Sunday Special: Rear Window Graphics of Wolves

Recently,  I started a new series.  Each Sunday, I’ll show some of my rear window graphics.  This week is:  Wolf Rear Window Graphics.

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‘Midnight Run’ used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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I select these mid-week and schedule them to display around midnight of Sunday morning. I don’t announce these on Twitter.

 

'Howling at the Moon' used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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As you can see, there are a variety of scenes with wolves!

 

'Sunrise Song' used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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'Wolf Song' used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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A Guy with a Big Toothy Snarl!

'Alpha Gray Wolf' used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Monday: We will be back with our ‘regularly scheduled program!’

(that means hunting or fishing news/tips)

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Keeping the Gamy Taste Out of Your Wild Game

These suggestions will help reduce or eliminate the ‘gamy’ taste in your wild game.

From the time that you bring the animal down — to the time that you use the meat, there are plenty of opportunities to impair the flavor of your hunted game.

These are a few of the problems that you will need to address — to keep your game tasting fresh.

From the Moment You Shoot the Deer Until the Time You Eat the Meat, There are Many Chances to Damage the Flavor!

Transporting Your Venison

When I see a hunter carrying his deer on the hood of his vehicle or in the open bed of the truck, I wonder, “What is he thinking?”

Would you leave un-frozen meat out of the refrigerator for 8+ hours — and expect it to taste fresh?   Carrying a deer in an open truck is a near-guarantee of off-tasting meat.

Also, an exhaust system of the average truck can heat the truck bed to a temperature that will spoil the meat.

Keep the meat iced down, in large igloos.  As an added precaution, the igloos should have layers of insulation between them and the bed of the truck.

Boning the Meat

Off-flavors can be the result of not trimming the meat carefully.  Fat can turn rancid (even in the freezer) and that will affect the taste.

By removing the bone and cutting the animal along  large muscle groups (hams and fore legs, for example), you save room in the freezer.

Also, cut off portions where the bullets have damaged the meat (bloodshot) and any area that seems tainted or suspicious.  Leaving these portions can produce an off flavor when the meat is used.

Preparing Meat for Freezing

When boning the game, leave the meat in meal-sized portions — and leave them whole.  The less surface area exposed, the better your meat will taste.

As meat portions are thawing, cut the larger cuts into steaks, etc. (if that is how you want to cook them).

Freezing with Two Layers

Have you ever wondered why deer processors  wrap deer twice (with plastic wrap and then with coated freezer paper)?

The plastic layer seals the meat so there is little dehydration. The combination protects the meat for a year, or more.

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Remember: Deer meat does not freeze until it gets down to 28 degrees! The longer it takes to freeze, the more likely the meat will have an off taste!

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Quick Tips for Goose Hunters

Here are a few tips from experienced goose hunters for newbies.

Note: The Geese Stay in the Middle of the Field *

 

Hunting in a Field

Geese are wily adversaries;  they live by their wits.  If they make a mistake, they become your supper!  Thus, they are wary.

If you are aiming to take home your limit of geese, knowing a few things about these fowl will help you choose a good hiding spot.

How Geese Feed in a Field

Watch geese as they land in a field to feed.  They do not land or feed near any obstruction, patch of brush or a fence row.   They prefer to stay in open areas, generally near the center of a field.

When You Set Up for Goose Hunting

Don’t bother to set a blind near an obstruction, such as a line of trees or a hedge.  Instead, choose the highest spot in the field, staying as close to the center of the field as possible.

The Worst Time to Hunt Geese

Geese use the light of a full moon to do serious night-time noshing.  Then, in the morning, they return to hiding spots to rest — and stay away from hunters.

The Best Time to Hunt Geese

Look for cold, windy days — with a storm front on its way — to hunt for geese.  Other good days are ones when there is plenty of fog or mist.

Under these conditions, geese will be moving all day!

When to Shoot

On the days mentioned above (cold, windy, foggy or misting), it is often hard to estimate how close the geese are flying.

