By Michael Pendley
It’s tough to improve on a simple grilled venison backstrap, but this recipe might just do it. We used a ballotine cut of a two- to three-pound section of backstrap, in order to flatten and stuff it with spinach leaves, shredded gouda cheese and roasted red peppers. The roast then gets rolled up, tied with butcher’s twine and grilled to a nice medium-rare before being sliced into colorful pinwheels.
The ballotine cut is simple. Start with your knife parallel to the cutting board, along one side of the backstrap and about a third of the way up. Slice almost through the roast, but not out the other side. Fold the roast open and slice almost through the thickest part again.
Once finished, you should be able to unfold the roast into a flat steak of equal thickness. If you need more surface area, simply cover the venison with a piece of plastic wrap and pound flat with the smooth side of a meat mallet. The stuffing ingredients get layered on top of the venison, then the backstrap gets rolled back into its original shape with the stuffing inside. Besides the benefit of the stuffing ingredients, the method allows you to season the backstrap throughout and not just on the surface.
To tie, simply loop the butcher’s twine around the roll in three or four places, securing each wrap with a simple surgeon’s knot.
1 section of trimmed backstrap, two to three pounds
1 cup baby spinach leaves
½-cup shredded gouda cheese
2 to 3 roasted bell peppers, cut into strips
2 teaspoons Cavender’s Greek Seasoning blend or similar, divided
2 teaspoons each, salt and pepper, divided
4 tablespoons salted butter
2 shallots, diced
¼-cup Kentucky bourbon
3 tbsps. heavy cream
1 tbsp. olive oil
½-tsp. dried tarragon
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Start by trimming your backstrap into a flat section as described above. Season the surface of the meat with one teaspoon each of salt, pepper and Cavender’s Greek Seasoning. (This is a blend of mostly salt, pepper, garlic, sugar, onion powder and oregano, along with some marjoram, dill and thyme, so if these are on hand in your pantry you can mix this blend by hand or add individually to taste.) Next, spread the stuffing ingredients over the backstrap.
Starting along one edge, roll the backstrap up tightly with the stuffing ingredients inside. Loop a section of butcher’s twine under the backstrap, wrap around the roll and tie off tightly with a surgeon’s knot. Trim off the excess twine. Repeat the process two or three more times over the length of the roll.
Season the surface of the roll with the remaining salt, pepper and seasoning blend. Cover the roast loosely with foil and allow it to come to room temperature while you preheat the grill to high. Place the rolled backstrap on the grill and sear for four minutes.
Rotate the rolled backstrap one-quarter turn and grill another four minutes. Repeat the process two more times until the roll is seared on all sides. Remove the roll to a warm platter and tent loosely with foil to rest.
While the backstrap grills, heat a pan to medium-high. Melt the butter and add the diced shallots. Sauté the shallots, stirring often, until they soften and begin to take on a golden color. Stir in the bourbon and remove the pan from heat. Stir in the cream, tarragon and a few grinds of black pepper.
To serve, remove the butcher’s twine and slice the backstrap into pinwheels roughly half-inch thick. Plate two or three medallions and top with the bourbon cream sauce, or slice the entire backstrap, arrange back on a platter and pour the sauce down the center of the medallions. Serve with roasted winter vegetables or potatoes and a spinach salad.
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These five classic Western hunts are all on public land, so you can go on your own for elk, mule deer, upland birds and waterfowl.Is there a greater gift — or a more appealing challenge — for an American hunter than chasing game across public land, using only your instincts, gear and grit to fill your tag? For many Western hunters, this challenge is literally part of the landscape. West of Nebraska, public land is abundant and accessible. Hunting opportunities are varied and plentiful. And while outfitters do good business, most hunts are open to anyone with a tag and a willingness to learn the country and the animals, and who can take care of themselves in landscapes with few signs of human development. But a Western hunting trip is seldom as easy as loading up the Suburban and pointing it toward the sunset. Many big-game tags require years of going through the application process before you draw. Season dates, bag limits, and hunting unit boundaries often change from year to year. And then there’s the scale of the country. It’s big and wild, and often requires specialized gear. Sound intimidating? It is, but don’t let that scare you away from an awesome adventure. Here’s a way to get started. These five hunts represent classic Western public-land adventures, but they don’t require years of planning and license preference-point accumulation. And all are easily accomplished with basic gear. Best of all, you can do them right now!
