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A Book Review: Beryl Markham’s ‘West with the Night’

September 29, 2014

Used copies of 'West With The Night' in good condition can be found for a reasonable price, much like this one that was purchased for just $1.50.

Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night? She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together. But she can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. -Ernest Hemingway (from a letter to Maxwell Perkins) First printed in 1942, Beryl Markham's West with the Night only sold moderately well despite stellar reviews. It was out of print for nearly four decades until rediscovered and...

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Talismans Lead to Good Fortune on Idaho Elk Hunt

September 29, 2014

The author arrowed this young bull elk within 24 hours of finding a flicker’s colorful feather and inserting it into his cap.

With my stomach growling and the noon-hour ending, I realized lunch could wait no longer. It was time to find a shady spot to escape the sun and the detection of any elk that might pass within arrow range. It was day four of my annual bowhunt in southeastern Idaho. Each of the previous days I’d been within 50 yards of bugling bulls, but I either spooked or couldn’t see them for all the brush on this mountain in the Targhee-Caribou National Forest. Soon enough I spotted a large Douglas fir whose lowest branches made an emerald-green ceiling six feet off the ground. Perfect. I kicked...

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How Many Shotguns Do You Own? How Many Do You Shoot Well?

September 29, 2014

When it comes to shotgunning, are you a one-gun wonder or do you take the "golf bag" approach?

What is your approach to shotgunning? Are you the legendary one-gun man or woman? There’s wisdom in the warning, “Beware of the hunter or shooter with only one gun! He or she probably knows how to use it!” Then there is the "golf bag" approach to shooting. The golfer doesn’t play an entire round with only a driver or solely with a putter. His or her bag carries a dozen or more clubs each meant for a specific distance or type of shot. Ever watch a professional golf tournament? That selection of clubs allows them to perform some amazing feats. The caddy even makes suggestions on the...

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Duck, Duck, Goose: Waterfowl Hunting Options Abound in Michigan

September 26, 2014

Ponds and lakes full of huntable birds await sportsmen who come to Michigan seeking waterfowl.

When you think of waterfowl hunting meccas, places like Stuttgart, North Platte, Eastern Shore, and the Dakotas get thrown around. Sure, those places have a rich tradition of amazing waterfowl hunting, but what do they have that Michigan doesn’t? The answer is simple---nothing! In fact, there are not many places that can stack up to the Great Lake State when it comes to waterfowl hunting. Looking for puddle ducks? Got ‘em! Want the ultimate diver duck hunt? No sweat! Want the skies to turn black with migrating Canada geese? Here you go! Oh, and did I mention sea ducks? Good luck finding...

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Cookin’ in Camo: Venison Quesadilla with Honey-chipotle Sour Cream

September 26, 2014

The arrival of fall means it's football season. Treat your tailgating teammates to this delicious venison quesadilla.

Outside of hunting, this time of year means one thing to my family: football. An extension of football is tailgating. One of my favorite tailgating dishes is a play on the Bleu Cheese Burger from the Thurman Café in Columbus, Ohio. Imagine a three-quarter-pound, all-beef patty topped with a ginormous amount of bacon, loads of mozzarella, a ton of blue cheese, and a mountain of mushrooms! For clean up, forget the napkins and invest in a pressure washer. You feel me? Although juicy, tender, and forever scrumptious, the burger often leads to stains on my Buckeyes jersey. Have no fear, this...

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Manage Your Hunting Land with the Tip of a Finger with HuntStand

September 25, 2014

The HuntStand Lite app lets you create an interactive overlay of your property using several different tools.

I really enjoy incorporating technological advancements with outdoor pursuits like hunting. I frequently try to "disconnect," but I keep getting pulled back in. One such tech tool that I’ve been enjoying is the new HuntStand Lite app for smartphones and tablets from the folks at TerraStride. What’s in the box? The app uses GPS data, along with sophisticated mapping programs, weather data, and satellite images to create an interactive overlay of your property. I’ve seen programs that let you use those...

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Michigan Woodcock Season Opens Strong and Promising

September 25, 2014

Chris Stewart shows off an opening day woodcock.

Rub, my English setter, was locked up, solid as a statue, on point in the sort of aspens where you might not expect to find grouse and woodcock. It was an open area with more mature trees than you’d usually choose to hunt in, but the kind of place you dream about finding birds as you’d be able to swing in any direction without wrapping your shotgun around a popple. I stepped up toward Rub, but when the bird rocketed out of there, it flew to my left where Al Stewart and his son Chris were standing. I couldn’t shoot and neither could they. The grouse flew right between the two of them....

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Don’t Leave for a DIY Hunt Without These 10 Essentials

September 25, 2014

Treestand equipment that is easy to get into the woods and set up is critically important to the mobile hunter. Climbing sticks like these from Hawk Hunting are light and sturdy.

If you are headed off on a DIY deer hunt away from home, there are a few simple things that can make or break your success. Here are 10 you may not have thought of. An hour after sunrise in a Kansas hot spot, I was flooded with optimism. I heard a deer walking through the leaves towards me and quickly grabbed my bow off the hanger. As I clipped my release to the string loop, I heard a mysterious clink on my treestand platform, but I didn’t know what caused the noise until I put a little pressure on the string. The release came apart. The strap was around my wrist but...

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The Annual Fall Waterfowl Migration is Underway

September 23, 2014

Blue-winged teal are almost always the first ducks to migrate south every fall.

Over half of all the 914 species of wild birds in the United States will migrate south this fall making it a prime time to be able to enjoy the nation’s waterfowl, whether you’re hunting them or watching them. And you will not be alone---according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 70 million U.S. residents 16 years old and older participated in some form of wildlife-related recreation in 2011. For anyone who enjoys watching waterfowl for any reason, there’s good news. Except for severe drought this fall in California and a small area of North Texas, all across the rest of...

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The Nonresident’s Guide to Michigan Deer Hunting

September 22, 2014

Michigan has a lot to offer nonresident whitetail hunters, including ample amounts of public land.

For decades, Michigan has played host to an army of out-of-state, orange-clad, deer hunting warriors every November. October brings in a plethora of camouflaged archers as well. With a large deer herd, and readily available over-the-counter tags with a reasonable price point, the Great Lake State is a destination for nonresident deer hunters from across the country. As with any hunting trip, there are some definite things to plan on and some significant rule changes for this year. Look no farther than this article for (almost) everything a nonresident hunter will need to know in Michigan...

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