How Camping Can Bring Your Family Together

Camping is a great idea to consider when planning a trip for you and your entire family. A great thing about camping is that there can be a lot of fun to be had out in nature. The best thing about it is the benefits you can get from being out there socializing with the loved ones while enjoying everything that nature has to offer people of all ages.

Bonding Time

This is the most important benefit of camping with your loved ones. You all have to pitch in to accomplish goals successfully. It often takes more than one person to set up a tent-like the Coleman Montana 8 Tent or to gather firewood. It will also probably take the whole group to clean up the site after it was used. Not only that, you try getting a cell signal at a campsite.

I’m not sure if it’s the trees or clever marketing to lock cell signal, but good luck trying to get any of your tablets or smartphones to work while out there. That means fewer distractions for one’s children to avoid conversation with the parents. You are able to use this opportunity to get them to really talk to you. If not, at least you guys can only be entertained by each other telling stories or playing games. Even taking in nature together can be a great experience for all kids of any age.

They will be entirely focused on the scenery around them and enjoying the fresh air with you, though you might have to suffer through a few hours of complaining about it being “too hot” or “so boring” before you get through to them. You will also be forced to sit together when you eat, and you know how they endorse the benefits of families who eat dinner together every day.

Other Ways to Bring Everyone Together

You will be proud parents to see the benefits your children will get from your decision to take this trip. You could teach them essential real life skills. They will be able to learn how to start a fire. You could teach them how to catch fish and other basic survival tips.

This will also help them learn about various things in natures: different species of animals, following maps during a hike, and different kinds of plants and ones to avoid. These will help you children develop their problem solving skills. A parent’s main job is to teach and encourage their children and this is a perfect way to do that.

Fun For All Ages You Say

Camping an excellent opportunity to strengthen the bonds of your family. With just the fact that you are the only real people your loved ones can socialize with, they are forced into conversations with parents and you might discover things you never knew about your kids.

You can encourage them to learn valuable lessons outdoors. When everyone is doing their share around the site, you might even discover some hidden talents that your special little ones have. So get to figuring out which tent to purchase for your family, and start this experience right away.

Health Benefits of Camping

Camping is not just a fun activity for everyone in your family. You might think that it’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and connect with your family. But were you also aware that this can help benefit your health? You certainly are able to get a lot of health benefits from joining in this outdoor fun.

How Is It Good For Me

Exercise: This is the most obvious one. While you find yourself out camping, you usually are also out hiking or enjoying a walking trail. Maybe also out swimming. All these are excellent forms of exercises. You are able to burn a lot of calories while out and about outside. Not just the trek to the site or finding firewood, but you can also burn calories while fishing! Imagine that!

Mood: Exercise can increase your mood, which is why it is highly recommended and you already know that you can get quite the work out while on this trip. But that’s not the only reason for a person being happier outside. The sunlight is the best mood increaser. That’s not all. You will also be less stressed while there which some attribute to the high levels of oxygen you get while outside. You are also able to meditate because of the silence nature of this kind of activity, especially when you’re out on the lake fishing in peace.

The Sun: The sun is like health magic, in moderation and with proper usage of sunscreen of course. We all know that it has vitamin D and it’s perfect for our bodies. But do we know why? Vitamin D helps our body absorb certain minerals, most importantly like calcium. And we all know how good calcium is for us.

Food: This doesn’t apply if you sit around eating potato chips or candy while you find yourself out at the site. But if you only eat things that you have hunted or fished, there can be numerous health benefits to you. These meats are fresh and lack the preservatives you would get when you purchase foods at the store. Just be careful to cook everything thoroughly.

Sleep: There’s nothing more relaxing than camping, and you can curl up quite easily in your Eureka! Solitaire – Tent and have an excellent night’s sleep. You probably are exhausted from all your day’s activities anyways and I’m certain you will just pass out in no time.

Our Biological Cycles: They say that all one’s televisions, smartphones and computers overload our bodies with artificial light that can confuse our system and ruin our proper sleep habits. Being out in all that natural light can help essentially reboot our systems and help us in the long run.

Camping Sounds Great

It is. Look for a proper tent, and head out there now. If you have fun the first time, enjoy it as often as possible to really get the most out of all these health benefits from being outdoors. It might even help you extend your lifespan, and allow you to live a longer and healthier life. Not to mention you will have a ton of fun doing it.

Camping for You Family

Camping can be a great experience when you are looking for something to do with your family. Being out in nature is not only a fun experience but it’s a very healthy one to enjoy all that fresh natural air. There are many different ways that you are able to make this an enjoyable experience for you and the family. It can be great for children of all ages. Here are some activities that you can enjoy while camping.

Activities For Camping Fun

Hiking/Walking Trails: You went out on this sort of trip to take in the fresh air and nature, so it makes perfect sense to take advantage of visiting the trails. You will find that lots of campsites offer both walking trails and hiking paths to choose from. You might enjoy the peacefulness as you walk along with your loved ones or take pictures of the beautiful scenery as you go.

Board Games: Board games are not just for boring nights at a person’s house. These are perfect for hanging around the campsite, or if you are lucky enough to have a big tent like the Coleman Montana 8 Tent, if it’s a rainy day you could have a backup plan. So bring your favorites.

Music: Do you have a musical family? Bring your instruments to play while hanging out by the campfire. This is a perfect time for practicing trumpets and guitars with one’s kids. Can’t play music yourself? Just bring a long an mp3 player with a mix of everyone’s favorites.

Getting Sporty: You should have a baseball/gloves, football or Frisbee on hand. These can be a ton of fun while hanging out at any campground.

Cooking on a Campfire: What kind of camping trip are you on if you don’t make s’mores or roast hot dogs on that fire you spent forever trying to get lit and keep it that way. That is the most fun a child can have while sitting fireside while starting at the starry open sky.

Telling Stories: Remember said campfire? Well said campfire is the perfect location for a little story time. Tell those scary stories that will make everyone scream and look over into the bushes with a look of paranoia. That’s one of the best parts of camping in the great outdoors.

What to Stay In

Most people prefer to spend this time in a tent. There are a lot of types of tents to choose from, so keep in mind the size of your family and what needs you would like to have met. Other people prefer to rough it with RV style campers or vehicles. This can add onto the comfort factor of home while being out in nature.

This Sounds Fun

Camping is a great idea for you to enjoy with all your loved ones. It is often inexpensive, and there seems to be endless possibilities, especially if your family is very outdoorsy or active. This could be a lot of fun for everyone, and perfect for families that have different age groups that they need to entertain. Just remember to take in all the beautiful scenery and fresh air and enjoy the peaceful connection to nature.

Water Adventure Sports

Most of our planet is covered in water. In our history, ever since we have had the ability to travel on water, we have also found ways to make it fun. There are a lot of sports out there that involve water, and all of them are exhilarating, fun, and totally awesome!


Parasailing is technically a kiting activity. One person drives a fast-moving boat with another person behind it is attached to something like a parachute. It is attached to the boat by a cable. As the boat gains more momentum, the person with the parachute trailing behind gets momentum to float into the air. The person parasailing gets to float in the air for awhile as the boat continues to tow them and provide the momentum needed to stay up. They come down gently when the boat slows, and is amazing at their very fun ride!


Surfing is a sport in which the user (surfer) paddles out into the ocean on a surf board. They wait for a wave to come, at which point they stand on their board. The forward motion of the wave carries the board for anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. The shape of the board keeps it (and the rider) perpendicular to the wave itself. It is most commonly done in the ocean, but it has been done in lakes and rivers. It is also one of the only sports that can be done from a manmade location, as there are plenty of wave pools in theme parks and cruise ships.


This sport requires a certain level of upper body strength, as the user had to hold on to a bar attached to a boat driving anywhere from 15 to 40 miles an hour. The user has skis attached to their feet. They tread water until the boat beings to drive, at which point the skier comes up to the surface. They skim the surface, using the skis to avoid sinking. It is an activity practiced all over the world and by all age levels.


Kayaking is a sport in which one or two users sits either atop or settled in the kayak itself. They use paddles to provide forward momentum. There are many different kinds of kayaks, including single-user, tandem, and inflatable. Not many water sports offer inflatable vessels, but the diversity in kayaking is astounding. For example, the Advanced Elements FireFly is a great option for both beginners and advanced users. The variations continue in how these vessels are used. People take this sport in a variety of environments. Enthusiasts of this sport will take it out on the ocean, on river rapids, or on a crystal clear pond. It provides social interaction, stress relief, an upper body workout, and tons of fun. No matter the environment, avid kayakers find enjoyment in this hobby.


Windsurfing is sport that is comprised of both surfing and sailing. The user stands atop a board. There is a sail attached to the board that the person typically holds on to. The wind is what makes this vehicle go, and the person can enjoy a ride that lasts as long as the gusts and breezes do. Unfortunately, unlike other sports, the only thing that can make this vehicle move is the environment, which can vary from day to day or even minute to minute. When the conditions are right, however, this activity is very enjoyable.

Jet Skiing

This activity is well-loved by those who have the opportunity to try it out. It requires a jet ski, which a motor powered vessel in which the user sits on a seat high above the waves. It is most similarly compared to a motorcycle. The engine provides the motion needed to go forward. Speeds can reach up to 90 miles an hour. Adventure junkies flock to this hobby as a way to get their heart-pounding fix. It is possible to go slow on a jet ski, but the culture of the sport dictates you go hard and fast.

All are Great, But…

These water sports are tons of fun, and there are plenty more unlisted activities that get people wet and wild all over the world. However, if you’re looking for your introduction into a new sport, or simply looking to change things up, look into kayaking. Unlike other hobbies, kayaking does not require a motor, the right environment, or even another person. Your own body is what makes it move. Equipment is cheaper than many of those required for the activities listed above, and you can get more use out of it in more environments. Whatever’s closest to you, whether it is the ocean, a lake, or even a pond, your boat and your body is all that you need to find your adventure out there.

Choosing Your Hiking Adventure

Even when you have resolved to explore the outdoors and picked out a good pair of hiking boots, there are still many choices to be made before you hit the trail. Ask yourself: What are you looking for in an outdoor experience? What kind of activities do you enjoy or think you would enjoy learning? Depending on your answers, there may be a specific type of adventure out there that is suited to you.We can divide the activities discussed below into two rough categories: general hikes enjoyed by a diverse range of people, and hikes done only in specialized environments. These categorizations are by no means set in stone, but they may help you find the adventure that you will enjoy and benefit from the most.

General Hikes

The following activities are suited to a wide variety of environments and are typically less challenging. As such, they are a good starting point if you are new to outdoor adventuring and are looking for ways to expand your endurance and experience.

Cross-Country Day Hiking

This is the most familiar sort of outdoors adventure: traversing through woods or a park using marked trails. Cross-country is a perfect place to start as a hiker, with the trails in most large parks ranging from easy to difficult, allowing you to slowly build up your stamina and physical condition. The wide range of difficulty levels also makes this an ideal activity for families, since most parks have paths that are negotiable by children.Even though this is less specialized than other activities below, but you should still bring basic equipment such as a first-aid kit, GPS/map, and water. You also need an all-around quality boot like the Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus.


Backpacking is a slightly more intense version of cross-country. Here, your journey is typically multi-day and takes on more challenging terrain. In addition to regular hiking equipment, you need overnight gear such as sleeping bags, bug spray, and laundry and/or dishwashing detergent, among other things. Your shoes should also be different: rather than just safeguarding you against most trail hazards, they ought to also be similar to the Timberland Men’s White Ledges: well-padded, solid, and offering continuous support so that you can carry loads and walk comfortably for an extended period of time.

Nordic Walking

Nordic walkers use a pole as added support while walking, which works the muscles and burns calories. As a result, Nordic walking is a popular fitness activity and can be done by both pros and amateurs over many different types of terrain.

Specialized Environments

The following hikes are restricted to specific places and require a specific skill set. This makes them both more challenging, but also more rewarding.

Mountaineering & Canyoneering

The names of these two pastimes are fairly self-explanatory: mountaineers aim to climb mountains, while canyoneers explore canyons. For all that these two sports take place at different altitudes, they require very similar things: rock-climbing skills, a head for heights, and specialized equipment like ropes, harnesses, helmets, and crampons—just to name a few examples. You will also need a pair of boots with significant toe and (preferably) ankle protection, such as the KEEN Women’s Targhee IIs.


Snowshoeing is done in colder climes. During the winter, you don’t have to deal with bugs, pollen or grass allergies, or excessive shrubbery, so it’s possible to explore wider. However, snowshoeing also comes with challenges. First of all, the temperature ranges are not for everyone. Also, you need special equipment and an understanding of snowy and icy environments in order to negotiate them safely.


This pastime is particularly popular in the Lake District of the UK.  It involves trekking across the countryside on foot and swimming across the bodies of water you encounter. The main benefit of swimhiking is that it lifts certain constraints of traditional trekking; rivers and lakes become corridors instead of barriers. To successfully swimhike, of course, it helps if you enjoy swimming and have the endurance needed to cross large areas of water even after walking long distances.


If you dream of discovering things hidden from view, caving may be the sport for you. Many people go caving to conduct biological research or to map where tunnels may lead. Like any of the specialized sports listed above, it can be extremely dangerous and is often done in groups. You should have some training in rock climbing and spelunking before you attempt to explore a cave system. Because cavers deal with hazards like high water, darkness, low temperatures, and falling rocks, you will need things like a helmet, headlamp, flashlight, gloves, rain gear, and boots with superior waterproofing like the Hi-Tec Men’s Flagstaff.

Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Perhaps no other area offers backpackers such diversity, natural beauty and technical challenge than hiking the John Muir Trail, (JMT). Considered one of the most scenic trails in the country it’s 220 miles long with 11 passes ranging from 9,700 to 13, 600 feet; including Mt. Whitney the highest peak of the contiguous United States.

The mighty trail passes over 40 lakes, 25 river crossings and takes you deep into desolate wilderness for long periods of time.  Hikers trek 140 miles of trail without seeing a road or any form of civilization, and the only road passed is Tioga Road 120 in Yosemite.

It took over 50 years to create the trail and it’s the perfect place to get away from it all with your best friends.  Hiking the JMT is a bonding experience, you can do and see things that most others never experience, and you are very much alone with others in a remote area of wilderness.

The trick to surviving this extreme backpacking experience is to only bring what you can’t live without. This is a better measuring stick than pack weight, which tends to reduce over the trip. Things like toilet paper, batteries and initial food waste are left in appropriate waste dump areas along the way.

The Big Three

First things to consider for this trek are what I call the big three-backpack, tent and sleep system.  For my backpack I use an Osprey XOS 58, it’s durable and light at just 2.5 lbs.  My tent is the Big Agnes Seedhouse 1, again it’s light and compact and fits well at the bottom of my pack. Make sure you get the rain fly too. Now my bag is my lifeboat, as nothing’s worse than a cold night in the woods. 

Sierra mountain nights often mean a drop in temperature to the 30s and damp fog.  The Slumberjack Latitude 20 degree Mummy Bag works well in these conditions.  The other cool thing about Slumberjack is the wide range of sizes they offer, allowing you to get the right fit for your body size.

A water system is important for backcountry adventures. Be sure to pack a Platypus water bag with filters, and check your filters are fresh and clean before you leave.  You’ll want a Jet-boil to heat water, and a plastic cup and spoon to eat from.

Bear canisters are a good idea, but I take the smallest one available. Everything else gets hung from a tree about 12 feet off the ground. Use one of your stuff sacks for that duty.

A first aid kit and toiletries should be packed where it’s quickly accessible, and where it will stay dry. In mine you always find Neosporin, Band-Aids, baby wipes, (much better than toilet paper), liquid soap, Q-tips and cotton balls.

Helpful Hint: Fire Starting 

Carry some olive oil with you, apply it to a cotton ball and you have one of the best fire starters ever. Especially if it’s raining, they will last about 10 minutes, plenty of time to get your fire started.

Some of the other things I take with me for trips like the JMT include rope, a headlamp, fishing pole and lures and my cameras. I use both a Canon Power Shot for stills and a GO PRO for action. You will want to know each camera’s battery life and carry back batteries if needed.

One of the more beautiful places to start a JMT hike is the Yosemite Valley. About 2 hours up you come across incredible views of Half Dome and Liberty Point, which is over 7000 feet and Nevada Falls. The falls get louder as you hike closer to them until they sound like a giant booming hose as it pumps massive amounts over the cliff to the rocks below.

From Nevada Falls you can hike to Crystal Lake. As you move along the air gets thinner. You are climbing to about 9,000 feet elevation. Somewhere between eight and nine thousand feet you may experience altitude sickness. This happens when you are not getting enough oxygen, symptoms include headache, nausea and feeling weak. Symptoms may not become apparent until a day after you are in high altitude.

Stay Safe – Stay Connected

Typically it goes away, but sever altitude sickness can cause disorientation, fainting and extreme fatigue. Things you don’t want when hiking in remote areas such as the John Muir Trail. You never know who will get it or when it may occur; so it’s a good idea not to hike the JMT, or any high elevation treks, alone.

Regardless of how many are in your party, you need to be able to reach help when you need it. For this you may want to check out a satellite communication device like the In Reach SE Satellite communicator.

Powerful and reliable it provides SOS and 24 hour search and rescue service, tracking with ability to share GPS location and 100% global coverage.

Backpacking the Southwest

The American Southwest offers backpackers a unique experience.  Beautiful vistas, wildlife and swift changing weather draw thousands of outdoor adventurers every year. One area that is remote and pristine is the San Juan Wilderness in the Rio Grande National Forest.

Accessible just south of Plataro, Colorado the San Juan Wilderness is home to the Epic Loop. This 18.5 mile trail can be hiked by moderate-to-experienced backpackers in 3 nights and 4 days. It will take you to lakes, streams and above the timberline for some amazing vistas.  You can find a map here: San Juan/South San Juan.jpg

As gorgeous as this backpack journey is, you will want to be used to high altitudes.  Over the course of the trek, you will hit altitudes above 10,000 feet and soaring to 13,000 feet.  Hiking at this elevation can cause de-hydration quickly. It’s a good idea to drink water regularly as you hike.

Stay Hydrated-Stay Safe

Experienced adventurers know to double up their fluid intake for two weeks before departing for the high country or desert.  This way your body retains the water you need to sustain high temperatures and altitudes.  Be sure to include some electrolytes too.

The Epic Loop takes you to Blue Lake, the Continental Divide, Lake Ann and the majestic Canejos Falls. It can also provide changing weather, and even snow in early to mid-June; as well as cold nights where the temperature can dip to 30° and sudden rain showers.

For this adventure, we made sure we had the right gear for the climate.  We chose to sleep in hammocks rather than tents as they are lighter to carry and less likely to attract scorpions. I also chose the TETON Sports TrailHead +20 Degree F Ultralight sleeping bag and was comfortable for all 3 nights.

There is abundant wildlife on this trek as well. We saw elk, deer, woodpeckers and caught some beautiful trout. Thankfully we did not see any grizzly bears. Back at base we learned from a park ranger that the last grizzly bear sighting in Colorado was in the South San Juan wilderness in 1979 (killed during a dramatic attack involving self-defense with arrow in hand), and some speculate that grizzlies may still roam the area.

Cooking Trout Over an Open Fire 

I mentioned we caught some awesome trout, and we cooked them over the fire.  It’s one of the treats of camping and pretty easy to do. First of all you have to catch a trout, and then gut it and cut off its head. Lay out two pieces of aluminum foil about 4 inches longer than the trout.

Lay the fish on the foil, season with salt and pepper or whatever you have with you and fold the foil. To do this, make a crease along the long edges of the foil, and then fold it down tight. Do the same to the ends and roll them tight towards the fish. Flip the package over and repeat with the second piece of foil.

Now place the fish over a fire with hot coals and low flame. Flip every four minutes or so for about 12 minutes. When the steam stops coming out of the package, it should be done. Remove from the fire and let it cool for a few minutes. If the fish flakes easily it’s most likely done and ready to eat.

The Gila Wilderness

The Gila Wilderness, (pronounced Hee-Lah) is found in southwest New Mexico, just north of Silver City, with low elevations of 5000 feet that climb to over 11,000 feet in many places.

Located in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, you will find the Mogollon Mountains Loop, a fun, challenging hike for moderate to experienced backpackers. Along this 45 mile trek, you will find excellent vistas, streams with deep pools for refreshing dips, lakes and caves. You will also climb to altitudes over 10,000 feet.

The Mogollon’s tallest peak is the Whitewater-Baldy at 10,895 feet that sits at the western point of the wilderness. At the northeast corner is Black Mountain at 9,287 ft. As I mentioned earlier, altitude climbing has to be taken seriously. Experienced backpackers know to prepare by over hydrating two weeks before their trip. You should also carry electrolyte tablets that dissolve in water.

You can find a topography map of this area here:

It’s very dry, even with the summer rainstorms, in this area, and fires are often the result of lightning.  It was lightning that caused the Whitewater –Baldy fire, New Mexico’s largest and most devastating wildfire.

It’s a good idea to check with the local rangers if campfires are allowed when you are planning your trip.  If they are banned, you can still go, but just plan meals differently. Take along a portable propane stove and foods that can be eaten without too much cooking or heating will get you through. Beef jerky, dried fruit and minute rice will taste like a five star meal after a day of climbing with a pack on your back.

Essential Items for Backpacking Around the World

Whether your global backpacking adventure takes to you to Bondi Beach or the Champs Elyse, you will need to plan your trip carefully. One of the first things you should consider is; where am I going and what are the climate and culture I will be experiencing?

By exploring these questions, you will discover the type of traveler you are.  Are you the type of person who can tolerate riding in the back of a crowded, hot, sweaty bus that keeps breaking down every few kilometers? Or do you need a more formal and structured itinerary to ensure a happy trip? Can you live off canned food or do you need a proper meal at the end of each day?

Once you determine these things, you can create the right itinerary for you, budget, vaccinations, travel insurance, and get your passport and visas arranged.  And, you can begin to make your list essential items.

What to Include

There is no shortage of items to consider and choose from, and deciding what to take is an important part of planning. When determining what items to select, consider the following:

  • Weight & Size: You have to fit everything you take into a backpack and carry it for weeks or months
  • Multi-purpose: Does the item have single or multiple uses,  for example,  the Ulti-Brush toothbrush is a brush,  toothpaste and floss all in one unit.
  • Durability: Will it last? It might make more sense to spend up on an item rather than have to replace it in a foreign country.

The Backpack – A Major Decision 

First up, find a strong, durable and multi-purpose backpack. I like ones that have a detachable daypack so you can leave the large section behind and use the smaller daypack for short excursions. It helps if the straps can be stowed inside; a must when checking your luggage at airports and going through security scanners.

When choosing a backpack, think small and light. If you go with a big bag, you will be tempted to carry more than you need. You don’t want to be lugging unwanted stuff around the world. If you’re buying souvenirs, ship them home rather than carry them. They will have a better chance of getting home in one piece, and maybe sooner too.

As I mentioned earlier, selecting essential items depends a lot on the climates you are going to encounter. A trip through Asia may take you through the hot, humid days of Thailand and the cold, wet nights of New Zealand. Do your research and think about choosing clothes you can wear in layers. As a rule of thumb I like to include the following. Try to get clothes made from quick drying material when possible:

  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 3-4 t-shirts
  • A long sleeve shirt
  •  Jeans or chinos (1 only)
  • Swim trunks or a Speedo
  • A sweatshirt or sweater
  • Sweat pants (1)
  • 1 pair of long underwear bottoms or leggings
  • 10 pairs of underwear (cuts down on the laundry days)
  • 10 pairs of socks (socks are easily lost)
  • Sneakers, hiking shoes and flip-flops (1 of each)
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • 1 rain poncho, small and compactable
  • 1 lightweight windbreaker

When packing roll the clothes up rather than fold them to prevent wrinkling and better stuffing into your ‘packing cubes.’ These cubes are a must. Often translucent and available in a variety of sizes, these zippered pouches help keep clothes separated and easy to find.

Useful Stuff To Remember 

Okay, we have the clothes sorted out, now let’s think about the practical items needed. Things like a laundry bag, portable clothes line, headlamp and eating and cooking utensils. One of the better flatware kits I’ve found is made from bamboo and included a fork, knife, spoon and a set of chopsticks. Bamboo is strong, light and cleans well in water.

A small can-opener, paring knife and vegetable peeler are good to have, especially if you have to grab food from a roadside grocer and jump back on the bus. Remember, to stow them in checked bags at the airport. A padlock is a good idea, especially when staying in hostels.

Regardless if you’re sleeping in a hammock on the beach in Costa Rica or a hostel in Berlin you need a quality sleeping bag.  You cannot put a price on a good nights sleep.

Your sleeping bag has to be light, compactable and versatile. Check out the Suisse Sport Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag, it’s super light and compacts down well so it won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack.

A microfiber towel that dries quickly and a beach towel are handy to have with you. And when it comes to toiletries, don’t buy the travel size unless you want to buy stuff every week. Get the large size, they’ll get lighter as the trip goes on. Sunscreen and bug repellent are essential, but you may want to avoid the full strength bug spray like Deet or Off! They often have a strong scent than can be off-putting to you and others. Milder scented repellants will work just fine.

How to Have Fun Camping with Your Boyfriend or Husband

So many of us watch our boyfriends or husbands go off camping and wonder, how can I do that?  How can I sleep in a tent or cabin with others and not have it be yucky or have bugs crawling all over you; or worse, how can I stay clean and look good while visiting the great outdoors?

The way to make camping fun and comfortable for us ladies is to plan ahead, and take the right stuff. It doesn’t matter if you’re sleeping in a tent or staying in a cabin, you’re going to have to pack the right gear to be comfortable and look fabulous. You’re frolicking around in the woods, so looking fabulous is relative, but you can still look good, and have a great time, with a little bit of planning and some shopping. And who doesn’t like shopping?

What To Take

Okay, let’s get down to the essentials. You’re going to need what I like to call my ‘go-to’ make-up kit. I put my ‘go-to’ in a plastic bag; you’ll need a lot of one-gallon size Ziplock bags, so grab a big box from the store.

The fist thing I put in is sunscreen. Don’t grab the cheap kind from the discount drugstore either, just because your camping it doesn’t mean you have to use the cheap stuff on your face. Use a high quality oil-free sunscreen for your face, SPF 30 or more.

I like L’OReal Sublime Sunscreen SPF50+, it’s not oily and I put it on first thing every morning. You need sunscreen for the rest of your body too. Get a regular size and a small travel size to carry with you on hikes.

I also stick in some make-up wipes as I use them a lot. A toothbrush is a must; the Ulti-brush is awesome, its a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss all in one.

You will want a hairbrush and some dry shampoo too. Even the cheap kind from Walgreens will do, it’s great to keep your hair smelling fresh. If it’s important to you, then take some mascara and lip gloss as well, but don’t put it on to heavy. You’re in the woods not a nightclub. Your lip gloss or lip balm should be SPF rated as well, no sense in getting sunburnt lips.

Deodorant, moisturizer and insect repellant are must haves. You cannot have enough insect repellent. Besides applying it to your body, spray it around inside your tent to keep those creepy-crawlies away! A travel size bug repellant to carry with you is a good idea too.

Okay, now that your ‘go-to’ is organized, let’s talk about what you will need to survive in style. First up are the right clothes. Here is a big secret; you need less than you think. We ladies always take too much stuff. But remember it’s not a five star resort. So two pairs of shorts, a couple of t-shirts, a sweatshirt and sweatpants, a poncho and light windbreaker should do it. But do pack lots of socks and underwear.

The best way to pack clothes is put each group of items in a Ziplock bag. One for your shorts, one for shirts, and so forth. This way it’s easier to find stuff when you need it. Especially when you’re looking for stuff when it’s dark. Which reminds me, a flashlight is required, the kind that strap on your head is great as then both hands are free.

It may not seem important before you go, but believe me the most important thing when camping is a good nights sleep. I mean, who wants to be cold, or too hot or wet simply because you thought all sleeping bags are alike. They’re not.

Sleeping bags are rated for different temperatures and used for different seasons. A good, all around bag is the Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag. Don’t forget your pillow too. I always bring an extra pillowcase as well, as they can get a little gross after a few days.

Most of the times when I’ve been in a tent or cabin there has been a shower, which is heavenly. But occasionally I’ve been camping with my boyfriend where there is not a shower. Ok, it may seem gross at first, but with a little imagination and the right set up, it can be sexy fun to shower in nature.

Here’s what you need to shower outdoors and stay daisy fresh:

  • Stuff sack with a change of clothes
  • Handkerchief to use as a washrag
  • Quick dry towel – get the extra-large one that wraps around your entire body
  • Platypus water system, with hose and attachment to hang from a tree
  • Bag with liquid body soap and toiletries

Now, find a secluded spot, hang the Platypus, strip off, get clean and have fun!

Smoked Goose Breast Recipe

Smoked Wild Goose Breast 3 Easy Steps

Introduction To Smoking Goose Breast

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Who Loves Smoked Meat?

Smoked Canada goose breasts are simply one of the nicest smoked meats you can try.

Never had smoked goose breast? Now is the time to try it with this easy goose breast recipe.

Smoking goose breast is a simple process; it just takes a little bit of time. The result however is a wonderful smokey meat that will melt in your mouth.

As a hunter I like to use wild Canada goose breast whenever I get to shoot one. The good news is domestic goose breast works brilliantly well with this easy recipe.

The recipe I use for this simple smoked Canada goose breast is a very straightforward 3 Step Process.

1. Brine your goose breasts.

2. Dry them off.

3. Smoke your wild goose breasts. 

You can use a quality electric smoker such as the Bradley Digital 6 Rack Smoker

Alternatively a simple kettle grill such as the Weber Original Kettle Grill.

 What You Need To Make Smoked Goose Breast

Smoker Or Kettle Style Grill

This smoked wild goose breast recipe can be made using either an electric or charcoal Smoker or on a kettle style grill using coals.

Wood Chips For Smoke Flavor

Wood chips such as Mesquite or hickory. Both result in a great smoked goose breast.

If you have another preferred wood chip flavor then use that. I have used apple, maple and cherry flavored wood chips in the past and they have all produced beautiful smoked breast.

Go for one of these fruiter flavors if you prefer a lighter smokey taste for your goose breast. Remember to soak your wood chips before adding them to the smoker or heated coals.


Goose Breast Options

Domestic or wild goose both taste amazing when making this simple smoked goose breast recipe. 

I can highly recommend using Wild Canada Goose breast.

Keeping the skin on the goose breast will help retain moisture during the smoking process.

If you wish to use domestic goose breast for smoking when out of hunting season or as an alternative then please do that.

Brining Ingredients

8 – 10 cups of water1/2 cup coarse salt. Sea salt or kosher salt1/4 cup soy sauce1/4 cup honey1/3 cup brown sugar2 tablespoons garlic powder1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder1 small onion roughly chopped2 tablespoons seeded mustard2 teaspoons dried chili flakes (optional)1 teaspoon whole peppercornsExtra virgin olive oil

Step 1 Brine

Combine all of the brining ingredients into a large pot and bring slowly to the boil.

Gently simmer the brine mixture for 10 minutes. Stir your brine mixture whilst it is simmering to ensure the salt and powdered ingredients are fully dissolved.

Cool down your brine mixture. You can put this in the fridge to speed up the cooling time.

Add your goose breasts to the cooled brine and leave in the fridge overnight.

You can even leave it for a full day without any problems. If you are in a hurry to get those lovely wild goose breasts smoked then leave them in the brine for a minimum of 6 hours.

Step 2 Prepare

Give the goose breasts a quick wash in freshwater.

Pat them dry gently with a paper towel. 

Prepare a gentle rub of equal parts Onion powder, Garlic powder and Salt. I use one tablespoon of each. 

Lightly coat the goose breasts in this rub. You can skip this step if you wish, personally I like the extra taste it gives. 

Coat goose breasts lightly in the olive oil

Step 3 Smoke

So how to cook wild Canada goose breast? Or any goose breast for that matter.

Depending on if you are using a traditional type smoker or a charcoal grill the smoking times of your goose breast will vary.

If using a charcoal grill prepare it so the goose breasts are cooking over an indirect heat. You do this by putting the coals and wood chips on one side and placing the goose breasts on the other side.

Heat your smoker or grill to around 250 – 300 F

Add your preferred wood chips to get that smoke pumping.

If using the grill then make sure you cover by closing the lid.

Keep the cooking temperature at around 250 -300 F during the smoking process.

Add wood chips throughout as necessary to keep the smoke up.

Your smoked goose breast will be ready when their internal temperature reaches 155 – 160F.

