Look Up! Campsite Sky Gazing this Summer!

The days of long, lingering sunlight are finally upon us! We can’t wait to get outside and play in the sunshine but you can’t deny that one of the best and awe-inspiring things about camping is seeing that night sky lit up like millions of diamonds and wishing upon shooting stars blazing over the treetops. Getting away from city lights and seeing the Milky Way puts everything into perspective. The sky is captivating on any clear night across the country but there are a few celestial events that shouldn’t be missed this summer! When Star Gazing is the Best! This summer’s full moons are: June 9 ...Read More

Duck Naked: The Perfect Roast Duck

Much like the proverbial skinned feline, there are many ways to roast a duck. A lot of people like it low and slow, as in an hour or more in a 300˚ oven. Yes, this turns out a glorious looking bird, but one that is inevitably overcooked, in which the meat is gray with that livery taste that turns off so many duck hunters. Instead, I take a page from Russell Chatham’s classic essay “The Great Duck Misunderstanding,” wherein he illustrates the need for a very hot oven, fast cooking time and eating ducks as close to rare as you can stand. I stand by Chatham’s words.   “All game, especially wild d...Read More

Poppin Deer Burgers

Poppin Deer Burgers 3 lbs ground deer meat 1/2 lb bacon, minced 2 fresh seeded jalapeños, minced 1 packet French Onion Soup mix 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tsp granulated garlic 1 cup water Cooking Instructions: Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until well blended.  Form into 6oz – 7oz patties and place on hot grill.  Cook to desired temperature. Note: the best way to cook these are over a charcoal grill with some mesquite or hickory chips added.  

Getting the Most Out of Your Trail Camera

It’s a safe assumption that almost every outdoorsman and woman owns at least 1 trail camera these days.  And boy has the industry come a long way in game trail monitoring.  Consider that 30-years-ago the string Trail Timer was introduced. This little gadget used a string across the trail that, when tripped, would register the date and time that a deer walked past.  Today, there are numerous companies offering trail cameras that take pictures, video – in black and white or color, infrared, and even wireless cameras that will send pictures to your email or cell phone! I feel trail cameras, if us...Read More

Dates, Drawings, and Deadlines for the DIY Hunt.

This time of the year we are inundated with important dates.  For some, February 14th is one not to forget.  For all of us, April 15th is a must-remember .  While those are certainly important, my most important date (ok, second most important after my anniversary) is the March 15th application deadline for non-resident hunters wishing to hunt the Big Sky Country of Montana.  Every year on Christmas night, when everyone is tucked in bed, I begin my annual preparation for my western hunting trips in the coming fall. You see I am partial to the DIY hunt, meaning where I do all the homework from ...Read More