Wyoming Sage GrouseThe clock is ticking on the largest native upland bird of the West. Sage grouse are a perennial candidate for listing as an endangered species, mainly because of habitat loss. Hunting opportunities for “bombers,” as sage grouse are often called for their ponderous flight, have been restricted over the years. Currently, only a couple of states offer sage grouse hunting. [caption id="attachment_2548" align="aligncenter" width="650"] A Wyoming sage grouse hunter admires the wingspan of a mature grouse. Much of the best hunting takes place on public land in Wyoming.[/caption] Wyoming has the most abundant sage grouse population in the West, but the season runs for only a fortnight in the best area, called Hunt Area 1, which basically covers the western half of the state. The season runs Sept. 16-30 this year, and hunters can bag two sage grouse a day and keep four in possession. Nonresident hunting licenses cost $74 for the season (allowing you to also hunt sharptail grouse, partridge, and pheasants), or $22 per day. There’s also a nonresident youth license, which costs $40 per season and is a good incentive to bring young hunters on this classic Western bird hunt. GO HERE: The Cowboy State’s best sage grouse area is the expansive sagebrush sea along the historic Mormon and Oregon trails, from Casper west to South Pass. Almost all this land is public (managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and you can camp and fish on much of these federal properties. During late September, hike riparian washes and areas with tall, shady sagebrush, where the birds will seek shade and bugs on hot autumn afternoons.
Great Salt Lake DucksSky-darkening flocks of waterfowl, abundant public access and one of the most varied bags in the West are all within sight of metropolitan Salt Lake City. Waterfowling Utah’s Great Salt Lake is one of the most accessible and productive hunts in the West. [caption id="attachment_2549" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Late-season Great Salt Lake ducks don’t require many decoys, but weather can bring snow and freezing fog.[/caption] Even better, it doesn’t take a lot of planning or gear to bag ducks here in this sprawling inland sea, surrounded with abundant public marshland. For good pass-shooting and decoying with small spreads, head to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on the northeast shore of Great Salt Lake. GO HERE: Set up on dikes on Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, where a small boat will get you away from the crowds and allow you to decoy diving species like redheads, buffleheads, ringnecks, and even the mighty canvasback, the trophy bird of American waterfowlers. For season rules, license fees, and open (and closed) hunting areas, check out the annual Utah Waterfowl Guidebook.
Montana Black BearDrawing a Montana nonresident deer or elk tag can take years of preference-point accumulation or you can buy a bear tag over the counter and hunt the same public areas as you would for antlered game. [caption id="attachment_2550" align="aligncenter" width="650"] A Montana black bear works down a side-slope in the Helena National Forest.[/caption] There is a catch; you have to take a simple bear-ID test to prove that you can tell the difference between black and grizzly bears, which often share the same habitats in western Montana. The other thing you should know is that bear hunting in Montana is entirely spot-and-stalk. Neither baiting nor hound hunting is legal in Montana. Those restrictions actually improve the hunt; black bear hunting is so similar in locale and style to deer and elk hunting that a bear hunt is a great primer for hunting antlered game. GO HERE: National forests and wilderness areas from Bozeman to Kalispell offer the best bear hunting. Specific forests include the Lewis & Clark, Flathead, and Lolo. For a directory of each forest, as well as maps showing public-land boundaries, contact the Region 1 office in Missoula, Montana.
Arizona Mule DeerA trophy mule deer buck tag for Arizona is one of the most coveted permits in America. But the Grand Canyon state offers abundant hunting opportunities for both mule and Coues deer for hunters who use archery gear. [caption id="attachment_2551" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Late-season Arizona mule deer are widespread on public land.[/caption] Many units are open for late-season bowhunting on over-the-counter tags (OTC). And there are few better ways to escape the winter blues in the rest of the nation than spending late December and January in Arizona’s deer country. Both mule deer and Coues deer are huntable on these OTC tags, and because the season corresponds with the Coues deer rut, this is one of the best times to see a number of the gray ghosts in the desert mountains. Tags are reasonably priced — $160 for the nonresident hunting license plus the $300 deer tag (resident prices are $45 and $57, respectively) — and units are as varied as Arizona’s terrain. Arizona’s online hunt planner is a great way to identify open units and plan for the mix of terrain and season types that each offer for deer hunters. GO HERE: For Coues deer, hunt the southern mountains, especially units east of Tucson and near the New Mexico border. Mule deer and Coues deer roam the units along the Mexican border east of Nogales.