Use a good quality digital thermometer to check this. 

The ThermoPro Digital Thermometer is a good option if you do not already own one.

Remove your smoked goose breasts from the smoker or grill.

Allow them to cool at room temperature. Once your lovely smoked wild goose breasts are back to room temperature you can refrigerate them if you wish.

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Smoked Goose Breast

Simple 3 Step Recipe for Delicious Smoked Goose Breast

  • 8-10 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Coarse Sea Salt or Kosher
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Small Onion (Roughly chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Seeded Mustard
  • 2 tsp Dried Chili Flakes (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Whole Peppercorns
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Combine all of the brining ingredients into a large pot and bring slowly to the boil. Gently simmer the brine mixture for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

  2. Cool down your brine mixture.

  3. Give the goose breasts a quick wash in freshwater.

  4. Pat dry with a paper towel.

  5. Prepare a rub of equal parts Onion powder, Garlic powder and Salt. Lightly coat the goose breast in this rub.

  6. Coat goose breast lightly in the olive oil.

  7. Heat your smoker or grill to around 250 – 300 F.

  8. Add your preferred wood chips that have been soaked in water.

  9. Keep the cooking temperature at around 250 -300 F.

  10. Use a good quality digital thermometer to check internal temperature of goose breast.

  11. It will be ready when the internal temperature reaches 155 – 160F.

  12. Allow the smoked goose breast to rest until reaching room temperature.

Enjoy Your Smoked Wild Goose Breast

So that is it. A very simple 3 step recipe for smoked goose breast.

The great thing about this and most of my Wild Game Recipes is that they are open to being adapted or changed. 

Play around with the brining ingredients by adding what you like such as more chili flakes. Change up the types of wood chips you prefer to get different smoked goose breast results – you can’t really go too wrong.

I hope you have enjoyed this recipe for smoked goose breast. Use either wild or domestic goose meat for one of the best smoked meats you will ever try.

Go on, give it a try. I’m sure you will be impressed with the tasty smoke goose breast result.


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Homemade Easy Squirrel Chili Recipe

The Best Squirrel Chili Recipe

Introduction To Cooking Squirrel Chili Stew

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Have you tried Squirrel Chili yet? – Why not?

Homemade crockpot squirrel chili is so simple and cheap to make. Squirrel Chili stew is full of nutritional benefits. Best of all Squirrel Chili tastes great!

I understand many people may view the squirrel as a pest not for eating. That however does not necessarily mean they do not taste great!

This homemade Chili Squirrel recipe is one the whole family loves. I mean who doesn’t love homemade chili?

So go on, grab some fresh squirrel and cook up a Spicy Squirrel Chili Stew today. (Say that three times really fast!)

Simple to make and delicious at any time.

By the way, this recipe works great with other light meats such as chicken, turkey and rabbit.

Squirrel Chili

Easy to make and tastes delicious.

  • 2 -3 whole squirrels ((skinned and cleaned))
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 3 green chilis ((chopped. Add more chili for more spice))
  • 1 cup celery ((chopped))
  • 4 cloves garlic ((minced))
  • 4 slices bacon ((cooked))
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 15 oz. can butter beans
  • 15 oz. can red kidney beans ((or black beans))
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder ((Add more chili powder for more spice))
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 beef bullion cube
  • 3 shakes pepper
  1. Place the squirrels in a pot of gently boiling water and add the beef bullion cubes. Cook on a simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When done the squirrel meat comes easily off the bone.
  2. Chop the onions, chilis, celery and mince the garlic.
  3. When the squirrel meat is ready, take them from the water, place on a board and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Pull the meat from the bones and then finely shred or chop.
  5. Heat the Olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, chilis and celery. Cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped squirrel meat, garlic, and all the spices. Stir so everything is coated with spices.
  7. Place the squirrel chili into a crockpot. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, butter beans and red (or black) beans.
  8. Put the crockpot on a low heat and let it cook for 3 – 4 hours. The longer it cooks the deeper the flavors will be. Stir occasionally. If you do not have a crockpot you can cook this on the stove in a heavy duty pot or dutch oven.
  9. You can add 1-2 cups of water or red wine during this cooking stage if required.
  10. Serve with some shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and some crackers. You can even serve with a side of fluffy white rice.

Final Thoughts On Our Easy Squirrel Chili

For our family we think squirrels are some great tasting meat. Homemade Squirrel Chili is one of our favorite chili stews to make. There are an abundance of wild squirrels in the woods.

They are easy to prepare and provide us all with some amazing nutritional benefits. You may like this infographic on the Nutritional Benefits Of Wild Game Meat.

Give it a try. Grab some fresh squirrel, your chili making ingredients and make some Squirrel Chili at home today.

See our full range of delicious Wild Game Recipes here. If you are a chili fan like me, here is a great Elk Chili Recipe.

And finally if you enjoy wild game meat cooking or are interested in learning more, here are three great wild game meat cookbooks we would not be without.

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Aggressive Wild Turkeys Are Angry Birds; Ask The Postman

The Wild Turkey Fights Back With A Vengeance

Hank was doing some quiet internet browsing the other day, when he came across this article from the Washington Post.

Wild Turkey Menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly.

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Hmmm he thought – read and watch on. The wild turkeys are fighting back.

Check out this video first. Now that is one angry bird.

A great thing about this article is the reference point made by  Marcus Lashley, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida in answer to the question,

“Why So Many Angry Birds?”

His response.

“When I talk to people, most don’t think of hunters being the drivers of conservation,” he said. “There’s an excise tax on hunting goods — guns and ammunition — and the money goes back into conservation at state agencies. And we wouldn’t have certain species if it weren’t for established bag limits.”

He further goes on to say

“The Lacey Act of 1900 that banned trafficking in illegal wildlife, and the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937 which added an excise tax for guns and ammunition that provides federal aid to states for management and restoration of wildlife. More than $7 billion has been collected from manufacturers since enactment and made available to states.”

If you would like further insights on how hunters contribute to the USA

See This Infographic

​Did you know there are over 6.2 million Wild Turkeys in the US?

The message for us hunters is we should Advocate for more wild turkey hunting land opportunities.

If you are interested in or considering turkey hunting this article will tell you the 15 Best States For Turkey Hunting in the US.

You can also find out about the Grand Slam of turkey hunting and what you need to do to achieve this milestone.

Here is an interesting Turkey distribution map.

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Wild Turkey Population Distribution Map

You can check your particular State’s Hunting Seasons Here as well as find links to all the relevant State Authorities websites.

After watching this wild turkey chasing the poor mail Truck, Hank, being a curious sort of fellow did some more web surfing and came across this Scientific American article.

Wild Turkeys: Marvel or Menace?

The highlight of this article must be a quote from Benjamin Franklin saying that Wild Turkeys would “not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a Red Coat on.”

That reminds Hank of Homer Simpson’s perfect reasoning for increased gun ownership.

“To keep the Queen of England out of your face”

It is funny isn’t it when you start reading a hunting article all of the rabbit holes it can lead you down?

So that is it from Hank for now.

If your not out hunting today then you might like to click and read some more Hunting Articles

Hank The Hunter

Homemade Elk Sausages Recipe

Elk Sausage Recipe

How To Make Elk Sausage Links and Elk Breakfast Sausage

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This recipe for Elk sausages is perfect if you want to use your Elk meat to make Elk sausage links or Elk breakfast sausage patties.

Making Elk sausages is so simple and a great way to use up fresh Elk meat or any frozen Elk meat you may have left in the freezer.

Perfect for the tougher cuts of meat.

This recipe also works well with Venison, Antelope and Moose.

To prepare and cook these Elk sausages allow the following approximate times.

Preparation Time: 45mins – 1hr (less if making Elk breakfast sausages instead of Elk sausage links).

Cooking Time: 20 mins

With Sides: Serves 6 people.

Elk Sausages Ingredients

Sausage Ingredients

  • 4lbs ground Elk meat. (Or Venison)
  • 2 lbs fatty Pork shoulder or butt. (Leave the fat on)

Tip. Use a 2-1 ratio of Elk meat to fat.

Tip. Fat is critical to making your Elk sausages juicy and full of flavor.

Wild game meat is very low in fat, so adding fat from Pork or Beef is a very important step in creating the best Elk sausages. (I prefer Pork fat)

Sausage Casings. You will need 10 to 15 feet sausage casing if making sausage links. Alternatively you can simply make Elk breakfast sausage patties. See end of recipe for recommended casing types.

Spice Mixture Ingredients

  • 2tbls smokey paprika
  • 1 tbls dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tbls black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tbls red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbls dry thyme
  • 1 tbls dry sage
  • 1 tbls salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2tbls light brown sugar
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Tip. Use dry spices for the seasoning mixture. It freezes better than fresh spices.

Making Your Elk Sausages

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Make Elk Sausage Meat Mixture

Cut Elk and Pork into 1 -2 inch cubes or strips to feed into your meat grinder.

Tip. Strips of meat are often easier to grind than cubes.


Tip. Grind Elk meat and fatty Pork separately then mix together well. I use my hands and fingers to make sure the Elk meat and Pork fat is thoroughly mixed together.

Tip. Chill Elk meat and Pork fat to about 1/2 frozen in the freezer before grinding. You will find it is much easier to grind the wild game meat and Pork when it is well chilled. (Not fully frozen)

Tip. Depending on your meat grinder it is often easier to grind first on a coarse setting and then re-grind on a finer setting.

Tip. After grinding return the meat to the freezer. You should always keep your Elk meat very cold when making sausages.

Tip. I use a metal mixing bowl to ensure the container and meat always stays well chilled.

If you are grinding your own meat see this review on The Best Meat Grinders.


Make Elk Sausage Seasoning

Add all the spice mixture ingredients for your Elk sausages into a mixing bowl and combine well.

Take the chilled Elk meat mixture from the fridge or freezer and add the spice mixture.

Mix well.

Tip. I prefer to use my hands and fingers to combine all the spice ingredients with the meat.

Tip.  If you do not plan to eat these straight away put the mixture in freezer bags and store in freezer until ready. Use vacuum sealer for best results.


Make Elk Sausage Links or

Elk Sausage Patties

Once you have the ground meat and seasoning mixture well combined it’s time to make the Elk sausages or Elk breakfast sausage patties.

Option A is to make Elk sausage links.

Option B is to make Elk sausage patties.


Use A Sausage Stuffer To Make Links

If you have a good meat grinder like the STX Turboforce Classic 3000 (Check On Amazon) it is time to use the sausage stuffer attachment. Most good quality electric meat grinders come with sausage stuffer attachments.

Place a length (10 to 15 feet) of sausage casing onto the sausage tube and force mixture into casing.

After filling the sausage casing ,twist the sausages in alternating directions to create approximately 6 to 8-inch long sausages.

Tip. This concept is the same across meat grinders, ie forcing the meat mixture into the sausage casing. As grinders do vary its best to refer to your products instruction manual.

If you use a manual meat grinder it may or may not have a sausage stuffer attachment.

Tip. These are both good manual meat grinders with sausage stuffers that do the job well. Check them on Amazon.

Lem #10 Clamp On Grinder

Kitchen Basics 3 N 1 Manual Meat Grinder


Make Elk Breakfast Sausage Patties

Roll the seasoned mixture into balls about 2 -3 ounces in size.

Tip. The exact size does not matter as long as they are roughly the same size so they cook at the same time.

Flatten out into patties ready for cooking.


Cooking Your Elk Sausages

Cook your sausages however you prefer.

In the skillet or on the grill they taste amazing either way.

Personally I cook mine in the skillet for about 20mins. I use a thin layer of Canola oil and cook on a medium heat.

Tip. Ensure sausage is cooked all the way through is the only rule to follow.

Tip. If eating these Elk sausages for breakfast, links or patties serve with maple syrup.

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Choosing A Sausage Casing

Which type of sausage casing should you use for your Elk sausages? 

There are 4 main types of sausage casings. Natural, Collagen, Synthetic and Fibrous.

If using Natural sausage casings, I recommend Hog casings. They are easy to work with. They should be soaked in clear warm water for 60 mins before using. Change the water 3 times. 

Collagen (fresh) casings. These types of sausage casings are generally made from beef protein. 

They are cheaper and work brilliantly.

Collagen casings are normally what you get when you buy mass produced sausages. They are good for freezing and deep frying. They do not require soaking. You can also get a smoked version which is great.

Synthetic sausage casings are a very uniform type of casing. They are also used by mass sausage producers. These types of sausage casings do not require refrigeration.

Fibrous sausage casings. These are not edible.  Do not use.

Tip. make sure you get the right size of sausage casing to match your sausage stuffer.

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Cooking Equipment

Here are some of the kitchen equipment items that you will need in order to make your homemade Elk sausages. Links to where you can check the price or purchase Top Rated equipment on Amazon are included.

Enjoy Your Elk Sausages

Elk meat not only tastes great, like most wild game meat it also has fantastic health benefits compared to regular Beef and Pork.  See this Wild Game Meat Nutrition Chart. 

Remember these Elk sausages also can be made with Venison, Antelope and Moose.

If you really get into your sausage making like I do here is a great reference book available on Amazon.- Easy Sausage Making

You can find some more great Wild Game Meat Recipes By Clicking Here.

Three great wild game meat recipes to try ones are :-

 Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs; Elk Chili and  3 Easy Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipes.

You and your family are sure to love these homemade Elk sausages.


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Sweet And Sour Venison Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs Crockpot And Oven Baked Methods

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Sweet and sour venison meatballs are super simple to make, they taste amazing and are really healthy too.

This is one of our family favorites.

I mean who doesn’t just love meatballs? Right?

This recipe is great with fresh venison and perfect for using stored frozen venison mince.

You can make the sweet and sour venison meatballs as a main meal or as an appetizer by simply adjusting the size of the meatballs.

There are 2 simple cooking methods:-

1. Low and slow venison meatballs in a crockpot.

2. Quick venison meatballs baked in the oven. Perfect if you have a hungry family ready to eat

Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs Ingredients


  • 2lbs ground venison
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (sub garlic powder)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes (or powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 
  • Vegetable or Canola oil


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (sub garlic powder)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 can (20z) pineapple chunks and juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

Making Your Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs

Whenever I see recipes with preparation and cooking times for some reason it always takes me longer! 

So here are the approximate times it takes me to make these delicious sweet and sour venison meatballs.

A little longer if the kids are helping to roll out the venison meatballs which they love to do!

Prep Time:- 30mins.

Cooking Time:- 3 hrs crockpot. OR 30 mins oven.

Serves:- 4 -6 people depending on how hungry your are!

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Make The Venison Meatballs

In a large bowl mix all of the meatball ingredients above. You can beat the eggs first but to be honest I do not bother with this. Use your hands and fingers to combine well.

Tip: If you are grinding your own Venison see this review on The Best Deer Meat Grinders.


Roll Into Balls

Roll the mixture into balls around 1.5 inches. You can use an ice cream scoop to assist with this. Again I just use my hands. If you are making these for an appetizer roll them smaller about bite size.

Tip: Wet your hands before rolling the venison meatballs.

Tip: Do not worry too much about exact size they can really be any size that suits you. The important thing is to keep them all approximately the same size so they cook at the same time.

Tip: I put my meatballs in the fridge while preparing the sauce. this helps the egg combine and set the meatballs so they do not split when browning in the skillet


Brown The Venison Meatballs

Brown the venison meatballs in a heavy skillet with some vegetable or canola oil. Turn gently as you are cooking.

Transfer to your crockpot or if baking in the oven put them in a greased casserole or baking dish.

(I simply grease with some canola oil)

Tip: The venison meatballs should be well browned but it is not necessary to cook them all the way through.


Make The Sweet & Sour Sauce

There are 2 ways I cook my sweet and sour venison meatballs.

Either in a crockpot or if I want them quicker in the oven.

Tip: The only real difference is when using the crockpot method I don’t cook the sauce first. When using the oven method I make the sauce first, before pouring over the meatballs.


Sauce Method:- Venison Meatballs Crockpot.

Mix all of the sauce ingredients above. (Except the pineapple pieces and pineapple juice).

Stir well so they are all combined.

Pour over the venison meatballs.

Cook on high for 2 hours in the crockpot.

Stir every 30 mins.

You can cook the venison meatballs for another hour or even 2 if you would like the sauce thicker.

Add pineapple pieces and juice for the last 30mins of cooking and stir through.


Sauce Method:- Baked Venison Meatballs In Oven

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all the sauce ingredients and stir well so they are all combined.

Heat slowly in a saucepan stirring as you go. Do not boil.

Pour over the meatballs and cook in the oven for 30 mins.

Tip: You can take one out and cut in half to check its cooked through. If not leave for another 10 mins.

Serving Your Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs

We like to have out sweet and sour venison meatballs served simply with fluffy Jasmine rice and some fresh vegetables on the side.

If you are making small appertizer sized venison meatballs simply put a toothpick in each cooked meatball.

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Cooking Equipment

  • Teaspoon, Tablespoon, Cup
  • Mixing bowls
  • Heavy skillet
  • Cooking tongs
  • Mixing spoons
  • Saucepans
  • Crockpot
  •  Oven baking or casserole dish
  • Rice cooker (optional)
  • Venison meat grinder (optional)


The family is sure to love these sweet and sour venison meatballs. So easy to make and delicious to eat. If there are any leftovers I think they taste even better the next day.

Venison is full of great health benefits. See this Wild Game Meat Nutrition Chart. Venison is a very lean meat and a great alternative to beef.

And by the way these meatballs also taste great if you are using beef!!

I hope you and your family enjoys these sweet and sour venison meatballs. You can find some more great Wild Game Meat Recipes By Clicking Here.

Some recipes you should definitely try are:

Homemade Elk Sausages; Elk Chili and 3 Easy Venison Breakfast Sausages Recipes.

So go on try it.

Get some venison and get meat-balling.


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The Best Deer Meat Grinder (Electric and Manual)

Buyers Guide To The Best Deer Meat Grinders (Electric and Manual)

The best deer meat grinders come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to grind your own game meat. Grinders for game meat such as venison can provide you with a variety of benefits.

Understanding the options available when looking to purchase a meat grinder for venison will make it easier for you to choose the one that works best for your needs.

If you are looking for a meat grinder for deer processing, or any game meat grinder for that matter this report will have you covered.

Of course whilst this report focuses on the best venison meat grinders, all of these points and recommendations apply to any meat you wish to grind at home.

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” No Hunter’s Kitchen Is Complete Without A Venison Meat Grinder.”

Types Of Deer Meat Grinders

When you are looking for a deer meat grinder (or a grinder for any other game meat), it’s important to look at the various options available to you. There are two primary types of grinders to be on the lookout for.

A manual venison meat grinder means that you don’t need to have an electrical source. This is particularly ideal if you want to grind your deer meat while you’re still out on a hunting trip. The best manual meat grinders are also much cheaper than the electric models.

However, you have to do all of the work.

When you work with a manual meat grinder, it will only be able to chop small amounts of game meat at a time. It typically works by you turning a crank handle, allowing the meat to be chopped and pushed through a plate at the front.

These types of deer meat grinders are easy-to-operate and can be very affordable. They are best suited if you only wish to process smaller amounts of game meat.

An electric venison meat grinder requires you to plug it in to a power source. These tend to be much larger and will do all of the work for you. They can handle very large amounts of meat, over 200 lbs per hour of deer meat ground for you.

Importantly an electric venison meat grinder will grind tougher cuts of game meat that a manual grinder simply cannot work with.

If you are looking for speed and accuracy in the kitchen, an electric game meat grinder is going to make the most sense.

For the best meat grinder for deer processing this is what you need!

These will be more expensive, but you can find one that offers all the settings and blades that you will ever need.

Electric deer meat grinders will last you a long time.

If you would just like to know the Best Electric deer meat grinder and the Best Manual deer meat grinder then here they are.

Venison Meat Grinder STX

Best Electric Deer Meat Grinder

STX Turboforce Classic 3000 Series

Large meat grinder built to last.

Includes all your accessories.

Great value for money.

STX Int. Trusted Brand.

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Best Manual Deer Meat Grinder

LEM #10 Clamp-On Hand Grinder

Heavy Duty.

Stainless Steel Construction.

Mount on almost any table-top.

Coarse & fine grinding plates.

Deer Meat Grinder Buying Considerations

As you explore the various game meat grinders, it’s important to consider a few factors to help you determine which one will give you the best results for your money.

Power Source. Consider the power source, whether it’s going to be a manual deer meat grinder or an electric deer meat grinder. This will vary depending on how much meat you want to process at a time.

Body Construction. The material used in the construction will play a role in durability. Plastic bodies are more affordable while cast aluminum bodies are commercial grade. Go for durability and solid construction.

Blade Construction. The blades should be made of stainless steel because it’s strong, reliable, and can maintain a sharp edge. It’s also rust-resistant, which is critical to maintaining a clean, sanitary grinder. They will also have a much longer life in your kitchen processing that lovely venison.

Positioning. Pay close attention to where the feed tube is in relation to the handle or power switch. Particularly in a manual meat grinder, it requires effort on your part to push the deer meat through and crank the handle. The positioning should be comfortable for you to operate the grinder.

Size. The size of the unit should be considered based on how much meat you want to process at a time. An electric meat grinder for venison can be quite large, where as a manual meat grinder is relatively small.

Motor. For electric deer meat grinders it is important the motor big and powerful enough to manage the amount of venison you are processing. Simply put the more deer processing you will be doing, the bigger motor you will want to have.

Cost. As your deer meat grinder will be required to perform some heavy duty grinding it is important you get a good quality grinder.

Choose The Best Deer Meat Grinder That You Can Afford. 

All of the venison meat grinders recommended have been fully tested to cope with the demands of grinding your own meat and importantly ALL come for REPUTABLE MANUFACTURERS.

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Deer Meat Grinder Accessories

When you’re choosing a meat grinder for venison or any other type of game, you will want to consider various accessories. Some grinders will allow you to attach an accessory to add more versatility.

Multiple plates: These make it possible for you to change from coarse to fine grain.

Sausage making: You can grind the meat into the casing of choice to make sausage.

Kubbe attachment: This creates a hollow tube in the meat, making it possible to make any dishes that require you to stuff the meat with other ingredients. 

Auto Patty: You can have patties automatically created to make burgers from the ground meat.

Best Deer Meat Grinders – Electric

Venison Meat Grinder STX

STX Turboforce Classic 3000

STX International are a well trusted brand making exceptional kitchen equipment. This deer meat grinder is built to last and it looks great. All you meat grinding needs will be met with this unit.

  • High Capacity Meat Tray – Up To 3lb
  • 3 Speed Switch System
  • Comes With All The Accessories You Need
  • Also A Sausage And Burger Maker
  • Excellent Value For Money

Ground Fine, Coarse & Medium meat. 3000 watts of power. Reverse power function stops jams. Advanced Variable Intake (AVI) Technology allows grinding of larger cuts of meat.

Venison Meat Grinder LEM

LEM Big Bite #8

This meat grinder is for the hunter or cook who grinds a few deer each year. A powerful .50 hp motor that is permanently lubricated will breeze through all your deer meat grinding in no time.

  • Exclusive Auger Design Pulls More Meat Quicker
  • Stainless Steel Housing for Durability
  • Comes With A Variety Of Accessories
  • Built In Storage Drawer
  • Comes With A 5 Year Warranty

Very durable construction. Heavy duty handle for easy moving. Fine and coarse grinding options.

Venison Meat Grinder Sunmile

Sunmile SM-G50 Electric

Sunmile’s best meat grinder by far and compares well to the STX Turboforce above. Grinds up to 200 lbs per hour. Perfect for the serious hunter or cook.

  • Fine, Medium And Coarse Stainless Steel Cutting Plates
  • All Blades & Plates Are dishwasher Safe
  • Comes With A Variety Of Accessories
  • Large #12 size with a big capacity tray
  • Looks very elegant

Single key button On / Off / Reverse. Circuit breaker to prevent motor burnout. 1000w locked power

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Best Deer Meat Grinders – Manual

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LEM #10 Clamp On Grinder

A very heavy duty and hard wearing manual deer meat grinder. Easy to clean and maintain plus its rust resistant. The top manual venison meat grinder.

  • All Stainless Steel Construction
  • Clamps On To Almost any Countertop Or Table
  • Comes With 3 Stuffing Tubes
  • Coarse and Fine Grinding Plates
  • Excellent Value For Money

Made for heavy duty use and backed by LEM’s excellent customer service.

Deer Meat Grinder Gideon

Gideon Hand Crank Grinder

A compact meat grinder that works like a heavy duty grinder. This grinder has a superb suction base instead of using a clamp on design.

  • Stainless Steel Blades Enclosed In The Unit
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Dishwasher Safe For Easy Cleanup
  • Coarse and Fine Grinding Plates
  • Excellent Value For Money

The perfect alternative to a heavier clamp on style meat grinder.

Deer Meat Grinder Weston

Weston #10 Manual Grinder

Very sturdy and efficient manual meat grinder. Disassembles easily for cleaning. Comes with a range of accessories.

  • Large Opening for Feeding Meat Into
  • Adjustable Burrs To Control Thickness Of Grind.
  • Comes With A 3 Sizes Sausage Stuffing Kit
  • 2 Steel Cutting Plates
  • A Good Allrounder

Durable venison meat grinder. Affordable steel construction with a range of sausage stuffing extras.

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The Best Budget Deer Meat Grinders

Venison Meat Grinder STX Scout

STX Turboforce Scout 1000

An exceptional deer meat grinder in the budget range at around $50. More compact than the bigger models yet capable of some serious meat grinding. Sausage Stuffer and Kubbe maker included.

  • Easy To Use And Easy To Store
  • Forward And Reverse Capabilities
  • Durable Construction For Long Life
  • Comes With ALL The attachments You Need
  • Backed With A 3 Year Warranty

Deer Meat Grinder Bellemain

Bellemain Manual Meat Grinder

At around $20 this is a good option for occasional meat grinding. Easy to use and clean, comes in a compact design for easy storage. Unfortunately no sausage stuffer included.

  • Strong Suction Cup Base for Use Anywhere
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Grinding Blades
  • Very Simple To Operate
  • Not For Tough Cuts Of Meat

Why Grind You Own Deer Meat?

Grinding your own deer meat allows you to take control of the overall quality of what you are eating and feeding the family.

You can choose the plate that you use for grinding venison, elk, moose or any other type of game meat. This enables you to get the texture, fine, medium or coarse to suit your needs.

Additionally, you know exactly what’s going into the mix. If you buy ground meat at the store, it could be a combination of all sorts of animals and parts.

Wild game meat has many nutritional benefits compared to standard beef, pork and chicken. It also provides you and the family with more variety at dinner time.

Check out this Ultimate Guide To Wild Game Nutrition. Infographic.

When you grind deer meat weeks (or even months) before you’re going to eat the meat, it exposes the meat to the air and microbes. This speeds up the loss of moisture and shortens the overall shelf life. This means that you’re not going to get the flavor and texture that you really want.

TIP. By using a deer meat grinder on your own, you can store the game meat in chunks in your freezer. It will store better than ground meat. Then, when you’re ready to grind the meat, you simply take out of  the freezer, allow to thaw slightly and then grind away!

Following this process, your ground venison will maintain a higher level of moisture and in turn provide you with the highest quality meat. The flavor will be much fresher, too.

With so many different attachments available on the quality meat grinders, you can do so much more with the hard won game meat that you may have done in the past.

Make venison sausages, game meat burgers or deer meatloaf ALL with freshly ground, natural meat.

Otherwise, you’re at the mercy of what the butcher does with the meat.

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Tips For Using Deer Meat Grinders

Once you have a deer meat grinder, there are a few tips to ensure that you get the best quality ground meat out of it. It will also make it easier for you to have your grinder around for many years to come.

If you have your own harvested deer, this step by step article on How To Butcher A Deer Hind Quarter may help you. Instructional video included.

Now back to some meat grinder tips. Also watch the Pro Butcher Tips at the end of this article.

Follow the instructions of your grinder to make sure that you’re not placing more in the feeder tube than recommended. Depending on the size of your grinder, this may be around one pound at a time.

Trim the sinew, silverskin, yellow fat, and any bloodshot meat into chunks before it goes into the grinder.

It’s okay to leave some fat on, as long as it’s not too thick. This will ensure that you get a good blend when you’re ready to start cooking the ground meat.

With venison and other wild game, there’s not a whole lot of fat to work with. You can add bacon trimmings or pork butt to add some fat into your game meat, too.

With an electric meat grinder, allow a rest period of at least 45 minutes in between grinding sessions to ensure the motor does not overheat.

Keep the grinder plates sharp.

If the deer meat coming out of the plates does not look freshly cut, check the back to ensure that it is free of sinew. You should also check to ensure the retaining ring is on as tight as it can be.

Especially when you’re working with freshly caught game, be sure to clean your meat grinder well so that you get the best and freshest meat product produced.

Be sure that you remove all of the deer meat from the grinder in between uses. If you leave any meat inside, it can lead to bacteria that will transfer to the next batch of meat. Feed some bread into the meat grinder to soak up any additional grease and oil. Then, take apart the grinder and let it soak in soapy water.

Opt for one that allows you to add more accessories, even if you don’t get them all right away.

With a durable deer meat grinder, you can enjoy better tasting ground meat. Whether you make burgers, sausages, meatloaf, or even meatballs with the game meat, you can impress everyone with the freshness that the meat has to offer.

You might like these.  Great Wild Game Recipes more Equipment Reviews

3 Pro Meat Grinding Tips From A Butcher (Video)

Now it is your turn.

Get yourself a good quality meat grinder and start producing delicious, healthy fresh meat for the table.

Your family and friends will be impressed.

It is truly satisfying.


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Hunting Lifestyle (The Best Hunting Song)

Hunting Lifestyle – Fred Bear Song by Ted Nugent

Hank the Hunter was having a quiet beer and reading through some hunting lifestyle articles on the web the other night as he usually does.

He came across this brilliant article by Ted Nugent on Deer & Deer Hunting’s website. You can read the full article by clicking on the title below.

Celebrate and Promote

Never Defend Hunting.

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The title says it all, as hunters we should follow Ted’s advice and Promote and Celebrate our chosen hunting lifestyle, not defend it.

This is what the great Ted Nugent has to say:-

“I dedicate myself to a smart, conscientious, healthy, hunting lifestyle,…”

“I hear from newly baptized sporters who fall head-over-heels in love with the soul-cleansing shooting sports and great outdoors adventure.

Shared in a vigorous, passionate way, I am convinced that most people would be intrigued and inspired enough to look into it, try it, and many will be recruited in a heartbeat.

I’ve witnessed it my entire life!”

“For 50-plus years I have performed songs with a hunting/outdoor theme to millions and millions of people around the world, and the evidence shows that it has educated and impacted them profoundly.”

“If you love the hunting lifestyle anywhere close to how much I do, find a way to reach out and recruit new sporters at every opportunity.”

Thats brings Hank to one of his favorite hunting lifestyle songs of all time. Ted Nugent singing the Fred Bear song around a campfire. 

Dressed in camo, hunting cap on and sitting around the hunting camp campfire listening to Nugent picking his guitar would have to be close to Heaven according to Hank. Video thanks to Mossy Oak.

So what do you think?

Is that not one of the best hunting lifestyle songs ever written? 

Hank thinks these words speak to all hunters and all hunters should speak these words.

Promote and celebrate our hunting lifestyle as Ted Nugent does in his lyrics.

Lyrics Excerpt from Ted Nugent’s Fred Bear Song

There I was back in the wild again

And I felt right at home, where I belong

I had that feeling, coming over me again

Just like it happened so many times before, eh

The Spirit of the Woods is like an old good friend

Was I alone or in a hunter’s dream

Cause the moment of truth was here and now

I felt his touch, I felt his guiding hand

The buck was mine forevermore

Because of Fred Bear

We’re not alone when we’re in the great outdoors

We got his spirit, we got his soul

He will guide our steps, he’ll guide our arrows home

The restless spirit forever roams

In the wind he’s still alive.

Final words from Ted Nugent.

“Celebrate and promote, never bother defending the hunting lifestyle. Why mess with perfection.”

Hank The Hunter agrees!!

How To Make The Best Elk Chili

The Best Homemade Elk Chili

Also Great For Moose and Venison

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Do you like chili? Do you like wild game meat like elk, moose and venison?

Do you like easy homemade food that tastes great?

​​​​If YES then you are going to love this easy Best Elk Chili Recipe.

There are plenty of chili recipes out there and over the years my family and I have tried many of them. 

I think this is the best Elk chili recipe because it is so easy and flexible. 

You can substitute the elk meat and have moose chili or venison chili or even beef chili. They all taste great.

