The scent industry wants you to believe that a splash of tarsal secretion will bring bucks in on a run. But a look at a deer’s endocrine system reveals a number of different scent glands, each of which can trump the tarsal for musk production.
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Scientists have identified seven different glands that bucks possess, and here’s what we know about them.
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I have written about whitetail rifles and whitetail cartridges numerous times in the past—in part, because it is such fertile ground for speculation and discussion. But I’ll come out and say right here that talking about whitetail cartridges is a bit of a fool’s errand because “whitetails” is too broad a category.
With whitetail rifles, cartridges and bullets, context is everything. Picking the right equipment depends on where you’re hunting, how you’re hunting and which type of whitetail you’re going for. There’s a world of difference between hunting the barrel-chested whitetails in Canada’s deep timber and sitting in a raised blind overlooking a Sendaro in Texas while waiting for a buck with more antler than meat to jump out of the mesquite. [ Read Full Post ]
Shooting well starts by having a solid connection with the ground. The closer you get to Mother Earth, the better your shooting position will be. That’s why prone is the most stable way to shoot, followed by sitting, kneeling and off-hand — in that order.
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Watching someone run a lever gun well is shooting poetry in motion. With the proper technique, a lever gun can be run damn near quick as a semi-auto. It all starts with the lead hand, which anchors the rifle solidly into the pocket of the shoulder. The other hand just runs the lever and the trigger. The video here demonstrates the basic technique to turn your lever gun into a hunting tool of lead-spitting ferocity. [ Read Full Post ]
Shot opportunities can materialize unexpectedly. Don’t waste an opportunity or risk wounding an animal by shooting off-hand. Solid shooting rests are all around you.
1. Fence Post
Game and hunters alike travel fence lines, so the chance of running into an animal along one is highly likely. Luckily, there’s a fence post to use as a rest every 12 feet or so. Use the top of it for a standing shot, or where the wire crosses for a kneeling shot. [ Read Full Post ]