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Texas Officials Disagree on Whether Man Was Killed by Mountain Lion

Texas officials can’t agree on what killed a man found in a wooded area near Lipan, approximately 85 miles from Dallas, last week. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office said it suspects Christopher Allen Whiteley, 28, was fatally attacked by a mountain lion, or other wild animal. But the Texas Parks...


Elk and Wild Rice Stew

On a late spring trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area along the northern Minnesota-Canada border, I noticed several of the shops offering locally harvested wild rice. I’d cooked with wild rice in the past but never explored methods behind its growth and harvest. A conversation with a shopkeeper in...


Best States for Winter Turkey Hunting

Winter turkey seasons are a sweet tease toward the more traditional spring hunts. State depending, the weather might be bug-dope balmy. Or downright neck-gaiter bitter. Filling tags can be incidental to hunting whitetail deer, a byproduct of it — or may be road-trip intentional for the year-round hardcore turkey hunter...


6 Ducks You’ll Hate During Tough Seasons

Uncooperative ducks get on your nerves every season, but they’re especially vexing during tough years. From flaring to almost disappearing at times, their mocking behavior makes you shake your head. Hopefully, you’re not having a difficult season . But if you are, you’ve probably met these annoying birds. And if...


Coffee Braised Elk Shanks and Cheese Grits

Elk shanks often get relegated to the burger pile. That’s a shame. While the shank portion of the leg, from the knee down to just above the hoof, does have a lot of connective tissue, meaning it can be pretty tough if not prepared correctly, it’s that very connective tissue...


There’s Another Hunter in Your Stand. Now What?

One night a fellow named Dave watched me hunt deer from a treestand on public land on my television show, and it brought back sour memories for him. He wrote in an email: “Mike: One day I was sneaking into my bow stand, and when I got 50 yards away,...


6 Killer Strategies for Late-Season Deer Hunting

It’s mid-December, and a buck tag is still burning a hole in your pocket. Most of your buddies have killed their deer, and you’re starting to worry. Maybe even panic. I’ve hunted hard like I always do every year. What am I doing wrong? Did I miss the rut? Will...


Northwest Rut Report: Find the Food in the final Days

Idaho bowhunters still have a week or two to hunt in some far-north Panhandle units, though the rut is definitely in the books for 2020. The best opportunities for success at this point are mountain areas where bowhunters can stake out migration routes as newly arrived snow pushes deer to...


Stranger Saves Woman and Dog from Aggressive Buck

A woman says a stranger came to her and her dog’s rescue during a scary encounter with an aggressive buck last week. Tawney Hilliard was hiking with her pup at Flying J Park in Conifer, Colorado, when a small buck approached her. According to CBS4 , the buck touched Hilliard...


Southeast Rut Report: Secondary Rut Kicking In, Food Source Action Good

Our final Rut Report of the season brings promising news to Southeastern hunters still holding a buck tag. There’s a mixed bag of activity here in Kentucky, where the late muzzleloader season just opened. As I write this on Saturday morning, it’s warm and windy, but I got a text...


Northeast Rut Report: The Curtain Closes

Like all good things, the rut must come to an end. For a few solid weeks, the woods were alive with bucks bounding after does, throwing caution to the wind. The majority of does have been bred now, and they have gone back to their family groups. Currently, movement is...


Southwest Rut Report: South Texas Rut Getting Good

The double-edged sword of guiding for a living is that you get to hunt all of the ruts, but almost never for yourself. As soon as my big game seasons were over in Colorado, I immediately drove to Kentucky. Thanks to a hot doe, I was able to take a...


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