You can use ground elk ,moose or venison meat. If you prefer cube the game meat up into bite sized pieces.

Check out this Review for The Best Meat Grinder (Electric and Manual)


The ingredients for the best Elk Chili are simple to adjust up or down depending on how much meat you are cooking. This list is a per pound basis. 

This will serve a hungry family of four easily with leftovers for the next day!

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 lb Ground Elk Meat 

(or moose or venison)

1 large onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

1 Jalapeno pepper (chopped)

2 tablespoons of chili powder

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

1 green pepper (chopped)

1 tablespoon of oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

Shake of Pepper

1 cup of corn  (fresh or frozen)

1 can crushed tomatoes (28oz) 

1 can tomato sauce (15oz)

Dash tabasco sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 – 2 cups of water or beef (broth / stock). 

1 can red kidney beans (15oz) (drained)

1 can black beans (15oz) (drained)

Sour cream to serve on top

Now I realize traditional Texan Chili does not have beans.

“by all means leave the beans”

We add them because it adds extra heartiness to fill up a hungry family.

Directions – How To Make Elk Chili


Step 1

Using the Olive Oil Brown the meat and onions in a Dutch oven or any other heavy based pan.

Add the garlic and give a quick stir.

Add peppers, tomatoes, corn, herbs and spices.

Give it a stir.


Step 2 

Add the beef stock / broth or water.

Add Tabasco and brown sugar. Give it a stir.

Bring to the boil for a couple of minutes then reduce to a simmer

Add Beans. Give it a stir.


Step 3

Simmer in the pot on a stove or in a Dutch oven for 2 hours. Stir every half hour or so.

If using cubed game meat I like to cook it for an extra half hour or so until the meat is very tender.

If the Elk chili is getting too thick simply add more water or broth / stock and stir.

Serve with sour cream on top.

You can also add some Avocado’s, chopped green onions, grated cheese, corn chips, crackers or crusty bread to serve on the side.

Tips For The Best Elk Chili

Tip 1

I taught my kids how to make the best Elk chili and now it’s one of their favorite meals to prepare. It is one of the best ways to use up the tougher cuts of meat. If you butcher your own meat you may be interested in this article on How to Butcher a Deer Hind Quarter.

Tip 2

If you are able to wait an extra day the chili tastes even better on day 2. Let the Elk chili cool to room temperature and then leave in the refrigerator until the next day.

Tip 3

When you go on your next hunting trip take some pre frozen portions of Elk chili and simply heat to serve. Frozen elk chili in zip lock bags will last up to 2 months in the freezer.

Your hunting buddies will love it.

You can find more simple Wild Game Meat Recipes right here.

You might also like these wild game meat recipes:-

Homemade Elk Sausages; Sweet & Sour Venison Meatballs and 3 Easy Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipes.

If you are interested in the history of chili, What’s Cooking America has a great article on the Legend Of Chili. Well worth a read.


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Deer Hunting Terms (Your Free Ultimate Glossary)

Deer Hunting Terms Phrases & Slang. Your Deer Hunting Dictionary

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Deer hunting words are not a different language. Although to the uninitiated it may seem that way sometimes. 

Take for instance the time I was talking to a non hunting buddy about my recent deer hunting adventure. After listening politely for about 10 minutes he finally piped up with “ Say What?’ 

That gave me an idea to put together this deer hunting terms glossary.

There are many deer hunting terms and phrases that get used all over the country. This article will cover a lot of deer hunting slang and terminology – good old deer hunting lingo. 

Now I realize each state and region may have its own particular deer hunting terms so if something is missed here or you would like to add some more terms then please  Contact Us

Send through your suggestions and I will add them to this deer hunting glossary. If you would like to be credited with the new deer hunting term please let me know in the contact form.

So here we go. Learn these deer hunting terms, hopefully you may pick up a new one or two and talk the deer hunting lingo like a pro.

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Deer Hunting Terms

A – B

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The digesting chamber of the deer’s stomach. It is the fourth stomach chamber.

Albino Deer

A deer with a white coat of fur.


These are bony growths on a male deer’s (buck’s) head. They are also referred to as racks.  “Nice rack on that one” They fall off once a year and are regrown, reaching their prime during the rut. They are not horns.

Atypical Antlers

These are a deer’s antlers hat have not  grow evenly matched on the right and left side. They may have points or tines sticking in various directions. Also referred to as non-typical antlers.

Bachelor Group

This deer hunting term is used to describe a group of mid to older age male deer hanging out together. This occurs over summer and fall before the rut starts when the group separates and begin fighting each other over the females. (Does)

Bag Limit

The number of animals you are legally allowed to harvest in one day.


Deer hunting slang for a female deer or an antlerless male deer.


The sound made by an injured or scared deer.

Learn all the different sounds deer make here.


Deer hunting slang for Big Buck Down. Exactly the deer hunting phrase you want to be telling your buddies.


The major beam of a deer’s antlers is the centre antler that has the smaller tines (points) coming off it. Antler beam also refers to as the thickness of the antler.

Bed or Bedding

The place a deer will lay down and rest. This is typically where deer spend most of the time during the daylight. Generally very well hidden from your prying eyes.

Blaze Orange

Colored hunting gear to help make the hunter stand out from the surrounding vegetation. Useful to help you stop being shot by other hunters. Comes in camo pattern to still allow human shape to be broken up.

Bleat or Bleating

Deer language made by does and fawns. The fawn will use this sound all year to call its mother often for help. A doe will bleat to call in the bucks during the rutting season.


An enclosure hunters hide in with the hope of seeing a deer. Deer hunters will get to know their blinds very well.

Blowing (or Snort)

Deer communication to warn of danger. Deer hunter lingo is “ I just got snorted”.

Boone & Crockett

Set up by Theodore Roosevelt, this organization keeps official records of big game animals harvested as well as maintaining a uniform scoring system of antlers. Boone & Crockett Site.


A natural landscape feature requiring the deer to pass through a narrow passage.


When a deer is standing fully “side on” to you so you can see the whole side of their body. The best angle to take a heart lung shot from.

See this guide on the Best Shot Placement For Deer. 


No this deer hunting lingo does not refer to shopping. It describes how deer generally feed which is to walk and nibble vegetation on the move.

Brow Tine

The first tine coming off the main beam closest to the bucks head.


A male deer. Also called a stag.

Buck Fever

Deer hunting words for the hunter who gets a bit too nervous when coming across a big buck. Often results in an early and or poor shot.


This deer hunting term is often followed by a lot of swearing. It describes what happens when a deer becomes aware of the hunter resulting in the deer running away.


This hunting terminology refers to when the hunter disturbs a deer from its bedding area. Often the hunter will then set up a blind or stand to monitor the bedding area.

Button Buck

A very young male deer that has bumps on its head instead of antler growth.

Deer Hunting Terms

C – F

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The process of a hunter trying to communicate with deer. Various calls designed to imitate deer vocals such as grunts, bleats and snorts.

See this article on Deer Communication – Sounds Scent And Body Language.

Camo or Camouflage

What hunters spend a lot of money on in the hope of being invisible to the deer. Designed to help the hunter blend in with the background. Clothing, blinds backpacks all come in various camo patterns.


The scientific name for the deer family.


A type of tree stand that wraps around the trunk that allows the hunter to climb the tree. It also has a seat on for the hunter who spends many an hour sitting on it.


The thick area of woods that deer will hide in. Where hunters will set up a blind to conceal their presence.

Cover Scent

Not the latest aftershave or perfume. Cover scent is applied by the hunter to mask the smell of human scent.


A good sized buck but not the biggest in the group.


A not so good sized buck. Too small.


Department of Natural Resources. Involved with all forms of wildlife management in each state.


Doe a deer a female deer. Far a long long way to run.

Doe Trail

The animal trail used mainly by does and their fawns. It can be recognized by the different sized tracks (animal footprints) along the same path.

Dominant buck

Deer hunting term for the buck with the biggest rack. Usually the most aggressive buck in the group that has his pick of does and food sources.


Not what you do on the way to the hunt. This is a hunting technique whereby a group of hunters will walk through the cover pushing other deer towards a group of waiting hunters. Combined with a natural bottleneck this can be a very effective hunting tactic.

Drop Tine

An antler point growing straight down from the main beam. This is an atypical (see above) antler formation.


Polite hunting terminology for deer shit. A lot can be told by deer droppings if you know how to read them. But that’s another article.


The state a doe is in when ready to mate. Also called in heat. Usually lasts for 2 to 3 days.


A young deer recently born. A Whitetail fawn typically has white spots to help it hide in surrounding vegetation.

Field Dressing

Hunting lingo for removing the entrails of a fresh kill near where it was shot prior to butchering. It doesn’t mean getting dressed in the woods for a night out.


The underneath of deer tail seen by many a hunter as the deer runs away.

Flat Tops

Deer hunting term for a doe.


Not the author of James Bond books. This deer hunting term refers to the buck testing the scent of doe piss to see if she is in estrus and ready to breed.

Forkhorn or Forky

Deer hunting terminology to describe a buck with two antler points on each side. In other words a small four point buck.

Food Plot

An area of land set aside to grow food to attract deer. Common food plot foods include oats, clover and soybean. An excellent reference article from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) can be found here.


Deer hunting terminology to describe the food deer eat in a general sense.


Same hunting word as bottleneck above, to describe a narrow natural landscape feature requiring the animals to travel through.

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Deer Hunting Terms

G – K

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Ghost Deer

A hunting phrase to describe a deer that can not be found during the day, but one the hunter knows is moving through the territory. Conclusion is the deer moves only at night time.


Looking for deer hour after hour using binoculars or a spotting scope.


Not a marine. Hunting term for the sound a buck makes typically a signal of aggression.

See this article on Deer Communication – Sounds Scent And Body Language.

Grunt Tube

A device to make the deer grunt call during the rut in the hope it will attract a buck looking to see who is in his territory.

Ground Blind

Same as blind above. A small tent like structure  hunters hide in with the hope of seeing a deer.

Ground Shrinkage

The natural phenomenon when a hunter walks up to a buck that has been shot only to find it is not as big as first thought.

Gut Shot

A terrible shot on a deer. This usually results in a slow painful death for the animal as well as hours of follow up tracking by the hunter to find the wounded animal. See this guide on the Best Shot Placement For Deer.

Hang On Stands

Tree stands a hunter secures to a tree that then remains in place. Also called lock-on tree stands. Different to the climbing tree stand described above.


Hunting terminology for a deer killed.

In Heat

See Estrus above. When a doe is ready to breed.

Heavy Horned

Deer hunting lingo to describe a buck with thick antlers. Coincides with the phrase “Great Rack”.


The skin of a deer. Also what deer do when you are out hunting all day.


Another deer hunting term for a female deer or doe.

Home Range

The area a deer will spend most of its life.


A hunting phrase to describe the act of a buck rubbing and scraping its antlers on tree branches. Bit silly really as deer do not have horns. Cows have horns.

Hunter Orange

Not a particular fruit but reference to the blaze orange color hunters wear to help keep them safe from other hunters.

Hunting Outfitter

A hunting outfitter is someone who assists a hunter in arranging a hunting guide, area and equipment.

Interdigital Gland

A gland between the toes of a deer’s foot that leaves a scent as they move around. Another way deer communicate with each other.

Killing Plot

Another hunting term to describe a food plot. See above.

Killing Stand

A different hunting phrase to describe a well positioned tree stand.

Deer Hunting Terms

L – P

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Ladder Stand

A type of tree stand that as the name suggests consists of a ladder type components to allow the hunter to climb the tree.


Hunting slang for the branch or ground minerals deer will lick or rub their forehead glands on to leave their scent. Another form of deer communication.

Lip Curl

A male deer will curl his lip and breath in the scent of does to determine if they are in estrus and therefore ready for breeding.

Lock Down

The period during the rut when a buck is so focused on the does in estrus that he barely eats or drinks in his sole pursuit of the female.

Management Buck or Doe

A deer that has been raised on a ranch for hunting. Typically not a trophy sized animal.


A way to describe the thickness of a bucks antlers.


Nothing to do with sailing boats. Hunters use this word to describe the nuts and fruits found on trees.

Matching Set

Hunting words for when you find a matching set of antlers that have been shed (dropped) by a deer.

Metatarsal Gland

Scientific Terminology for the small scent gland found outside of each hind leg on a deer.


Hunting term for the taxidermied deer head and or shoulder that is mounted on a wall.


Deer hunting reference used for female deer. Also used regularly in reference to female goats.


Deer moving at night, particularly in areas of heavy hunting pressure. Some bucks may be solely nocturnal.

Non Typical

Deer hunting term used to describe antlers that have not formed evenly. See atypical antlers above.

Nubbin Buck

Another deer hunting term to describe a young buck with bumps on its head instead of antler growth. See also Button Buck.

Odocoileus Virginianus

Not hunting lingo, rather the scientific name for whitetail deer.

October Lull

Hunter slang for I haven’t managed to see any deer.

Old Long Nose

Hunting phrase to reference an old female deer.


Another term for the gut of a deer. Not where you should be shooting.


When a buck is moving grass and dirt with its feet.

Pinch Point

The final part of a funnel or bottleneck as described above. Natural landscape feature.

Pre Rut

The beginning of the mating season where the bucks are starting to seek out does in estrus. It is the period before the bucks become “Locked Down”. See above – Which is when the hunting phase changes to just “The Rut”.


The act of butchering a deer for that lovely venison. Here are some great venison recipes for you to try. 

Post Rut

Typically runs for a couple of weeks after the peak mating period. Bucks are still seeking out any receptive does but the majority of the females are no longer interested as they have already mated.

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Deer Hunting Terms

Q – S

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QDM Quality Deer Management

A way to manage deer so there are always big bucks to harvest and the ratio of male to female is roughly even. Also a great website on deer management from the Quality Deer Management Association.


When butchering a deer this phrase means to take off the quarters or all four legs.

Quartering Shot

A deer hunting term to describe the angle of shot taken on a deer. The quartering away shot means the deer is slightly facing away from the hunter. The quartering on shot means the deer is facing slightly towards you.

See this guide on the Best Shot Placement For Deer.



Another term for antlers. A common hunting phrase you will often hear is “Nice Rack” and this may not always be said when out hunting.

Rattle or Rattling

Not a toy you give to a baby. This is the phrase deer hunters use when rubbing or knocking together a pair of deer antlers, (real or man made), to imitate the sound of two bucks fighting in the hope of drawing their attention.

Resident Buck

Hunting terminology to describe a buck that hangs around in the same area for long periods of time.


The act of a buck rubbing its antlers and scent glands on a tree to mark out his territory. A common form of deer communication. It is also the process a buck uses to remove the velvet from his antlers before the rutting season. Rubbing will also strengthen a bucks neck muscles of the upcoming fighting season.

Rumens Reticulum and Ruminants

Deer have four stomach chambers in which they digest their food. Like cows this involves chewing the cud. The Rumen refers to first chamber in a deer’s stomach and is for storage of food.  The reticulum is the second chamber and microorganisms begin to break down the food here. After this the food is chewed again and sent down to the third chamber called the Omasum. The water from the food source is absorbed here. Finally the cud enters the fourth chamber called the Abomasum where it is further digested.


A bucks and hunters favorite time of the year. The breeding season. There are various phases to the rut.

The Pre Rut as the bucks and does begin to mark out their territory.

The Beginning Rut as the bucks begin to fight each other and seek out does. The Peak Rut when all the main breeding happens.

The Post Rut occurring after peak breeding time when any of the last does that have not bred are sought out.


Hunting term for an area of land where hunters do not go. Or Should Not Go. This gives the deer a safe place to lay up. The hunter can then go after the deer as they travel from their sanctuary to their food and water sources.


What both deer and hunters leave behind as they travel through the hunting area.

Scent Control

Same as cover scent mentioned above. It is what hunters put on to try and mask their human stink.


A measurement of the deers antlers using the Boone and Crockett measuring system. Other countries have different official measuring systems. For example in Australia they use the Douglas scoring system.


Hunting lingo for investigating a possible hunting area for sign of deer activity.


An area of ground a buck has pawed with his feet and pissed on to leave his scent. Communication method between deer. Other bucks are warned of his presence and does will get a message as to the worthiness of this particular buck leaving the scrape.


Dropped antlers hunters look for lying on the ground outside of hunting season. Typically occurs during late winter months.


Deer hunting lingo for a good sized deer worth taking.

Spike or Spiker

A male deer with small antlers – only one tine. Often a much younger male.


Not in the boxing ring. This is a deer hunting term to describe when bucks have mock or gentle fights to size each other up.

Snort (& Wheeze)

A buck makes this snorting sound to let another buck know he is not happy with his presence. A good call for hunters to practice in an attempt to call in a dominant buck. See this deer communication article for a full range of deer vocabulary.


Deer hunting lingo for walking slowly through the wilderness looking for deer.

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Deer Hunting Terms

T – Z

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A legal requirement to purchase for each animal you intend to harvest. This is in addition to your hunting license.


The process of having your harvested buck’s skin and head stuffed and mounted. The taxidermist is the person who performs this delicate task for you.

Tend or Tending

Deer hunting phrase to describe a buck that is staying close to a particular female waiting for her to come into estrus.


The single part of the antler extending up. Also referred to as an antler point.


This is the tissue that covers the antlers during their growth phase. It is actually a mix of blood vessels and nerves. Prior to the antler becoming calcified it will be covered in velvet and is very sensitive to the deer. Once the antlers become calcified and harden the deer will rub and thrash their antlers on vegetation to get rid of this velvet.


Some of the best eating meat going around. It’s deer meat. Awesome Wild Game Meat Recipes Here.


The deer’s vitals are the heart and lung areas. This is the best place to shoot a deer for a quick humane kill.

White Flag

See also flag above. This is what many hunters see, being the deer running away with its tail in the air.

I hope you have found this deer hunting terms glossary useful and perhaps learned a few terms you didn’t know. If you have a non hunting buddy struggling to understand what you are talking about send them over to this deer hunting glossary to get up to speed.

There are so many deer hunting phrases particular to different regions of the country. so I would love to include your specific deer hunting lingo.

Just hit the contact link below and send them through to me and I will add them to this list. If you would like to be credited with the new deer hunting term please let me know in your message. Contact Us

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Wild Boar Facts (19 Interesting FAQ’s Answered)

19 FAQ’s Answered About Wild Boars In The USA.

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In this article we will answer 19 frequently asked questions about wild hogs in the US.

This invasive species continues to grow in population and distribution areas. With this expanding problem often the facts and myths get mixed up.

These answers will help set the record straight.

1. Where Did Wild Boars Come From?

Before making their presence felt in the US, pigs had been domesticated in Europe, Asia and Africa for thousands of years.

Wild boars were first introduced into the United States in the 1500s by Spanish explorers as a source of food.

Later, during the 1900’s Russian or Eurasian boar was brought into the US for the objective of establishing a hunting population. Hawaii has had introduced feral swine shortly after Captain Cook’s discovery in 1778.

2. What Places Will I Find Wild Pigs In The US?

The US currently has an estimated wild boar population of between 5- 6 million. The biggest concentration can be found in Texas where over 2.6 million of these swine live.

11 Of The Best States for Hog Hunting. (Including Links to State Authorities)

Wild pigs can be found throughout the country, with the biggest populations found in the southern states.

Wild hogs have been found in over 38 states and continue to expand nationally. The current distribution of wild boar in the us is shown in this map from the United states Department Of Agriculture.

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Wild Hogs USA Distribution Map

3. Are There Other Names For Wild Boar?

The scientific name for a pig is Sus scrofa. A feral or wild pig comes from the latin word fera which means a wild beast.

Some other common names include:-

  • Russian boar
  • Wild hog
  • Feral pig
  • Russian razorback
  • Feral swine
  • Piney woods rooter
  • Boar – male
  • Sow -female
  • Piglet / runter – juvenile
  • Sounders – group of females and young pigs

4. What Habitats Do Wild Pigs Live In?

Wild boars are tough animals that can thrive in a wide variety of environments.

Their main needs in habitat for survival are:

A) A nearby water source and 

B) Thick vegetation for shelter. You will find wild hogs in swamplands, one of their preferred habitats, wooded areas, and open agricultural areas – a great food source.

Wild pigs like to sleep in well protected areas like thick underbrush.

They can live in most climates although areas with frozen ground impact their ability to feed as they are unable to dig.

In very hot climates wild boars will wallow in mud to keep cool. Pigs do not have sweat glands so in hot climates access to shady areas and wallows is essential for their survival. Florida swamps are perfect for this.

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5. Do Wild Boars Have A Home Range?

Wild boars will stay in the same area as long as a few basic conditions are met.

  • There is a good food and water source available.
  • They are free from human disturbance including hunting pressure.

The size of this area varies from a few hundred acres to several square miles

Males will roam either alone or in a small band of other boars seeking out food and shelter. They will seek out the females when the sows come into heat.

Females and younger hogs will group together and this group is called a sounder.

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6. How Big Do Wild Hogs Grow?

The size a wild hog reaches is determined by how good its habitat is with regards to food and water sources.

Typically the male is larger than the female but this is not necessarily true in every situation. A male hog grows easily to 200 – 300 pounds and a really big boar will top in at over 500 pounds. 

Here is a Ripping Hog Hunting Story about a 750-lb monster.

7. What Is The Breeding Pattern Of Wild Pigs?

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Wild hog sow with piglets

The female sow become reproductive at about 10 months of age although as with most animals there is room for variance in this age.

Wild sows will have between 1 to 2 litters each year, giving birth to 4 -6 piglets per litter. Again food and habitat conditions will increase or decrease these numbers. 

Typically the gestation period for a wild sow is 115 days. The piglets are typically weaned over a 3 month period, but you guessed it this can vary widely depending on local conditions.

8. Are Wild Hogs Fast?

Yes. They can easily run over 25 mph and continue this for long distances. Wild boars do not tend to jump high fences, rather they will look for access underneath the wire.

That said they can and do climb out of smaller traps so sides need to be high and free of corners for them to use as a hoof hold.

9. What Is A Wild Pigs Best Sense?

Wild hogs first line of defence is their sense of smell. This is extremely well developed, they can pick up odors from several miles away. They also use their sense of smell to detect food such as roots underground.

You have heard of domesticated pigs being used to smell out truffles underground for this exact reason.

Secondly wild hogs have a good sense of hearing however not in the same category as a deer. A wild pigs eyesight is not their strongest sense.

10. How Long Do Wild Boars Live?

Undisturbed wild hogs typically live for around 8 years. Unfortunately long term scientific research on this is not conclusive as local factors such as food, climate, water, habitat and hunting pressure will impact a wild pigs lifespan.

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11. What Do Wild Boars Eat?


Well not quite but they are very opportunistic when it comes to food. They will chow down on both animals (carcasses are a favorite) and plant life.

Vegetation is eaten directly from the plants as well as being dug out of soft ground and mud.

Wild boars love attacking agricultural crops such as oats and corn. Vegetation makes up the majority of a wild hogs diet.

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12. Do Wild Pigs Communicate With Each Other?

Wild hogs use squeals and grunts to communicate the basics. This includes warning of danger, boars fighting over a sow or a mother calling its young.

There is not a lot of detailed research on wild pigs communication methods compared to the extensive research done on deer.

Deer Sounds Scent & Body Language All You Need To Know. (Including recordings of common communication sounds).

13. Are Wild Boars Smart?

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Yes. Wild boars will learn very quickly when new food sources become available. Where it is and how to get it. They will move out of an area as soon as there is increased hunting pressure. 

Do not underestimate the wild pig brain!

14. How Much Damage Do Wild Hogs Cause Each Year?

Wild hogs are considered an invasive species. They have very few natural predators in the wild except the hunter. They have very high fertility rates.

As a result their population is growing quickly and therefore so is the damage they wreck on the environment.

The cost of this damage in the US is in the billions of dollars every year.

This includes damage to property such as fences and decimating agricultural crops such as oats and corn. Feral hogs foul up water sources used by humans and other wildlife.

They consume native wildlife, eat other animals food sources and destroy their habitats. 

Feral pigs root around and dig up the ground when foraging food which causes soil erosion. They even cause extensive damage in areas of cultural and historical significance.

If that wasn’t enough feral hogs have attacked humans and caused collisions with vehicles.

15. Do Wild Boars Carry Disease?

In addition to the physical damage caused by wild hogs, they are known disease and parasite carriers.

Perhaps the disease of most concern carried by wild boars is swine brucellosis. Wild hogs have at least 34 pathogens that could be transmitted to livestock, humans, wildlife and pets. Other animals may be at risk of they come into contact with infected feral pigs, contaminated water or their shit. 

These diseases as far as humans are concerned is really only an issue if raw meat is consumed or blood comes into contact with an open wound.

Wear gloves if handing raw feral hog meat.

The good news is if you cook your wild boar properly they are safe to eat

Wild Boar Meat Benefits Your Expert Nutrition Guide. With Infographic.

16. How Do I Know Wild Hogs Are Around?

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Tell tale signs of a wild hog population nearby include wallows – a piggy mud bath.

Typically after a good wallow hogs will rub themselves on nearby trees and brush. Nearby you will find evidence of their shit.

Another simple tell tale sign is the digging up of the ground where wild boars have been rooting around for food. Some of this diggings can be over an acre in size so you will not miss it.

As they chew on roots and comp through deadwood looking for worms and insects you will find shavings of wood lying around.

In the thicker cover you will find their sleeping bedding, basically a crater pig sized that they like to lay in.

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17. What Impact Do Wild Hogs Have On Deer Populations?

Whilst hogs don’t hunt deer, they are opportunistic animals and if they get the chance to attack and kill a young fawn they will.

Their bigger impact on deer populations is in competition for the natural food and water sources.

They will also out compete deer for the food we humans provide by way of feed plots and baiting stations.

18. Do I Need A Licence To Hunt Wild Boars?

Hog hunting States require some form of licence or permit to hunt wild hogs. Landowners and farmers are generally able to hunt wild hogs without a licence. Read this in depth article on the 11 best hog hunting states to access all the relevant information for your state. 

It is very important you check the current regulations in each state before hunting or trapping wild hogs.

With the increasing feral pig problem growing all states are eager to reduce feral swine numbers so the regulations are not onerous. 

Given the increasing feral hog populations and increasing damage done to natural and farming environments every year I encourage you to do your bit:- shoot a feral hog today! See this guide on hog shot placement.

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19. Are There Any Eradication Programs In Place To Reduce Wild Hog Numbers?

Yes. States with a large feral hog population employ a range of eradication programs. Due to the size of the problem none have been fully effective in significantly reducing wild hog populations although good progress is being made.

Eradication programs include the promotion of  hunting including hunting with dogs, trapping and snaring. Trapping whole sounder groups helps remove a breeding pod of wild pigs.Poisoned baits are laid in Texas in some areas as a means of control.

States and Federal governments continue to invest money is researching wild hogs to better understand how to manage their populations more effectively. More information can be found at the US Dept of agriculture.

I hope you found these 19 facts, figures and answers to frequently asked question about feral hogs useful.

The best thing you can do is shoot a wild boar today.

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Grand Slam Turkey Hunt The 15 Best States

The 15 Best States For Your Grand Slam Of Turkey Hunting

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In this article we will answer 2 very important questions.

What is the grand slam of turkey hunting?

Where are 15 of the best states to hunt turkey for a chance at getting the grand slam?

What Is The Grand Slam Of Turkey Hunting?

There are in fact six different grand slams of turkey hunting.

A hunter archives these milestones when taking each species or subspecies of turkey from the list below. The gobblers each hunter harvests must also taken from the respective regions of each slam.

1. The Grand Slam which is the taking of all 4 US subspecies of wild turkey

2. A Royal Slam which is the Grand Slam above plus the Gould turkey. The Gould turkey can be found in limited numbers in the southwest of the US.

See Distribution Map Below. The Gould bird is also found in Mexico.

3. A World Slam consists of the Royal Slam plus the Ocellated turkey from Central America and Mexico.

4. The Canadian Slam is the taking of the Eastern turkey and Merriam in any Canadian province. (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec Alberta and Manitoba)

5. A Mexican Slam means harvesting the Rio Grande, Gould’s turkey and the Ocellated turkey. All while hunting in New Mexico.

6. And the US Super Slam. Which requires the hunter to take one turkey in every US state except Alaska.

Above all to achieve any of the turkey hunting grand slams you need to harvest the required birds from the appropriate regions. HOWEVER the birds do not all need to be taken in a single year.

Turkey Grand Slam Management

Grand Slam turkey hunting is managed by the National Wild Turkey Federation. (NWTF). This organization manages the database of turkeys taken. In addition it determines the hunters that have achieved any or all, of the above grand slams of turkey hunting.

You can contact the NWTF and submit your claims for Grand Slam turkey recognition by visiting their website.

NWTF Website.

Official Registration Form.

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Wild Turkey Population Distribution Map

In this article we will focus on the Grand Slam turkey hunt.

All four US subspecies of wild turkey taken by a hunter in the United States. Those four subspecies for the Grand Slam of turkey hunting are:-

1. Eastern

2. Osceola (or Florida)

3. Rio Grande

4. Merriam’s

We will then provide relevant information and buying license details for you on what we believe are 15 of the best states to visit for your grand slam attempt.

The Four Subspecies Of Grand Slam Turkey Hunting

The Eastern

Generally regarded as one of the more difficult gobblers to hunt the Eastern turkey will challenge the hunter.

Unlike other turkey subspecies the Eastern gobbler does not follow the same pattern every day. Time scouting these birds is required. They also are not the most responsive birds to calls.

Eastern’s have become very good at avoiding  hunting pressure.

The Eastern turkey can be found in numbers in Texas and all states east of Texas. You can also find them in parts of southern Canada and as far south as Florida.

There is an estimated population of over 5.3 million Eastern turkeys in the USA, making this gobbler the most abundant.

Eastern turkeys will grow up to 4 feet tall and the big toms come in at up to 25 pounds. The upper tail feathers or coverts are tipped with a chestnut brown color.

The Osceola (or Florida)

This subspecies of turkey is only found in Florida.

More specifically on the Florida peninsula. With less hunting pressure on them compared to the Eastern the Osceola gobbler’s are often easier to call in and respond well to decoys.

That does not mean this turkey is any easy target.

Similar to the Eastern, this bird will challenge the hunters skills and patience. The open habitat they live in makes finding their roosts easier it also makes you easier to see.

The current estimated population is over 100,000. The Florida turkey is smaller than the Eastern and has darker feathers. Wing feathers are darker and body feathers give off a greeny purple color.

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The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande for your grand slam turkey hunt can be found in the western regions of Texas, in Oklahoma, Kansas and other western states. Mexico is also a good place to hunt down this gobbler.

The Rio Grande turkeys tend to travel in large groups. Regarded as one of the easier birds to take, the Rio Grande is not the smartest turkey out there.

One reason is they will return to the same roost spot each night, so find their roost and there they are early morning and at last light. They are also quite vocal and respond well to calls.

A good sized tom gobbler will weigh in at around 20 pounds. Body feathers are a green- copper type color and they may appear shiny. Current population estimates are over 1 million of these birds.

The Merriam

The Merriam ranges through the rocky mountains and the prairies of South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. They can be found in New Mexico and through to California.

For your first gobbler in the grand slam turkey hunt this may be easier to harvest.

The reason being is their generally aggressive response to a hunters call. Being a very social gobbler the whole Merriam flock often responds to the hunters call. They will also roost in the same area each day and follow a similar walking pattern each day.

The estimated population of Merriam wild turkeys is 350,000 birds. Their feathers have a purple bronze color and they have distinctive white tips on the tail and lower back feathers.

15 Of The Best States For The Grand Slam Turkey Hunt

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Each of the states listed below offers different hunting opportunities for the hunter chasing the grand slam of turkey hunting.

For each state a link to the relevant authority for tags and licensing is included.

So in alphabetical order here are 15 of the best states for the grand slam turkey hunting challenge.

Before you head off on your Turkey hunt remember to take a good turkey box call with you. 9 Of The Best Turkey Box Calls.

Not sure what to carry in your Turkey Vest? Here are the 25 Essential Items You Need In Your Turkey Hunting Vest.

Looking to find the Best Turkey Vest for your hunting needs. Read this.

Alabama Turkey Hunting For Eastern Gobblers

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One of the most productive wild turkey hunting states in the country.

Lots of public land hunting opportunities exist as well as very reasonably priced guided hunts on offer. Plenty of prime gobbler habitat and an estimated population of 500,000 birds should put Alabama high on any hunters list wishing to achieve the grand slam of turkey hunting.

