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6 ways Spring Scouting Means Big Fall Bucks

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A serious hunter’s work is never done. Springtime is one of the best times of the year to get out in the woods and learn some things about your hunting area that you couldn’t learn at any other time of the year.

By Bernie Barringer

Springtime is not
just for fishing and turkey hunting. Serious whitetail hunters crave
opportunities to learn more about whitetails year-‘round, and I’m one of them.
Those first nice days of spring when the snow melts off and the woods are
coming alive with life once again are great times to get out to the properties
you hunt and look them over. You will be surprised at what you will learn. Here
are six reasons I like prospecting for bucks in the springtime.

Spring scouting
helps me learn how deer use terrain
features
. During the fall, leaves are dropping, which covers up a lot of
the sign. Trails that are indistinct during the late summer and fall are
glaringly obvious during the spring before plant growth is working against you.
Deer tend to follow the same terrain features generation after generation, and
the springtime is the best time to get out there and see where the well-worn
trails are found. You will not only learn things about their travel patterns on
that particular property, but you will learn things about how deer use the
topography and terrain that will help you diagnose the movement on other
properties.

Scrapes, rubs and other rut sign is
still there and easy to see. Now is the time to spend analyzing how the rubs
are laid out in a specific pattern. In the fall, you walk right by them because
you want to spend your time hunting. In the spring, you can really work the
puzzle out. Take note of which side of the tree they are on and see if several
rubs line up with the markings on the same side of the tree. You have just
found a buck’s travel way.

Signpost rubs and
groupings of scrapes show you where a buck spends a lot of his time.
Collections of several rubs in one small area may indicate a preferred bedding
area.  Bucks tend to rub a few trees when
they rise from their beds in the afternoon, and their sanctuaries will often
have several dozen rubs in less than an acre. A spot like this could be a gold
mine come fall.

In the spring, you
can walk right into the bedding areas
and sanctuaries
without worry about damaging your hunting prospects. You
would never walk right into the deer’s bedding area during the hunting season
for fear of moving the bucks entirely out of the area. No such worry in the
spring because your intrusion will be long forgotten by the season. Wade right
in and look it over good. Make some improvements by hinging a couple trees and piling
up brush. I know one hunter who carries a bag of grass seed and seeds good
bedding cover as he scouts these areas.

Combine your scouting with shed antler
hunting.
Keep in mind that the place a buck drops his antlers may have
little to do with his fall patterns, because his winter patterns revolve around
food, whereas the fall patterns revolve more around interactions with does and
other bucks. But picking up shed is fun and it allows you to get an idea which
bucks made it through the winter.

Spring is the time
to put out mineral licks. I put out
mineral as soon as the show is off the ground and the deer use the mineral
licks all through the spring and summer. The mineral not only offers the deer
healthy diet enhancement, but it allows you to inventory the deer with trail
cameras placed at these mineral sites. One good mineral lick maintained
regularly should be on each piece of property, and for large properties over
300 acres, two sites is even better.

Once you have
found great looking places to hunt with lots of deer activity, put up some treestands. Putting up
stands and trimming shooting lanes in the spring offers the chance to spend the
necessary time in the woods without the worry of leaving human scent all over
the area. By putting up stands early, there is plenty of time for the scent
intrusion to dissipate. Your cuttings, tracks, trimmings and markings are long
forgotten by fall. You may have found a place that will be a great hunting
location year after year, now is the time to get a stand in position and take
advantage of it.

So take some time
out from fishing or turkey hunting this spring and get into the woods. The work
you do now might make the difference between holding a nice buck in a
photograph versus holding an unfilled tag come next fall.

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A serious hunter’s work is never done. Springtime is one of the best times of the year to get out in the woods and learn some things about your hunting area that you couldn’t learn at any other time of the year.

By Bernie Barringer

Springtime is not
just for fishing and turkey hunting. Serious whitetail hunters crave
opportunities to learn more about whitetails year-‘round, and I’m one of them.
Those first nice days of spring when the snow melts off and the woods are
coming alive with life once again are great times to get out to the properties
you hunt and look them over. You will be surprised at what you will learn. Here
are six reasons I like prospecting for bucks in the springtime.

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Spring scouting
helps me learn how deer use terrain
features
. During the fall, leaves are dropping, which covers up a lot of
the sign. Trails that are indistinct during the late summer and fall are
glaringly obvious during the spring before plant growth is working against you.
Deer tend to follow the same terrain features generation after generation, and
the springtime is the best time to get out there and see where the well-worn
trails are found. You will not only learn things about their travel patterns on
that particular property, but you will learn things about how deer use the
topography and terrain that will help you diagnose the movement on other
properties.