Colorado ElkWith the largest elk herd in the nation, over-the-counter tags and abundant public land, Colorado is an elk-hunters’ destination. Problem is, all that opportunity can lead to frustration unless you do some solid homework and plan to hoof it to get away from access roads and the crowds they attract. [caption id="attachment_2552" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Colorado has the most elk of any Western state with over 300,000 animals; many on public land.[/caption] Plan on either the 2nd or 3rd rifle seasons, which run Oct. 20-28 and Nov. 3-11 this year. During these periods, snowfall isn’t too extensive, and elk are still fairly well distributed on public lands. The tough thing is that a big high-country snowfall could certainly change your plans overnight. GO HERE: For planning, a great starting point is the state’s digital hunting atlas, which shows unit boundaries and game-management unit designations. Cross-reference that information with harvest statistics from Colorado’s Craig region, available from the Division of Parks & Wildlife’s excellent hunting guides, and you should have a good idea of where to find both public land and huntable elk. The rest is up to you, and your gear. People assume that with over 300,000 head of elk, there’s a wapiti behind every tree. The reality is that to have consistent success in Colorado, you need the ability to hike hard, spend long days in the field, and have the flexibility to move up or down in elevation, or deeper in the backcountry, as conditions dictate. About the Author Andrew McKean is a longtime outdoor writer and the former editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life. He lives in northeast Montana with his family and yellow Lab. You can follow his adventures on Instagram @aemckean or on Facebook @andrew.mckean. Special thanks to StepOutside.org for providing this insightful content.
https://youtu.be/tMrOId2RQEE?t=10In this video, Connecticut Hunter Education Instructor Dieter Bromkamp explains the importance of having and maintaining a solid scent control regimen and offers many tips that you can implement before your next hunt.
An article written by Steve Sorensen published in September 2018 on DeerandDeerHunting.com
A Model for Mentoring New Deer HuntersSome passionate deer hunters are so committed that they can't see it. but hunting is losing steam. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that from 2011 to 2016 we lost 2 million participants, declining to 11.5 million nationwide. This means we have fewer people competing during deer season, but it also means fewer dollars are being spent to sustain hunting. In the same period, total hunting expenditures declined 29 percent, from $36.3 billion to $25.6 billion. White-tailed deer are the keystone of North America's hunting heritage. If we're going to talk about preserving hunting, we must talk about whitetails, and we need to make a more deliberate effort than ever to get kids hunting them. The future of hunting is at stake. Deer hunting will not survive the way it did 20, 30 or 40 years ago. Hunting was widely accepted with little controversy. We had more kids, who had fewer competing interests, and a hunting family naturally transmitted traditional hunting values to sons and daughters. Fathers, grandfathers and uncles all led the way. A few days before the season opened, we'd go to an uncle's or grandfather's house to sight-in our rifles. Any casual observer might think sighting-in was the main preparation for the big day. Even though we took it seriously, that wasn't our main preparation - not even close. We were preparing when we talked about what boots were suited for hunting, the finer points of traction, warmth and support. We talked about clothing, how to make our gear last and debated preferences for rifle calibers. Hunting stories permeated our conversations, which ranged from what we ate while in the woods, to how the big bucks knew what was going on when the shooting started. A single trip to the deer woods was never enough to transmit hunting heritage, but everyday life held countless mentoring opportunities. Even small game hunting, the appetizer for deer season, wasn't our main preparation. It helped get our eyes, ears and legs in hunting shape, but throughout the year, nearly every day, we learned hunting lessons by example and by osmosis because we lived with hunters. Hunting was for the generations, and it would continue for as long as dads in deer country had children. In many ways, those days are gone.
Changing Family DynamicsAlthough most people in the world of deer hunting care deeply about our heritage, we aren't seeing hunting taught the way it once was. A whole range of things are happening in our society that prevent it. Without getting into moralizing over children born to single mothers, dads who don't stick around long enough to raise their families, or political opposition to guns, it's clear these and other social issues have had a negative effect on transmitting hunting values. More and more, increasing urbanization plays a role. Cultural media is produced in urban areas. Political money goes where people are, and that money draws more people to the urban centers. Cities are where the jobs are, but the hunting opportunities are scarce. Where traditional families once had four, five or even six kids, most are now having one or two. Competing interests are giving those one or two kids many choices, and hunting is often excluded from their array of activities. Messages about hunting and guns are almost certain to be negative. Today, a decades-old photograph of a 12-year-old girl with a gun and a deer can antagonize someone who, astonishingly, believes hunters are responsible for school shootings.