Experienced hunters say they wait until they can clearly see the geese’s feet or eyes.   (I’ll bet you thought I was going to say:  Wait until you see the ‘whites of their eyes.’   Gotcha!)

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Wild Game Recipes

Lately, I’ve been getting requests for wild game recipes – especially squirrel!  Here are a couple from the North American Hunting Club Wild Game Cookbook, 1985 and 1990.

Barbecued Squirrel 

How about Some Squirrel Stew?

 

Serves 4 – 6

Prep Time: 1 hour

3 squirrels, cut up

1 tsp barbecue spices

1 cup melted butter

1 tsp Tabasco sauce (optional)

1 tsp. paprika

salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp. rosemary

Combine melted butter with other ingredients. Charcoal broil the squirrels as you would chicken over coals basting with butter and spices.

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Squirrel Hash

Serves 3 or 4

Prep time: 1 hour

2 cups squirrel, cooked and diced

2 cups small potatoes, cubed

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp. onion, minced

salt and pepper, to taste

dash of paprika

1/4 stick of butter

Mix squirrel, potatoes, broth and onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Dust with paprika.  Cook in skillet with the melted butter for about 30 minutes over low heat, stirring often.

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Squirrel Stew

Serves 4

Prep Time: Depends on the age of the squirrel

3 or 4 squirrels, cup in pieces

1 bay leaf

2 large carrots, sliced thin

3 large potatoes, diced into small cubes

1 medium onion, chopped

water

salt and pepper

corn starch or flour

Place meat in pot and cover with cold water.  Add the bay leaf and boil until the meat is falling from the bones.  Add water while cooking to keep meat covered, if necessary.

Remove meat from broth.  Strain broth to remove any bone chips that may have gotten into the broth.

Pour broth back into the pot, add carrots, potatoes, salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat until vegetables are about done.

While veggies are cooking, remove meat from the bones.  Add the meat to the vegetables and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

Make a white paste from the cornstarch or flour (mixed with water) to thicken. Serve with crackers or bread and butter.

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While thumbing through the North American Hunting Club Wild Game Cookbook, 1989, I almost dropped my teeth at the next 2 recipes.  If anyone makes them, please let me know how they tasted!

Roast Skunk 

Roasted Skunk Anyone?

 

Serves 2

Prep time:  3 1/2 hours

1 skunk

1 bouillon cube

2 carrots, sliced

1 tsp. onion juice

Dissolve bouillon cube in  1 cup hot water. Parboil skunk in salted water 15 minutes. Drain water.

Place meat in fresh water and steam until tender, about 1 hour.

Transfer to roasting pan and bake at 375 degrees. Add bouillon mixture, sliced carrots and onion juice.  Cook uncovered 2 hours.

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Broiled Skunk

Serves 2

Prep time: 2 hours

1 skunk

salt and pepper

1 tsp. onion juice

butter

Parboil skunk in salted water 15 minutes. Pour off water, add fresh water. Steam 1 hour with salt, pepper and onion juice.

Brush with butter.  Broil 40 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

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Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 7:20 am  Comments Off on Wild Game Recipes  
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Interesting Facts About Whitetail Deer

Have you ever wondered why deer eat at night and spend most of the day asleep in their bedding areas?

At Alert: He Senses that Hunters are Near!

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This habit certainly has something to do with wanting to avoid hunters, but the grazing and eating habits also have something to do with their 4  chambered stomachs!

Basic Facts About Whitetails

Whitetail deer roam from Canada to Peru and from the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains to Florida.

Whitetails are in 45 of the 50 states; they are not in:  Alaska, California, Hawaii, Utah and Nevada.  However, their cousins, mule deer and black-tailed deer, are in some of these states.

Wikipedia states that the current population of whitetails (in the US) is about 30 million!

Here in Texas, the 4 million we have are:

  • in the piney woods of east Texas,
  • the hill country in the center of the state,
  • the flat lands of south Texas … and (now)
  • the desert regions of west Texas!

As you can see, whitetails are adaptable to different habitats.  As ‘ruminants,’ these mammals eat plant-based materials.  They soften it in the first stomach, regurgitate it, and re-chew it. (Yum!)