Scrapes, rubs and other rut sign is
still there and easy to see. Now is the time to spend analyzing how the rubs
are laid out in a specific pattern. In the fall, you walk right by them because
you want to spend your time hunting. In the spring, you can really work the
puzzle out. Take note of which side of the tree they are on and see if several
rubs line up with the markings on the same side of the tree. You have just
found a buck’s travel way.

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Signpost rubs and
groupings of scrapes show you where a buck spends a lot of his time.
Collections of several rubs in one small area may indicate a preferred bedding
area.  Bucks tend to rub a few trees when
they rise from their beds in the afternoon, and their sanctuaries will often
have several dozen rubs in less than an acre. A spot like this could be a gold
mine come fall.

In the spring, you
can walk right into the bedding areas
and sanctuaries
without worry about damaging your hunting prospects. You
would never walk right into the deer’s bedding area during the hunting season
for fear of moving the bucks entirely out of the area. No such worry in the
spring because your intrusion will be long forgotten by the season. Wade right
in and look it over good. Make some improvements by hinging a couple trees and piling
up brush. I know one hunter who carries a bag of grass seed and seeds good
bedding cover as he scouts these areas.

Combine your scouting with shed antler
hunting.
Keep in mind that the place a buck drops his antlers may have
little to do with his fall patterns, because his winter patterns revolve around
food, whereas the fall patterns revolve more around interactions with does and
other bucks. But picking up shed is fun and it allows you to get an idea which
bucks made it through the winter.

Spring is the time
to put out mineral licks. I put out
mineral as soon as the show is off the ground and the deer use the mineral
licks all through the spring and summer. The mineral not only offers the deer
healthy diet enhancement, but it allows you to inventory the deer with trail
cameras placed at these mineral sites. One good mineral lick maintained
regularly should be on each piece of property, and for large properties over
300 acres, two sites is even better.

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Once you have
found great looking places to hunt with lots of deer activity, put up some treestands. Putting up
stands and trimming shooting lanes in the spring offers the chance to spend the
necessary time in the woods without the worry of leaving human scent all over
the area. By putting up stands early, there is plenty of time for the scent
intrusion to dissipate. Your cuttings, tracks, trimmings and markings are long
forgotten by fall. You may have found a place that will be a great hunting
location year after year, now is the time to get a stand in position and take
advantage of it.

So take some time
out from fishing or turkey hunting this spring and get into the woods. The work
you do now might make the difference between holding a nice buck in a
photograph versus holding an unfilled tag come next fall.

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Christensen Arms® Awarded SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Contract

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GUNNISON, Utah – (August 21, 2019) Christensen Arms has been awarded contract number 4400021290 by the State of South Carolina to produce a version of the Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 model firearm for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Under the contract, Christensen Arms will provide 410 semi-automatic rifles chambered in 223 WYLDE for the division. […]

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GUNNISON, Utah – (August 21, 2019) Christensen Arms has been awarded contract number 4400021290 by the State of South Carolina to produce a version of the Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 model firearm for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Under the contract, Christensen Arms will provide 410 semi-automatic rifles chambered in 223 WYLDE for the division. […]

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What’s Better than Popeyes AND Chick-fil-a? A Fried Pheasant Sandwich

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Behold—the fried rooster.

Behold—the fried rooster. (Colin Kearns/)

Before we begin, let me set the record straight: The new Popeyes chicken sandwich is better than the Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich—by a country-fried mile. OK, now that we’ve got that out the way, let’s move on to an even better sandwich, the fried rooster.

There are plenty of great ways to cook pheasant—roasted, made into soup, or grilled with a beer can up the rear—but my favorite method, at least with breast meat, is with hot oil in cast iron. With the exception of maybe wild turkey, pheasant fries better than just about any game I’ve ever cooked. The meat stays tender and moist, and pairs perfectly with a salty, crunchy, golden crust. And there’s no better way to eat fried pheasant than in a sandwich.

What sets this beauty apart from a Popeyes or Chick-fil-a sandwich—aside from, you know, the improved flavor you get from honest, organic, hard-earned meat—is that it’s easy to get. The first time I tried to order the Popeyes sandwich, they were already sold out by 1 p.m. The second time, I had to wait in line for 25 minutes, which is longer than it took me to cook the fried rooster. What’s more, the pheasant sandwich brought back some great memories of flushing birds with friends behind good dogs. All I got from the Popeyes sando was a stomachache.