What Can Be Done?So how do we get kids involved in hunting? We're in a desperate situation for two reasons: First, hunting is conservation, and if hunting ends, we have no model for wildlife conservation that can replace it. Second, it will take a concerted, heroic effort from all of us to preserve hunting by bringing more people into the ranks. For all hunting has done to enrich your life, join the +ONESM movement and invite someone hunting. John Annoni is on the front line of what actually can be done, and he knows transmitting our heritage will never again be done the way it was a generation ago. He is bringing the values of hunting into the public schools of Allentown, Pennsylvania, through a program that he founded 20 years ago called Camp Compass Academy. Camp Compass introduces kids from the inner city to hunting. With good grades, good behavior and open minds, kids in Annoni's program, who would never have another chance to learn about hunting, get to see the positive benefits it offers. "Kids have to earn the privilege to participate in our program, but it's not just for honor students, or the 20 percent who can find a way to get it done on their own," he said. "We want to reach the 80 percent." It's easy to see why some of his ideas challenge the conventional wisdom in public schools, but he also offers some challenges to the hunting community. We talk a lot about "mentoring," but what is mentoring? Annoni recognizes a clear difference between mentoring and parenting. Parenting introduces our own small families to hunting, but that's not enough. Mentoring those outside of the family must take center stage for hunting to survive. [caption id="attachment_2369" align="aligncenter" width="650"] This is the direction hunting needs to go to survive - experienced hunters mentoring those new to the sport.[/caption]
Mentoring is Time ConsumingMentoring takes time, and we need to stop looking at that as a negative. Annoni says, "Any time you can consume a child's idle time with something proactive, you're winning." He reminds us that we're not just building hunters, we're building people. “We shouldn't think we're using a kid's time to hunting's advantage," he said. "We should be using it to their advantage. That means, in some mentoring time, we won't be talking about hunting." Our deer hunting heritage takes mentoring for granted because a traditional hunter saw dad, grandpa and uncles get dressed, choose a gun, sight-in, scout - it all came naturally. But if hunting is going to last, we must recruit more and more nontraditional hunters who will never come into hunting that way. Annoni also believes that we need to redefine excellence away from the size of the bucks we're after and toward the experience itself. [caption id="attachment_2371" align="aligncenter" width="650"] If Camp Compass Academy were to be reproduced across the country, it would go a long way toward helping hunting survive well into the future.[/caption] "Instead of a 140-class deer, I'd rather have 140 words come out of someone's mouth that honors our craft. Some outdoor TV needs a wakeup call," he said. "The reality is that when we talk about that buck we've been scouting, hunting, watching, our bubble of selfishness gets so large that there's no room for giving. So, nothing would give me more satisfaction than watching a whole season of deer hunting TV where the stars are not doing the killing, but ordinary people are." If we're going to save hunting, we have to save deer hunting. And if we're going to save deer hunting we have to do at least three things, and probably more.
Bring Diverse Families TogetherThe world of hunting is a surprisingly diverse family, and we hunters need to think about our family dynamics. As much as families tend to bicker with each other, when their backs are to the wall they support each other with all their might. Demographics and a negative social attitude toward guns and hunting tell us our backs are to the wall now, but we haven't yet unified. We can look at social media to witness how divided we are. Sites such as Facebook can be used for good, but they can also hurt people we don't intend to hurt. When one of us criticizes another hunter's choice in taking a legal deer, or we unnecessarily accuse someone of being unethical because we disapprove of the equipment they use, many young people subject to peer pressure will see these arguments and will fear similar criticism. Annoni reminds us, “We must realize that new hunters [who are] one step into hunting are also one step from quitting hunting." Will we look past our petty family squabbles? Or will we continue doing the dirty work of our enemies for them? We need to choose.
