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5 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Cast Iron

Cast-iron cooking utensils have been around since 513 B.C. They became popular in England around 1100 A.D. and came to America with the first settlers. While its popularity dropped a bit 20 to 30 years ago with the advent of space-age, non-stick surfaces, cast iron is currently experiencing a resurgence...


How Will the Pandemic Affect Waterfowl Season?

Headlamps cut through the hazy pre-dawn, confirming our fears. We had unexpected company in our opening-day goose field, and the uncertain COVID-19-influenced 2020 waterfowl season had begun. The situation shouldn’t have surprised us. With widespread furloughs, layoffs, travel restrictions and safer-at-home orders during the 2020 pandemic, more folks throughout the...


Venison Bitterballen (Fried Dutch-Style Meatballs)

Bitterballen meatballs might just be the favorite snack of Holland. These little bite-sized morsels aren’t your standard meatball. They are crispy on the outside with a soft and gooey venison and gravy center — more of a fried croquette than a standard meatball. Traditionally they’re made with beef, but we...


What's the Word on EHD This Deer Season?

This has been a bizarre and difficult year for all of us, but I have some good news to report from the whitetail world. As of mid-September, outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in deer herds are minimal across America. In fact, so far, 2020 has the lowest infection rate...


Video Footage: Bear Repeatedly Enters Lake Tahoe Gas Station, Customer Smacks It on the Butt

Surveillance footage shows a number of dangerous close encounters between a large black bear and people at a Lake Tahoe gas station. Footage taken on Aug. 30 and shared by CBS Sacramento shows a bear lying on the Kings Beach Chevron convenience store floor devouring candy and crackers for approximately...


South Texas Ranch Owners Sue Seller and Real Estate Broker Over Subpar Deer Herd

Rosita Creek Ranch in Eagle Pass, Texas, was advertised as a “true sportsman’s paradise.” The 7,000-acre property, with an asking price of approximately $14.5 million, features four large lakes for waterfowl hunting and fishing and is home to blackbuck antelope and other South Texas critters, but the buyers say it...


How to Make Your Own Homemade Sauerkraut in a 5-Gallon Bucket

Sauerkraut is one of the better-known fermented foods in the world. It came about as a way to preserve fresh cabbage for long periods without refrigeration. To make it, thinly sliced and salted raw cabbage goes through the process of lacto-fermentation, which uses lactic-acid-producing bacteria to preserve foods in a...


New Missouri GPS Study to Track Turkey Poult Mortality

Wild turkey locations and movements are a mystery, adding to the bird’s appeal. As a result, biologists rely heavily on telemetry technology to understand the dynamics of wild turkey breeding, brooding, and mortality factors. Their conservation efforts ultimately benefit both the bird itself — and those of us who love...


What the Heck Is Rice Breast in Ducks?

The greenwing would have been lunch. The protozoans had other plans. Seconds after starting to skin the plump drake, I noticed its dark breast meat was littered with small white granules. Disappointed, I recalled some college zoology lessons and realized I’d be eating a sandwich that noon. Many hunters have...


Kentucky Fried Squirrel

I’ll give the Colonel his due. His chicken is pretty good. But it has nothing on KFS — this extra-crispy version of fried squirrel. We use between 10 and 12 herbs and spices, go ahead and count ’em, for a flavor that is remarkably similar to a famous chicken recipe...


It’s Hot. You Shot a Deer. Now What?

If you’re not bowhunting already, you will be in a few weeks, and chances are the September or early October weather will be warm to downright hot. Whether you shoot a doe or a 150-inch buck, it is both your ethical and legal obligation to properly care for the meat...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Atlantic Flyway

Our first Duck Hunting Nation roundup centers on the Atlantic Flyway. From tiny wood duck sloughs to coastal gunning for sea ducks, the region offers perhaps unmatched variety for waterfowlers. Despite recent reductions to daily limits of mallards and Canada geese, the flyway continues to produce solid hunting opportunities. We’ve...


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