This process is helpful to avoid hunters!  They graze during the night hours, eating as much as they can find.  As light comes over the horizon, whitetails head for their beds, where they doze as their stomachs slowly digest the food.

Depending on where they live, they nosh on seeds, grasses, acorns, corn, berries — and occasionally, folk’s flower beds!

Because these 30 million are running out of room (due to man’s encroaching on their wild lands), whitetails are ‘nuisance animals’ in some areas.   When there isn’t enough food to support the deer population; they help themselves to local gardens and suburban plantings, dumpsters, etc.

Changing Fur

Whitetails always dress for the season!  In the spring and summer, they are reddish-brown.  When the weather cools down, they shed their summer colors and put on their heavier buff-gray-brown coat.

Fawns born in spring-summer, have a coat similar to the adults, with one exception — white spots (a la Bambi).  These spots fade to nothing by the time the fawn is 4 months of age.

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Next Time: More Whitetail Deer info for inquiring minds!

(Whitetail’s antlers, spike deer and the rut)

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Sunday’s Special: Wildlife Rear Window Graphics

Last Sunday,  I started a new series.  Each Sunday (only), I’ll show some of my rear window graphics. This week is:  Outdoors and Wildlife.

'Midnight Run' shown by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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I select these mid-week and schedule them to display around midnight of Sunday morning.  I don’t announce these on Twitter.

What an Awful Tragedy if they Get their Racks Entwined! "Moose in Yellowstone" used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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‘Still Glides the Stream’ used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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‘Grizzly Catching Lunch’ used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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Next Sunday: Wolf Rear Window Graphics!

‘An Evening in Wisconsin’ used by permission from Vantage Point Graphics

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I’ve turned off the “comments” portion of this blog for a few days.  I’ve been spending 2+ hours cleaning out spam and reporting them to the HoneyPot Project (they prosecute spammers)!

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Tomorrow: Back to Hunting or Fishing info!

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Some Unusual Hints for Hunters

When I meet experienced hunters, I ask questions.  Sometimes their tips are priceless!  I’ve saved time, money and aggravation because some old hunter took the time to share his experience.

As You Increase Your Knowledge of Deer and Their Habits, You Increase Your Chances of Success!

 

Take a Snapshot

This tip is so obvious — and yet I would not have thought of it myself!   The next time you have finished packing for a hunting trip, take a photo.

Why?  Let me count the ways ….

  • If your goods are lost or stolen, you will have a complete inventory of the items you brought.
  • If found, you have a way of identifying your goods.
  • On your next hunting trip, you can glance at the photo and remember everything you took.
  • You will probably be able to remember the things you forgot to take then (If you have a poor memory, write notes on the back of the photo).
  • You will probably be able to remember the things you took that you didn’t need (Add notes on the back about this too).
  • Add the photo to your hunting album.  Most hunters take photos of their trophies;  this will probably be the only photo in the album documenting the gear you took to the hunt.

Learning to Read Tracks

‘Reading what tracks are telling’ is an important skill for a hunter to learn.  Here are two tips that may help in your next hunting trip.

  • A hoofed animal that is running will spread his toes further apart than one that is walking.

However ….

  • A wounded animal that is walking, will spread his toes further apart to stay balanced … as he becomes weaker.

Scouting Before Hunting Season Starts

I am personally convinced that some ‘hunting gremlins’ run around announcing the beginning of hunting season.

Thus, taking a last look around just before the season starts is important.

  • It seems that ‘on cue’ deer change from summer foods to their diet for the fall months.
  • As the weather cools down, deer find new bedding spots, in more sheltered areas.
  • Before and during the rut, bucks are covering more territory — in a more restless way.

For these reasons, the later you scout the area (before the season starts), the more chances you have of being in the ‘right place at the right time.’

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Tips for Finding and Using a Tree Stand

Choosing the wrong tree for a deer stand can make or break your hunting experience.  Here are a few hints for the newbie hunter.

Deer Hunter at Sunset **

Advantages of a Tree Stand

There are several advantages to using a tree as your shooting spot, whether you are bowhunting or using a gun.