Understanding What Mentoring IsWhen we mentor a kid in hunting, we're not just creating a hunter - we're building character and positive values into the child. "Success should not be measured by whether we tie a tag onto a deer's ear," Annoni warns, "because if we focus too much on the tag, we focus too little on the time. The tag will be gone. The memories and lessons will last forever. Make mentoring about time, and we will change hearts. We will build people." We also need to look at mentoring as a year-round process, not just an October lead-up to deer season. Hunting season comes and goes, but mentoring season is 365 days a year. It includes passing along a good magazine article, preparing and eating venison, talking about meaningful memories, showing old and new photos all year long, and much more. Mentoring is a relationship with no substitute. The fact that kids today have few deep adult relationships means that if we create one, we can use that relationship to build up a kid through hunting. Many people don't get the difference between parenting and mentoring. Parenting has mentoring built in. Mentoring without being a parent is a big, voluntary, valuable commitment.
A New Hunter is the GoalAnnoni also said, "Whoever you mentor does not need to know that you're the best hunter on the planet. They need to know you care about them." We set antler standards, but we must also set standards about keeping commitments, punctuality, ethics and all of the other everyday values that we hold as right and good. Deer hunting should be a way to teach normal, natural values. The deer is not the trophy. A newcomer transformed into a responsible hunter is the trophy of a lifetime. We need to care by getting as excited about any deer that a kid kills, as he gets about any deer that we kill ourselves because the newcomer is more important than any deer. If we want to give our deer hunting heritage a future - this is how. Join the +ONE Movement and invite a friend on your next hunt. Special thanks to DeerandDeerHunting.com for providing this insightful content. About the Author Steve Sorensen, known as The Everyday Hunter, is an avid deer hunter from Pennsylvania.
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When it comes to choosing a perfect pup for hunting that can also be a great family pet, pedigree is everything.People have a lot of methods for picking a puppy, but most of them involve trying to evaluate a litter of six-week olds to find the right temperament. This, essentially, is impossible. You can’t look at the behavior of a newborn puppy and accurately predict how it will be as an adult any more than you can with a newborn baby. No matter how timid a puppy seems, or how overtly aggressive a puppy is when compared to its littermates, you won’t be able to make a great call one way or another. By that point in the process, the only decision you’ll really be making is on looks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sVCB508XdY&autoplay=1The true method for picking a perfect puppy is to start long before it’s born by studying its pedigree. One of the most common bird dog legends involves the shelter dog, or the accidental farmhouse Lab, that grew into a bird-hunting machine. We love those stories because they give us hope that any old dog can be amazing in the field. The truth is, those dogs are outliers and their field prowess likely benefits from a bit of storytelling license. To get an amazing hunting dog, or at least hedge your bets, you need to dig into bloodlines. Whether you’re looking for an English setter to hunt quail with, or maybe a golden retriever with a nose for roosters, you need to research not only the parents but the grandparents of the litter. This serves a couple of purposes, the first being health.
Bloodline RealitiesDog breeding in America is an unchecked, unregulated business. That’s why so many breeds have reputations for coming down with cancer or developing debilitating joint issues. A well-bred dog will have all of its health checks in place, and that is a major reason for going this route. The same kind of dog, with pure lines and, hopefully, a history of hunt tests, will not only be healthy but will also be smarter than average. Any dog that comes from generations of hunt-test or field-trial winners has problem-solving skills built in, mostly because dimwits don’t excel at tests. This is a great way to hedge your bets with an easy-to-train dog whether you’ll ever run a field trial yourself or not. [caption id="attachment_2519" align="aligncenter" width="650"]
And any dog that sports a solid pedigree will likely possess plenty of drive and athleticism. These two assets are extremely important to hunting ability. If you want a dog that can hunt the big woods of northern Wisconsin for ruffed grouse all day, you want a dog that has some athleticism in his background.