Be aware however these birds are used to hunters so do not think it will be easy!

Some of the prime areas include the central region of the state where you find black soil country. Other counties to keep in mind include Marion and Colbert in the north as well as Lamar in the south of the state. It is recognized that good hunting can be found throughout the state.

Alabama turkey hunting average harvest over the past few years have seen between 40,000 to 50,000 birds taken.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

Florida Turkey Season For The Osceola

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As discussed above the Florida is the only state you will find the Osceola.

So if you are chasing the grand slam of turkey hunting you will be making a trip to sunny Florida turkey season.

The good news is Florida is also home to the Eastern gobbler so you may just cross off two from your list in the one trip.

The Osceola is found in the southern and central regions of the state and should be your prime destination. Eastern wild turkeys are found in the Florida panhandle.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

Georgia Turkey Hunting Public Land Aplenty

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Another great state to track down the Eastern gobbler. Georgia turkey hunting offers a fantastic experience although not quite as productive as some of the other states listed.

If you like to get out and do it yourself you will find well over 1 million acres of public land available for hunting.

Long spring hunting seasons and home to over 400,000 birds the Peach state is well worth a visit.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

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Kansas Turkey Season Rio Grande’s & Eastern’s

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With over 300,000 gobblers of which half are estimated to be Rio Grande’s, Kansas should make your must visit list.

Kansas turkey season will also open up the chance to harvest a hybrid bird although these do not form part of your grand slam turkey hunt.

Hunting for the Rio Grande focus on the western regions of the Sunflower state. In the north eastern part of the state you will be able to chase down the Eastern turkey. Check out the Kansas Walk-In-Hunting-Area program to access private land without the need for a guide if that’s your thing.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

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Kentucky Turkey Hunting For The Eastern

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You will find plenty of hunting opportunities in the Bluegrass state, both public land and guided hunts.

In Kentucky turkey hunting is focused on the Eastern gobbler and there is a population of well over 400,000 birds. The southern, western and most Eastern counties offer the greatest number of birds based on the most recent population survey.

A trip to Kentucky will help you get that grand slam turkey hunt underway.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

Michigan Turkey Hunting Public Land Everywhere

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One of the great things about a trip to Michigan for hunting your gobbler is the 4 and a half  million plus acres of public land available to hunters.

Wild turkeys can be found in most counties and the population whilst not the biggest in the country, continues to grow year in year out.

The extended hunting season is another great reason to visit the wolverine state. Over 30,000 birds were harvested last year ranking Michigan 8th overall.

Oh and did I mention the birds here are big? A Michigan gobbler can easily weigh in at 25 pounds. Certainly a state you want on your places to hint list if you are after the grand slam of turkey hunting and are after big birds on public land.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

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Missouri Turkey Season Get Your Eastern 

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Missouri has over 500,000 Eastern gobblers for you to hunt.

This state is regarded as one of the best in the US for turkey hunting supported by annual harvests of over 50,000 birds.

The north of the state produces the best results. Even though they have shorter hunting hours per day compared to other states, there are plenty of opportunities to be had to add the Eastern turkey to your turkey grand slam.

You will find the turkeys here more of a challenge as they have wised up to hunting pressure over the years.  With one of the highest annual harvests in the country Missouri is a must for any serious turkey hunter.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

Nebraska Turkey Hunting 3 Grand Slam Opportunities

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Nebraska has a booming population of bearded birds for you to hunt.

Significantly for hunters chasing the grand slam of turkey hunting there are 3 subspecies on offer for you.

Merriam’s, Eastern’s and Rio Grandes can all be found in Nebraska.

In the Eastern parts of the state you will find your Eastern gobblers. Hunting in the central regions will put you amongst the Rio Grandes. The western parts of the state are home to a good population of Merriam’s.

Whilst Nebraska doesn’t have the highest population of birds compared to other states, the hunting pressure is generally less and success rate high.  What a great opportunity to harvest 3 of your turkey grand slam birds in the one season and in the one state.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

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New York Hunting Eastern Gobblers

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New York probably isn’t the first state that you think of when deciding where to plan your grand slam turkey hunt.

As far as Eastern states go, however it is one of the best for Eastern turkey hunting. Populations have been growing for over 100 years now with wild birds returning after their decline in the early 1900’s.

With well over 200,000 long beards on offer New York state provides plenty of hunting opportunities.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

Oklahoma Grand Slam Turkey Hunt

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Find your Eastern’s, Rio Grandes and Merriam’s all in the Sooner state.

The Eastern counties offer the highest long beard populations, however great hunting opportunities can be found throughout the state.

More specifically, your best chance of hunting the Rio Grande can be had in the western three fourths of the state with plenty of public land available to the hunter.

The Eastern turkeys are confined more to the rugged mountains in the south east and in the far Eastern counties. There is  smaller population of these compared to the Rio Grandes. With reduced bag limits on the Eastern their population has been steadily growing over the past 20 plus years.

The Merriam can also be found in Oklahoma but you will have to work for it. They can be found in the very far north Eastern part of the state.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

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Pennsylvania Turkey Hunting The Eastern Long Beard

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One of the top states for annual harvesting of Eastern gobblers the Quaker state offers the hunter a long spring turkey season.

There is hunting in some amazingly beautiful country. With around 400,000 birds the hunter can take advantage of the large amount of public land hunting opportunities. There are also fantastic guided hunts on offer.

This is a very popular state for hunters and for good reason. Consistently in the top five states for annual harvest, over 40,000 birds are taken each season.

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South Dakota Turkey Hunting The Merriam

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The Black Hills region of South Dakota is the place for Merriam’s.

Get off the well worn tracks in this region and you have a great chance of harvesting this long beard. Black Hills has plenty of land available to hunt, over 2 million acres of which 75% is public land.

So even though there may be other hunters you will find your own area with a bit of walking. There are also amazing hunting opportunities on the prairie lands although it can be tougher to get a permit for these areas.

In addition to Merriam’s you will also find Eastern and Rio Grandes in South Dakota. You may just check off three of your birds for the turkey grand slam hunt.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

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Tennessee Turkey Season Means Eastern Long Beards

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With over 3000,000 birds Tennessee is another prime state for the turkey hunter.

A large amount of public land is available providing you with plenty of quiet areas to hunt. These gobblers can be found in nearly every county throughout Tennessee and the population is rapidly growing. There is a generous four bird bag limit per season.

If you are looking to bag your Eastern for your grand slam turkey hunt then Tennessee should definitely be towards the top of your list.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.


Texas Turkey Season Means Grand Slam Opportunity

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Texas is another state that offers the hunter three birds for the grand slam of turkey hunting.

The Lone Star state is home to Rio Grande’s, Eastern’s and Merriam’s. The Rio Grande is the main species of long beard on offer with a population exceeding 500,000 birds.

There is limited public land hunting opportunity so your best option is to book a guided hunt from the many operators available.

With the sheer number of gobblers available and the chance to bag three subspecies Texas is definitely a State any serious turkey hunter should visit.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.

Wisconsin Turkey Hunting The Eastern Gobbler

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Wisconsin has a large population of Eastern’s on offer. Estimated currently at around 400,000 birds.

Since being reintroduced to Wisconsin back in the 1970’s the population has continued to grow rapidly. Gobbler’s are expanding throughout the state.

There is also a huge amount of public land hunting opportunities available and a long hunting season. If you are looking for a good chance to add the Eastern long beard to your grand slam turkey list then the Badger state should be seriously considered.

For up to date seasons, bag limits and license requirements.


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Conclusion On The Grand slam Of Turkey Hunting In The USA

So there you have it.

The grand slam of turkey hunting requires you to harvest four subspecies of wild turkey within the US over any time period.

By referencing the individual states discussed above this challenge is well within your grasp.

Remember to visit the licensing detail section of each particular state before heading off.

If we have missed your favorite state for turkey hunting we apologize. Our list is based on several considerations. Gobbler populations, public land availability, experience and best opportunity for completing the grand slam of turkey hunting.

Please feel free to email us at with your favorite state if you would like it included on our list.

Or perhaps you would rather keep that a secret!! – I get it.

Good Luck


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What Do Deer Like To Eat? Fruit? | Best & Worse Food To Feed Deer

Do Deer Eat Fruit?

That’s a common question among farmers and deer enthusiasts, and you might be wondering that same thing.

The answer is yes.

Deer aren’t picky animals. In the wild, they’ll eat weeds, grass, flowers, seeds, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and pretty much anything else they can get their mouths around. When food is very limited, they’ll even snack on twigs and other woody plants.

As long as it’s not meat, deer will probably eat it. That’s not to say that all fruits and vegetables are healthy for them.

Certain plants will provide deer with more nutrition than others, and some of the foods that they’ll willingly eat can be detrimental to their health.

Availability of food is another major factor in what they eat. In the wild, fruit is the equivalent of a rare treat. They only really get it when it falls to the ground. Plants that grow out of the ground make up the bulk of their diet.

If you’re going to set up a deer feeder, you’ll want to know which foods are okay for a deer to eat, and which ones are bad for them.

Do Deer Eat Apples?

Do deer eat apples

Deer naturally eat apples, and apples are perfectly safe for use in a deer feeder.

Apples provide deer with a sweet treat that gives them a large nutritional boost. However, deer aren’t capable of properly digesting apples. For that reason, deer typically only eat them at the end of the winter.

You should try to load up deer feeders with apples near the end of winter. They’ll benefit more from easily digestible foods during the winter months.

Deer naturally eat apples, and apples are perfectly safe for use in a deer feeder.

Apples provide deer with a sweet treat that gives them a large nutritional boost. However, deer aren’t capable of properly digesting apples. For that reason, deer typically only eat them at the end of the winter.

You should try to load up deer feeders with apples near the end of winter. They’ll benefit more from easily digestible foods during the winter months.

Do Deer Eat Oranges?

Do deer eat oranges

Oranges aren’t a particularly common part of a deer’s diet. Like apples, oranges are out of a deer’s reach until they fall to the ground. They are healthy for deer to eat, though. They also have a lot of water and vitamins that can help a deer survive.

Oranges are easier for deer to digest than apples are, and they provide a comparable amount of nutrients. If you have a solid supply of oranges in the winter, you can easily use them in your feeders without harming the deer.

Do Deer Eat Tomatoes?

Do deer eat tomatoes

Yes, deer absolutely love tomatoes. In fact, they’re a tomato grower’s worst nightmare. If they can get into your crop, they’ll destroy entire tomato plants with ease.

That can be a good thing if you like to feed deer, though. Tomatoes are inexpensive, and deer love them.

They’re also exceptionally healthy for deer to eat.

You can load up your deer feeders with tomatoes all year long, and they won’t have any negative impacts on your local deer population. Just try not to give them too much to eat.

Do Deer Eat Carrots?

Do deer eat carrots

Deer eat carrots, and they’re one of the better options to feed them.

A deer’s stomach is capable of digesting carrots with ease, and they provide enough nutrients to the deer to help them survive.

Carrots aren’t better than formulated deer products, but they are a decent option for when you run out of commercial feed.

Do Deer Eat Bananas?

Do deer eat bananas

Deer will eat bananas, but it’s better to give them seeds, nuts, and other foods that they naturally eat.

Bananas can provide deer with plenty of potassium and fiber, but they don’t offer the deer much more than that. Bananas are best used as an occasional treat for your local deer herd.

Do Deer Eat Corn?

Do deer eat corn

Corn is extremely bad for deer, and you should never feed it to them.

While deer can adapt to most plant-based foods, corn is far too rich in carbohydrates, and deer can’t digest it.

If they eat too much corn, they can die from acidosis.

Don’t make the common mistake of supplementing your deer feed with corn. Your attempt at helping your local deer population can end up hurting it far more.

Do Deer Eat Peanuts?

Do deer eat peanuts

Peanuts are rich in fiber, protein, and other nutrients, and deer love them.

They’re a woody plant, and they digest easily in a deer’s stomach. If you’re not going to invest in a proper deer feeder, peanuts are a great substitute.

However, deer require large amounts of peanuts to get the nutrients that they need, and it’ll be difficult for you to source enough peanuts in a cost effective way. Other than the price, you can’t go wrong with peanuts in your deer feeder.

Do Deer Eat Potatoes?

Do deer eat potatoes

Deer do not digest potatoes properly.

Potatoes won’t kill a deer by causing acidosis, but they’ll fill a deer’s stomach up, and they won’t go anywhere. Without any room for foods that a deer can actually digest, the deer will slowly starve and die.

Do Deer Eat Strawberries?

Do deer eat strawberries

Strawberries are one of a deer’s favorite foods.

They’re extremely sweet, and they’re somewhat nutritious for deer. That’s not a good thing for strawberry farmers, but it means that you can safely add a small amount of strawberries to your deer feeders. Just try not to add too much.

Deer will benefit more from eating nuts and vegetables.

Do Deer Eat Pears?

Do deer eat pears

Pears are just as good for deer as apples are, and deer love them just as much.

They’re not easily digestible, though. So, you have to take the same precautions that you would have to with apples.

Try to feed them pears towards the end of winter, and make sure that you don’t give them too much to eat.

Considerations When Feeding Deer

There are a few considerations when feeding deer that you should learn about.

You can get in legal trouble, and you can cause a lot of damage to any deer that eat what you provide if you do it improperly.

You need to know your local laws. If you’re trying to feed deer to bait them for hunting, a lot of states will press charges against you.

It’s considered an unfair hunting method, and the penalties can be fairly hefty if you’re caught. That’s not a problem in all states, though.

So, you just need to check your local laws.

It can also be illegal to feed deer in general. This is due to a number of reasons that I’m about to explain, but it’s important for you to check your local laws before you put any type of food out for deer.

Diseases can be spread via deer feeders, and that’s one of the most common reasons that states outlaw feeding deer entirely.

Chronic Wasting Disease, (CWD) has become a major concern in the hunting community, and it’s affecting deer around the country. Since deer feeders tend to attract groups of deer, it makes it easier for deer to spread the disease among each other.

Acidosis is another deadly disease that occurs because of feeding. It’s almost entirely preventable by feeding deer the right foods, though.

Finally, you need to consider how much you put in your deer feeders.

Deer should only eat about 4 pounds of food per day, and overeating can kill them. Get an idea of how many deer will be eating from your feeders, and fill them accordingly.

The Quality Deer Management Association – QDMA has some great advice on setting up Food Plots for Deer.

Whilst you are watching the local deer population feed see if you can conduct an Aging Deer On The Hoof Test. 


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Alternatives To Using Corn In A Deer Feeder When Feeding Deer

At this point, you know that corn is one of the worst things that you can put in your deer feeders. It’s a food that has deadly consequences for any deer that eats it in the winter, and it’s outlawed in several places.

So, you may be wondering what you can use as an alternative to corn.

Soybeans, protein pellets, and cotton seeds are all great alternatives to using corn in a deer feeder. They’re nutritious, and deer can digest them properly. They’re also fairly inexpensive to buy in bulk.

You can also use peanuts, acorns, and other types of nuts in your feeders, but they tend to be far more expensive to acquire, and some of them require special types of feeders.

Regardless of what you decide to use, you need to make sure that it has plenty of fiber, and that it doesn’t have a lot of carbohydrates.

Food that’s rich in carbohydrates and low in fiber will cause the same problems that corn does, and you’ll damage your local deer population.

You should also keep an eye out for commercial feeding products that are designed for deer.

They’re usually made of alfalfa, seeds, and different fibrous plants.

They’re the healthiest and safest food supplements that you can buy, and they’re not too expensive to buy in bulk.

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Hunters Feeding The Hungry Donate Venison Missouri

Missouri Hunters Feeding The Hungry.

259,414 Pounds Of Venison Donated

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Hank loves a feel good news story and here is a great one. Hunters feeding the hungry.

Deer hunters of Missouri donate 259,414 pounds of venison to the share the harvest program in 2019. 

This included a huge number of whole deer, 4,855 of them to be precise. Supported by over 100 meat processors the venison was ground and donated in easy to use packaging.

“The donated deer meat goes to local food banks and food pantries to help feed hungry Missourians all around the state.

Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 4 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed hungry Missourians, including this past season’s donations and 289,292 pounds of venison donated the year before.

Hunters started Share the Harvest because they saw a need in their communities and hunters remain the driving force behind this popular program that helps feed our fellow Missourians who are in need,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “We sincerely thank the thousands of deer hunters who support Share the Harvest, along with the many participating meat processors and sponsors who help make it possible.”

Hunters Feeding The Hungry Get Involved

Getting involved in this great program is easy.

Here is a summary of the information from the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Check their website for the full benefits and details on how the program operates.

How Do Hunters Donate Venison?

It’s simple to donate your venison harvest.

Hunters take their deer to an approved processor and tell them how much meat they wish to donate. 

You can donate some of your venison or even the whole animal. The processor packages and stores the venison until it is sent to a distribution agent.  The agent then sends the processed meat to where there is the biggest need for this valuable resource.

Why Share Your Harvest?

Children need a good wholesome diet for proper growth and development.  Adults require a proper diet to maintain good health.

Unfortunately many Missourians families can not afford or can not get access to proper nutritious food. The Share the Harvest program provides a way for hunters from Missouri to help those in need.

Who Gets The Meat?

Any Missourian who is in need of it.

Families simply contact a distribution agent who will then allocate the venison as it becomes available.

Processing Costs

Assistance with any processing costs are available during the firearms and bow deer seasons. 

Processors are able to reduce costs to hunters because The Conservation Federation of Missouri reimburses processors an amount for each whole deer donated. Local funds are also available so the venison maybe processed for free or at reduced cost.

Sponsors: Hunters Feeding The Hungry

Share The Harvest Program Missouri

There are some great sponsors to this program that help keep the costs incredibly cheap. These sponsors include the following:

The Missouri Conservation Department, (MDC), Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, (CFM), Whitetails Unlimited, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Drury Hotels, Midway USA Inc., Missouri Deer Hunters Assoc. and Missouri Food Banks Association.

Hank the Hunter offers a big congratulations to all of them.

If you are a member of a hunting organization in Missouri you can get your club or organization involved.

See The Missouri Conservation Department to get the full details on how your organization can help with this program.

This is another great example of how hunters have contributed to the well-being of America.

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Please  share this good news story even if you are not from Missouri.

Hank will keep his eyes open for similar programs from other states and share the results with you.

If you know of another feel good news story like this please email hank at so the good news is spread.

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5 Mental Strength Exercises For Hunters – Perfect The Hunt

The Key To Mental Strength Exercises: Preparation For Hunting And Hiking

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Mental strength exercises as part of your preparation for hiking and hunting is something that is 100% necessary if you want to be successful. Sadly, it’s not covered nearly as much as it should be.

If you read any hiking or hunting blog, you’ll see endless articles about how you should physically prepare. You’ll be told all about the physique you need, the training you should do, and the gear you should buy.

Those are all huge factors in succeeding in the outdoors, but they’re not everything that you need. There is more to hunter fitness than just the physical side.

You need to be mentally prepared.

You mindset affects everything that you do, and having an athletic body or fancy gear doesn’t change that. Your mindset can keep you going during the roughest of times. It can help you reach your destination or track that elusive deer when things seem impossible.

That’s what this list is for. It contains five mental strength exercises for hunting and hiking. Don’t feel as if it’s only aimed at mental training for hikers or those walking long distances.

All of these exercises will work wonders as mental workouts for hunters that want to go on extended hunting trips, regardless of how many miles are covered.

Mental Strength For Hunting 

Exercise 1 

Be Realistic

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So, you think that you can handle 30 miles of mountain hiking because you can jog around your neighborhood?

That’s probably not realistic, and you’ll need to be realistic to succeed at hiking a long trail.

Similarly stalking through the woods using all your concentration requires a lot more mental toughness than a jog around the neighborhood.

Before you start training, you need to be honest with yourself, and you need to think of everything that can affect you during your hike or hunting stalk.

You might be able to jog around your neighborhood for hours, but that’s a lot different than hiking a 30 mile mountain trail at a consistent pace.

Likewise walking very slowly through the wilderness zone without making a sound requires a complete new set of mental strength capabilities as part of your hunter fitness.

If you’re not realistic when you set your goals, you can find yourself in a situation that feels impossible to overcome, and that can easily affect your physical performance.

It can also impact on your ability to make the right hunting decisions. For example traversing around a hill to make sure the wind is in your favor.

Make sure your realistic about your shooting ability.

Can you really nail that buck at 300 yards with confidence?

To prevent that, you just need to be realistic. You should consider the different factors that will make your hike or hunt more difficult, and you should evaluate how much experience you have dealing with those factors.

If you’re not very experienced with the type of hunting or hiking that you’re going to be doing, don’t set goals that are ridiculously high.

Set goals that match your experience level and abilities.

Mental Strength Training For Hunting

Exercise 2

Don’t Try To Compete


One of the biggest mistakes that people make on long hikes or hunting trips is trying to compete.

Compete with the terrain, the weather, the animal, themselves and with each other.

The people that you’re with, and the goal that you’re trying to accomplish are not obstacles that you need to work against.

If you treat your hunting like a competition, you’re liable to end up mentally drained.

You’re not setting out to participate in an Iron Man race; You’re just hunting and hiking.

Don’t try to compare your progress to the people that you’re with. If they start doing better than you, your mental state will suffer, and your physical state will eventually degrade.

You should also avoid competing with yourself. You don’t need to focus every moment of your hike on reaching your destination.

The entire point of hiking and hunting is to enjoy the outdoors. If you keep going at a steady pace, you’ll eventually get to where you’re going.

There’s no need to push yourself to the end as fast as possible.

So if you find yourself feeling competitive your exercise is to repeat to yourself

“This is not a competition”

“Slowly slowly catchee monkey”

or my favorite

“Walk Little……..Look Lots”

Mental Training For Hunting

Exercise 3

Anticipate Rough Times

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Things are going to get rough on your hunt or hike.

The outdoors are never predictable.

You might end up stuck in the pouring rain with nothing but a protein bar. If you don’t anticipate those hard to handle situations, you might start to panic. You might even start regretting that you ever left your comfortable warm home.

Those situations are temporary, but their effects on your mental state can affect your entire hunt or hike.

You should expect them to happen, and you should prepare for them ahead of time.

This mental workout for hunters is done prior to leaving home or camp and will help you deal mentally with any hard times nature throws at you.

Most of all, it’s imperative that you accept those situations when they do happen. It’s just part of a long hike or hunting trip.

If you accept that adverse things like that happen beforehand, you’ll get through them easier, and you’ll get back to enjoying yourself before you know it.

You will also be in a much better frame of mind when the hunting shot presents itself to you.

To do this mental strength exercise you need to think about the area you’re going to, and you need to figure out what threats there are.

Are there a lot of steep climbs that you’ll have to handle?

Is the area prone to being hit by rainstorms? Snowstorms?

Is the area unreasonably hot?

Are the woods very thick?

Could there be bears or other predators in the area?

Those are things that you need to identify, and then you need to accept that you will probably end up dealing with some of those obstacles at some point.

Don’t try to fight it. Just accept it as part of the hunting adventure.

Mental Workouts for Hunters 

Exercise 4

Set Mini-Objectives

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Out of all of the mental training for hunters and hikers to consider, this is probably the most important training method to focus on.

It’s easy to look at your hike or hunting stalk as a trip from point A to point B. However, that can be detrimental to your mental state.

Long hikes or hunts can take days or weeks, and that constant lack of accomplishment will damage your mindset.

Even if you are doing a day hunt, the concentration required to stalk an animal in the woods is not the same as a stroll through the local park.

You can solve this by planning out your hunt or hike in sections.

This goes hand in hand with setting realistic goals. If you can handle a 15 mile hike each day, plan your trip around that.

If you can stalk without making a sound and keeping the wind in your face for 3 hours then plan your hunt around that.

You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment each time you reach one of the checkpoints you planned out.

Those little accomplishments can give you the morale boost that you need to finish a trail or to keep on the fresh sign of your quarry.

Mentally Preparing for Hunting & Hiking

Exercise 5

Want It And Stay Positive About It

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This is another very important mental workout for hunters.

You may have to take several trips back and forth to retrieve everything that you harvest, and your gear will be extremely heavy.

One ounce in your pack begins to feel like one pound after a long day hunting.

You might have the physical ability to handle that, but it won’t matter if your mind isn’t in the right place.

You’ll have to truly want to succeed if you’re actually going to succeed.

This means that you need to go into your hunt or hike with a positive attitude, and you have to be able to keep that positive attitude when nature inevitably starts throwing bricks at you.

You can’t afford to develop a sour attitude half-way through your trip because things got rough.

Prepare yourself to stay positive, and you’ll be able to conquer that mountain, or take down the game animal of a lifetime.

This final part of mind training for hunters is done by remembering a few positive sayings from someone you admire and repeat them to yourself as often as you can whilst out on your hunt.

Some of my favorites are:-

“I hunt deer because I love the entire process; the preparation, the excitement, and sustained suspense of trying to match my woods lore against the finely honed instincts of these creatures.”     Fred Bear

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”     Aldo Leopold

“A hunter is not afraid of thorns.”     Swahili Proverb

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”     Theodore Roosevelt

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More Mental Workouts For Hunters

If you are serious about improving your mental toughness and becoming a better hunter, here are 4 recommendations.

Mentally preparing for hunting is something you should be doing constantly.

Like any exercise repetition is key, practice your mental training for hunting now.

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Summary of Mentally Preparing for Hunting and Hiking

Spending long periods of time outdoors will put you out of your comfort zone.

I believe that is one of the reasons a lot of us hunt.

Hunting is a test of our physical ability, our animal knowledge, navigation skills, shooting ability and of course our mental toughness.

Use these 5 mental workouts for hunters next time you are planning your trip and once you are underway.

1. Set realistic goals before you depart

2. Do not try and compete with yourself, with others , the animals or the environment

3. Anticipate rough times on your hunt or hike beforehand. Plan how you will deal with them

4. Set mini objectives for each stage of your hunt so you regularly achieve a milestone

5. Stay positive and really believe in your goals

These mental strength exercise for hunters will improve your mental toughness, help you to react better to what the environment throws at you and in the end it will help you become a better hunter.


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Wild Boar Meat Benefits Your Expert Healthy Nutrition Guide

Wild Boar Meat Benefits

Nutrition With An Amazing Taste

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Introduction To The Benefits Of Wild Boar Meat

In this article, we will answer your questions about the nutritional benefits of wild boar meat.

Is wild boar healthy to eat?

How does wild hog meat compare to domesticated pork?

What are some of the wild hog meat cuts you should consider?

How do I cook wild boar meat?

What does wild hog taste like?

Is wild boar meat safe to eat?

Where can I source wild boar meat?

Wild Boars In The United States

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With several different names, Wild boars, hogs or pigs can be traced back to the 1500s in the United States.

They were introduced as a source of nutritional food by the early explorers. Wild hog populations have exploded in the United States since and their numbers continue to grow. 

The wild boar population is spread throughout the country. With the largest populations found in the southern states. The climate there is perfect for wild hog breeding – warm and wet.

Read this post about 11 Of The Best States For Hog Hunting

Is Wild Boar Healthy To Eat?

In a word:- YES.

Nutritional Benefits of wild boar meat include:-

Very low in bad cholesterol because wild hog meat is lean ie not fatty. Bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein takes the cholesterol to your arteries. Here it collects and that’s one major factor in heart disease. Good cholesterol or High-density lipoprotein takes the nasty cholesterol to your liver to be processed out of your body.

Very high in protein. Proteins are made up of amino acids. Your body uses protein to build and maintain your bones, muscles, cartilage skin and blood. Protein is also what your body uses to repair damaged tissue. The benefit of wild hog meat is it contains all the essential amino acids (proteins) your body requires.

Plenty of vitamins are found in wild hog meat providing even more health benefits.:-  Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Niacin. Vitamins are required by your body for several reasons. Your body does not produce these naturally so they must be obtained from the food you eat.

These vitamins are used by our bodies to convert the food we consume into energy. This improves our metabolism. A person’s nervous system and brain function are also dependent on these vitamins. Vitamins help regulate our moods and reduce stress and improve our immune systems. All round good stuff!

Zero sodium (salt) in raw wild boar meat. Compare that to 69 mg of sodium found in raw farmed pork chops or roasts.

We probably all know we all eat too much salt in our daily diet. We also are aware, or at least should be, of the negative impacts this has on things like our heart. The increased risk of a heart attack from too much salt is all too real.

Another nutritional value of wild hog meat is it is also high in monounsaturated fatty acids. It is low in saturated fatty acids. Once again more of the good stuff and less of the bad.

Basically, monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and harden when chilled. Saturated fats instead, are solid at room temperature.

The monounsaturated fats help lower the bad cholesterol helping to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

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Infographic Wild Boar Meat v Traditional Pork

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Why Does Wild Boar Meat Have Nutritional Benefits?

Wild hogs have a very wide-ranging diet compared to farm raised pigs. A wild hog is constantly on the move. Foraging and rooting around compared to the more sedentary farmed pig kept in a pen.

This gives the wild boar meat a leaner quality due to the higher muscle to fat ratio. The result is much more nutritional meat and a deeper more complex flavor.

Finally, because the animal is wild in the true sense, there are no added hormones, additives steroids or antibiotics contained in the meat.

What Are Some Of The Cuts Of Wild Hog Meat To Eat?

The cuts of meat from wild boar are largely the same as a farmed pig.

  • Shoulder roasts are a great cut and one of my favorites.
  • Wild boar ribs make a delicious bbq. 
  • So to wild hog steaks.
  • Ground or minced wild boar meat makes awesome burgers, meatballs and sausage.
  • Backstraps are very tasty and great when put in the smoker.
  • Wild boar shanks are superb cooked low and slow.
  • Bacon?- Yes Please. However I should point out I personally think it is not quite as not as good as a farmed pig.  Wild boar is much leaner and we all know bacon only tastes good because of the fat content.

How Do I Cook Wild Boar Meat?

Wild hog meat can be:

 Roasted, Smoked, Cooked on the bbq, Fried, Stewed, Ground Up as Mince or Sauteed.

Much like regular old pork. 

A couple of points to note are that:-

It will generally cook quicker than traditional pork due to its lower fat content and higher moisture content.

Secondly, it should always be cooked fully, do not eat your hog meat rare or even medium rare.

One of the best ways to cook your wild boar is on an outdoor grill. For a quick and easy way to do this you can not beat a propane gas grill.

If you have been in the market to buy a new grill, you will know there is a huge range of types and models available across a very wide range of prices.

To take the guesswork out of the process I recommend you visit

This is a very detailed website that reviews the pro’s and cons’ of over 100 different propane gas grills. 

Whether you are looking for a small portable grill or a large outdoor grill will provide you with all the information you need to make the right buying choice.

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What Does Wild Boar Meat Taste Like?

Due to living a much more active lifestyle wild boar meat is a more complex flavor compared to farmed raised pigs.

Why?- wild hogs move their muscles a lot more.

The meat is darker in color, in fact, it is a red meat not pink. There is nothing I know of that you could accurately compare it with. I suggest you simply go and try it for yourself.

I can say it is not have a strong ‘game meat’ taste, but would rather describe it as “rich”. This is largely due to the wider variety in diet a wild hog has. In fact, the taste will even vary depending on that particular wild hogs environment and diet.

Overall it is very flavorsome.

Is Wild Boar Meat Safe To Eat?


The concern sometimes is that wild hogs may carry disease which is true – they may. Then again so do many wild game meats because they are not injected and fed with chemicals throughout their lives like farmed raised animals.

The real risk of any disease transmission comes when butchering and field dressing the animal. This can be mitigated by wearing appropriate clothing such as gloves as well as using the right equipment such as a sharp knife.

Following basic hygiene practices such as not storing cooked and raw meats together will minimize any risk. Washing your hands before and after food preparation is also to be advised – but that is the same when you cook anything. Isn’t it?

The most important thing that will ensure any possible disease is not transmitted when eating is to cook the meat fully. Do not eat raw or undercooked wild boar meat.

Sourcing Nutritional Wild Boar Meat

​​​​​​​If you are a hunter then it is obvious. Go shoot one! Eat the wild boar meat you harvest. 

Looking for a guide on The Best Place To Shoot A Hog. 

And here is the 11 Of The Best States For Hog Hunting Link again.

Most states require any supplier of wild hog meat to follow certain guidelines and dress the meat under inspection.

You can find suppliers easily enough by doing a quick google search.

Here are 2 good options.

Steaks & Game


Alternatively, have Amazon deliver it straight to your door.

Another option is to check your local restaurant guide for a chef smart enough to be using this fantastic ingredient.

