share my hunts for years to come. Aside from the basics, such as getting completely familiar with your camera equipment and keeping the lens clean, here are a few things I’ve learned the hard way.

Roll with it
When filming your hunt or anything for that matter, do not erase or rewind if you mess up. By messing up, I mean if you stumble over words, say something completely stupid, or make a mistake; just keep rolling where you left off without backing up the tape or deleting the file. Leave everything you film alone, and edit all the unwanted footage out in the editing program later. The filming part doesn’t have to be perfect or planned out. Sometimes those candid shots are the best, and bloopers are fun to watch anyway. Whether you intend to on filming a professional quality hunt or just for fun, keep the camera rolling.




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Hannah’s Country Fried Venison

How do you prepare and fry up delicious venison backstrap and then create a tasty gravy to smother the Country Fried Venison in. Hannah McCauley of Whitetail Heaven Outfitters shows you how to do it right.

– Venison Back Strap

– Milk

– Eggs

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Venison Shepherds Pie By Becky

In Becky’s family the recipe for Shepherds Pie was passed down over the years. Becky adapted it to accommodate venison and it became a family hit.

Bowhunting.net | Cooking Wild Game

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Fred Lutger Gets His First Wild Turkey Grand Slam

Fred Lutger

Grand Slam Bowhunt Recap…

Getting a grand slam of Wild turkeys is tagging one of all 4 species in the US. That’s one each of the Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande and Merriam’s gobblers. Doing it with a bow is challenging. And getting it done in one year is an even bigger deal. That was the challenge given to me by Robert Hoague. I was all for it.

Of course it all starts with Florida. If you don’t get an Osceola in Florida it just won’t happen, because unlike the other wild turkey species species there are no other states or seasons where you can hunt Osceola’s. Our plans were made, we planned on hunting the second season in Florida. It opens first in south Florida. Our airline tickets were bought, car rented and I bought my 10 day non-resident hunting license and turkey permit online.

Two weeks later Robert met me at the Tampa airport and we drove to Zolfo Springs, Florida to hunt with David Mills and Sean Kelleher. Bowhunting wild turkeys, being what it is, is never a slam dunk deal. And I muffed my first close encounter. Robert and I were videoing. I set the blind up close to the decoys, too close. The gobbler came running in from my left but I didn’t see him until he was dead on the decoys, only four steps from the blind.

This was my first hunt of the year and I had been too sloppy with my setup. The Double Bull blind shooting window was opened too far. When I began my draw the gobbler immediately spooked. It scurried off and got behind some orange trees and never offered a shot. I was disappointed, however, I had plenty of days left to get the job done.





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First Gobbler Hunt

As with all of you who love to hunt, my greatest thrill is having new adventures chasing new species.  For years I’ve wanted to hunt wild turkey gobblers.  Alas, I got that opportunity on a spring turkey hunt in Missouri.  To get ready for the hunt, I studied their habits, practiced shooting and then packed up my gear.  I was ready.

I joined Prois Pro-Staffers Barbara Baird and Jennifer Barvitski, along with Amy Brown from Bear Marketing Enthusiasts for my first turkey hunt.  We arrived in Gallatin, Missouri to hunt with Buffalo Springs Outfitters.  I felt I was well prepared.

After years of scaling the rugged Rocky Mountains pursuing elk and mule deer, I truly looked forward to what I considered a more leisurely hunt.  However, after three days of hunting the elusive Eastern wild turkey gobbler, I discovered this to be one of the toughest hunting experiences I have encountered – but not for the reasons you would think.

Stillness, defined by Webster as “A state devoid of motion”, is not at all a state of inactivity despite its simplistic definition.  Rather, stillness is a state of utter mind and body control perfected only by the  Dali Lama or Spock.  The word ‘still’ once meant serenity and calm to me.  However, after my turkey hunting experience, found that the word ‘still’ now stirs a primal Pavlovian response that closely resembles the ‘fight or flight’ phenomenon.

Day1.  I set out at 5:00 am with my guide, Bob Peetum.  A quick truck transport and brief jaunt through thick Missouri fog got us to a great clearing where Bob had recently spotted numerous wild turkeys.

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Interview: Bob Barrie

Frank Addington Jr on Bowhunting.Net and FrankAddingtonJr.com.

 

Robert Barrie – Founder Barrie Archery/Rocky Mt. Broadheads

FA: Where and when were you born?

I was born in Westbrook MN 8/28/1941, a small town population of a whopping 1000 people.

Bob and Dad fishing in Florida.

FA: What was your family life like growing up?



































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Control Deer Movement With Barricade

Barricade

BARRICADE is an annual cover screen from Antler King that grows thick and tall, allowing you to block views as well as funnel deer.

Grows fast, tall (up to 8-foot) and thickUse Barricade to block views, secure your walk-in routes and funnel deer movement.Build bedding cover/blind coverPlant your Barricade seeds in summer, lasts until winter.

Contains Grain Sorghum, Forage Sorghum and Sorghum Sudangrass As hunters, we’ve all had situations where we wanted to create more privacy for our deer or to create natural funnels and barricades. We end up wasting out time and money planting slow-growing trees or, in extreme cases, even moving earth.

Now there is a much faster, easier and less expensive solution. BARRICADE, by Antler King®, is a fast-growing, easy-to-plant mix of annual sorghums which grow quickly and grow tall.


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Bear Anatomy & Physiology

Bear Anatomy and Physiology

In this section we take a wide-ranging look at the various bear subspecies physiology and anatomy.

And don’t miss out on the VIDEO of Wayne Gast of Lethal Injection Outdoors on his successful black bear hunt in Saskatchewan. It is at the end of this article. Enjoy. Robert Hoague

Bear Size

The male bear is relatively larger than the female in nearly all species of bears.

Bear Sizes: Males vs Females

American Black Bears – Males 33% LargerBrown Bears (Kodiak) – Males 40% To 50% LargerGrizzly Bears – Males 38% LargerPolar Bears – Males 25% To 45% LargerAsiatic Black Bears – Males Slightly LargerGiant Pandas – Males 10% To 20% LargerSloth Bears – Males Slightly LargerSun Bears – Males 10% To 15% 1argerSpectacled Bears – Males 33% Larger

Alaskan brown bears and polar bears are without doubt the largest bears.

Bear Weight

Weights of bears vary between species, with polar bears and Alaskan brown bears more than ten times heavier than sun bears. Such differences between species, though due in part to genetics, are most often a result of variations in habitat, primarily diet. For example, the Alaskan brown bears of the coastal regions of North America, with a major source of fish and more lush vegetation, are nearly twice the weight of the inland brown bears (grizzly bears).

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