BEAR TROUBLE!!!
Nov10

BEAR TROUBLE!!!

  The thought of coming up on a bear while hunting deer is not a pleasant thought, especially one this size.  It gets even more troublesome with the camera shots as now there is evidence she has a cub. This duo has been tearing up the feeders and knocking them over.  The camera records them various times in the early morning and late evening.  We have been invited guests on this track in Plantersville and so far have not come upon the bear while hunting.   So,  are black bears something to worry about?  Upon some research,  It appears that there are no recorded attacks on humans by a black bear in South Carolina.  This is a good article from biggamehunt.net  if you want to do some of your own research.  Personally,  I won’t assume anything.  Wild animals especially those who have young are unpredictable and I will continue to be cautious when walking to and from my deer stand.  Unless he is carrying a picnic basket, I will be on high alert! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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In A Rut?????
Nov06

In A Rut?????

Where are the bucks?  With the unseasonably warm and rainy weather, deer hunters are trying to figure out when the rut will be peaking.  Over the last 3- 4 weeks, the weather has not cooperated with the buck’s desire to find the does.  One theory is that the bucks are not moving during the hot daytime hours so that they can conserve their energy for the peak mating season, preferably when we get a good cold snap.    Other experts contend when you document breeding dates in a location, they actually change very little year to year, even though the dates of peak rut behaviors might vary.  This is one of the best articles I have read:  Wired to Hunt and I am taking from this post that we may be right at the peak this week here in    South Carolina.   I am game to go back out hunting  even though this weekend will be warm and muggy.    To top it off, the mosquitos have been at an all time  high misery index that only is made better by wearing a Buff and using your Thermacell.    I am thrilled and very thankful that I was able to harvest a doe this past weekend and hoping this weekend will be prime for buck action!!! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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“The Harvest”… Easy One Skillet Venison Recipe
Nov04

“The Harvest”… Easy One Skillet Venison Recipe

  One of the easiest meals to make is cubed steak.  The bonus is you can do it all in one skillet.  I start with fresh garlic  and onions and peppers.   I always spray my skillet with olive oil  to prevent sticking and then add a tablespoon  of good olive oil.  I sauté the garlic and onions until translucent.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.   I remove them and stir in some colorful peppers.   Since I like my food spicy, I add a hot red pepper to give it that zing.  When the pepper are sautéed, I add some shitake mushrooms and sauté.   I add  the onions and garlic so that all the flavors blend together.  Once the vegetables are sautéed,  I remove from the pan and  I add a bit more olive oil and place the cubed steak in the pan and proceed to brown it in the skillet already seasoned with the oil from the vegetables.   Make sure you sear the steak  and cook to your preferred temperature.  (I like mine medium well.)  I then add the vegetables over the venison and let all the flavors blend together.  I don’t put a lid on the pan as to keep that nice sear. You can serve this all on its own or pair it up with mashed cauliflower or mashed potatoes and a fresh salad.  Yum!   Ingredients: One package of cubed venison steak 6 tablespoons of olive oil Garlic and onions to taste 1 yellow  and 1 red pepper Salt & pepper to taste Optional:  mushrooms ( I love Shitake)   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Wardrobe Malfunction!

Great hunting clothes make all the difference in the world for both men and women when hunting.  However, women have different needs in clothing than men.  When will the major suppliers of hunting clothes take note of this especially in view of the huge uptick in women who want to hunt.?  Women do not like oversized clothing.  Even with the proper size, the proportions are usually  completely wrong.  Too much material in certain areas, makes you feel awkward and uncomfortable.  Even while hunting, women want to feel like they look good, right?  I am all about sleek clothes with high performance.  I don’t want to be weighed down with more fabric than I need.   Zippers are my favorite item on my clothes.  Open pockets are useless.  Never buy a jacket that does not have zippered pockets.   When you are sitting in complete darkness, you need to know where everything you need is with easy access without fear of something falling out of your pocket.  This time of year, I am enjoying my Field and Stream with No Scent technology.  I found it at Dicks Sporting Goods and I have been very pleased with it.  It is the perfect weight for this time of year and you can layer with it as well making it great for cold morning hunts and it stands well on its own for afternoon hunts.  The pockets are perfect and the legs are wide enough to work with snake boots.  I have a lot of ideas on how to make women’s hunting clothes better if only I could get someone to listen to my ideas.  That’s a topic for another post! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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7 Reasons Not to Hate on Hunters
Nov01

7 Reasons Not to Hate on Hunters

1. The majority of  hunters are law abiding citizens who are licensed and highly skilled.  Hunting and fishing are heavily regulated by the Department of Natural Resources – www.dnr.gov  at the state level to protect, manage,  and conserve wildlife and natural habitats for private and public lands. 2. Most  hunters eat what they harvest or donate the meat to others. 3.  Hunters contribute billions of dollars into the economy.  $750 million each year makes up the hunting and fishing fees paid by sportsmen and women .   Privilege Fees are collected by the government for every type of hunting, fishing, trapping,  and boating licenses. Besides the hunting privilege fees paid by hunters, the contribution to the economy with purchases of guns, ammunition, hunting gear, clothes, and other related merchandise is enormous. 4.  Hunters are the backbone for the conservation of wildlife.  The fees collected is the primary source of revenue for most state wildlife conservation agencies. 5.  Hunting is a more humane way to harvest meat than slaughterhouses where the majority of consumers get their meat. 6.  If hunters did not hunt, animal populations would suffer from cruel death by starvation, or by  predators.  Consider what would happen if deer populations were not controlled and the danger of wildlife on highways. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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