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Side Benefits Of Wild Hog Meat

Apart from the amazing nutritional benefits wild hog meat, there are many other positive outcomes from eating this type of pork.

Feral hogs cost the United States over $1.5b per year in damages and management programs. It is estimated there are over 6 million of these porkers running around the country.

Wild boars damage existing farmed crops through their constant foraging and digging. They have negative impacts on local ecosystems and destroy the habitats of native species.

So help the environment and your health

Eat A Wild Boar Today.


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11 Of The Best States For Hog Hunting

The 11 Best States For Wild Hog Hunting In The U.S

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates there are over 6 million feral hogs in the United States. What’s more, this number is rapidly expanding.

Fantastic for hog hunters, not so great for the farmers

We’ll have a brief look at the history of wild hogs in the United States, review the 11 Best States for Hog Hunting and include valuable links and guides to each of the top hog hunting state’s regulations.

A Brief History Of Wild Hogs In The United States

Initially brought to the U.S by explorers and settlers for a food source, hogs, pigs or boars whatever you prefer to call them date back to the 1500s. In the 1900s Eurasian or Russian wild boar was introduced purely for the purpose of hunting.

Skip forward to the 21st century and wild boars are a major cause for concern to both crop and livestock farmers. They destroy native species and local ecosystems through their constant foraging and digging. They can even spread diseases to humans.

It is estimated feral hogs cost the nation over $1.5 billion per year in damages and control programs. With a rising hog population this cost is ever increasing.

Wild hogs are spread throughout the country and the best hunting is in the wetter and warmer climates. Think the more southern states.

The great news for hunters is there are plenty of wild boars to be shot on both public and private land. Many landowners are very happy to have someone come and help in reducing their wild pig problem.

Chasing down wild hogs provides a great hunting experience. They have exceptional hearing and a keen sense of smell. To add to the challenge they often live in terrain that can be difficult to walk around in quietly.

Read the expert guide on “How To Know The Best Place To Shoot A Hog”

The reward can be taking down a massive big old boar. Not to mention a freezer full of wild boar meat.

Wild hogs are very good breeders meaning their population is ever increasing. Combine this will cross-breeding with farmed pigs and some real trophy hogs can be found.

11Of The Best States For Hog Hunting

We begin by analyzing hog distribution maps and checking the “local knowledge”.

We then reviewed the availability of public and private land for wild boar hunting. Next was to consider the various states regulations for both private and public land hunting.

The result is we have compiled the best list of 11 top hog hunting states. So in alphabetical order here they are for you


Hog hunting Alabama state flag

Alabama is home to some great hog hunting opportunities. Wild pig hunting can be found in all 67 counties. There are over 721,000 acres of public land available for hunting across 35 Wildlife Management Areas. (WMA)

The state of Alabama considers feral hogs as a game animal and there is no closed season and no bag limits. On private and leased land there is also a night time hunting season. In addition to the large public land hog hunting opportunities there are many outfitters available to choose from.

The biggest populations of feral swine can be found in the southwest regions. Some of the places you should check out include the Upper Delta, Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Scotch, W.L.Holland, Rob M Boykin and Frank W management areas.

If you find yourself in the southeastern areas try Blue springs and Covington wildlife management areas. It is reported however these areas have smaller wild hog populations.

Up North good hunting can be found in all of the following wildlife management areas:- Lowndes, Seven-mile island, Black Warrior and Freedom Hills, Choccolocco Martin-skyline, James D and Little River.

All you need to hunt feral hogs in Alabama is a small game hunting license with a full-time open season and no bag limit as mentioned above.

Regulations and seasons as always are subject to change so I recommend you visit the Alabama Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources for the latest season and bag limit information. You can also easily buy your license online.

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Hog hunting Arkansas state flag

Often overlooked as a hog hunting destination Arkansas can see you get amongst the feral swine. Most of the best hog hunting is found on private land where the local farmers are in a continuous war with these beasts. On this private land you are able to shoot wild pigs all year round.

Your best bet to drop a big boar is getting to know the local farmers and there are plenty who will welcome a considerate hunter onto their land.

Public land pig shooting in Arkansas has some stricter regulations compared to other states and you need to be aware of the no go zones. Feral hogs may be killed by hunters who are hunting bear, deer or elk during a firearm season with weapons legal for those seasons.

See The Arkansas Game And Fish Commission for the latest information.

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Hog hunting California state flag

The Golden State has a reputation of not being the most welcoming state for hunters. Once you get past that, there are some excellent feral hog hunting opportunities in this state.

On the positive side, wild hogs can be hunted all year round and there are no bag limits on the number you may take. There are public and private land opportunities for pig hunting and you can easily find a quality outfitter to guide you.

Some public land areas worth a visit include Fort Hunter Liggett, Camp Roberts, Cow Mountain, Laguna Mountain, and Tehama Wildlife Management Areas.

There are some extra regulations to be aware of when hunting wild boars in California, namely no baiting is allowed and as well as a hunting license you need to purchase a hog tag.

Make sure you visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the latest regulations before you head off.

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Hog hunting Florida state flag

With plentiful swamps and a hot wet climate, Florida offers some of the best hog hunting around. You can hunt on both private and public land with ease and are sure to find some big boars lurking around.

If you are chasing wild pigs on private land you do not need a license, can hunt all year round including at night (with the landowner’s permission). There are also no bag limits when hunting on private land. Plenty of great guides are available to get you access to these areas.

Public land hog hunting is excellent. There is however Hog Hunting seasons on public land to be aware of and you should visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for up to date season information and to obtain your permit.

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Some of the best Wildlife Management Areas to get amongst the wild boars are:-

Northwest – Aucilla, Blackwater Hutton Unit, Apalachicola Bradwell Unit, and Choctawhatchee River.

North Central – Andrews, Flying Eagle, Big Bend Hickory Mound Unit, Big Bend Snipe Island Unit, Big Bend Tide Swamp Unit, Mallory Swamp, Steinhatchee Springs, and Devil’s Hammock

Northeast – Tosohatchee (The best hog hunting area where hunters use dogs.)  Three Lakes (The number one area for the number of wild hogs taken), followed by Tosohatchee, Triple N Ranch, Guana River, Bull Creek, Three Lakes Prairie Lakes Unit and Fort Drum.

Southwest – Green Swamp, Green Swamp West, Babcock/Webb, Chassahowitzka and Myakka State Forest.

South – Dinner Island Ranch, J.W. Corbett, Dupuis, Okaloacoochee Slough, Allapattah Flats, and Hungryland

Due to the number of wild hogs available and the relaxed hunting restrictions Florida is one of the best states for hog hunting.


Hog hunting Georgia state flag

Another great state for hog hunting, Georgia also has a warm and wet climate that these porky pigs just love. Bring a big caliber rifle with you as these hogs get big.

See this Hunting With The Right Caliber and Infographic Guide.

On private land, you can hunt all year round, hunt at night (with landowners permission) and there are no bag limits on the number of wild boars you may take. And you will bag some big ones.

Public land hog hunting is also excellent. Hogs may be hunted during any small or big game season. On public land there is no night hunting or baiting allowed.

Some of the best public land hunting can be found in these Wildlife Management Areas and national forests outside of the WMA’s. Down south is the place to be for the big ones.

Chattahoochee, Oconee, Flint, Ocmulgee, Big Hammock, River Bend, and Beaverdam

Along the southeast coast the following are also well worth a visit, Altamaha, Clayhole Swamp, and Paulks Pasture.

For the latest state regulations and to obtain your license visit The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

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Hog hunting Hawaii state flag

Surf’s up. Not a surfer? Next time the wife and kids suggest Hawaii for the family vacation you have another great reason to go.

Wild pigs can be hunted on the islands of Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. You can not hunt on the island of Lanai.

Hawaii has strict hunting seasons depending on which island you choose.There are also license requirements and other regulations for both private and public land. You should check the relevant islands up to date regulations with the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

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It is worthwhile to get a guide if you are planning a Hawaiian hunting trip because local knowledge is key here. Still, what a beautiful place to hunt a hog.


Hog hunting Louisiana state flag

A lovely warm and wet climate for hogs to breed and man do they breed up big here. Now with an estimated ¾ of a million wild hogs and growing in this state Louisiana provides the hunter with some amazing pig hunting opportunities. Louisiana has a great name for these pests – “Outlaw Quadrupeds”.

Hogs may be hunted all year round without a bag limit. A license is required and these can easily be obtained. On private land hunting hogs by night is allowed (even with suppressors) and with the landowners’ permission during certain periods. On public land, hog hunting is restricted to daylight hours.

A great place to start is the Pearl river wildlife management area.

Make sure you check the state’s regulations with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries department.

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Hog hunting Mississippi state flag

The south just keeps producing great wild boar hunting places and Mississippi is no exception.

The focus here is definitely on private land where wild hogs may be taken year-round day or night without caliber restrictions. There is also no bag limits on the number of hogs you may take.

Mississippi produces some big boars.

Check this post on the taking of a 750lb Hogzilla.

Public land hog hunting in Mississippi is not quite as simple. In the Wildlife Management Areas, wild hogs may only be taken “incidental to any hunting activities during any open hunting season” according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.

The best option for bagging a big boar in Mississippi is gaining access to some prime private land. Review the Mississippi state regulations here.

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Hog hunting Oklahoma state flag

Right next door to Texas, Oklahoma provides some fantastic hog hunting opportunities. Focus your efforts in the eastern and southern areas near the border. Both public and private land hunting can be done although as with most states the regulations do vary slightly across the state.

Private land hog hunting can generally be had year-round during daylight without a license and without a bag limit. A nighttime hunting exemption can also be obtained for private land hunting.

As Oklahoma has a rapidly growing feral swine problem you can even access a database of landowners looking for help in controlling pig numbers.

Visit the facebook page of the Oklahoma Feral Swine Control Association where landowners are regularly requesting help.

Some brilliant pig hunting on public land can also be found during any established hunting season. T

he point to note is during deer and turkey season, the hog hunter must use approved calibers and hunting times applicable to the deer/turkey when chasing down wild boars. A license is also required when hunting pigs on public land in Oklahoma.

The best places to go for public land hunting is The Honobia-Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area. There are nearly 1,000,000 acres that are home to big old boars.

See the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for the most up to date regulations.

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South Carolina

Hog hunting South Carolina state flag

A large number of feral pigs can be found in South Carolina providing excellent hunting on both private and public land.

Pigs are found in every county and are concentrated along the waterways and coast. In fact, wild hogs have been in this region since the 1500s as it was one of the first places where the swine were released by Spanish explorers.

On private land, you can hunt wild hogs any time of the year and there is no bag limit. You will, however, be required to have obtained a license. Nighttime hunting is also allowed on a registered property with the landowners’ permission.

The public Wildlife Management Areas provide huge feral pig hunting opportunities during the daylight hours. Weapons on public lands are restricted to the weapons that are allowed for the current open season.

South Carolina state is divided into four game zones and hunting regulations vary slightly between each game zone. These are easy to find and comply with by visiting the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. You can also easily obtain your permits at this website.

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Pick any of the public land hunting zones along the waterways and major rivers and you can’t go wrong.

Zone 3 around the Allendale, Aiken and Hampton counties all have a very high wild pig population.

In Zone 2 check out Abbeville, Anderson, and McCormick counties.

Zone 4 great hog hunting can be found in Sumpter and Clarendon.

Zone 1 has less hog population density than the other game zones however Pickens is your best option if you visit that part of the state.


Hog hunting Texas state flag

As the old saying goes, last but not least is hunting wild boars in the Lone Star State of Texas. Hog Hunting Heaven.

Texas has more wild pigs than any other state, approaching 3 million estimated now and growing so you are sure to nail a few.

Hogs can be hunted year round without bag limits and baiting is permitted. Both private and public land shooters require a license to hunt.

The distribution of wild boars in Texas is concentrated in the east, south and central regions. With a booming population, the wild boars are now spreading to the north and east however their numbers are not out of control in these areas. Yet!

The majority of wild hog hunting is done on private land, however with such a feral swine problem getting access is cheap and easy. There is also an abundance of guides who will put you on some really big boars.

Public land pig hunting is available in many of the 47 Wildlife Management Areas, focus on those next to rivers and waterways for the best results.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife website is a great resource to view all the Wildlife Management Areas open to hunting including detailed maps. You can also buy your licenses cheaply and easily.

The annual public hunting permit offers nearly all year round hunting to over 1.2 million acres of land.

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Top 3 Picks

best states to hunt wild hogs

1. Florida.

Plenty of public and private land opportunities. The perfect climate for feral hogs to grow big. Very easy hunting requirements to meet.

2. Georgia

Similar to Florida, Georgia is the perfect environment for the hogs to get big. And I mean really big. Plenty of public land hunting opportunities exist, no closed season or bag limits and very simple regulations to comply with.

3. Texas

The biggest population of wild pigs. The best hunting is on private land and this is cheap and easy to arrange.

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So there you have it. The 11 best states for hog hunting in the United States.

With an abundance of public and private land hunting areas available it is now time to go out and tackle that big boar.

Help the environment and the local farmers today!

Finally, always remember to check local state regulations before you go by using the references provided.

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How To Butcher A Deer Hind Quarter All You Need To Know

How To Butcher A Deer Leg2 Simple Methods

venison hind leg quarter

Venison has some notable, desirable attributes as part of your diet. It is delicious and healthy because of its lean quality. This article will show you how to butcher your deer hind quarter.

See all the nutritional facts of Wild Game Meat here.

The best part is, hunting and butchering the deer yourself makes the deer meat free!

Well, free from paying the supermarket or butcher anyway.

We are going to discuss 2 methods on how to butcher a deer hind quarter. Knowing how to butcher a deer leg will free you to process your own meat, your way.

The process of butchering may seem ominous, but you will see that with the right tools, you can easily accomplish this task.

The deer hind quarter is a bit more complicated to butcher than the rest of the deer.

I will take you step-by-step through the process of aging, butchering and storing your venison hind quarter.

Pre-Butchering Dry Aging Your Venison

Aging of venison is necessary to allow enzymes to break down the meat. Aging is only done for a certain period of time because you don’t want bacteria to set in, usually 7-21 days depending on the weather or drying conditions.

To dry age your deer, hang the whole deer or hind quarter in a controlled environment. You will need a refrigerator that is large enough to hold the deer.

I prefer for the skin to be on the deer during this process so that none of the meat dries out. If you prefer to skin the deer first, you may have to trim off the outside layer of meat that becomes very hard during drying.

Wet aging is a method of aging that is performed after the deer is butchered. Wet aging will be discussed later in this process.

Important Tools For Butchering Your Deer Hind Quarter

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Knives & Meat Grinder

I know you are excited to begin this process, but first you need to prepare your work area.

Plan to have a good size workspace that will accommodate the whole hind quarter.

You need room for the butchering process and then have a separate area ready to hold your finished product.

Gather the tools listed below so that you have everything you need.

Butcher Knives

Let’s talk about knives first.

You will need a fillet knife and a deboning knife.

Your deboning knife will help you get the meat off the bone. I recommend a curved Semi-Stiff blade for this job.

Your filet knife with a straight more flexible blade is designed to cleanly slice through the connective tissue and trim the meat.

You can also use an All purpose knife or hunting knife to cut up the thicker pieces of meat.

The best knives every home butcher should own.

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Keep a knife sharpener handy. Before you begin, make sure your knives are clean and sharpened. You may also need to take time to clean and sharpen your knives throughout the butchering process.

Your knives will work better if they are clean. This will also protect your hand from a slippery knife.

People get cut from blunt knives not sharp ones!!

Cutting Board And Table Covers

You will need a sturdy cutting board or two.

I think a table covering is necessary. You can find plastic sheeting from a hardware store.

Tape it to the table or surface you are using. This will protect your meat from contaminants as you butcher your venison. 

Clean up will also be much easier. Just roll up the plastic sheet and dispose of it when you are finished.

Gloves And Paper Towel

Wear gloves to protect the meat as you are butchering the deer hind quarter.

Have paper towels on hand to help clean up blood, dirt or hair that might be on the meat or area where you are working.

Meat Grinder

A good meat grinder will be needed to process some of the tougher cuts of meat.

Be careful to remove the silver skin and tendon before grinding the meat if you are using a simple kitchen meat grinder.

A more expensive meat grinder designed for processing meat will be needed if you don’t want to worry about removing the tendon or silver skin.

Read This Review For The Best Deer Meat Grinder (Electric And Manual)

Storage Tools

You will need a bowl or dish to put the meat in once you have butchered it.

To store the meat you will need a vacuum sealer machine.

The vacuum seal will keep your meat fresh until you are ready to use it.

Cuts Of Meat From Your Butchered Deer Leg

deer hind leg meat cuts

Top round or (top sirloin), bottom round, eye of round, top butt, bottom (sirloin) butt, and tenderloin triangle are the six cuts of meats you will butcher plus the shank bones.

Some people use slightly different terms for these cuts of meat however they are essentially the same.

Each cut of meat has its own distinct shape.

The top round (or top sirloin) is football shaped.

The Bottom butt (sirloin) is a large piece of meat.

The Bottom round is thick and fat. Great for roasts.

An Eye of round cut is a long, cylindrical shape. (attached to the bottom round)

The Top butt is like a square.

A Tenderloin triangle is easy to spot because of its triangular shape. Often referred to as the tri tip.

And last but possibly the best are the Shanks.

Cutting each piece of deer meat into its natural shape will help you cook the meat properly.

The more tender cuts of meat can be grilled.

The thicker cuts of meat will be separated so that you can braise them low and slow or put into the meat grinder for a great healthy mince.

Makes great hamburgers, meatloaf, sausage or chili.

Butchering The Deer Hind Quarter Steps To Follow

There are two main methods to butcher your deer hind quarter. 

  1. Taking out the leg bone first and then making the various cuts of meat.
  2. The other option is to take the butchered cuts of meat directly off the bone.

For your reference both methods are discussed below and the cuts of meat are very similar.

I find it easier to take the bone out first and then make the various cuts however there is no right or wrong way.

Experiment with both butchering methods to find out what works best for you.

All of your cuts are going to go with the muscle grain. Look for the natural separation points and ease them apart.

As you cut, remember to use your hands to pull the muscle while the knife cuts and makes the separation more precise.

The goal isn’t to cut through the muscle, follow the natural sections of the meat.

Let’s Get To It!

Method 1 Butchering The Deer Hind Quarter Bone Out First

deer leg femur bone

Here is an excellent video from Texas Parks and Wildlife that shows this simple method of breaking down your deer hind leg. The images are taken from this same video for easy reference.

Place the venison hind quarter on your work surface with the ball joint facing up. Begin by deboning the deer hind quarter. The round ball joint will lead you to the femur bone.

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Use your deboning knife to cut around the ball joint.

You should feel the femur bone about one inch under the meat.

Allow your knife blade to follow the curve of the bone, separating the meat from the femur bone.

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Continue pulling the meat with your hand and use the knife to cut the meat off the bone.

The meat should easily separate from the bone as your knife slices through the connective tissue.

With the connective tissue cleared away, you will see the bone clearly.

These divisions are marked by white tissue which is contrasted by the dark meat.

You will cut the meat along these natural divisions and reveal some beautiful cuts of venison.

Remove the hind leg gland as described in the next section as this can taint the meat.

Use your hunting knife to do the heavy work of cutting the femur and shank bone apart.

Finish butchering all the meat off the bone before making your individual cuts of meat. The shank meat was closest to the bone and must be separated from the top round.

Look at the meat and notice the natural divisions of the meat to easily find the cuts of meat mentioned above.

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Next, you can separate  the top butt, bottom butt, bottom round, eye round and tenderloin triangle or tri tip.

Hold the meat with your hand and separate with the knife following the natural seams in the meat

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Method 2 Butchering The Deer Hind Quarter Directly Off The Bone

This time take the cuts individually off the bone rather than taking the bone out first.

The process of breaking down the deer hind quarter however is largely the same.

You follow the natural seams in the meat to take off your individual cuts.

Here is another excellent youtube video from Cabela’s showing you the hind leg butchering process step by step. The images are taken from this same video for easy reference.

First, begin by separating the top round without cutting it out to reveal the top eye round. Then take or cut out the eye of round.

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Next remove the hind leg gland.

This gland can taint the meat so make sure it is cut out of your venison leg.

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Cut out the bottom round

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Next you can cut out the top round off the femur bone.

Hold the top round with your hand and slice through the connecting tissue with the filet knife.

Once that is removed take out the butt sirloin.

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Separate the top piece of rump off the sirloin

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Grind up the shank meat with any other small portions of meat left over.

Or keep the shank meat on the bone for a great slow cooked meal.

Lastly, trim your meat of discolorations, fat, and anything that looks bloodshot or any dirt that might be left.

The silver skin can be left on to protect the meat in the freezer. Remove when cooking.

Storing Your Butchered Deer Hind Quarter

Before freezing your venison, prepare the meat for storage by vacuum sealing it with a vacuum machine.

Vacuum-sealed in plastic, your deer meat will be safe from the air and can be frozen for up to 2 years. After sealing the meat, you will want to age it.

Canning venison is also a good way to store the meat. Canning will take a little bit longer. Venison meatballs or stew are easily canned.

Venison roasts need to be frozen so you can cook them later. I prefer to freeze venison so I have focused on that method.

Wet Aging

Wet aging has become popular recently because it does not require a large holding place for the venison.

Game animals like deer are very active and their muscles are well defined. Aging the meat is important to tenderize the meat. Without aging, the meat will be tougher than it needs to be.

Now that you have mastered how to butcher a deer hind quarter you should wet age it before cooking.

To wet age your venison, put the vacuum-sealed cuts of meat in the refrigerator for 7-28 days. The juices and blood in the sealed package will give the venison a deeper gamey flavor. Enzymes will tenderize your meat while you allow it to wet age. The plastic vacuum bag will ensure that no air reaches the meat.

To enhance the flavor of your venison, you can air dry your meat in the refrigerator a few days before you cook it.

Take the frozen meat out of the freezer. Open the vacuum seal, drain the meat and place it on a rack over a plate in the refrigerator. Leave it uncovered so that the air can do its work on the meat. Every couple of days, pour out the juices that come off the meat.

When you are ready to cook your venison, pat it dry and prepare it according to your favorite recipe.

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The Butchered Venison

You should have several distinct venison hind quarter cuts before you.

Let’s look at some of the best ways to prepare each of the cuts.

The football shaped top round or top sirloin can be roasted in the oven or sliced and grilled to medium well. Makes great steaks.

The bottom round is a thick, fat piece of venison. There are many great ways to prepare this cut for cooking. This meat is great when cooked at a low temperature in a broth for several hours. It makes a great stewing meat and can also be used for a roast.

Trimmed off the fat and cleaned up the bottom round is actually a lean piece of meat .  This cut of meat makes fantastic deer jerky. Here are 5 Easy Spicy Deer Jerky Recipes for you to try.

Eye of Round is a long, tube-like shape of meat. It looks very similar to the tenderloin. If this cut is dried correctly, it can be seasoned and grilled like a tenderloin. Cut into small medallions and cook quickly, add a mushroom cream sauce.

The top butt is a tougher, square shaped piece of meat. Great in low and slow cooked dishes.

Bottom butt is the largest muscle of the deer leg and it can be tough sometimes. It is best to braise this meat, cooking it low and slow in juice. As the fat and connective tissue break down, the meat will become more tender. Stews make an ideal dish from this cut of meat.

Alternatively put in the grinder for awesome hamburger mince, meatloaf, sausage or chili.

Lovers of venison know that the flavor in this cut is worth the extra cooking time.

The triangular shaped tenderloin or tri tip is a very tender piece of meat because it is closest to the tenderloin. The tenderloin triangle is only big enough for a small meal so you might plan to grill it along with the tenderloin.

The shanks with meat on can be cooked in a broth for a very flavorsome dish. Alternatively trim the meat off and put in the grinder.

Now that you know how to butcher a deer hind quarter, you are ready to try it yourself.

Gather your tools and carve up that venison that is waiting for you! Then, head to the table to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

List Of Recommended Tools To Butcher Your Deer Hind Quarter


Two excellent performing knives for the job are the Victorinox Deboning and Fillet knives as mentioned above. A Semi Stiff curved blade on the Deboning knife will get your cuts nice and close to the bone.

The flexible fillet knife will help you follow the natural seams of the meat with ease.

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Knife Sharpener

Keeping your knives sharp will make the whole process of breaking down your deer hind quarter simpler and much safer.

I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to sharpening knives and prefer to do it on a Honing Steel

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Cutting Board

Good quality cutting board/s are essential when breaking down your deer leg. These boards from Gorilla Grip are perfect.

  • They contain grooves to catch any blood or juices.
  • They are non-porous so will not soak up any blood or juices.
  • Dishwasher safe and BPA Free.
  1. Will not dull or blunt your knife.

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Keep your hands and meat protected with these Food Service compliant disposable gloves. Range of sizes available.

Latex and Powder free. Durable, Elastic and good Grip.

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Meat Grinders

Some of the most flavorsome deer meat can be found in the tougher cuts of meat described above.

These cuts make super hamburgers, meatloaf, sausage and chili dishes.

To get the most out of your butchered deer leg you should have a good quality meat grinder.

I have both an electric grinder to use when processing a lot of meat, and a small table top grinder for smaller jobs.

STX International brand is one of the best premium meat grinders you can buy. If you process a lot of meat it is well worth the investment.

Gourmia offers great value for money and will do the job perfectly.

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Vacuum Sealers

A good quality vacuumed packed piece of meat will last a very long time in your freezer.

Your meat is protected from freezer burn, mold and nutritional loss when stored in this way,

Foodsaver make a fantastic Vacuum Sealer machine to make this process really simple and cheap.

Seal wet and dry items easily.

Fully tested and compliant for food storage. BPA Free Bags and Rolls.

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You have learned How To Butcher A Deer Hind Quarter and the tools required to do the process.

Also discussed was How to store your venison and suggested recipes and cooking methods.

The only thing left now is for you to:-



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9 Of The Best Deer Hunting Magazines To Subscribe To

9 Of The Best Deer Hunting Magazines To Read

Remember the days when us hunters would check the mail and get enormous pleasure in seeing the latest issue of our favorite deer hunting magazine.

Well, those days have not yet disappeared thankfully.

While the world is going digital there is still an enormous pleasure to be had opening up a quality deer hunting magazine.

If you are an avid reader of hunting stories, enjoy looking at quality deer hunting pictures and love the feel of a new glossy magazine:- Then this list of 9 of the Best Deer Hunting Magazines is for you.

A great thing about having a deer hunting magazine subscription is being able to easily read the information over and over to get new takeaways.

No need to remember what website did I read that interesting article on, or  “oh shit the wifi is down”. I can’t read my favorite deer hunting stories.

If you are anything like me reading over an interesting deer hunting article in a nice relaxed place, perhaps with a beer or coffee is a very enjoyable way to spend an hour or two.

Plus some added bonus of subscribing to your favorite deer hunting magazine are that they are great to read around camp or on those long road trips. They also look great on the coffee table!

Here is a list of 9 of my favorite deer hunting magazines to read. Many of them also contain more than deer hunting articles. At the end of the article, I will give you my:

1. Best deer hunting magazine.

2. Best overall hunting magazine

3. Best value magazine subscription

4. Best combination hunting magazine subscriptions

Deer And Deer Hunting Magazine

F&W Publications. 12 Issues Per Year

.A deer and deer hunting magazine subscription for the deer hunting fanatic. 

Nothing but deer baby!

In-depth articles on all things deer hunting. You will read and learn everything about deer hunting including:

Latest deer hunting equipment.

Hunting strategies and tactics.

Gather inside information on deer habits and behaviors.

(Read our post on How Deer Communicate. Scent, Sight & Sound)

Management of deer habitat

And a whole lot more

And as an added bonus if you subscribe to the print version from Amazon you also get access to the digital edition for free.

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North American Whitetail Magazine

Outdoor Sportsman Group. 8 Issues Per Year

A more focused deer hunting magazine subscription to get is North American Whitetail.

This great magazine is full of stories about whitetail deer hunts told by hunters. There are incredible stories of big buck hunts sure to get your heart pumping. And these stories are all told with amazing detail to really give you something to ponder.

North American Whitetail also contains up to date whitetail deer hunting news, tips and strategies we can all employ and learn from.

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Field & Stream Magazine

Bonnier Corp. 6 Issues Per Year

Whilst not just about deer hunting, Field & Stream magazine is one of the best hunting and outdoors magazines you can ever have the pleasure in reading.

There is s a reason this is America’s number one sportsman’s magazine and why it has been in publication for over 100 years. It is just that good!

It is read by over a million readers each year. In fact Field & Stream magazine is a world leading publication dedicated to the great outdoors.

The photography you will see in this magazine is world class. They have a wide range of brilliantly written articles. Covering everything hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures.

Importantly, their articles are seasonal meaning they are published at the right time for you to be reading them. Great hunting gear reviews, hunting techniques, and tips are all contained in this go to magazine.

If you only have one deer hunting magazine subscription to select this is the one to get.

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Petersen’s Hunting Magazine

Outdoor Sportsman Group. 11 Issues Per Year

A Petersen’s hunting magazine subscription is jam-packed with great instructional articles.

Written for both the experienced hunter and beginner. Like Field & Stream this is not a deer only hunting magazine. It provides great information on a range of seasonal hunting opportunities.

For someone like me who likes to hunt all year round across wild game species this is a valuable hunting magazine I turn to.

There are honest and in-depth equipment reviews. They describe what is best for the experienced or novice hunter alike. Another thing I like about Petersen’s hunting magazine is the stories about unsuccessful hunts as well. Something we can all learn from.

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Bowhunter Magazine

Outdoor Sportsman Group. 10 Issues Per Year

A great deer hunting magazine subscription for the bowhunter. Expert bowhunters share their stories, tips, and tactics to help you land that big buck. Articles cover a wide range of topics including: Bowhunting locations and updates from bowhunting organizations. 

Overall complete coverage of deer hunting with a bow.

Bowhunter magazine is the “voice of authority” when it comes to hunting deer with a bow.

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Outdoor Life Magazine

Bonnier Corp. 4 Issues Per Year

The sister publication to Field & Stream. An Outdoor Life magazine subscription will have you entertained with a wide range of outdoor adventures.

Articles include hunting, fishing, boating and wilderness conservation. There are tons of articles on deer hunting in this magazine and some superb quality photography as well. Their articles go further covering topics such as wilderness survival. As well as some great political points made in response to the anti-hunting brigade.  

This will keep you turning the pages.

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Petersen’s Bowhunting Magazine

Outdoor Sportsman. 10 Issues Per Year

Like Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, Petersen’s Bowhunting Magazine is an amazing source of information for the serious bowhunter.

Packed with articles and quality photographs you will learn all about the tools, tactics, techniques, and strategies that go into making a great bowhunter.

More in-depth equipment reviews on everything from the latest bows and archery equipment through to clothing and related bowhunting products.

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Sports Afield Magazine

Field sports Publishing. 6 Issues Per Year

Sports Afield was first published in 1887 as a hunting and fishing magazine.

That makes it the oldest continuously published outdoor magazine in North America.

Along with Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, it is one of the big 3 American outdoors magazines.

And there is a good reason it has survived this long. It is only published 6 times a year and then what is does publish is pure hunting reading enjoyment.

Like the other big 2 outdoors magazines the breadth of hunting topics discussed is huge. Well worth the investment.

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Quality Whitetails Magazine

QDMA. 6 Issues Per Year

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Whilst not technically a glossy hunting magazine, this publication provides an unbelievable scientific insight into whitetail deer.

For information on deer harvests, whitetail biological reports, food plot management, hunter education and conservation news, Quality Whitetails is a great source for the whitetail fanatic. Particularly if you are managing your own land and deer population.

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Summary Of The Best Deer Hunting Magazines To Read

I hope you take a step out of the digital world for a moment and get one of these quality deer hunting magazines subscriptions to enjoy.

I promise you will learn some more about deer hunting techniques to help you become a better hunter.

You will enjoy many other hunting stories in addition to deer hunting and be able to do that all will sitting in your favorite chair enjoying the beverage of your choice.

Best Deer Hunting Magazine:-  Deer and Deer Hunting

Best Overall Hunting Magazine:- Field & Stream

Best Value Hunting Magazine:- Petersen’s Hunting Magazine

Best Combination To Subscribe To:-

1. Deer and Deer Hunting

2. Field & Stream

3. North American Whitetail


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Deer Sounds Scent And Body Language All You Need To Know

Introduction To Deer Communication

Deer use three main forms of communication.