Quick tip: Unlike Europe, we really don't have any breed standards in the United States. This means there isn't any governing organization that polices breeds and ensures quality. The American Kennel Club is the closest organization we have.[/caption]
Reading a PedigreeYou can’t look at a puppy or play with it for a few minutes and determine anything about how it will turn out as a bird dog despite common belief to the contrary. This is the tricky part. The main focus of reading a pedigree will be to look at the parents and the grandparents of any prospective litter. Any generations beyond that are a bonus, but the biggest genetic contributors tend to be the latest two generations. Every reputable breeder will have a website, as well as the pedigrees of all sires and dams, so finding the base information should be easy. [caption id="attachment_2521" align="aligncenter" width="650"] We often focus on aesthetics in puppies, but not on intelligence. The best bloodlines out there will promise athletic, healthy dogs that also possess plenty of mental bandwidth.[/caption] When reading it, look for designations like MH (Master Hunter) or FC (Field Champion) after a dog’s name. Both are good. You may also see NFC (National Field Champion, AFC (Amateur Field Champion) or SH (Senior Hunter), which are all indicative of dogs that have titled and are likely to be passing on the right genes. If you see CH anywhere, pass. That is a show dog designation, and not what you’re looking for in a hunting dog. Show breeding is all about looks and has been disastrous to many of our once-popular sporting breeds. Keep in mind that it will be easier to find a good pedigree in a popular breed than it will be for a more obscure breed. The same goes for color. A lot of people want a chocolate, a red, or a silver Lab these days. The problem with many of these dogs is that they have been bred for color and nothing else, which is very similar to show breeding. Dig into the pedigree and look for the right field trial or hunt test designations before worrying about color — you won’t regret it.
- Health guarantees.
- What the parents or grandparents were used for if it’s not clear from the pedigree.
- How many litters did the parents produce a year?
Always Buy UpWell-bred dogs are worth a lot but convincing the average sporting-dog owner of that is not so easy. This is because they are usually more difficult to find than any run-of-the-mill dog, and they are more expensive. [caption id="attachment_2523" align="aligncenter" width="650"] A well-bred puppy is going to cost at least twice as much as an average dog, which is tough to swallow. The bright side is that it’s a one-time investment into many years of companionship at home and in the field.[/caption] These days, if you want a golden retriever that is field-bred (no show breeding) and boasts a pure pedigree and all of the health checks, you’ll spend at least $1000 and most likely, quite a bit more. You can find goldens all day long for half that price, but they’ll be a total gamble. Quick tip: If you’re unsure how to research quality bloodlines for your next bird dog, enlist the help of a professional trainer. Well-bred dogs are more expensive, and they are harder to find. However, look at it this way: you’re making a commitment that should hopefully last about a dozen years. Spending twice what you would for a questionable dog amortized over the lifespan of a dog you’re going to be very happy with is not much more of an additional investment. Factor in the likelihood that you’ll have a much better hunting dog and the idea of “buying up” is even easier to accept. A lot of people will still scoff at paying that much, and the typical justification is that they only hunt a couple of times each year, so who really needs an in-field rock star? The answer is, they do. And you do, too, probably; even if your days in the field are very limited.
Family MattersThe thing about bird dogs these days is that even when a diehard upland hunter or waterfowler owns them, they only spend a small amount of time actually hunting. Most of their lives consist of being house pets. This means that while hunting skills, instinct and drive are all important, overall trainability and temperament are even more critical. A well-bred dog that comes from a line of thinkers will be much easier to train. My current Lab, Luna, comes from a solid pedigree. She’s a machine in the field, but at home she is incredible as well. It took me two days to house train her, which was a relief because I’ve never had a dog take to that task so quickly. I also had her sitting the first day we got her as a puppy, which I wouldn’t have believed possible until I experienced it myself. None of this came from exceptional training ability on my part, but instead was the result of paying up for a dog that carried the right stuff in her genes.
ConclusionWell-bred puppies are expensive, but they’re worth it. If you’re paying for genetic potential you’re hedging your bets against a litany of issues that might crop up, not the least of which is health and overall abilities in the field and at home. Forget what you think you know about picking a puppy and start researching litters. If that task is too much, enlist the help of a professional trainer. If you do, you’ll most likely end up with a dog that exceeds your expectations at home, and in the field. And who can put a price on that? About the Author Tony J. Peterson has written hundreds of articles for over two dozen national and local publications. Although he covers topics related to all forms of hunting and fishing, his passion lies in do-it-yourself bowhunting for whitetail deer and western big game. Peterson is an accomplished outdoor photographer and currently serves as the Equipment Editor for Bowhunter magazine and Bowhunter TV. Special thanks to StepOutside.org for providing this insightful content.
https://youtu.be/jcZOO5Zqrjc?t=10In this video, Professional dog trainer Bev Millheim offers some sage advice for dog owners that are getting their young dog ready for its first hunting season. Tough the tips are focused on retrievers the substance can be applied to any breed. If Fido will see it on opening day he should see it first in training. Good luck on your first hunt!