Here’s how to make your own fried pheasant sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 2 pheasant breasts (or wild turkey breast meat)
  • Peanut oil
  • 1 cup whole flour
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. cayenne powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Buttermilk
  • Mayonnaise
  • Hot sauce
  • Brioche bun
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Dill pickle chips

Directions

  1. <p>Preheat the oil in a cast-iron skillet to 350 degrees.</p>
  2. <p>In a large bowl, mix the flour and cornmeal with the spices. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Pour enough buttermilk into a separate bowl so the pheasant breasts can take a bath in it. Set this bowl next to the one with the seasoned flour.</p>
  3. <p>Lightly coat the pheasant breasts in the seasoned flour, then dip them into the buttermilk. Let the excess milk run off, then drop the breasts back into the seasoned flour. Make sure you coat every bit of the breasts with the seasoned flour, because this will make for a crunchier sandwich.</p>
  4. <p>Place the pheasant breasts into the skillet and fry for about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Once they’re finished cooking, transfer them to a plate or cutting board and immediately season with salt.</p>
  5. <p>Meanwhile, mix a few tablespoons of mayonnaise with several dashes of hot sauce, then generously coat both the top and bottom buns with the sauce. Add a pile of shredded lettuce to the bottom bun, top it with the pheasant breasts, and add a few dill pickles. Dig in and enjoy.</p>

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Behold—the fried rooster.

Behold—the fried rooster. (Colin Kearns/)

Before we begin, let me set the record straight: The new Popeyes chicken sandwich is better than the Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich—by a country-fried mile. OK, now that we’ve got that out the way, let’s move on to an even better sandwich, the fried rooster.

There are plenty of great ways to cook pheasant—roasted, made into soup, or grilled with a beer can up the rear—but my favorite method, at least with breast meat, is with hot oil in cast iron. With the exception of maybe wild turkey, pheasant fries better than just about any game I’ve ever cooked. The meat stays tender and moist, and pairs perfectly with a salty, crunchy, golden crust. And there’s no better way to eat fried pheasant than in a sandwich.

What sets this beauty apart from a Popeyes or Chick-fil-a sandwich—aside from, you know, the improved flavor you get from honest, organic, hard-earned meat—is that it’s easy to get. The first time I tried to order the Popeyes sandwich, they were already sold out by 1 p.m. The second time, I had to wait in line for 25 minutes, which is longer than it took me to cook the fried rooster. What’s more, the pheasant sandwich brought back some great memories of flushing birds with friends behind good dogs. All I got from the Popeyes sando was a stomachache.

Here’s how to make your own fried pheasant sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 2 pheasant breasts (or wild turkey breast meat)
  • Peanut oil
  • 1 cup whole flour
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. cayenne powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Buttermilk
  • Mayonnaise
  • Hot sauce
  • Brioche bun
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Dill pickle chips

Directions

  1. <p>Preheat the oil in a cast-iron skillet to 350 degrees.</p>
  2. <p>In a large bowl, mix the flour and cornmeal with the spices. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Pour enough buttermilk into a separate bowl so the pheasant breasts can take a bath in it. Set this bowl next to the one with the seasoned flour.</p>
  3. <p>Lightly coat the pheasant breasts in the seasoned flour, then dip them into the buttermilk. Let the excess milk run off, then drop the breasts back into the seasoned flour. Make sure you coat every bit of the breasts with the seasoned flour, because this will make for a crunchier sandwich.</p>
  4. <p>Place the pheasant breasts into the skillet and fry for about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Once they’re finished cooking, transfer them to a plate or cutting board and immediately season with salt.</p>
  5. <p>Meanwhile, mix a few tablespoons of mayonnaise with several dashes of hot sauce, then generously coat both the top and bottom buns with the sauce. Add a pile of shredded lettuce to the bottom bun, top it with the pheasant breasts, and add a few dill pickles. Dig in and enjoy.</p>

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Ep. 294: How Deer See, Hear, Smell, and Survive with Pat Durkin

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Today on the show I’m joined by freelance writer and whitetail hunter Pat Durkin to get back to the basics of whitetail deer and how they see, hear, smell, and survive. Subjects Discussed Pat’s whitetail and journalist history How Pat…

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