1. Deer make Sounds or use vocalization i.e deer talk (Hearing)

2. They leave Scent which is a chemical means of communication (Smell)

3. Deer will display various Postures i.e. the use of body language. (Sight)

The following forms of deer communication are focused on whitetail deer. All deer species have the same or at least very similar methods to communicate amongst themselves. They also may combine some or all these forms when communicating.

As hunters the more we can learn about the forms of deer communication the better.

Particularly learn about sounds deer make as that is what we are likely to come across the most. This in turn means the better hunters we will become.

Sounds And Calls Deer Make

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Deer sounds such as a buck grunt, a fawn bleat or a doe call communicate a very wide range of information.

They can be categorized into:-

1. Alarm or distress calls

2. Aggressive or dominating calls,

3. Maternal and Mating calls

4. Social calls

Alarm And Distress Calls

A Deer Blow – Snort

This is typically a warning of danger sound and one many hunter’s will come to recognize when the deer has ‘winded’ them.

It is used to alert all other deer that there is danger present. It is made by the animal forcing air rapidly from their nostrils and makes a ‘blowing’ type sound.

A Bawl

When seriously injured or cornered deer will make a very loud bawling sound. Also made by fawns when they are scared or separated from their mother.

Aggressive and Dominance Calls

Grunt Call – Buck

Used to establish dominance amongst the group.

A buck will also use a blow snort call similar to the alarm call above.

It is typically the dominant buck telling the subordinate buck to watch out or there will be a fight. It is a very aggressive message being sent by the dominant buck. Heard mainly during the rut or mating season.

Maternal Deer Sounds And Calls

Doe Low Grunt

Does will make a short low grunt to call in their fawns. They will also use this sound when communicating with other older deer. Quite similar to the buck grunt.

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Fawn Mew

This is the fawns answer call to its mother. It can mean the fawn is hungry or just wants its mother. It is a soft meeewww sound.

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Fawn Bleat

A more urgent, stronger and louder call by the fawn to its mother. The deer bleat is The fawn crying out for its mother

Mating And Rutting Calls

Buck Tending Grunt

This is the deer sound bucks make during the rut, particularly by the dominant males. Used when they have their doe to show dominance. May sound like a pig or hog rooting around.

The buck will use a slightly different version sometimes referred to as a trailing or breeding grunt when he is chasing a doe.

Doe Estrus Bleat

This is a doe call to let all the bucks know she is ready for mating. Generally made before she has ‘hooked up’ with a buck.

Buck Roar

Made by the male when he is really worked up by the prospect of mating. Whilst whitetail deer do make this sound it is much more common with red deer. Red deer will roar throughout the night which makes for some exciting times.

Deer Social Calls

Like the does low grunt this is a general call to other deer in the group to all get-together.

Non Vocal Deer Sounds

Bucks Sparring

Bucks when in the rut will hit their antlers against trees to express their dominance and to let other bucks know they are around. They will also spar and fight each other if the vocal, scent and body language communication methods of dominance have not resulted in one of the bucks backing down.

Here is the sound of bucks sparring or fighting each other and when you hear this deer sound in the woods the adrenalin really starts pumping, well it does for me anyway!

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Deer Sounds For Hunting

The use of deer sounds or calls when hunting if done properly will significantly increase your chances of calling in a deer.

The main point to remember is not to overuse calls. Like all things deer hunting, patience is the key.

Here are some of my preferred ways to use deer vocalization when hunting. I encourage you to experiment and combine calls depending on what situation you are hunting in. I also encourage you to practice your deer sounds regularly.

A great resource to understand which deer sound to make and when is contained in the video below.

The Estrus Bleat is a great way to call in bucks as you are imitating a doe that is looking for a partner. A buck full of testosterone often can’t resist this call. Use it during the peak rutting period.

The Tending Grunt call is also best used during the main rutting period however do not overuse it. Every 15 to 20 mins I find is more than enough. One of my favorites to use.

A Fawn Bleat is the preferred call to make when hunting a doe. I find this a very effective deer sound to make.

The Buck Grunt snort and wheeze call is one I only use occasionally and typically if the above methods have not produced any results.

Social calls and low grunt deer sounds are ones I tend to ignore when hunting. I prefer to use the mating calls during the rut, as the bucks are full of testosterone and more likely to forgive a call that is not perfect.

How To Make Deer Sounds

The best and most effective method to make deer sounds in the woods is to use a deer caller.

Deer callers come in two main varieties

A: -Manual deer call:- you use your mouth.

B:- Electronic deer call.

I use the manual call option because it gives me more control and is much lighter to carry in my pack. Although I do own an electronic caller. I will add a post in the future reviewing the types of deer callers available, discussing the pros and cons of each.

For now, I recommend you use a manual deer call system, and the best way to learn apart from practice is to watch the experts.

I regularly use the Extinguisher deer call by illusion systems, for whitetail deer hunting it is the best on the market.

It also comes with a simple to follow instructional DVD.

What I like most about this deer caller is the lifelike deer sounds it generates. You can change from buck to doe to fawn with just a push of your finger -very easy. It is lightweight which is always a good thing.

Watch this great instructional video from Illusion systems and Rod White (Gold Olympic medalist) on calling deer.

It contains some great information on how to use a deer caller and importantly offers an enormous amount deer communication tips. In fact, there is so much valuable information about deer sounds I suggest you watch this video a few times!

You can easily buy the Extinguisher deer call here on Amazon

Making Deer Sounds Instruction Video

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To help you age your deer on the hoof as discussed in the video you may be interested in this post  Ageing Deer On The Hoof Test You Should Know

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Deer Scent For Communication

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Arguably more important than vocal sounds, deer use scent in many ways to communicate with each other. Their ability to leave various scents from parts of their body to communicate different messages is nothing short of amazing.

Deer scent is very long lasting and due to a deer’s incredible sense of smell, it can be sniffed out from a very long way away. Deer will leave scent markings throughout the year, however, pre-rut and during the breeding season the leaving of scent is most common.

When communicating through scent deer can find out a lot of information about another deer’s sex, social status and sexual preparedness. They use the scents to track a possible sexual partner as wells as to determine the level of competition from other bucks in the area.

In fact, people who are and have researched a deer’s ability to communicate through scent admit there is still a lot of information we humans do not yet understand.

Walking Scent

Deer have glands in their feet called the interdigital glands. This means they leave a scent to communicate information about themselves to other deer with every step they take.

Saliva Scent

Deer will mouth branches to leave a trace of saliva there to mark their territory and leave information about themselves. Bucks will primarily do this to let others know of their social status.

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The Forehead Gland

This method of deer communication is often combined with the saliva. A buck will rub his forehead, between the eyes and antlers, on the same branches and leaves as well to mark his territory and leave messages about himself for other deer in the area. He will also do this on scrapes and rubs he has made. Particularly during the mating season he is letting all the other deer, males and females know he is there and ready.

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Deer Urine And Poo

Helps other deer to gain information about another deer’s sex and age as well as what food they have been eating. A doe in estrus will leave this on and around scrapes to let the bucks know she is around and ready for mating.

Deer Tarsal Glands

The tarsal gland is located on the inside of the deer’s back legs and is urinated on. When the tarsal gland is flared it releases a scent to communicate to other deer the state of dominance, sexual readiness and general physical condition of the animal.

The Preorbital Glands

Located underneath the eyes, this gland leaves a scent on scrapes and rubs also along with saliva. Other deer will smell and lick this scent to understand who is in the territory.

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Deer Metatarsal Glands

Found on the outside of the hind legs this scent is used to attract suitable does into the area. It will also leave specific information about to other bucks about who is in town.

Considerations When Hunting

Whilst there are various scents a hunter can use for the purpose of this article I will provide a few basic tips.

1. Do not walk around too much stinking up your hunting area.

2. Do not touch branches and leaves excessively leaving your human scent everywhere.

3. Likewise with scrapes and rubs, try to avoid touching them.

4. Don’t  piss everywhere in your hunting area.

As this article is more focused on informing you how deer communicate I will save for a later post a more in-depth discussion of deer scent products available to the hunter.

Deer Visual Communication

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Like many animals, deer have a series of postures or body language they use to communicate various messages to each other.

Head Position

A dominant male will hold his head high and proud to assert his position. Basically saying to the younger or subordinate bucks don’t mess with me.

The lower status bucks will keep their heads lower and often walk with a slightly bent or hunched back. When two bucks are challenging each other they will display this authority type posture until one of the bucks submits or walk away.

When neither buck gives in they then use a more aggressive posture to communicate their position until eventually a sparring match or fight may result.

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Foot Strike

The dominant male will sometimes strike at a younger buck or doe to exert his authority.

Dropped Ears

When a deer drops its ears this is a low form of aggressive behavior and is very commonly used. Most often it is the first posture a deer will make when not happy with another deer being there.

Sidling Posture

Before engaging in a sparring match or full on fight two bucks will stand side to side as an expression of aggression.

They will turn their heads to basically look back over their shoulder at each other. It is a method for them to size each other up before they move on to the next stage of the challenge being an antler charge or sparring match.

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This is when two deer will stand on their back legs basically throwing fake punches at each other.

I say fake punches because physical contact with each other is not the goal with this deer body language. It is primarily an opportunity for the deer to size each other up before going to their main weapons – ie their antlers.

Antler Pointing

This form of deer communication between bucks during the rut is typically the next level of aggression before the actual physical fight.

Bucks will lower their heads and point their antlers at each other as though they were about to make a rush or charge. When the other buck replies with a similar posture the fight is on.


This is almost like a slow dance when it begins. The bucks will lower their heads using an antler point then push their antlers together.

They will then use their neck muscles to twist their heads to determine who is the strongest. This reinforces dominance amongst the bucks during the beginning of the rutting season.

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Antler Charge

After the vocal communications, scent messages and initial body postures if no agreement is found, ie one of the bucks does not submit and leave then the real fight begins.

If you have ever been lucky enough to witness this you can appreciate how magnificent these deer really are. If you have not seen two mature bucks fighting get out into the woods more and make sure you do, you will not be disappointed. Although I must caution it is not a common sight.

Deer are a bit smarter than us and prefer to use other methods of communication first where there is no risk of wounds or death.

After pointing their antlers at each other the two bucks will run or charge straight at each other.  They may even do this several times until a clear winner is established.

Deer Warning And Alarm Postures

Deer will use a variety of body language postures and movements to communicate warning signals amongst themselves. These include:

Stiffening of the whole body, ears pointed forward and standing dead still.

Bobbing their heads up and down.

Flaring or flashing their tails upwards.

Stamping their feet and then emitting a snort as described above.

Wagging their tails in an upright position when the deer is running away from the danger and acts as a guide for other deer to follow.

Once the threat of danger is no longer apparent deer will often wag their tails once or twice, slowly from side to side

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If you are like me even just a little bit you can not but be amazed at the magnificence of these animals. As mentioned above there is still a lot of information we do not understand about deer communication. Particularly, the information contained in their scent messages left for each other.

As hunters, we can benefit from this information. Mostly around the use of deer sounds and I encourage to get hold of a deer call system like the Illusion Extinguisher and practice your calls.

Remember to learn all Your Deer Hunting Terms!.

I hope you have enjoyed and learned something from this research please feel free to share it with your buddies and budettes. Good hunting to you all.

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Easy Pheasant Gumbo And 5 Super Pheasant Recipes

A Brief Introduction To Cooking Pheasants

Did you know pheasants were introduced to America way back in the 17th Century?

Originating in Asia pheasants are commonly associated as a European bird and were a favorite of the European nobles and royalty for their fine feathers and superb eating qualities.

Pheasant is  often associated with fancy restaurant cooking however cooking a whole pheasant or pheasant pieces is easy. It is a delicious meat and can be cooked in many ways including, slow cooked, smoked, in stews or fried.

Pheasants can be both hunted and bought in many stores as well as being easily ordered online.

If you are hunting your pheasants it is best to field dress the birds as soon as possible after they are shot. This speeds up the cooling process of the bird preserving that great pheasant flavor.

Pluck the feathers instead of skinning the bird if you can as i believe the skin helps retain more and the best flavor.

Nutritional Value Of Pheasants

Pheasant meat is very healthy, with less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than chicken.

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Pheasant Gumbo Adapted From Prejan’s Famous Gumbo 

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5 tbsp butter or vegetable oil  (for roux)

5 tbsp all purpose flour (for roux)

¼ cup corn oil

1/2 pound andouille sausage, sliced into ¼ inch thick circles

¼ pound smoked cajun sausage

3/4 cup coarsely diced onion

1/2 cup coarsely diced bell pepper

1/4 cup finely diced celery

2 large Pheasant breasts (Easy way). 

For a deeper flavour you can use 1 whole 2 -3 lb pheasant. Roast it with some seasoning at 350 F for 35 minutes (until juices run clear) and then pull meat from bones (discard skin and bones)

2 tbsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 small bay leaf

2 1/2 quarts concentrated chicken stock

2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet or Worcestershire sauce

4 dashes Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce

3 tbsp sliced green onion tops


1. Make the Roux

A Roux pronounced roo is simply a browned in a mixture of flour and oil. It is used to thicken stews and of course is the base for gumbo recipes. where a rich, deep, hearty flavor, and texture is desired.

In a cast iron skillet or heavy-bottom saucepan, heat butter or oil over a medium heat.

Whisk in the flour, a little at a time and cook, whisking constantly, until roux becomes smooth and thick. Reduce the heat to low and Continue cooking , remembering to constantly stir with a spoon.  the roux will darken to a rich brown color. This process can take some time, generally it takes me from 30 to 45 minutes. It will depending on your stove. Don’t rush this the slower the roux is cooked the better.

2. Making The Gumbo

Heat corn oil to hot and maintain heat in a cast-iron or other heavy pot over medium-low heat.

Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, brown andouille sausage, then add to oil in the cast-iron pot. Repeat process with Cajun sausage, onion, bell pepper and celery and pheasant,

Each ingredient should be cooked individually on the skillet then added to the heavy pot.

3. Add The Spice.

Add the paprika, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne and bay leaf to the pot and stir.

4. Add The Liquid

Mix in stock.

5 Thicken It Up

Slowly stir in the Roux until blended. Then slowly Bring to a boil and cook around 40 minutes, remembering to stir regularly.

6. Add More Spice

Add Kitchen Bouquet, or Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce and green onions and stir well. 

7. Shred The Meat

If you have used pheasant breasts or pieces with bones, take them out and shred the meat, return to the pot and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes and serve.

Serve with rice.

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Jalepeno Poppers With Pheasant

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I love this pheasant recipe and it is so easy to make.



20 jalapeno peppers

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons dried basil flakes

1 teaspoon celery salt

2 teaspoons dry rub pepper

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 green onions, chopped

1 (3-pound) pheasant, cooked, bones removed or sautee same amount of pheasant pieces. Any will do they all taste great.

1 package thinly sliced bacon


1. Soak some bamboo skewers in water for 15 minutes or use metal skewers.

2. Preheat grill over medium-high heat.

3. Wash peppers and slice in half cross-ways and remove the seeds.

4. Mix cream cheese with herbs, spices and green onions.

5. Slice the pheasant thinly.

6. Stuff the jalapenos loosely with the cheese mixture and sliced pheasant.

7. Wrap peppers with 1/2 slice of bacon.

8. Place 4 pepper halves on a skewer and grill until done, about 8 minutes.


1. Soak some bamboo skewers in water for 15 minutes or use metal skewers.

2. Preheat grill over medium-high heat.

3. Wash peppers and slice in half cross-ways and remove the seeds.

4. Mix cream cheese with herbs, spices and green onions.

5. Slice the pheasant thinly.

6. Stuff the jalapenos loosely with the cheese mixture and sliced pheasant.

7. Wrap peppers with 1/2 slice of bacon.

8. Place 4 pepper halves on a skewer and grill until done, about 8 minutes.

Bayou Pheasant Gumbo

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This is an easier version of pheasant gumbo to try. Tastes great



2 pheasants. Feel free to use pheasant pieces already prepared for ease. (can also use duck)

1/2 cup safflower oil

All purpose flour

2 onions, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup hot water

1 t salt

Louisiana Hot Sauce to taste

Pepper to taste

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1 turnip, peeled

1 bay leaf

2 pounds smoked sausage

1/2 pint oysters

3 shallots, chopped

1 T minced parsley

File gumbo powder


1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Cut the pheasant into eating pieces and brown in the oil.

2. Remove the pheasant and add flour to make a roux. Stir until very dark, but do not burn.

3. Quickly add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Stirring, cook the mixture down until the vegetables are very soft.

4. Add the cup of hot water and stir in. Add the browned pheasant and stir in enough additional hot water to cover all the pheasant pieces.

5. Bring to a slow boil. Season with salt, pepper, Louisiana hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the turnip and bay leaf. Cover and cook for 1 hour.

6. Brown the sausage, drain, cut into bite size pieces and add to the gumbo. Cook, covered for 20 minutes.

7. Add the oysters, shallots, and parsley. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes longer.

8. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with the file gumbo powder.

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Chicken Fried Pheasant

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My kids absolutely love this one. It is super quick and super simple to make.



1 cup milk

1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

2 pheasant breast halves, thinly sliced

1 cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs

1 cup canola oil for frying


1. In a shallow bowl, mix the milk and vinegar.

2. Dip the pheasant slices in the milk and vinegar mixture, then press both side in the cracker crumbs to coat.

3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pheasant in the hot oil about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

4. Drain on paper towels.

Pheasant With Roasted Apples

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Another super easy and delicious pheasant recipe for you to try.



1 whole pheasant, skin off or on

3-6 pieces bacon or pork fat, cut into 1/8 inch thick strips

2 tablespoons butter

2 large apples, cored and sliced into ¼ inch wedges

1 tablespoon Calvados

7 tablespoons heavy cream

Salt and pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Season the pheasant with salt and pepper. Truss the pheasant.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a heavy-bottomed ovenproof pan, and brown the pheasant on each side, about 4 minutes. Remove pheasant from pan and put aside.

3. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan and fry the apples quickly. Place them in the bottom of the casserole. Add lard to the pheasant across the breast, secure with toothpicks. Place the pheasant on top of the apples.

4. Cover the pan in tin foil or with a lid and put it in a preheated oven and immediately lower the temperature to 425 degrees F and cook for 30 minutes.

5. Five minutes before serving, pour 7 tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon Calvados over the pheasant. Untruss it, carve into joints and serve very hot with the apples.

Where And When To Buy Or Hunt Your Pheasants

Hunting season for pheasants varies by state however it is generally around October through December. Check your local state regulations.

MacFarlane are the biggest producers of Pheasant in the U.S.A and are a great place to buy your pheasant of you are not hunting them yourself. You can buy these all year round.

Check out your local store that sells game meat, or for real simplicity order on Amazon to have it delivered straight to your door.

So why not go and try a pheasant dish for the family? You wont be disappointed

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Wild Game Recipes

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Harvesting your wild game meat is only the first step. You also have to be able to butcher and then cook the meat. Through different cooking methods and using some creative recipes, you will whip up a delicious dinner for your family and friends to enjoy.

Here you will find all the information you need on the nutritional benefits of wild game meat and of course sensational recipes to enjoy.

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Types Of Wild Game To Cook

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There are all kinds of animals that are hunted for game, depending on where you live in the world. As this site keeps developing we will cover more and more types of game meat and provide you with mouth-watering recipes to savor.

One of the most common forms of game that a lot of hunters go after are rabbits. A lot of hunters, me included, get started hunting rabbits with a simple pellet gun.

Once you master the ability to make a rabbit stew you will be hooked on eating wild game!

Another form of wild game meat that is popular among all hunters is pheasant. Hunting pheasant is particularly common in the United Kingdom, but it is practiced in other parts of the world as well. The US has some great pheasant hunting states such as Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska just to name a few.

You can’t complete a hunting season without going after some good old wild duck. One of the most popular and fan favorite’s duck to hunt is the Mallard duck. Mallards are a dream come true for many hunters due to their physical appearance and awesome taste.

Deer meat, venison, is probably my favorite wild game meat. It is also one of the healthiest forms of game to eat. It provides one of the “Great Hunting” challenges know to mankind and can be cooked and served up in so many different ways. From Spicy Deer Jerky to Venison Breakfast Sausages there is a venison recipe for everyone.

Elk and Antelope are similar to deer in cooking methods, namely of the recipes for venison can be easily adapted for your Elk or Antelope harvest.

When hunting in Zimbabwe a few years back I was introduced to Impala livers. Not something I would normally think of eating and certainly not a snack you will see on the menu at your local restaurant. The taste – Sensational.

Wild boar or pig is another favorite of mine. An interesting fact about this game meat is the change in flavor you can experience between different seasons and hunting regions. All depending on what the boar or pig has been feeding on. Cure your own bacon, enjoy some ribs or slow cook the whole leg for a family feast.

Crumbed and pan-fried wild turkey meat must be tried to be believed. Fried wild turkey steak with homemade gravy is another favorite. And for those cold winter nights, wild turkey soup is perfect.

Bison and Buffalo make great burgers and meat loaf and you haven’t lived until you have tried buffalo chili.

Black Bear steaks anyone? How about some Beaver?

The types of wild game meat to cook is huge, so to the number of recipes to try.

We are constantly expanding our wild game meat recipes for you. Bookmark this site and stay tuned for more exciting and delicious ways to enjoy your hard won harvest.

Cooking Methods For Game Meat

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There are many different methods that you can use for cooking wild game.

If you have the time and the equipment smoking is a fantastic way to cook and preserve your game meat. In cooking, smoking is exposing the meat to a form of smoke for purposes such as flavoring, browning, cooking, or preservation.

You should consider the idea of marinading your meat in a salty brine for a few hours before putting the meat on the smoker.  Cook the meat low and slow. Keeping the meat on the smoker for a longer period of time lessens the amount of moisture inside the meat and also keeps it saltier. Both of these factors will lengthen the preservation time for the meat.

Besides smoking, another method for cooking wild game is to sear or pan fry the meat. The outside surface of the meat will become a crusted brown color when cooked at a high temperature. The purpose of searing meat is all about creating a flavor profile. As soon as the meat hits the pan, the sizzling creates a caramelization on the outside. All the lovely juices are kept inside resulting a wonderful moist steak.

Roasting, done in an uncovered pan in the oven is suitable for many types of wild game meat. Turkey makes a great roast as we all know.

Using a meat grinder or mincer particularly on some tougher cuts of meat will have you whipping up venison burgers in no time. Remember to add some extra fat as wild game meat is generally much lower in fat content compared to store bought beef or lamb.

Another method that you can use to cook your wild game meats is braising. This is a technique that involves cooking the meat to a brown color in the pan using oil, followed by cooking it in a tightly covered pan with a small amount of liquid. The purpose of this is to develop flavor and make tough meats more tender.

Look through the recipes and you are sure to find a cooking method that’s easy to make at home or perhaps one you may not have thought to try before.

Nutritional Value of Game Meat

When it comes to red meats, meat coming from wild game tends to be healthier for us to consume.

More specifically meat from deer, elk, and antelope is leaner than other meats such as beef and lamb due to the more active lifestyle wild game leads. The diet of a wild animal also means they carry less fat than farmed meat. Compare the diet of a wild deer grazing on a variety of plants compared to a typical cow fed largely on grains.

Another perk of eating wild game is the fact that you do not need to worry about pharmaceuticals or antibiotics in your foods. There are also no hormones added to these proteins.

No pink slime like you find in plastic wrapped packaged meats!

The majority of wild game meat also has fewer calories and lower cholesterol levels compared to standard beef. Wild game is an excellent source of protein and omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids (these are good fatty acids) plus a large dose of minerals all adds to healthy wild game nutrition.

Based on scientific data from the United States Department of Agriculture, this Ultimate Guide To Wild Game Nutrition infographic will help you better understand the many other benefits you get as a hunter in eating wild game meat, in addition to all the exercise and fresh air of being outdoors when harvesting your animal.


Walk Little……..Look Lots

Hunting Equipment


Make sure you are ready for hunting season by having the right hunting equipment.

Our hunting gear section reviews and tests a wide range of hunting & other equipment to help you make the right buying choice.

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Hunting & Other Equipment Reviewed By Hunters AND Used By Hunters.

Independent and unbiased hunting gear reviews you can trust to make your buying decisions simple and smart.

At we believe having the right hunting equipment is essential for a successful and safe hunt. We also believe having the right hunting gear makes your time in the wilderness much more enjoyable.

Ever slept in a wet sleeping bag?

I have and it is not much fun!

For new hunters with a “What Hunting Stuff Do I Need” question we have all the information and recommendations to get you started.

For hunters looking to try something different, we have you covered. In-depth product descriptions, value for money ratings to help you make your choice.

Our goal with this section is simple:

To provide detailed product information and unbiased opinions on a wide range of hunting supplies to help you make smarter buying decisions.

Customer reviews and testimonials play a very important role in determining whether a hunting product is up to standard.

We share those opinions with you in a simple to read format.

This saves you wading through dozens of websites trying to find out what real users of the product think.

These unbiased reviews and hunting equipment testimonials are not solicited for or paid for in any way so you can be sure they are honest opinions.

An importantly this is a hunting website NOT a product review site.

We have all seen those review sites where so-called experts provide an opinion on a hunting or outdoors product. Yet they have never fired a shot, butchered a deer or camped a night in their life!

Hunting Equipment Reviewed by Hunters AND used by Hunters.

The range of hunting gear we are covering in this section is always expanding. From budget hunting equipment to top end hunting gear, we rate its quality, and value for money for you.

Looking for unique hunting products to add to your collection? When we come across a new or unique hunting product, good or bad we will include it in our hunting equipment review section for you.

There is no shortage of hunting equipment available for you to choose from. So before you, part with your hard earned cash read our unbiased product reviews. Make sure you are making a smart buying choice. After reading our hunting gear articles you can be confident you are getting the best equipment for your dollar.

Hunting Articles


As hunters, we love to spend our time in the wilderness.

But what about when we are not out on the hunt?

We read watch and listen to hunting articles, news, and videos.

Here will find some great articles all about hunting. From true-life stories, jokes, and humor from Hank the Hunter as well as inspirational quotes, poems and everything between.

Of course nothing beats sitting back with your favorite hunting magazine and a nice cold beverage so check out this list of Deer Hunting Magazines To Subscribe To.

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Hunting Stories

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There are some amazing hunting stories out there and we are expanding our collection of hunting articles from all around the world. Reading and learning from other hunters is an invaluable way to improve your own hunting ability as well to expand your knowledge on the many interesting aspects of our chosen past time.

Hank The Hunter

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Hank is an average guy who loves his hunting and everything about the hunting way of life. He can be a bit rude from time to time. He certainly does not believe in any political B.S.

Hank the hunter makes regular contributions to our site when he sees something he finds interesting, funny or down right stupid. I don’t apologize to anyone that Hank may offend, it is simply his way.

To quote Hank

“Have you noticed the mainstream media is getting more and more anti-hunting and anti-gun? It is important we stand up for our rights and I do that by making fun of their ignorance and stupidity….I will definitely piss off the tree hugging vegan greeny brigade.”

Hunting Quotes

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From Fred Bear and Ernest Hemingway to Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold these master hunters can all give us some wise words of wisdom. If you are into your hunting lifestyle then take the words of these hunting legends and commit them to memory. As I come across great hunting quotes that give me inspiration I will share them here with you.

The Hunting Life Facts And Figures

Hunting contributes so much to the community in so many ways. As a lover of facts and figures I regularly research our contributions to the world and set them out in easy to read infographics. Take a moment to see the valuable impact we have on the wider community. It is also a good way to arm yourself against the ignorant greeny brigade.

The Hunting Life Code Of Conduct And Ethics

All true hunters live by a strong code of conduct usually developed over many years. Possibly no greater example exists than Fred Bear – master hunter and outdoorsmen. I share my code of conduct and ethics with others in the belief the more we promote our strong affinity with nature the better people we will all become. This section shares those hunting ethics and codes of conduct gathered from hunters I admire and respect

Ripping Hog Hunting Stories

“Less than 6 feet away stood a hulking leviathan, a 750-lb. wild pig slinging teeth and wearing five dogs.”

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Hank The Hunter loves reading great hog hunting stories.

He came across a really great pig hunting story, you may have heard of it.

“Killing Hogzilla: Hunting A Monster Wild Pig”

About Michael Mims from Mississippi killing a massive pig.

If you also love hearing great pig hunting stories check this one out from Chris Bennett. Farm Journal, Technology and Issues Editor at It is filled with action, bravery, madness and of course a genuine monster hog.

“Less than 6 feet away stood a hulking leviathan, a 750-lb. wild pig slinging teeth and wearing five dogs.”

So what does Michael do he grabs a bowie knife. This guy is either awe-inspiring, mad or maybe a bit of both.

As far as hog hunting stories go, this gripping adventure started in 2001. Rumors of a monster hog began circulating the local farming community.

It begins off with a friend of Michael’s, a guy named Mike Parker spotted a 350lb boar in a soybean field.

After popping it with the 7mm the wild pig took off into the bean cover

While looking for this big pig Mike comes across a real monster hog – a 650lb sow which was promptly dispatched.

This sent Michael Mims on the quest for the rumored Hogzilla and is the backbone of this amazing hog hunting adventure.

The trail goes cold for a couple of years. Then in 2013 Michael Mims gets a call that a monster pig – Hogzilla has been spotted again.

“When you see this hog, you think it ain’t real; ain’t happening. It looked like something from another world and I was afraid we were all fixing to get killed.” Michael Mims

Now the story of this rather intimdating hog hunt gets very interesting. The battle between hog, man and dogs flying through the air begins.

With dogs hanging onto the pig’s ears and the pig’s balls, there was no way the giants hogs back legs could be lifted to allow a lung stab.

Here is Michael’s take on how a wild hog will fight back during the hunt

“They fight from the time they’re babies, geared to survive no matter what. Those teeth are razors and they hit where they aim.”

As this gripping hog hunting story continues, two hunters, Michael, and his dad, attack from the top of the boar to get to the vitals.

Over 30mins of  fighting this colossal hog monster is finally down.

2 years after the first sighting

To really get the feel of how this big boar chase went down you need to read the full article.

Find it here on are also some amazing photos of this monster pig

All credit to Micheal Mims for this formidable piece of hunting.

Full credit for this hog hunting story goes to Chris Bennett from Farm Journal at

And the best bit.

Mims is sure Hogzilla has sons that are out there and they are possibly even bigger.

More hog hunting stories ready to be made.

Bacon anyone?

More Great Hunting Stories and Articles

Introducing Hank The Hunter

Hank The Hunter Is Here

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Howdy, I’m Hank the Hunter or more like Hank the Average Hunter.

Let me tell you a bit about myself.

I love hunting that’s for sure, I don’t always get it perfect that’s for sure to.

To me hunting is something I grew up with. It has taught me a lot about the natural environment, wildlife, conservation, fitness and mental strength. In fact hunting has taught me a lot about life in general because I’ve made many mistake along the way.

I’m no hardcore solo backcountry packer that goes on 5-day hikes. The old legs just aren’t up to it anymore, but I am always looking for the next adventure. Maybe stalking deer, taking out some feral hogs, a good ol turkey shoot. If I save my pennies I love to go to international hunting destinations like Africa and Australia.

When not hunting, (or working to go hunting), you will find me:-

Reading books & magazines about hunting;

Planning hunting trips;

Watching youtube videos or listening to podcasts about hunting.

Drives the wife crazy I’m sure.

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of fake news so I’ve come to to share my thoughts on some of these stories.

See I don’t react well to greeny b.s.

Have you noticed the mainstream media is getting more and more anti-hunting and anti-gun. It is important we stand up for our rights and I do that by making fun of their ignorance and stupidity.

Now readers of know Paul is a big promoter of everyone improving their hunting skills. For example, how to make a good clean one shot kill. Developing and implementing a strong set of hunting ethics. Sharing your hunting knowledge with youngsters. The benefits of eating wild game for your personal well-being.

Now I’m warning you I’ll make plenty of comments that you may not don’t agree with – tough

I will definitely piss off the tree hugging vegan greeny brigade.

So thanks Paul for letting me post my rants, comments and thoughts on your website. Readers, enjoy and I hope you get a laugh or two along the way.


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51 Of The Best Hunting Quotes Of All Time To Inspire You

The Greatest Hunting Quotes To Inspire Your Hunters Soul

These 51 greatest hunting quotes of all time sum up the deeper feeling we hunters have pursuing our love of hunting. They include sayings from other great hunters, famous hunting authors, Presidents, African proverbs and even Bible verses about hunting.

