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Southwest Venison and Hominy Soup

Depending on your location, you may not be familiar with hominy. In the southeastern U.S., it often gets cooked whole and served as a side dish. In the Southwest, it gets dried and ground into the masa flour used for tortillas and tamales. To make hominy, dried field corn gets...


5 Subtle Ways You’re Missing Ducks

Veteran duck hunters know the drill after whiffing on a bird: Stand as if stunned, mouth agape, and shake your head, as if it’s never happened before. It’s a good way to save face. However, with honest introspection, we typically know that our form or swing was off. Now and...


Cuban Elk Smash Burger

A Cuban sandwich isn’t actually Cuban. The roast pork, ham, and cheese combination was most likely concocted in Miami to cater to Cuban workers living there, but there is no doubt that it is tasty. What could make it even better? Taking those same ingredients and adding them to an...


Do Gut Piles Spook Deer?

Don’t field-dress that deer near your stand, or you’ll ruin it for the rest of the season! That’s conventional wisdom with the time-honored stamp of approval from the old guys in deer camp. But does that mean it’s true? Do gut piles really spook deer? It’s something we can never...


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North American Super Slam: 29 Big Game Animals You Need

The Grand Slam Club — later to become Grand Slam Club/Ovis — was founded in 1956 by Bob Housholder. It was a time of rising popularity for conservation, and records preservation was part of that initiative. One of his goals was to document those who bagged all North American trophies...


Sickly Mountain Lions Spotted in Santa Cruz, California

Multiple sightings of sickly mountain lions in Southern California are raising concerns that the cats’ poor condition is linked to last year’s wildfires or to poisoning by fire retardant or rodenticides. According to SFGate , a malnourished mountain lion was captured in downtown Santa Cruz and at least one other...


The Benelli Super Black Eagle: One of History's Great Duck Guns

Dark forms whirled overhead as I glanced nervously at my phone, wishing legal shooting light would arrive just a little sooner over the North Platte River. Soon, the familiar rituals of another duck hunt would consume me. Yet this day was different. I was carrying a Benelli Super Black Eagle,...


Slow Cooker Venison Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those comfort foods that many of us grew up with. I’ll admit, I hated meatloaf as a kid. But tastes change, and I’m on the meatloaf bandwagon now. You can do it in the oven or on the Traeger Grill, but this method is even easier...


Is it Safe to Hunt with Old Ammo?

The ammunition shortage of 2020 and early 2021 has had a massive impact on shooting and hunting. As early as last June, shelves were becoming bare of popular cartridges like the .223 and 9mm. By October, when most gun hunters started prepping for deer season, it was difficult if not...


Aggressive Squirrels Attack Residents of New York City Neighborhood

Aggressive squirrels have terrorized a Queens, New York, neighborhood, causing some people to fear leaving their homes. Micheline Frederick is still recovering from bite wounds after she was attacked by a squirrel in December 2020. “You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you’re like ‘Okay, you got a...


6 Killer Late-Season Duck Calling Tips

Late-season duck hunting brings many challenges, including calling. Some days, it seems like birds have heard — and ignore — every sound you can utter. Don’t despair. Even the pros have days when ducks shun their best routines. But they adapt their approach to find notes that bring birds sure-kill...


Traditional Italian Lasagna with Ground Elk Meat Sauce

I love lasagna. Those layers of pasta, meat sauce, and cheese just do it for me. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had a lasagna I didn’t enjoy. That said, there are definitely some that stand out for me. This traditional Italian recipe with meat sauce, mozzarella, Romano, and...


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