  • You will be above the deer’s range of vision
  • Your scent will be above the deer’s head (less likely to smell you)
  • Trees generally offer a wider range of view than ground blinds
  • Animals shot from above and exiting lower offer a better blood trail for finding a wounded animal
  • Trees are safer for hunters; you are less likely to be taken for game

Factors for a Great Tree Stand

You have found a likely place to hunt deer.  Since you have decided to hunt in a tree, look around your site. Avoid trees that are dead, leaning with a serious tilt, having a wide base (cypress comes to mind), or one having too many low limbs. One experienced hunter told me that the most comfortable tree stand he ever used had a tilt away from the spot he wanted to face.  Why? He was able to lean against the tree during long waiting periods in relative comfort.

Take Your Tree Stand Along

While scouting for a likely spot, bring an axe (or a small saw) and your stand.  If you are like me, the next idea will be the hard part. Imagine yourself in the tree stand.  Can you move around as you like?  Can you see far enough down the trail, path, whatever — as you need to? Adapting a hunting position is easier now, before you have a gun and other equipment to handle.

Other Factors to Consider

As if the  previous ideas weren’t enough trouble, here are 3 more to think about while selecting your tree.

  • If you are a bowhunter, consider removing overhead branches that might interfere with your bow action.
  • Try to choose a site that will stay in shadows so sunlight won’t give your site away to wary animals *
  • Think about prevailing winds; you don’t want the wind to blow past you toward the game you are watching

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*  Remove watches and other bling.  Is your gun matte?  Sunlight (striking shiny surfaces) will give your location away.

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‘Sunset Stand’ used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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Unbelievable Deer!

New SCI world record whitetail? We’re told this buck will score over 400! — from the trophyroom.com

I follow the trophyroom.com on Twitter and just had to show you this amazing deer!  He posted the photo 3 or 4 days ago!

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5 Quick Tips for Newbie Hunters

These 5 tips come from experienced hunters.

Waiting for Hunting Season to start? So is he! *

Smelling ‘Right’

After washing  your hunting clothes and drying them in open air,* add your boots to a large plastic bag, along with the crushed leaves and other vegetation from your hunting site.  Seal it closed and allow to ‘steep.’

The odors will seep into your clothes, making you fit into the smell of the area you plan to hunt.

Your Hunting Boots

Don’t wear your hunting clothes or boots when you are adding gasoline (or any other fuel) .   Experienced hunters also avoid wearing their clothes/boots in diners or ‘greasy spoons.’

These scents (gasoline, kerosene, cooked food odors) cling to clothing and boots.

Did You Know?

Your wrists, like your scalp, lose heat rapidly.  Blood flows close to the skin surface in both places, requiring covering to keep you comfortable while hunting.

As you can imagine, keeping your wrists covered is a challenge while shooting or using a bow.  Gloves are effective, but they might interfere with your shooting.

Lots of hunters have started using wrist bands (used by athletes, tennis players, etc.) — either without gloves or under gloves and/or mittens.

Playing it Safe in a Tree Stand

Every year,  several hunters die falling from their tree stand or when their gun discharges while climbing into  their stand.

A safety belt: It’s an important piece of gear  for anyone using a tree stand.  Safety isn’t it’s only value; it also helps steady your aim for distance shots.

A properly adjusted belt will end the fear of falling — thus adding to your enjoyment of the hunt!

Deer are Excellent Swimmers

When hunting for a suitable hunting spot, look for water!  Deer seem to consider water as a barrier to detection.  Deer do not hesitate to enter water.

They are known to swim beaver ponds and swamps, as well as wade creeks to escape from hunters and dogs.

When looking for deer, be sure to scan the banks for trails leading out of the water and up the bank.  As creatures of habit, they may come for water and/or cross the river or creek at the same place.

This is a great site for a hunting spot!

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* Your dryer has ‘dryer sheet residue’ (complete with fru-fru smells). Hang them out to dry instead.

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‘Great Eight’ rear window graphic is used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics!

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