At the Range With a Navy Sniper

I consider myself a good rifle shooter. Not a great one but a good one. I’ve put a lot of venison in the freezer with a rifle or muzzleloader and can honestly count on one hand the number of animals I’ve hit and not recovered. However, I had a unique opportunity recently to spend some …

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7 Ways to Start Young Bowhunters Right

Recently, bowhunter Mandy Hulett asked me if her young son Evan’s archery equipment was adequate for killing deer. She lives in a state where there is no minimum age limit for hunting, so it falls on the parents to decide when their children are ready to hunt. Most states have minimum bow draw-weights for deer …

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Face to Face With a Trespasser

The distinctive sound of gravel under tires grabbed my attention. Light was fading fast as I found myself standing in knee-high grass along a virtually uninhabited country road in rural Washington County, New York. As I focused my attention to the west to locate the source of the sound, the glow of five, evenly spaced, …

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Ticked Off: No More Venison

On Thanksgiving Eve 2013, as I sat in the emergency room waiting area for the third time in less than a year laboring over each breath, I watched my forearms turn from pink to purple to almost completely black. I began to face the reality that I may have a tickborne condition that would change …

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Venison Meltdown: The Disaster of Freezer Failure

“What’s that smell?” my wife April asked when we returned home from a week out-of-town. I answered that I thought it was the trash. Our garbage service picks up on Wednesday mornings, and we had left town on a Tuesday evening. Assuming my reasoning was correct, I wheeled the trash can out to the curb …

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