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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.

hunter

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.

hunting

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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This is What it's Like to Decapitate a Gobbler with The Judge Revolver

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This close encounter with The Judge revolver gives turkey hunting a new look.

Fan hunting for turkeys, also known as reaping, has gained popularity in the past half decade. However, not many hunters choose the Judge revolver as their shotgun of choice.

This close encounter for Culpepper will give most hunters an adrenaline rush. Can you guess how many yards this shot is taken at?

I’ve personally never shot the Judge before, but from what I understand, it’s a revolver-turned-shotgun, typically loaded with a .410 cartridge. Because the .410 is a smaller shotgun shell size one would have to get closer than if they were hunting with a .12 or .20 gauge.

It apparently is possible to take out a turkey with a .410 if the shot is just right.

WARNING: Turkey reaping, while fun, is only recommended on private land where it is certain there are no other hunters. I hope it’s obvious after this video why that is the case. When you’re hiding behind a real turkey fan, hunters could get confused.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

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the judge revolver

This close encounter with The Judge revolver gives turkey hunting a new look.

Fan hunting for turkeys, also known as reaping, has gained popularity in the past half decade. However, not many hunters choose the Judge revolver as their shotgun of choice.

This close encounter for Culpepper will give most hunters an adrenaline rush. Can you guess how many yards this shot is taken at?

I’ve personally never shot the Judge before, but from what I understand, it’s a revolver-turned-shotgun, typically loaded with a .410 cartridge. Because the .410 is a smaller shotgun shell size one would have to get closer than if they were hunting with a .12 or .20 gauge.

It apparently is possible to take out a turkey with a .410 if the shot is just right.

WARNING: Turkey reaping, while fun, is only recommended on private land where it is certain there are no other hunters. I hope it’s obvious after this video why that is the case. When you’re hiding behind a real turkey fan, hunters could get confused.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

NEXT: Now This is Turkey Fan Hunting Done Right

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Cooking: Wild Turkey Breakfast Sausage

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By MeatEater

Wild Turkey Apple Sausage Recipe

Ingrediants: 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey legs (or a mix of legs and breast), cut into 1½-inch cubes 14 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into large pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion, diced 2 medium sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 to 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Zest of 1 lemon

Freeze the turkey meat and bacon on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the apples and continue to cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spread in a thin layer, and let cool in the refrigerator.

Grind the turkey and bacon into a large bowl set over a large bowl of ice. Add the cooled onions and apples, the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Mix well with your hands.

Pinch off a small bit of the sausage mixture and cook in a little oil in a skillet to test for seasoning. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Form patties with a slightly wet hand. I like to make them 3 inches in diameter because they’re easy to throw on the grill or in a pan, but you can make them any size you want.

Cooking: Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and put a little oil in the pan. Working in batches, sear the sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Note: To freeze, stuff sausage into poly meat bags in ½-pound or 1-pound quantities, depending on how many people you typically serve. You can find all the special equipment used for this recipe at Weston Cooking Game: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage brought to you by Weston.

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By MeatEater

Wild Turkey Apple Sausage Recipe

Ingrediants: 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey legs (or a mix of legs and breast), cut into 1½-inch cubes 14 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into large pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion, diced 2 medium sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 to 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Zest of 1 lemon

Freeze the turkey meat and bacon on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the apples and continue to cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spread in a thin layer, and let cool in the refrigerator.

Grind the turkey and bacon into a large bowl set over a large bowl of ice. Add the cooled onions and apples, the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Mix well with your hands.

Pinch off a small bit of the sausage mixture and cook in a little oil in a skillet to test for seasoning. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Form patties with a slightly wet hand. I like to make them 3 inches in diameter because they’re easy to throw on the grill or in a pan, but you can make them any size you want.

Cooking: Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and put a little oil in the pan. Working in batches, sear the sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Note: To freeze, stuff sausage into poly meat bags in ½-pound or 1-pound quantities, depending on how many people you typically serve. You can find all the special equipment used for this recipe at Weston Cooking Game: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage brought to you by Weston.

