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Venison Birria Fried Tacos

From the Jalisco region down in Mexico comes one of my favorite slow-cooked meals. Birria is traditionally made with goat or beef, braised with a flavorful pepper mixture. We make ours with elk or venison. It is sometimes served as a thick stew, but we like to use it as...


Wisconsin Couple Films Bobcat Taking Down Buck in Woods Behind Their House

When a couple in Onalaska, Wisconsin, was alerted to some commotion outside by their barking dog, they got to witness and film a remarkable battle between a deer and a bobcat. The footage, posted on the teamzlabek YouTube channel , begins with written commentary that sets the scene. “Our dog...


Best Rio Grande Turkey Hunting States

The Rio Grande turkey subspecies thrives primarily in two top states, with Texas and Oklahoma weighing in as the sweet spots. In the Southwest, New Mexico and Arizona hold small populations of Rios mixed in with Merriam’s (and even Gould’s in the latter state). Trap-and-transfer management efforts have also put...


Is It OK to Jump-Shoot Snow Geese?

If you want to watch a fight, mention jump-shooting to a group of die-hard snow goose hunters , and then grab a cold drink, sit back and listen to the fireworks. Depending on whom you ask, jump-shooting spring light geese is an efficient, ethical way to kill a bunch of...


Lion’s Mane Mushroom Fritters

While wild mushrooms like morels, chanterelles, and oysters get the most attention from foragers, there is another mushroom that deserves a look. Lion’s mane, also known as bearded tooth mushrooms, grow all over the lower Midwest and South. They can be found growing on living hardwood trees, often several feet...


Best Merriam’s Turkey Hunting States

Merriam’s turkey hunting is special for its beautiful mountain views and of course the bird with the white-tipped tail itself. Add to this the overall challenge of the hunts. Spring snows can factor in. High altitude. Dangerous cats and bears. Turkeys that walk miles from the roost. Steep mountain climbs...


10 More Deer Hunting Myths Debunked

A talking head on outdoor TV puffs his chest and declares, “Man, the full moon is the worst time to hunt!” Sounds pretty good, and you buy it. Your daddy told you never to overhunt a spot, and you never doubt Pops. Stands to reason that if another hunter tromps...


What to Know About Your First Controlled Burn

An unexpected wind swirl whipped the flames of what had been a slow backfire and sent them suddenly quartering uphill and across the field, full of dormant broom sage and plume grass. My buddy Danny and I were standing on top of the hill, next to a box blind, leaning...


Idaho Houndsmen Upset Over Game and Fish Proposal to Remove Mountain Lion Quotas

An association of southeast Idaho houndsmen say the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is declaring war on mountain lions with a proposal to remove all statewide mountain lion harvest quotas. According to The Herald Journal , the Idaho Fish and Game Commission plans to approve a proposal during a...


Greek-Style Baked Rabbit

Rabbit hunts for us are a late-season affair. Lots of beagle owners don’t like to run their dogs while deer hunters are afield, and a lot of landowners deer hunt on their property until the end of the season and don’t really want hounds running all over it until they...


B.C. Farmer Grabs Lynx by Scruff of Neck, Lectures It for Killing Chickens

If you own chickens, you know keeping predators away can be challenging. When Chris Paulson of Burns Lake, B.C., encountered a Canada lynx in his chicken coop, he took an unusual course of action that has everyone talking. He grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and gave it...


How To Choose the Right Snow Goose Outfitter

Unless they have excess vacation time, several trailers packed with decoys and an unlimited fuel budget, most spring snow goose hunters book with a guide to (hopefully) assure a quality experience. But laying down your cash is the easy part. Before that occurs, you should thoroughly investigate outfitter options and...


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