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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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Catching up

October 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

There are a couple subjects on my mind this week. It’s time to catch up.Shooting sticksThe first item is a follow-up to the shooting sticks article published in the Fall 2017 Hook & Bullet.The sticks are two, 4-foot long dowels. A cane ...

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More fire starter ideas

September 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the last of a two-part series about making fire starters. We backtrack a bit and then continue.A few cotton balls were placed in a bag filled with the petroleum jelly. He kneaded or massaged the bag, causing the cotton balls to beco...

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A fire starter may save a life

September 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the first of a two-part series about fire starters.Starting a survival fire is a lifesaving skill. This fire may well keep a lost person alive through a cold night or nights in the Great Outdoors. The trick is to make sure the fire-...

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The last part of the Offutt AFB tour

September 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is the last of a three-part series about an educational trip to Offutt Air Force Base by honorary commanders and civic leaders.Today we backtrack a bit and then continue with the tour of Offutt Air Force Base. The colonel answered the ...

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