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If the name Dale Manning sounds familiar, it should. He’s a regular part of the OL Optics Test team, and he’s among one of the best taxidermists in the country. In fact, the world.
Manning, who owns Custom Bird Works and Big Game Connection taxidermy in Missoula, Mont., won the “Best in World” in the waterfowl category at the 2013 World Taxidermy Championships in May. His flying snow goose, according to internet message boards, wowed everyone in attendance. [ Read Full Post ]
If it seems like I’ve been blogging about soft mast for whitetails, it’s for good reason. Whitetails are slaves to there stomachs and it’s the smart deer hunter who pays close attention to what whitetails are eating. And, when it comes to what whitetails eat, few foods can compete with soft mast.
By soft mast I mean fruits and berries that typically mature in the early fall. Soft mast is typically high in sugar content and wandering whitetails can get hooked in a hurry. Anything within reach is ripped from the tree and once fruit starts falling, it’s scooped up like candy from a piñata. [ Read Full Post ]
Your ability to sink one arrow after another into the bull at 25 yards is awesome. But can you do it at 13 yards? Then at 31? Now at 45?
The foundation for consistent accuracy—at any range—is practice, but not just with your stick and string. Before you can make the shot, you have to know the distance, which is why your pre-season workouts should always begin with a range-estimation session.
You’ll need a buddy and a backyard, two commodities that most of us can find easily. And one of you needs a laser rangefinder. [ Read Full Post ]
The numbers are in: Americans love rednecks.
A recent article on FoxNews.com brings to light just how popular redneck reality shows have become.
A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” a show about long-bearded, redneck gazillionaires who eat frogs and ducks and catch squirrels barehanded, delivered 9.6 million viewers for its recent Season 3 finale and averaged 8.4 million viewers through the season. History Channel’s “Swamp People,” a show about swamp-dwelling, gator-hunting, far-from-gazillionaire Cajuns averages 4.5 million per show. Other redneck shows like “Moonshiners,” “Redneck Island,” “Lady Hoggers,” “Rocket City Rednecks,” “My Big Redneck Wedding,” and “Backyard Oil” are also tearing up the Nielsen ratings. [ Read Full Post ]
For some in the hunting ranks, climbing a tree is no longer an option. But before you decide to plunk yourself down on the ground next to a big oak tree, consider using a ground blind this season. Here’s why:
Ground blinds have several distinct advantages over elevated treestands. You can’t fall from the floor. [ Read Full Post ]