As hunters we know the full range of emotions we experience every time we conduct a successful or unsuccessful hunt. The excitement of planning the hunt, the natural beauty of being in the wilderness, the mental strength required to find and track your quarry, the adrenaline of taking aim to the joy, respect and thankfulness for the harvest.

I wish I could put into words the wisdom and emotions I have gained over many years hunting and fishing, to describe the feelings in the soul of a hunter. Alas my writing falls short in this exercise.

Listen to the words of the master hunters and woodsman such as Fred Bear, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and Aldo Leopold.

So just for a moment forget the technology, put away the latest gadget and immerse yourself in the best hunting quotes of all time.

I hope you enjoy what I believe to be some of the best hunting quotes of all time. They speak to the hunter in my soul and I hope they speak to your inner hunter as well.

Fred Bear Hunting Quotes


Source: Donald Dryer

“Nothing clears a troubled mind like shooting a bow.” – Fred Bear

“A hunt based only on the trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.”Fred Bear

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”Fred Bear

“I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are far crueler fate than I bestow.”Fred Bear

“If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.”Fred Bear

“Life in the open is one of my finest rewards. I enjoy and become completely immersed in the high challenge and increased opportunity to become for a time, a part of nature. Deer hunting is a classical exercise in freedom. It is a return to fundamentals that I instinctively feel are basic and right.”Fred Bear

“When a hunter is in a tree stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God.”Fred Bear

“The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind” Fred Bear

“It is no coincidence that the American hunter is the most patriotic of all our citizens. Who cares more for this land’s beauties than he?”Fred Bear

“I hunt deer because I love the entire process; the preparation, the excitement, and sustained suspense of trying to match my woods lore against the finely honed instincts of these creatures.” Fred Bear

“If you consider an unsuccessful hunt to be a waste of time, then the true meaning of the chase eludes you all together.”Fred Bear

“I hunt because I love the entire process: the preparations, the excitement, and sustained suspense of trying to match my woodslore against the finely honed instincts of these creatures. On most days spent in the woods, I come home with an honestly earned feeling that something good has taken place. It makes no difference whether or not I got anything: it has to do with how the day was spent.” Fred Bear

Ernest Hemingway Hunting Quotes

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“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” Ernest Hemingway

“I did not mind killing anything, any animal, if I killed it cleanly, they all had to die and my interference with the nightly and the seasonal killing that went on all the time was very minute and I had no guilty feeling at all. We ate the meat and kept the hides and horns.” – Ernest Hemingway

Aldo Leopold Hunting Quotes


“A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.” – Aldo Leopold

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” Aldo Leopold

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” Aldo Leopold

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” Aldo Leopold

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” – Aldo Leopold

“Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.” Aldo Leopold

“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.” Aldo Leopold

“Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.” Aldo Leopold

“Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow… creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.”Aldo Leopold

Theodore Roosevelt Hunting Quotes


“Death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation, – these are the normal endings of the stately and beautiful creatures of the wilderness. The sentimentalists who prattle about the peaceful life of nature do not realize its utter mercilessness;…Life is hard and cruel for all the lower creatures, and for man also in what the sentimentalists call a state of nature.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination.”Theodore Roosevelt

“The chase is among the best of all national pastimes; it cultivates that vigorous manliness for the lack of which in a nation, as in an individual, the possession of no other qualities can possibly atone.” Theodore Roosevelt

African And Other Hunting Proverbs


A hunter who has only one arrow does not shoot with careless aim. – African Proverb

A determined hunter is never frightened in the jungle. African Proverb

Both the hunted and the hunter rely on God. Kurdish Proverb

A hunter is not afraid of thorns. Swahili Proverb

The hunter’s son knows how to hunt. Kikuyu Proverb

Man is a hunter. Sicilian Proverb

When the hunter returns and is holding mushrooms, don’t ask him about how his hunt went. African Proverb

Bible Verses About Hunting


“Now then, get your equipment–your quiver and bow–and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.” – Genesis 27:3

“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” Genesis 9:3

“And there came a voice to him; “Rise, Peter; kill and eat,” Acts 10:13

“Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?” Amos 3:4

“The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.” Genesis 25:27-28

Other Great Hunting Quotes


“There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.”Charles Dickens

“When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered yes – remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education – make them hunters.”Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”Henry David Thoreau

“Hunting is the noblest sport yet devised by the hand of man. There were mighty hunters in the Bible, and all the caves where the cave men lived are full of carvings of assorted game the head of the house drug home. If you hunt to eat, or hunt for sport for something fine, something that will make you proud, and make you remember every single detail of the day you found him and shot him, that is good too. But if there’s one thing I despise it’s a killer, some blood-crazy idiot that just goes around bam-bamming at everything he sees. A man who takes pleasure in death just for death’s sake is rotten somewhere inside, and you’ll find him doing things later on in life that’ll prove it.”Robert Ruark

“If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting.”Aristotle

“A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of conservation’s greatest assets.”Nash Buckingham

“Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”Mark Twain

“I don’t know what there is about buffalo that frightens me so. Lions and leopard and rhinos excite me but don’t frighten me. But that buff is so big and mean and ugly and hard to stop, and vindictive and cruel and surly and ornery. He looks like he hates you personally. He looks like you owe him money. He looks like he is hunting you.” Robert Ruark

“When I was young, I was a hunter, walking wooded hillsides with confident steps and a gun in my hand. I knew the blur of wings, the rocketing form, and the Great Moment that only hunters know, when all existence draws down to two points and a single line. And the universe holds it breath. And what may be and what will be meet and become one – before the echo returns to its source.”Pete Dunne

“I do not hunt for the joy of killing but for the joy of living, and the inexpressible pleasure of mingling my life however briefly, with that of a wild creature that I respect, admire and value.” John Madson

“Hunting forces a person to endure, to master themselves, even to truly get to know the wild environment. Actually, along the way, hunting and fishing make you fall in love with the natural world. This is why hunters so often give back by contributing to conservation.”Donald Trump, Jr.

“One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted… if one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through his own effort and skill with all the extras that this carries with it: the immersion in the countryside, the healthfulness of the exercise, the distraction from his job.” Jose Ortega y Gasset

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”Charles Dickens

I hope you enjoyed what I believe are the best hunting quotes of all time. Hunting is more than the chase and kill as any serious hunter will tell you. Take some time to reflect on your favorite hunting quote and share them with your friends and family. You may also like to read some of my favorite hunting poems for further inspiration.

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Hunting Code Of Conduct 5 Important Practices For Hunters

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” ​​​​​Aldo Leopold

5 Practical Codes of Conduct – Proven Ethics While Hunting.

Introduction To the Hunting Code Of Conduct

Welcome to the Hunting Code Of Conduct. As hunters, we are often portrayed negatively in the public eye. Unfortunately, this is the result of the actions of a very very small minority of hunters but it makes for a great tv news story.

In over 30 years of hunting, I have continually worked on a hunters code of conduct to apply myself to which I am sharing with you now. I truly believe it is a key responsibility of all hunters to behave in an ethical, legal and responsible way when it comes to our hunting activities. Furthermore to continually demonstrate this to the community of non-hunters so we ensure our hunting rights and privileges are maintained for generations to come.

You will find a description of each of my 5 hunting codes of conduct below and an infographic which I encourage to share with your hunting buddies.

Respect The Fair Chase

FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.

So what does this mean for the hunters code of conduct?

The fair chase principle means hunting in a manner that does not give the hunter an unfair advantage over the quarry. Or in other words, does the animal have a fair chance of escape and avoiding the hunter?

For example, hunting a caged animal or canned hunting is not only unethical it also gives all hunters a bad reputation and rightly so

Herding animals and then shooting from a vehicle is also not considered fair chase.

Respect The Game and Respect The Kill

As hunters, we owe it to ourselves and to the animals we are hunting to know as much as possible about them and their habitat. This hunting code of conduct helps us make the right decisions in what to shoot and when. For example, do not shoot a doe with fawns. This shows no ethics while hunting and no respect for the wilderness resources you are enjoying as a hunter.

Know your shooting ability regarding long-range shots. Only make shots you are comfortable with and that will result in a clean humane kill. This hunting code of conduct means having the right caliber of rifle or gun for the game you are hunting and means having practiced your skills over and over before shooting at any wild animal.

Always follow up on every shot you make. The larger game species such as deer may not always drop instantly after being shot. It is our responsibility as ethical hunters to make sure we follow up these animals to dispatch them quickly and humanely.

The hunters code of conduct requires that after an animal is killed make sure no usable meat is wasted. Have plans in place to carry out everything possible to eat yourself with family and friends or to donate to those in need.

Respect Yourself Skills Safety & Equipment

There are many reasons as to why we hunt, for example, to harvest meat, to manage wildlife populations or conserve the wilderness from feral animals. No matter what our reasons we need to have respect for ourselves and our abilities in our hunting code of conduct.

Practice your hunting skills regularly and continually improve them. This includes butchering skills for your wild game meat harvest.

Practice gun safety at all times

Do a hunter education course

Wear your blaze orange

Make sure your equipment is in good working condition at all times.

Make sure you are fit enough for the hunt you have planned.

Respect Others

The hunters code of conduct shows respect to others including Landowners, Other Hunters, Non-hunters and the Law.

Always have permission to hunt on any private land and treat it with respect.

Do not litter on or damage anyone else’s property

Make an offer to the landowner for some of your harvested meat or some of your time to help with chores. You are much more likely to be invited back for future hunting trips.

Obey all laws and regulations regarding where what and when you are hunting. It is up to us hunters to know which regulations that apply and to make sure we follow them without exception.

When it comes to non-hunters be respectful of their opinions no matter how much we may personally disagree with them. If we are rude and disrespectful to non-hunters it reflects on all hunters.

For example, do not drive through town with a full deer carcass on the back of your truck this is not a good look we as hunters want to display.

Be respectful of other hunters they wish to enjoy their hunting experience as well.

Share your knowledge with others, we were all beginners at one point.

Respect The Wild Resources

A good hunting code of conduct is to always take care of the wilderness, woods, prairies or private land you may be hunting.

Only use your vehicles on established roads do not drive through virgin wilderness destroying the ecosystems and habitats.

When camping be sure you are not leaving any impact on the environment. Such as leaving litter or polluting rivers and streams.

Be mindful of the hunting resources available. Do not over hunt these valuable resources.

If you see examples of bad hunting ethics or hunting violations from other hunters report it.

Remember hunting is a privilege we enjoy and we do not want that taken away because of the bad actions of a few. If you develop your hunting code of conduct and apply it every time you go hunting not only will you have more satisfaction as a hunter you will be demonstrating the high ethical values of hunters in their approach to wildlife, the, and conservation.

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Your Sure Fire Hunting Fitness Training Guide

Fitness Training Workouts For Hunters And Outdoors People

This article gives you the 3 key types of hunting fitness training needed to get into peak hunting state with simple “Do It At Home” Video Examples.

Millions and millions of people enjoy the great outdoors doing a wide range of activities from hunting, hiking, boating, and camping. While most people do these things for relaxation, in order to get the most enjoyment out of all of the things that you do outside, it is helpful to be in good shape.

This is especially true for hunters and hikers who find themselves out in the wilderness often for very long periods of time.

For a long days’ hunt or for when a new or difficult situation arises you need to have the ability to do things you would not normally have to do. This is not saying you need to sign up at your local CrossFit gym or go hardcore and pack on a bunch of muscle.

These hunting fitness training workouts are all suitable for beginners. You do not need to be some hardcore fitness dude to do these exercises and to improve your hunting fitness.

Unique Physical Conditioning For Hunters And Outdoors People

When it comes to physical conditioning all activities are unique in their own ways and all require the ability to perform differently.

Unlike athletes that compete in a wide range of sports that require them to be strong, agile and in extreme physical condition, outdoors people need to be able to perform their activities over long periods of time and often in adverse weather conditions.

This normally means weight training that packs on a lot of muscle is not likely going to help a hunter be able to track an animal that they shot.

It also is not likely going to help a hunter be able to carry a heavy backpack for hours of hiking without causing too much physical discomfort. Muscle doesn’t necessarily mean stamina.

So, as hunters who perform a range of outdoor activities, there is likely going to be one or more type of physical conditioning program that will work for you.

Finding A Good Hunting Fitness Workout Program

When it comes to selecting the best workout program for hunter fitness that will help you the most it is important to look at exactly what type of things that you are looking to do when you are outdoors.

Once you have decided that, you then can figure out what kinds of exercise routines that will help to target each one of the areas that would be impacted.

Types Of Workouts Available For Hunter Fitness Training

Weight Training – Weight training is one when you perform a series of movements that target specific muscles in your body using weights or machine to provide extra resistance. The more resistance you provide the muscles the greater growth you will see. Note: You do not need to bulk up excessively in order to get the most benefits from this routine.

Body Weight Training Routines – Like weight training, body weight exercises use resistance to the movement as a way to help the specific muscles of the body to grow. There are a whole lot of different types of body weight routines that can be extremely helpful for your efforts. Most bodyweight routines can be easily done in your living room since there is no special equipment needed to perform them.

Cardiovascular Training – One of the best ways to be prepared for a long hunt and carryout would be cardiovascular workouts. Most of these types of activities require a high level of motion, this requires a lot of lung capacity. The best way to improve your hunting experience is to be in much better cardiovascular shape.

There is no better way to do this than cardiovascular workouts.

Selecting A Good Workout Routine For Hunter Fitness Training

There are so many different ways that you can get the benefits of each of the above-mentioned weight training, body weight training and cardiovascular. Here are some examples of each of the three types of hunting workouts.

Weight Training – Weight training can be accomplished in two ways; free weights and machine weights. Machine weights generally require you to find a local gym and free weights can be done in either a gym or your home.

Weight training that focuses on all parts of your body will help you dramatically during outdoor activities. However, you don’t need to do any hardcore weightlifting.

Doing just enough to improve muscle tone will be plenty to improve your hunting physical conditioning.

There is a great video at the end of this article to demonstrate a simple weight training routine as part of your hunting fitness training program.

Body Weight Training – When it comes to bodyweight training you do not need any special equipment or facility to be able to get a good workout.

There are specific exercise routines that are designed especially for different body parts such as pull ups, push ups and crunches. Each one of the exercises you do simply uses your own body weight to produce the muscle resistance.

Watch this video for some great hunting workout examples.

Suitable for beginners and those already in good shape.

Cardiovascular Workouts – In my opinion the most important part of hunting fitness training.

The key to cardio workouts is to elevate your heart rate and keep it at the higher level throughout the workout. By doing this, you will increase the amount of time that you will be able to hunt hard and reduce the amount of recovery time.

Below are some examples of cardio routines that you can try for yourself:

●    Walking/speed walking

●    Running/jogging

●    Riding a bike

●    Spinning Bike

●    Elliptical machine

Example Hunting Fitness Routines

There are a number of different types of exercise routines that will be beneficial to hunters and other people who enjoy a wide range of physical activities outdoors.

A good place to start is improving endurance, strength, and agility, all of them can be accomplished on a single piece of exercise equipment like an elliptical machine.

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Cardio workouts like speed walking, jogging, running and spinning bike routines can definitely be beneficial for outdoors people like us. AND you do not have to go to an expensive gym to do them.

Weight lifting, either free weights or machine weights can be hugely beneficial without going overboard. It is not necessary to pack on pounds of lean muscle for physical conditioning for hunters. All you need to do is lift weights 3 to 4 times a week with plenty of rest in between and you should do fine.

You do not need to be an MMA athlete do do these workouts and you can do them all at home.

In addition to the body weight training video above here are some real simple weight lifting exercises you can also do right at home to improve your overall hunting fitness.

Hunting Fitness Training Conclusion

Put simply the better shape you are in will mean the more you enjoy your hunting.

Engaging in some basic hunting workouts will mean the longer and harder you will be able to hunt.

So why wait?

Commence you hunting fitness training program now.

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The Ultimate Guide To Wild Game Nutrition Free Infographic

Your Guide To The Healthiest Wild Game Meat

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Interested in wild game nutrition. This infographic is the perfect guide to the healthiest wild game meat.

After a successful hunt, the carryout and the butchering we hunters get to enjoy some of the most nutritional wild game meat nature has to offer.

This guide covers a very wide range of wild game nutrition facts such as elk meat nutrition, wild boar meat nutrition, the benefits of deer meat and the nutritional value of rabbits just to name a few.

Why Does Wild Game Meat Offer So Many Nutritional Benefits?

Game meats are typically lower in fat that domesticated animals such as cows and sheep primarily because they eat a range of plants rather than a diet of grains.

The majority of wild game meat also has fewer calories and lower cholesterol levels compared to standard beef. Wild game is an excellent source of protein and omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids (these are good fatty acids) plus a large dose of minerals all adds to healthy wild game nutrition.

Based on scientific data from the United States Department of Agriculture, this ultimate wild game nutrition infographic will help you better understand the many other benefits you get as a hunter in eating wild game meat, in addition to all the exercise and fresh air of being outdoors when harvesting your animal.

Wild Game Nutrition Benefits Snapshot Compared To Traditional Grain Fed Beef

  • Wild game meat contains less saturated fat, increased amounts of good cholesterol and lower levels of bad cholesterol. This helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • The omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids found in the healthiest wild game meat help with brain development – get the kids eating more, improve the immune system and help with blood pressure regulation as well as the lowering of bad cholesterol.
  • Wild game meat is high in iron and protein which provides us with hunting energy without the high calorie count.
  • The vitamins and minerals found in the healthiest wild game meat helps with our metabolism.
  • Wild game meat is not processed which reduces the risk of diabetes type 2.

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Summary Of Wild Game Nutrition

So wild game meat nutrition is better on average compared to domesticated animals. Wild game is the original grass fed meat and is a sustainable food source with less impact on the environment compared to current high-intensity farming methods.

If you are hunting for elk meat nutrition wild boar meat nutrition the benefits of deer meat or the nutritional value of a rabbit the healthiest wild game meat in this infographic will have you covered.

No wonder the healthiest wild game meat is now becoming popular in so many restaurants around the country

And most importantly it tastes great!

Please feel free to share this infographic with your buddies, on social media or those who have not had the pleasure of a beautifully cooked venison steak.

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The Best Deer Hunting Checklist Free PDF For Rifle Hunters

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Your Ultimate Deer Hunting Checklist For Rifle And Gun Hunters

You work hard to make time and finances available for every hunting trip you take.

Do not ruin your efforts by forgetting to take a vital piece of equipment with you. Sometimes you have to pack quickly or while you are busy with other distractions (like work).

This 5-page deer hunting checklist free PDF will make the whole process quicker and more effective and help you cover everything you need.

Part of the excitement is prepping for your hunting trip. Personally, I love the whole process of planning what gear I will be taking on my hunting trip.  Putting time into your preparation will get into the right mind frame well before you take your first steps in the woods

Download the deer hunting checklist free pdf before your next trip. Add, subtract or adapt as your particular hunting circumstances require.

This checklist covers rifle and gun equipment. For Bowhunters, you will simply need to add your specialized equipment.

Pre-Hunt Preparation Checklist

Preparing properly for your hunting trip is not only fun it is essential for a safe and successful hunt. Start your preparation the right way with this part of your deer hunting checklist.

  • Hunting License
  • Hunting Tags
  • Check Local Regulations
  • Obtain Any Land Access Permits
  • Cash / Credit Cards
  • Clean Rifle
  • Sight In Rifle
  • Inspect All Equipment & Replace as Needed
  • Sharpen All Knives
  • I.D
  • Wash Clothing Use Scent Blocker
  • Make Copy Of Hunt Details
  • Leave Copy Of Hunt Details With Friend or Family
  • Tell Your Wife / Kids You Love Them

Vehicle / ATV Preparation Checklist

As we often hunt in remote areas miles away from so-called civilization it is very important to make sure your vehicles are in good working condition. Make sure vehicle and ATV have had a regular service and inspection then use this checklist before you depart.

  •  Service And Inspection
  • Extra Fuel Container
  • Jump Start Cables / Power Pack
  • Spare Tires
  • Jack
  • Oil Check
  • Tire Chains
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Tire Changing Equipment
  • Spare Belts
  • Check Batteries
  • Towing Equipment
  • Coolant
  • Vehicle Tools Kit

Safety Equipment Checklist

The last thing any hunter wants is an accident or major incident when out in the field. The majority of accidents can be avoided by checking you have the right safety equipment. Unfortunately by the very nature of our chosen past time accidents do happen so having the right safety equipment will also help minimize any adverse impacts that could ruin your or yours buddy life. Be prepared!

  •  First Aid Kit
  • Blaze Orange
  • Survival Blanket
  • Two Way Radios
  •  Flares
  • Cell or Satellite Phone
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Pain Relievers
  •  Flashlight & Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Safety Harness For Tree Stands
  • Medications Required

Rifle / Gun Equipment Checklist

This deer hunting checklist free pdf is aimed for the rifle hunter so Ensure you have made the necessary preparations and have all your firearms in good working order so when that shot presents itself you have full confidence in your equipment.

  • Firearm/s
  • Ammunition
  • Scope Covers
  • Trigger Locks
  • Scope Cleaning Wipes
  • Rifle Sling
  • Holster
  • Bore Snake
  • Ammo Belt
  • Shooting Sticks
  • Soft Carry Case
  • Hard Carry Case
  • Basic Cleaning Kit
  • Ammo Case

Optics Equipment Checklist

Try to invest in the best optics you can. Binos and spotting scope. After your firearms, and safety equipment this is probably the most important piece of equipment you will carry. Being able to judge the size and quality of your buck from a distance is critical in helping you decide to close in or pass and move on.

  • Binos
  • Bino Harness
  • Spotting Scope
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Range Finder
  • Spare Batteries

Navigation Equipment Checklist

Getting lost in the wilderness is no fun and can be very dangerous if you are in new territory. With today’s technology keeping track of where you and your buddies are is simple and it also makes a great reference for future hunts by keeping track of the ground you have covered.

  • GPS
  • Compass
  • Topo Maps

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Clothing & Footwear Checklist

Being warm dry and comfortable makes for an enjoyable hunting trip. This part of the deer hunting checklist will obviously vary depending on where and when you are hunting. The trick is to make sure you are covered any with any type hunting conditions is to use layers of clothing.  Layers of clothing have the benefit of keeping you warmer, drier and allow for more freedom of movement compared to wearing one o2 big bulky garments. You can also pack for different conditions and then just wear what the climate dictates once you are at the hunting site.

  • Cammo Jacket
  • Cammo Pants
  • Parka With Hood
  • Hunting Vest
  • Rain Jacket / Pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Sweaters
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Thermal Base Layers
  • Gloves & Muffs
  • Cammo Face Mask
  • Cammo Cap
  • Wool or Knit Cap
  • Belt/s
  • Hunting Boots
  • Socks Thick & Thin
  • Camp Boots
  • Travel Shoes
  • Gaiotrs
  • Camp Clothes

Other Hunting Equipment Checklist

Do not fall into the trap of carrying every new fang-dangled latest gizmo in your backpack. As you will be carrying your pack often for many miles a day pack only what you need for that particular hunt. Remember you will hopefully be carrying a lot of fresh game meat after your hunt so you want to leave plenty of room in your pack.

  •  Backpack
  • Survival Knife
  • Tree Stand
  • Hunting Seat
  •  Calls / Bugles
  • Scent Reduction Spray
  • Wind Checker
  • Day / Fanny Pack
  •  Lure Scent
  • Ground Blind
  • Trail Camera
  • Water Bottle

Animal Harvest Equipment Checklist

Now you need to take care of that deer once it is on the ground. This section of the deer hunting checklist is very important because having the right equipment to deal with your kill makes life a whole lot easier.

  •  Folding Knife
  • Extra Knife Blades
  • Meat Carry Bags
  • Bone Saws
  • Permanent Marker
  • Salt For Hides
  •  Folding Multi-Tool
  • Rubber Latex Gloves
  • Block & Tackle
  • Tag Zip Ties
  • String
  • Plastic Bags
  •  Fixed Blade Knife
  • Drag Rope
  • Para Cord
  • Orange Tape Surveyors

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Camping Equipment Checklist

If you are out in the woods for a few days or more having a good camp to return back you will make your hunting experience all the better. Here are a few essential items for any camping trip

  •  Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Air Mattress Sleep Pad
  • Pillow
  • Shovel
  • Lighter Matches
  • Generator
  • Duct Tape
  •  Camp Stove and Fuel
  • Cooler
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Cups and Plates
  • Fire Starters
  • Trash Bags
  • Lighting Lantern
  • Rope
  •  Camp Chair
  • Tarp
  • Dish Cleaning
  • Knives Spoons Forks
  • Toilet Paper
  • Saws Chain Hand
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Foil

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Food Checklist

As Napoleon said an army marches on its stomach!. Being well fed and hydrated properly will allow you to hunt stronger for longer and smarter. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to food so this section of the deer hunting checklist can be adapted as you see fit. Here are some items to get you thinking

  •  Water
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Tinned Soup & Opener
  • Chocolate
  • Tinned Beans
  • Rice
  •  Fruit and Nuts
  • Jerky Venison
  • Vegetables
  • Energy Bars
  • Seasonings
  • Fresh & Powder Milk
  •  Sandwich Bread & Fillings
  • Range of Meats
  • Instant Noodles
  • Pasta

Other Luggage Checklist

Additional items to help you pack I have listed here under other luggage. The simple rule is the less number of separate items the easier it is to load up your vehicle and the less likely you are to leave something sitting on the front porch.

  • Duffel Bag
  • Toiletry Bag
  • Packing Containers

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Other Personal Items Checklist

  •  Watch
  • Toothbrush & Paste
  • Headlamp
  • Memory Cards
  • Pens and Paper
  • Fishing Gear
  • Waterproof Bags
  • Baking Soda For Chaf & Scent Control
  • Tape Measure
  •  Soap & Shower Kit
  • Wipes & Wash Cloth
  • Camera
  • Bug Repellent
  • Glassess
  • Pee Bottle
  • Alarm Clock
  • Sun Block
  • Shaving Gear
  •  Towle
  • Lotion
  • Video GoPro
  • Magazines & Books
  • iPod
  • Tripod
  • Ear Plugs
  • Mirror
  • Lip Balm

Final Thoughts On A Deer Hunting Checklist

Take the hassle and stress out of the preparation process by downloading this 5-page deer hunting checklist free pdf.

And most importantly don’t drive several miles down the road and do the old “oh shit I forgot to pack……..”

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Funny Song About Deadly Animals In Australia And The AR15

There are many deadly animals in Australia and it can be a very dangerous place for the hunter.

An Aussie friend of mine sent me this Aussie song AR15 which had me laughing. It is a funny song from the Van Vuuren Bros YouTube Channel about dangerous animals in Australia and the AR15.

The AR15 And Dangerous Animals in Australia

Deadly Animals in Australia And The AR15 My Statement

I am not saying AR15’s are bad, personally, I think they are a fantastic weapon for a variety of reasons I am not going into here – just my opinion.

As I state in my bio and on my About Us Page I do not believe in political b.s. I am too busy hunting. So this is not an anti AR15 or anti-NRA statement from me. It is just a funny song about deadly animals in Australia and the AR15 with a catchy tune that I wanted to share.

So if you get offended by it leave the site now. If you want a good laugh and like the Aussie sense of humor then watch the video. It is your choice.

Aussie Song AR15 Warning

Being a song made by Aussies it also contains some offensive language – you have been warned. 

​So to all my fellow AR15 lovers do not take this personally.

It is a silly song from a country that has some of the most deadly animals in the world. From brown snakes to funnel web spiders and the box jellyfish that will all kill you very quickly and very painfully. Not to mention the saltwater crocodiles redback spiders and stonefish.

I think I have made myself clear.

Thinking about hunting in Australia? – I will put on my list to write an article about the various hunting that can be found in Australia and what deadly animals to keep your eyes open for.

I have hunted many places in Australia from chasing huge boars in the far north of Queensland they call the “Top End” to stalking the elusive Sambar deer in the Victorian high country.

By the way, it is basically impossible to buy an AR15 in Australia due to their gun laws. Again this is not a political statement or representation of my personal opinion about AR15s, differences in gun ownership laws or any political point of view.

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3 Killer Homemade Easy Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipes

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

If you are like me you often do not have the time or want the hassle of getting out the sausage maker and putting the ground-up venison into those fiddly casings.

Use freshly ground venison to make these easy homemade venison breakfast sausage patties.

Easy Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipes

These easy deer breakfast sausage patties recipes are so simple you can make them before your hunting trip and then cook at camp. Or take the ground venison and pork and make them at camp.

Like the recipes below, I always use some ground pork with the ground venison meat to make my venison breakfast sausage patties for the added fat content pork provides. I suggest you do too.

The best thing is you do not need to be too specific or worry about exact proportions of pork v venison. Whatever you prefer, I typically use 2/3rds venison to ⅓ pork – suits my taste. If you like your deer breakfast sausage to be fattier then use extra pork to venison.

Whoever said cooking as to be that specific.

1. Homemade Easy Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Easy Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipe

From The Prairie Home Sausage Making by Charles Reavis

You Will Need:

  • 3 pounds total of ground venison (2lbs) and  ground pork (1lb)
  • 1 onion, minced or diced very finely
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry, ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dry, ground mustard
  • 3/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Get in there and use your hands.

Cut into patties or if you want a more rustic or homemade feel just shape them by hand like I do.

Deer Breakfast Sausage Recipe

From The Prairie Home Sausage Making by Charles Reavis

Cook it on the skillet or barbecue until browned on one side 2 to 3 mins, flip and cook for a further 2 -3 minutes on the other side.

You can even freeze them for later.

2. Venison Sausage Patties Recipe

Venison Sausage Patties Recipe

From The Recipe By: Raschell Rule,


  • 6 pounds venison, ground
  • 2 pounds pork, ground
  • 1/4 cup Tender Quick*
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sage
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

* I do not use with the tender quick’ when I make my venison breakfast sausage – it is only for curing purposes which are not necessary with this recipe.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Similar to the first deer breakfast sausage recipe, shape or cut the mixture into patties to your preferred size.

Cook it on the skillet or barbecue until browned on one side 2 to 3 mins, flip and cook for a further 2 -3 minutes on the other side.

3. Spicy Deer Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Best Venison Breakfast Sausage Recipes



Seasoning Mix

  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds
  • 4 teaspoons crushed hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons Hot paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper


  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 3 pounds of ground venison

This is my spicy Deer breakfast sausage recipe because I have increased the amount of hot spices I add to the seasoning. A great early morning eye-opener.

The process for making your homemade venison breakfast sausage is the same.

Mike the seasoning ingredients together in a bowl and then add your ground venison and ground pork to the seasoning. Mix well with your hands.

Shape or cut the mixture into patties to your preferred size.

Cook them on the skillet or barbecue until browned on one side 2 to 3 mins, flip and cook for a further 2 -3 minutes on the other side.

Cooking Your Venison Breakfast Sausage

One of the best ways to cook your venison breakfast sausage is on an outdoor grill. For a quick and easy way to do this you can not beat a propane gas grill.

If you have been in the market to buy a new grill, you will know there is a huge range of types and models available across a very wide range of prices.

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I truly hope you enjoy making these easy venison breakfast sausage recipes as much as I do. It is a great way to use up the non-prime cuts of venison and I guarantee once you try them you will be back for more!

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Aging Deer On The Hoof Test You Should Know

For any serious hunter or wildlife manager answering the question How Do You Tell How Old A Deer Is

Or doing an Aging Deer On The Hoof Test is a valued skill to acquire.

Want to learn it?

Guide To Aging Deer On The Hoof

Whether you are aging Whitetail deer or aging Mule deer or just about any deer, learning these skills will help you become a better hunter.

Assuming you want to shoot older bigger deer, You want to know how old the buck is Before it is dead and you examine the teeth. After all, there could be much more antler growth to come!

Is that buck in his prime right now?

This how-to guide will show and explain in simple terms the best way to conduct an aging deer on the hoof test. You can then make the best decision to shoot or not to shoot.

Avoid ground shrinkage. You know after you drop that monster looking buck and its rack gets smaller and smaller the closer you get.

Watch this excellent video from The High Road with Keith Warren and read the important take-outs for each age classification to become an expert in how to tell the age of a deer.

Takeout Summary

Forget the antlers as an accurate test to age a deer. Every buck is different, habitat varies and the antlers can and will vary across deer of the same age. That said there are ways to judge or field score deer antlers in the field and I will discuss that in another article.

So How Do You Tell How Old A Deer Is

Young Deer Body Characteristics. 1 1/2 TO 2 1/2 Years Old

How do you tell how old a deer is

This is the easiest range to estimate the age of a deer due to the deer’s body shape at this young age.

