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Hunting seasons winding down for the year

December 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

GrouseThe end to this year’s hunting seasons is in sight. The forest grouse season’s final day is Dec. 31. These grouse include blue, spruce and ruffed.The spruce grouse is also known as a franklin grouse or a fool hen and, also, a fool’s h...

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Third week of Christmas gift ideas

December 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the last of a three-part series about Christmas gifts for outdoor-minded people.The past year has found two new items in my food preparation tool shed. Last week we discussed the Excalibur Meat Tenderizer and Jerky Slicer, which is ...

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Second week of Christmas gift ideas

December 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the second of a three-part series about Christmas gifts for outdoor-minded people.Gifts abound for outdoor-minded people. Higher priced items, such as firearms, scopes and compound bows, were discussed last week. Today we will cover...

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The annual Christmas gift series

November 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the first of a three-part series about Christmas gifts for outdoor-minded people.The questions began during my first year of writing this column and have continued every year for the past 27 years. They come from wives, husbands, so...

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Cactus bucks are a fact

November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Cactus bucks are a part of deer life, but not every deer’s life. What is a cactus buck? Basically, a cactus buck is a deer with antlers still in velvet with several points. Some of the points grow in irregular parts of the antlers resemblin...

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Book review and other things

November 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

Karen Crook called a couple of months ago.“I’ve just finished reading a book and thought of you might enjoy it also,” she said.Now it is in my hands and has been read from beginning to end. The book: “Voyage of a Summer Sun, Canoeing the Co...

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Butchering deer

November 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

Butchering big game is simply making small pieces of meat out of one large piece of meat. Years ago, perhaps 30 or more, an older hunter provided instruction about butchering a deer he had taken. He instructed and my duty was the butchering...

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Low buck numbers change plans

October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the last of a two-part series about the 2017 Deer Camp.The Coleman Power Cat, a portable catalytic heater provides early morning heat at The Hut. It is powered by a bottle of propane and a 9-volt battery. The gas heats it and the ba...

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2017 Deer Camp

October 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the first of a two-part series about the 2017 Deer Camp.Saturday, Oct. 14, was cold. Hunting buddy Rudy Lopez was up early and out the door. My feet didn’t hit the floor for several more minutes.It was cold inside The Hut, too. The ...

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Gardening for wild game meals

October 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

There was a successful garden at my house this year. It was a splendid gardening year. The cucumbers produced at an abundant routine. Due to circumstances which isn’t quite clear, we ended up with 15, maybe 20, plants in the ground.Cucumber...

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