IDEO: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage For Breakfast, From MeatEater

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Disabled Vets Can Get a Free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

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In case you didn’t know, here’s how disabled veterans can get a National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass completely free.

There are more than 300 million people who visit and enjoy our country’s National Parks, and gaining a Lifetime Pass is on the wish lists of outdoorsmen and women in every corner. And thanks to the VA’s VAntage Point blog, we were tipped off to a pretty sweet deal for a subgroup that’s deserving of having a wish like that granted.

In a sign of respect and a way to say thanks, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service has granted entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation areas for those who have served and sacrificed for their country.

The Access Pass program makes them available for any U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability

Veterans who have a Veteran’s Administration disability rating (10 percent or higher) can get the free lifetime Access Pass, and it isn’t even that difficult to obtain. It allows for the Pass owner and anyone inside their vehicle (for vehicle fee areas) or in their group (up to three other adults for per-person entrance fees) to get in without charges.

There are also discounts on expanded amenity fees like camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours for Access Pass holders.

Here’s how to apply:

In person at any participating federal recreation site. Present your photo identification (Drivers license, State ID, or Passport) and documentation proving a permanent disability (VA awards letter, VA ID with service connected annotation, VA summary of benefits, or receipt of Social Security disability income). The pass will be given to you then and there.

By mail with a completed Access Pass application form, proof of residency, and one of the following: a VA disability award letter, a VA summary of benefits, or proof of SSDI income. Send the acceptable documentation and a $10 processing fee to the United States Geological Survey (for full address and details, visit the link above). The pass will show up in the mail 10-12 weeks after receipt.

After that, you’ll just need to show a photo ID with the Access Pass, and you’re set to visit Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, or any number of other, beautiful outdoor places. There are millions of acres of Bureau of Land Management or Bureau of Reclamation lands, plus U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and USDA Forest Service lands to experience the greatness of our country’s historic and wild places. Our federal recreational lands really give meaning to “America the Beautiful.”

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In case you didn’t know, here’s how disabled veterans can get a National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass completely free.

There are more than 300 million people who visit and enjoy our country’s National Parks, and gaining a Lifetime Pass is on the wish lists of outdoorsmen and women in every corner. And thanks to the VA’s VAntage Point blog, we were tipped off to a pretty sweet deal for a subgroup that’s deserving of having a wish like that granted.

In a sign of respect and a way to say thanks, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service has granted entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation areas for those who have served and sacrificed for their country.

The Access Pass program makes them available for any U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability

Veterans who have a Veteran’s Administration disability rating (10 percent or higher) can get the free lifetime Access Pass, and it isn’t even that difficult to obtain. It allows for the Pass owner and anyone inside their vehicle (for vehicle fee areas) or in their group (up to three other adults for per-person entrance fees) to get in without charges.

There are also discounts on expanded amenity fees like camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours for Access Pass holders.

Here’s how to apply:

In person at any participating federal recreation site. Present your photo identification (Drivers license, State ID, or Passport) and documentation proving a permanent disability (VA awards letter, VA ID with service connected annotation, VA summary of benefits, or receipt of Social Security disability income). The pass will be given to you then and there.

By mail with a completed Access Pass application form, proof of residency, and one of the following: a VA disability award letter, a VA summary of benefits, or proof of SSDI income. Send the acceptable documentation and a $10 processing fee to the United States Geological Survey (for full address and details, visit the link above). The pass will show up in the mail 10-12 weeks after receipt.

After that, you’ll just need to show a photo ID with the Access Pass, and you’re set to visit Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, or any number of other, beautiful outdoor places. There are millions of acres of Bureau of Land Management or Bureau of Reclamation lands, plus U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and USDA Forest Service lands to experience the greatness of our country’s historic and wild places. Our federal recreational lands really give meaning to “America the Beautiful.”

NEXT: HISTORIC OUTDOOR PEOPLE: JOHN MUIR, ‘FATHER OF THE NATIONAL PARKS’

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