  • Very tall and leggy looking
  • Thin necks meeting the chest very high up
  • No brisket and little in the way of shoulder muscle
  • By 2 ½ brisket and shoulder muscle are starting to develop
  • A young buck may sport spikes or even a small antler rack. Generally no larger than the width from ear to ear

Very simply young bucks will resemble a doe with antlers.

Young Deer Behavior Characteristics. 1 1/2 TO 2 1/2 Years Old

  • A young or juvenile deer is less cautious than a buck who has been avoiding hunters for awhile
  • He will often enter an open clearing first
  • If older bucks are around the youngster will be more timid or skittish and allow the older males to assert their dominance

Middle Aged Deer Body Characteristics. 3 1/2 TO 4 1/2 Years

How do you tell how old a deer is

This is the trickiest age to answer the question how do you tell how old a deer is.

In this age range many deer are often mistaken to be in their prime or fully mature when they are not quite there yet at 3 ½.

By 4 ½ years of age a buck can now be considered mature and in his prime.

  • Legs begin to look in better proportion to the body size, they lose that tall leggy look
  • By 4 ½  due to increased body size, the legs actually begin to look short
  • Necks being to swell from testosterone particularly during the rut. The neck also meets the chest much lower down by 4 ½ years
  • Shoulder muscles will have started to show some real definition
  • The back of a 3 ½ will still be relatively flat, starting to show some minor sagging as he approaches the 4 ½ year age
  • play-circle-o At 4 ½ years, a buck is almost in his prime. He can now be called a mature buck. His coat will be showing signs of greying. His rack will typically be up to 85 -90% of the full potential

Middle Aged Deer Behavior Characteristics. 3 1/2 TO 4 1/2 Years

  • From 3 ½ to 4 ½ bucks get more active during the rutting season and by 4 ½ he starts to dominate the younger bucks in the herd, particularly if there are no older dominant males to fight off
  • Out of the rutting season this deer is becoming smarter. He knows his environment, his territory and becomes more of a challenge to hunt

He will be much harder to hunt having outwitted hunters for this long

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Mature Aged Deer Body Characteristics. 5 1/2 Years & Upwards

Congratulations if you managed to successfully hunt a mature buck in this age group. You have a real trophy.

How do you tell how old a deer is

  • Extremely solid necks meeting a very muscular chest region
  • Signs of loose or flappy skin in the face, mainly below the throat is another good indicator of a fully matured buck
  • Legs will appear short compared to the rest of the deer’s body. Shoulder muscles will stand out clearly.
  • The belly will show a definite sag and likewise, the back line will show a sway or swag as well in a mature buck of this age

How do you tell how old a deer is

  • The bucks’ antlers have now reached their full potential
  • The nose of a fully mature buck of this age will appear more rounded or Roman as it is often referred to.
  • The condition generally starts to deteriorate after 6 ½  to 7 years as the tough and skilled warrior begins to lose weight

Mature Aged Deer Behavior Characteristics. 5 1/2 Years & Upwards

  • Clearly the dominant male with other younger bucks around
  • In the wild, they are probably to smart for me and you by now to observe all their well developed evasion abilities!!


Applying an aging deer on the hoof test is a practiced skill. Like any hunting skill the more you practice the better you will become at it.

There is no exact science in answering the question how do you tell how old a deer is, however applying the above principles will get you very close in estimating a deer’s age whilst it is still alive.

Practice this in the field, when you watch a movie or video clip, reading a magazine or internet article.

Now you have passed the above test on how to age a deer read the article on deer shot placement to make sure the hunt is a real success.

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The Best Way To Clean A Bolt Action Rifle

Here is a great How To Guide on the best way to clean a bolt action rifle.

Best of all it is quick, simple and straight to the point.

How To Clean A Bolt Action Rifle

No B.S., just the way hunters like you and me want things to be.

Each step has been explained for you providing the best rifle cleaning tips.

Why Clean A Rifle Properly?

At the risk of starting a major debate on the subject, I believe a clean rifle barrel provides better accuracy than a filthy one. Simple. 

Thats my experience anyway over many years of hunting and shooting a very wide range of different rifles.

I also believe a well maintained and clean rifle will last longer.

Plus it is a great way to spend some idle time, to look after your prized possession.

So watch the video below, it is only 1 1/2 minutes long. 

Read the step by step instructions and extra rifle cleaning tips and then you will know the best way to clean a bolt action rifle.

How To Clean A Bolt Action Rifle Properly. Presented By Larry Potterfield of Midway USA

Bolt Action Rifle Cleaning Equipment

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  • Cleaning Rod. No cheap aluminum cleaning rods. Invest in a quality one piece rod
  • Cotton Cleaning Patches.
  • Bore guid​​​​e. (Optional but a good idea)
  • Bronze brush and jag. – Make sure you get the right caliber to suit your rifle.
  • Powder  Solvent. Hoppes no.9 removes primer, powder, lead and metal fouling also helps prevent rust.
  • Copper solvent. Dissolves copper fouling from the bore.
  • Gun oil for rust prevention.
  • Gun vise for securing your rifle whilst cleaning. Makes the job a whole easier.

27 Gun Cleaning Solvents And Oils Compared. Click to Read

The Bolt Action Rifle Cleaning Procedure


Place bore guide in the breach:- helps with accurate rod placement and keeps solvent out of the action

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Put a cotton patch on end of jag and soak in powder solvent.

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Run it through the guide and rifle bore.

I like to run a patch with solvent on it, wait a few minutes for it to work before running the next patch through.

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Repeat this process to remove loose fouling until the cotton patch comes out relatively clean. I find 2 or 3 times is generally enough, sometimes a couple more if rifle bore is very fouled.

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Next Steps In The Best Way To Clean A Bolt Action Rifle.

Next, attach the bronze brush and run through several times:- removes the fouling you have loosened up with the solvent.

As this guide is about the best way to clean a bolt action rifle, I recommend you only push the brush through in one direction. The same way as the bullet travels!!!

This will prevent the fouling getting stuck inside the rifle barrel as well as to stop or minimize possible scratching damage to the bore.

I do know of others who push and pull the brush without problems. Your choice but as cleaning your rifle is actually a great way to spend some time, then do it the long way and remove the brush from the cleaning rod after each brush through and reattach before the next push through.

If the brush is dirty, (likely) clean dirty solvent and fouling off first before repeating the process.

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Attach more cotton patches soaked in the copper solvent to remove heavy fouling. Repeat a few times until patches come out relatively clean.

Do not leave copper or any solvent in the bore. It will cause long term damage to your rifle.

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Run some dry patches through to remove the solvent.

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Finally, use gun oil on a patch to run through the bore to help protect from rust.

For longer storage then leave this light coating on oil in the barrel. Remember to run some dry patches through the bore before firing.

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Additional Gun Cleaning Tips

Clean the bolt with solvent and oil lightly until clean. 

Clean the breach and lightly oil. A toothbrush will do the job nicely.Most gun cleaning kits include brushes for this purpose.

Use a Bore snake for a quick clean at the range or in woods.

Bore Snakes Review & Size Chart. Click To Read

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Final Points On The Best Way To Clean A Bolt Action Rifle.

Don’t over clean. There is no exact right time to clean after x number of rounds have been put through.

Every ammo type is different and the conditions you are shooting are different. Looking down the bore is one simple way to check if a barrel clean is needed.

Clean before a major trip and sighting in the rifle or after a long and dirty hunt or range session.

Clean more regularly if using cheap ammunition as there is often more copper fouling with this in my experience.


This is a no fuss, no waffle and what I believe is the best way to clean a bolt action rifle.

Watch the video a few times and read the extra gun cleaning tips provided. You will then know how to how to clean a bolt action rifle properly and be confident when taking the next shot on that prized buck.

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5 Of The Best Hunting Poems

5 of the best hunting poems to make my collection. Reading hunting poems is not for everyone I get that.

BUT… we all spend time in nature’s wilderness, we know the joy of a crisp clear morning, we know the excitement when a stick cracks, the thrill of sighting that big buck.

SO… how do we put these feelings into words? OR explain to others our love of hunting:-

One way is through hunting poems. I hope you enjoy them.

5 Inspirational Hunting Poems

Hunting Song: Richard Hovey

Oh, who would stay indoor, indoor,

When the horn is on the hill?

With the crisp air stinging, and the huntsmen singing,

And a ten-tined buck to kill!

Before the sun goes down, goes down,

We shall slay the buck of ten;

And the priest shall say benison, and we shall ha’e venison,

When we come home again.

Let him that loves his ease, his ease,

Keep close and house him fair;

He’ll still be a stranger to the merry thrill of danger

And the joy of the open air.

But he that loves the hills, the hills,

Let him come out to-day!

For the horses are neighing, and the hounds are baying,

And the hunt’s up, and away!

Home Is The Sailor: A.E.Houseman

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Home is the sailor, home from sea:

Her far-borne canvas furled

The ship pours shining on the quay

The plunder of the world.

Home is the hunter from the hill:

Fast in the boundless snare

All flesh lies taken at his will

And every fowl of air.

‘Tis evening on the moorland free,

The starlit wave is still:

Home is the sailor from the sea,

     The hunter from the hill.

A Hunters Prayer: S Elliott

“We pray our sights be straight and our aim be true

We pray for no pain to the game we pursue

We thank you, Lord for this land

We thank you for the sights from our stands

We pray for safety one and all

We pray we may return in the fall.”

Deer Hunting Time Is Here Again: Kathleen West

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​​​​​Deer hunting time is here again

And many hunters take to the woods

After months of planning with family and friends

They gather in common brotherhood

It’s a freedom that fills the soul of a man

With the peace of God’s nature all around

Lessons that have been taught since time began

And lifelong memories and friendships are found

Hunting is taught by tradition still yet

Knowledge passed on from man to man

And you’ll learn things that you’ll never forget

And respect nature more, our wildlife, and our land

So all you hunters enjoy this time

May you be skilled and have lots of luck

The Hunter Of The Prairies: William Cullen Bryant

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AY, this is freedom!—these pure skies

Were never stained with village smoke:

The fragrant wind, that through them flies,

Is breathed from wastes by plough unbroke.

Here, with my rifle and my steed,

And her who left the world for me,

I plant me, where the red deer feed

In the green desert—and am free.

For here the fair savannas know

No barriers in the bloomy grass;

Wherever breeze of heaven may blow,

Or beam of heaven may glance, I pass.

In pastures, measureless as air,

The bison is my noble game;

The bounding elk, whose antlers tear

The branches, falls before my aim.

Mine are the river-fowl that scream

From the long stripe of waving sedge;

The bear, that marks my weapon’s gleam,

Hides vainly in the forest’s edge;

In vain the she-wolf stands at bay;

The brinded catamount, that lies

High in the boughs to watch his prey,

Even in the act of springing, dies.

With what free growth the elm and plane

Fling their huge arms across my way,

Gray, old, and cumbered with a train

Of vines, as huge, and old, and gray!

Free stray the lucid streams, and find

No taint in these fresh lawns and shades;

Free spring the flowers that scent the wind

Where never scythe has swept the glades.

Alone the Fire, when frostwinds sere

The heavy herbage of the ground,

Gathers his annual harvest here,

With roaring like the battle’s sound,

And hurrying flames that sweep the plain,

And smoke-streams gushing up the sky:

I meet the flames with flames again,

And at my door they cower and die.

Here, from dim woods, the aged past

Speaks solemnly; and I behold

The boundless future in the vast

And lonely river, seaward rolled.

Who feeds its founts with rain and dew?

Who moves, I ask, its gliding mass,

And trains the bordering vines, whose blue

Bright clusters tempt me as I pass?

Broad are these streams—my steed obeys,

Plunges, and bears me through the tide.

Wide are these woods—I thread the maze

Of giant stems, nor ask a guide.

I hunt, till day’s last glimmer dies

O’er woody vale and grassy height;

And kind the voice and glad the eyes,

That welcome my return at night.

I hope you enjoyed this short collection of what I consider to be some of the best hunting poems. I feel they capture our spirit of the hunt, our love of the wilderness and the excitement of the chase.


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Introducing Youths To Deer Stalking And Hunting

Introducing Youths To Deer Stalking And Hunting

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As all you experienced hunters know there are many things that contribute to a successful hunt.

There is the hunting location, the weather, gear, clothing, boots, gloves, and of course the right rifle, bullet, and caliber to select.

The best advice my father ever gave me and the number one hunting skill to pass on when introducing youth to deer stalking and hunting is this:

The ability to stalk animals and get in close enough to make sure of a clean one shot kill.

Combine a close range with good shot placement is the by far the best way to introduce kids to shooting and hunting.

This article is going to cover the hunting basics for kids that my father passed on to me and I recommend you pass on to your own kids.

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Research Your Target

No matter if you are hunting deer, hogs or turkeys doing your research upfront is the first tip to pass on to junior.

Get them involved in learning the animals behavior, favorite foods, positions of shelter and their defence mechanisms.

Mr. Google is a wealth of information for junior to spend some time on – better than video games!.

Get him or her involved in hunting conversations on the back porch or around the campfire.

Introducing kids to shooting and hunting by spending time with them in researching the animal species you after is a great bonding experience for all involved.

I still remember the hours my father spent with me discussing various tactics deer and hogs will use to outsmart us hunters. Not to mention all the Great Hunting Quotes he would always be telling me.

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Hunting Basics For Kids:- Get In Close

There is no point in asking your young one to take a 200 yard front on quartering shot if they haven’t shot at a 50-yard broadside target with success.

Not only are they likely to miss, there is a chance of a wounded animal, no fun for a youth just learning the trade.

Teach them basic stalking tips first.

Don’t fall for buck fever.

Patience is the key in any hunting situation. As I always say…..

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When stalking in the woods or forest don’t rest on branches, dead timber or any plant. Rather use the natural surroundings as cover to keep yourself hidden.

I know we all take this for granted now, but that is only because we have spent so many hours in the field. Tell your kids this over and over:– Use the surrounds to your advantage, not as your convenient resting place.

When you need to stop to raise your binoculars do it standing next to a tree so your silhouette blends in with the natural environment.

Don’t stand out in the open bright sunlight to spy on your target as they will see you first!

Move slowly through the hunting zone because a wild animals hearing is even better than its eyesight.

Consider your foot placement before you take the next step:- am I going to tread on some dry crackling leaves or underbrush.

Will that rock move and make a sound.

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Wind The Hunters Nightmare

Apart from Superman hearing, wild game has an exceptional sense of smell and when introducing youths to deer stalking and hunting it is critical that they understand how to work the wind in their favor.

Second nature to experienced hunters but not for the young ones we are introducing to shooting and hunting, is keeping the wind in your face. 

Use a good quality wind indicator is a great way to demonstrate how even the smallest amount of breeze can swirl around.

Make them understand when the wind changes direction so does the hunting direction.

Practice The Shot

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Practice makes perfect as the old saying goes and it is true for a reason.

Your kid must be comfortable shooting the right caliber bullet before the rifle is aimed at an animal.

Read the guide on Choosing The Right Bullet Caliber 

Practice on targets over and over first.

When introducing youths to deer stalking and hunting shot placement is critical. The last thing you or your child wants is to witness a wounded animal run off into the woods

Read our guides on deer shot placement here

Read our guides on hog shot placement here

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Hunting Basics For Kids Shooting Techniques

I will put together a more detailed article on teaching the correct shooting techniques to your younger ones however here are some basic points you should pass on.

Be comfortable

Do not try to shoot from an awkward or unnatural position. Use a rest:- an old log, a tree or rock, any natural thing in the environment to help support the shooter and weight of the rifle.

Remember their muscles are not as developed as ours – yet!

Select the right caliber rifle so recoil can be managed without inducing excessive flinching.

When introducing youths to hunting and shooting you do not want them to develop a flinch because they started firing with on a 30-06 or 308.

Teach them about holding a steady head in the correct alignment to the scope. This is much easier achieved when being comfortable and using a suitable rest as described above.

The range practice should also develop their trigger finger to move smoothly as the shot is taken, not in a jerky action.


Every animal as a different ideal shot placement target and I have put together some in-depth articles on selecting the correct shot placement here in the hunting tips section.

When introducing youths to shooting and hunting it is best to get hem in a broadside shot position and to focus on the heart lung vitals of the animal. Normally located at the top of the front shoulder but will vary depending on the animal being hunted.

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Introducing youths to deer stalking and hunting is rewarding for so many reasons.

You get to spend quality time with your kids’ and watch them become true hunters over time.

You get to teach them about the great outdoors and the natural environment. How to respect the hunt and the animal.

So teach them the basics first, the real simple points I have outlined above, over and over.

I guarantee you and your kids will have a great relationship and many stories to recount when sitting back on the porch or around the campfire.

They will remember it forever just as I remember the conversations I had with my father over the many years of hunting together. Priceless


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11 Of The Best Hunting Jokes To Make You Laugh

Do you like a good chuckle? Bring some of these hunting jokes out around the next campfire or sitting back on the porch after a long days hunt. Enjoy 11 of the best hunting jokes to make you laugh.

WARNING: Excessive Laughing Scares Away The Deer!

The Best Hunting Jokes To Make You Laugh

If you are sensitive to hunting jokes or humor leave this site NOW!

Contains a mix of deer hunting jokes, bear hunting jokes, Canadian and Redneck jokes and of course wife and mother in law jokes for your enjoyment.

Skin That Bear

Two men went bear hunting. While one stayed in the cabin, the other went out looking for a bear. He soon found a huge bear, shot at it but only wounded it.

The enraged bear charged toward him, he dropped his rifle and started running for the cabin as fast as he could. He ran pretty fast but the bear was just a little faster and gained on him with every step.

Just as he reached the open cabin door, he tripped and fell flat. Too close behind to stop, the bear tripped over him and went rolling into the cabin.

The man jumped up, closed the cabin door and yelled to his friend inside, “You skin this one while I go and get another!”

Take The Wife

A Cowboy was going deer hunting.. His blonde wife said she was going with him.. That they never did anything together.. So, they went..

He put her in a stand by herself.. Later in the morning he heard her shoot.. He went over to her stand and she was pointing her rifle at a guy with a cowboy hat on..

The guy was telling her, Ma mm, you can have the deer you shot.. I just want to take my saddle off of him!

Young Hunter

A group of hunters fully equipped with rifles, ammo and camping supplies, came upon a young boy armed only with a slingshot.

“What are you hunting for?” asked an older hunter. “I don’t know. I ain’t seen it yet,” said the boy.

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Charlie died in a fire and was badly burned. The doctor needed someone to identify the body so he sent for his two best deer hunting buddies, Jed and Buck. These guys had hunted together forever.

Jed came in to identify the body and when the doctor pulled back the sheet:-

Jed said, “Wow his face is badly burnt.”

You better turn him over. The doc rolled him over and Jed said, “Nope they ain’t him.”

So the doctor brought in Buck to see if he could identify Charlie. When the sheet was pulled back Buck said “Wow his face is badly burnt. You better turn him over. The doctor rolled him over and Buck said “Nope that ain’t him.”

The doctor asked, “How can you tell?”

Well said Jed you see Charlie had two ass-holes

“What, two ass-holes?” Asked the doctor

“Yup, we never seen ‘em but everybody used to say, Here comes Charlie with those two ass-holes.”

Canadian Bear Hunters

Two Canadian hunters were driving through the country to go bear hunting. They came upon a fork in the road where a sign read “BEAR LEFT” so they went home.


Two rednecks from Arkansas were out hunting. They decided to separate to get a better chance of catching something.

The first redneck says to the other, “If you get lost, fire three shots into the air every hour. That way I can pinpoint you and find you.”

After about three hours, the second redneck finds he is really lost. He decides to fire three shots into the air as the first man told him. He then waits an hour and does it again. He repeats this until he is out of ammo.

The next morning, the first redneck finds the second with the help of forest rangers. He asks the second redneck man if he did what he told him to do.

The redneck answers, “Yes, I fired three shots into the air every hour on the hour until I ran out of arrows.”

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Trophy Bear

Did you hear about the bear hunter? Well, he was out hunting for bears one day, and soon came across a large, trophy-sized bear.

He raised his rifle and took careful aim. Just as he was about to pull the trigger, the bear turned and began to speak to him! “Isn’t it better to talk than to shoot? What do you want? Let’s negotiate the matter,” said the bear.

Lowering his rifle in shock, the hunter thought a second, and then replied, “I want a fur coat.”

Mother In Law

A big-game hunter went on safari with his wife and mother-in-law. One evening, while still deep in the jungle, the Mrs awoke to find her mother gone.

Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying to find her mother. The hunter picked up his rifle, took a swig of whiskey, and started to look for her. In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight: the mother-in-law was backed up against a thick, impenetrable bush, and a large male lion stood face to face with her.

The wife cried, “What are we going to do?” “Nothing,” said the hunter husband. “The lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it.”

Hunt V Fish

What’s the difference between a hunter and a fisherman?

A hunter lies in wait. A fisherman waits and lies.

Don’t Be The Cow

A small village was troubled by a man-eating lion. So its leaders sent a message to the great hunter, Jonesie, to come and kill the beast.

For several nights the hunter lay in wait for the lion, but it never appeared. Finally, he told the village chief to kill a cow and give him its hide. Draping the skin over his shoulders, he went to the pasture to wait for the lion.

In the middle of the night, the villagers woke to the sound of blood- curdling shrieks coming from the pasture. As they carefully approached, they saw the hunter on the ground, groaning in pain. There was no sign of the lion.

“What happened, Jonesie? Where is the lion?” asked the chief.

“Forget the damn lion!” he howled. “Which one of you idiots let the bull loose?”


Whats the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts

Beer nuts are $1.75, deer nuts are under a buck

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I hope you enjoyed these 11 hunting jokes as much as I did. My favorite is Skin That Bear.

So next time the conversation goes a bit quiet give your buddies a good laugh!

Like some hunting inspiration. Read these Hunting Poems and Hunting Quotes

Great Hunting Stories & Articles can be found right here.


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How To Know The Best Place To Shoot A Hog

Do you want to know the secret on the best place to shoot a hog?

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Wild Hog Wallow

This guide will show where to shoot a hog so it drops first time every time.

Guide To The Best Place To Shoot A Hog

A wild hog is one very tough mother… Knowing the best place to shoot a hog with a bow or a rifle is critical if you want a quick clean kill.

Looking for 11 Of The Best States For Hog Hunting – Here is the guide

I recommend you watch this video first on wild hog shot placement.

It is THE Best on youtube for its detail.

The Wild Hog Headshot 1

If the boar or wild pig is broadside to you then aiming for the ear is the best headshot to take. This will allow the bullet or broadhead to penetrate the neck area resulting in a quick clean kill.

It is not a long-range shot to take due to the relatively small target zone.

Rest assured once the target is successfully hit your hog will drop on the spot.

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Wild Hog Ear Shot

The Wild Hog Headshot 2

If the boar or wild pig is looking straight at you then a front on headshot is required.

This shot is a little harder as wild pigs have fairly small brains. A well-placed front on head shot will hit the

brain dropping the hog instantly.

Make sure you have the right sized bullet or broadhead to do the job of breaking through the tough skull.

A .22 will not break a mature hog’s skull with any degree of certainty. (Go for the earshot above if using a .22 is my advice).

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Wild Hog Head On Shot

The Wild Hog Heart and Lung Vitals Shot

Hitting the shoulder to pierce the heart and lung vitals of your wild boar is a great broadside shot to take.

For all you deer hunters, aim slightly lower than you normally would as this will ensure you hit the heart and lung target zone.

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Wild Hog Heart and Lungs Shot

The Wild Hog Neck Shot

The neck area of your wild hog is a great place to aim for as it is a sizable target.

 It is also perfectly placed between the head and shoulder shot zones described above.

If the boar moves slightly just as you fire there is a very good chance you will land a shoulder or head shot blow.

Hitting the neck has 2 main benefits.

Firstly, a well-placed neck shot will break the spine of the hog resulting in a quick clean kill.

Secondly, even if the wild pig is not immediately dropped, it will be immobile allowing a quick follow up shot to complete the job.

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Wild Hog Neck Shot

General Wild Hog Hunting Tips

Wild pigs, boars or hogs (whatever your preference to call them is), tend to move around constantly so it is

important to practice some patience and wait for a clear shot.

A wild hog is a very tough animal and a standing in front of a charging boar is not a place to be.

Remember wild pigs love to wallow around in the mud so once this is dried you will need enough punching power to make sure your well-placed shot meets its mark.

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Wild Hog Wallow

So take your time, and make the shot count.

I hope this guide as provided some insight for you on the best place to shoot a wild hog. Why not get out there now and start?

Check out this guide on The Best Shot Placement For Deer

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5 Easy Spicy Deer Jerky Recipes You Need To Know

Wish You Could Make Spicy Deer Jerky?

The Best Spicy Deer Jerky Recipes You Need To Know

These 5 recipes are guaranteed to have you filling the kitchen cabinet with lovely spicy venison jerky in next to no time. From making the marinade to smoking dehydrating or simply using your oven, these spicy deer jerky recipes have you covered

Whether you have harvested your own deer or bought some from your local butcher or meat market I recommend you give these simple recipes a try.

I have made them all and have handpicked them as my five favorites to share with you

1. Sweet and Spicy Venison Jerky

A really simple way to make spicy deer jerky with an oven option in case you do not own a food dehydrator. Get the recipe here….

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2. Spicy Deer Jerky

Superb jerky recipe for those of you with your own smoker. The flavors in this will have your mouth watering.

I must admit I added 2 extra teaspoons of red pepper flakes when I made it:- but hey I like it hot! Get the recipe here….

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3. Spicy Venison Jerky Asian Style

For a different approach try this Asian inspired spicy deer jerk recipe. Yum Yum

Another great Oven option if you do not want to use a smoker or dehydrator. Get the recipe here….

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4. Deer Jerky (Biltong style)

A really simple recipe for spicy deer jerky following the classic South African method of making biltong. Flavors of coriander, pepper, and paprika. Super simple.

Biltong typically uses a fattier part of the animal but you can always trim to taste. Basically the fattier the cut the longer it will take to dry. But hey that is where the flavor is so I leave a (un)healthy amount of fat on my cuts!

If you want to spice this up a bit more simply add some dried chili flakes or cayenne pepper to the rub.

 The main thing with drying is not to attempt when the humidity is too high. Get the recipe here….

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5. Real Homemade Deer Jerky Recipe

This one is for those who love the real homemade flavors of cooking. This recipe results in a sensational spicy deer jerky and no dehydrator is required. Get the recipe here….

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So what are you waiting for?

Go and get your deer meat, your spices and start drying that lovely venison.

I hope you enjoy both making and eating these superb spicy deer jerky recipes as much as I did.

Interested in the nutritional value of Wild Game Meat. Find out all the facts in this ​Nutritional Infographic.

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7. Looking For More Superb Jerky Recipes

Three of my favorite Jerky recipe books. All available on Amazon as Kindle or Paperback

37 Great Jerky Recipes

Includes:- Beef, Venison, Fish, Chicken, Turkey, Rabbit, Alligator, Elk, Lamb, Goat, Bear & More.

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The Best Shot Placement for Deer

Not sure which is the best shot to take on that big buck? What is The Best Shot Placement for Deer?

Our goal is always for a clean single shot takedown by hitting deer vitals first time, every time.

This guide will help you to make that perfect shot.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

Guide To The The Best Shot Placement For Deer

First Things

Rifle or bow? Ground Level or Tree Stand?

The best shot placement for deer will vary depending on what equipment you are using and from what angle you are shooting from.  We have made comments about each in this article to help you decide on the best option.

How Do I Make the Broadside Shot?

The classic broadside shot aims to take out the heart and lungs for a quick humane takedown. It is the most preferred shot as it gives us the biggest target.

It is typically the shot practiced at the range giving the hunter a feeling of “I’ve Done This Before”

On a mature buck the target size is equal approximately to a dinner plate giving the hunter a much better chance of a clean single shot kill (Remember our goal).

If using a rifle then aim for the top of the shoulder, the bullet will break through the shoulder and penetrate into the lungs and heart region resulting in a quick kill.

A heavier grain of bullet is recommended to break through the shoulder, particularly if you are making the shot from 100 yards or further out.

The added benefit of this shot placement for deer is breaking the shoulder will stop your deer from traveling far once his adrenaline kicks in.

If using a bow then breaking through the shoulder is not an option.

Your aim point is below the top of the shoulder slightly behind the leg. This will allow the broadhead to penetrate the lungs and damage the heart.

When shooting from a tree stand 20 feet up the shot placement needs to be slightly higher compared to the ground level shot.

deer broadside shot
Broadside shot

How Do I Make the Broadside Shot?

How Do I Make the Quartering Away Shot?

The best shot placement for deer turned slightly away from you is behind the forward leg. Imagine your projectile traveling between the front legs.

Another sizeable target is presented allowing the shooter to hit the deer’s vitals. The shot should be aimed slightly behind the front leg of the animal, this will result in the heart lungs and back shoulder being hit.

Both rifle and bow hunters can take this shot with confidence that a well-placed projectile will meet our goal of a quick and clean takedown.

Exact placement will depend on the angle you are shooting from as illustrated in the image below.

deer quartering away shot
Quartering away shot

How Do I Make the Quartering Away Shot?

How Do I Make the Quartering Front On Shot?

This is mainly recommended for rifle shots due to the penetration required to hit the deers vital organs.

Again a larger caliber bullet is recommended for this shot placement. Your aim point is the top of the front shoulder allowing the bullet to access both lungs for a quick takedown.

Bow hunters ideally should wait for the animal to turn making a broadside shot possible or run the risk of a wounded animal and a very long follow-up chase, not to mention distress to the deer and loss of meat harvest.

That said experienced bow hunters can make this shot similar to the quartering away shot by placing their aim just behind the far shoulder. If the front shoulder is likely to be hit then this shot should NOT be taken.

For both rifle and bow hunters, this is not one of the preferred or best shot placement for deer options but it is possible for experienced hunters.

deer quartering front on shot
Deer quartering front on shot

How Do I Make the Quartering Front On Shot?

How Do I Make the Straight On Shot?

Straight on shots are made at the centre of the chest to take out the heart and lungs. As the target area on this shot placement is smaller it is not a recommended option unless you are under 150 yards, have a heavy caliber bullet and are a very accurate shot.

For bowhunters there is just too much chest muscle to penetrate and this shot placement for deer is not recommended.

Best Shot Placement for Deer

How Do I Make the Straight on Shot?

How Do I Make the Head Neck & Rear Shot?

You don’t

Rifle and bow hunters. Do not do it.


The target area is too small. This is certainly NOT the best shot placement for deer!

How many baseballs can you hit dead centre at 100+ yards?

It is not an ethical hunting shot to take, do you really want to wound that magnificent animal?

If you want to take this shot I suggest you get your kids Xbox or Sony playstation.

Best Shot Placement for Deer
Best Shot Placement for Deers

Do Not Shoot

Best Shot Placement for Deer
Shot Placement for Deers

Do Not Shoot

How Do I Make The From Above Shot?

When hunting from a deer stand you will be presented with overhead or shots from above opportunities.

Distance and angle make a big difference with these shot placements.

Direct vertical and close range shots can be difficult to make (Remember our goal of a quick clean takedown).

Why? The target zone of the spine through to lungs requires a precision shot and deep penetration to make it an effective shot placement.

Should you miss the spine, the result will most likely be a single lung hit, resulting in a deer that can run for many miles without leaving a substantial blood trail to follow.

On the other hand, close distance allows for more accuracy and greater hitting power so taking a vertical shot is a good option if you know your abilities are up to the job.

Taking an above or elevated shot when the deer is not directly below you is often an easier shot to make. Your aim point is the heart region just behind the shoulder blades.

Imagine the bullet or arrowhead penetrating into vitals and where the projectile would exit after taking out the heart and lung vitals.

Deer Shot Placement
Deer Shot Placement

How Do I Make the From Above Shot?

Practice Your Deer Shot Placement Regularly

One of the best ways to build your confidence and ensure you are up to the job of making that clean shot kill is to regularly practice your marksmanship. Thompson Targets  (#ad) provides a range of hight quality targets for all your practicing needs. Best of all they are ALL MADE IN THE U.S.A. and easily available on Amazon. (#ad)​​​​​

Summary Deer Shot Placement

Before taking any shot remember the number one goal is to make a clean, quick take down so you can get on to the job of harvesting that wonderful meat and then enjoying a cold beer.

Know your equipment and your capabilities before taking any shot.

If in doubt wait for a better opportunity, deer do not stand still all day.

I hope this guide on The Best Shot Placement for Deer will help you make that perfect placement and fill your freezer.


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