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Want to know how to make awesome venison jerky with all that meat in your freezer?

This is a traditional technique to preserve any type of meat and makes a great snack to have in your pantry through the winter.

Making jerky consists of cutting the meat into thin strips and then drying it with salt or sugar so that it will not rot. The fat is often-times removed.
Making jerky on your own is actually a simple and easy process. With this recipe, you can preserve venison for a long period of time
This recipe is for those who want to have their Venison Jerky simple with just a hint of seasoning.

Recipe adapted form Beef Jerky Recipes

White-Tail-Deer-Jerky-Recipe2Venison Jerky

Ingredients:

6 lbs venison, cut into small strips
1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. curing salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. pepper
3 tsp. accent seasoning
8 tsp. salt
2 Tb. liquid smoke

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a plastic bag or sealable container.

Add venison strips, mix well and refrigerate for 3 days to allow for marination.

Place jerky strips on a wire rack, with a shallow baking pan underneath to catch any drippings.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees, and cook jerky for one and a half hours. Check consistency and pliability, and cook 30 minutes at a time until desired dryness is reached.

Store you jerky in a dry container and location. Sealed mason jars or vacuum packs work well.

Deer seasons are open in some states, just around the corner in others, and a testament to the tremendous hunting resource Americans enjoy.

Although everyone is excited about the beginning of the season, keeping a long-term perspective will help you enjoy the full adventure and be more successful.

Despite the arrival of fall, it’s not too late to plant a small food plot that will have deer near your stand and coming back through the winter seasons, a time when hunter pressure wanes and you may have the woods to yourself.

This video from GrowingDeer.TV shows you how to plant even at this late date.

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quiettruthglassing[2]In many European countries, a suppressor on a firearm is the rule, not the exception.

In the USA, silencers (suppressors) are more associated with illegal crime, yet these quieting devices have great benefits, especially as we learn how harmful muzzle blast can be on a shooter’s hearing.

In addition, even the safely handled shooting of rifles near residential areas can be a problem due to the controversial element of gunfire.

Are suppressors coming to America? How do they work, and what’s it like to hunt with a one? Join Wayne van Zwoll and Scott Mayor on an aoudad hunt in Texas for a first-hand account as published in Hunt Forever.

thL9T5KA4NHundreds of pairs of eyes glassing with a clarity and definition rivaling the finest German optics kept vigilant watch over the herd of wily free-range aoudad sheep. My hunting partner, Wayne van Zwoll, and I had spotted the challenging quarry from a mile or more away and attempted a stalk, keeping the wind in our face and the sun at our back. But the slight “clink” from a loose volcanic rock stepped on by a seemingly innocent footstep or perhaps those incredible binocular-like eyes catching our distant movement betrayed our intentions, sending brown streams of sheep pouring down into the canyons and braiding up into distant cliffs with a deftness and speed that would have a mere human tumbling to his or her fate. Throughout the day, the scenario repeated itself with Groundhog Day regularity until we grudgingly accepted the reality of on-coming darkness and put “our” sheep safely to bed in a prickly pear flat at the top of a weathered West Texas mesa.

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Whether hunting, fishing, or camping, a week in the Wyoming mountains will bring weather challenges.

Last week, our evening campfire session was cut short by a sudden storm. Laying in my warm Grizzly sleeping bag and watching the lightning flash through the Freestander Turbo Tent was exhilarating. The electrical storm had plenty of flash, followed by hail and a pouring rain for the next two hours. The sound of big drops on canvas was both soothing and scintillating.

This was my first storm sleeping in a Turbo Tent, and the experience was very comfortable — and dry! First, the tents go up quickly and can be “popped” by a single person without the worry of losing poles, since the tent comes connected. Inside the tent, we had sturdy cots and the most comfortable sleeping bag I’ve ever encountered: The Grizzly.

Here’s a quick summary of each product:

The author's elk hunting camp consisted of two Turbo Tents that easily handled the Cowboy State's fickle weather.

The author’s elk hunting camp consisted of two Turbo Tents that easily handled the Cowboy State’s fickle weather.

Freestander Turbo Tent by Black Pine Features

  • Color: Beige and Green
  • Lightweight aluminum poles, jointed and connected
  • 150-denier ripstop polyester with Thermoguard lining
  • 210-denier nylon bathtub-style floor
  • Rainfly with front awning
  • Two side windows with zippered storm flaps
  • Zippered pockets for stow-and-go guylines
  • Heavy-duty MAX zippers
  • Electrical power cord inlet
  • Footprint: 10′ x 10′
  • Center height: 7′
  • Wall height: 5′ 6″
  • Wind rating: 60 mph
  • Weight: 32 lbs, including tent, rainfly, stakes, and canvas carrying bag
The full-size comfort of the Grizzly sleeping bag made sleeping cozy and relaxing.

The full-size comfort of the Grizzly sleeping bag made sleeping cozy and relaxing.


Grizzly Sleeping Bag

Mummy-style sleeping bags are a great idea if you were a Pharaoh in your former life and need to sleep a thousand years. If you just want a great night’s sleep, the full-sized Grizzly sleeping bag is ideal. My hunting buddy John and I had each climbed about 2,000 feet at nearly two miles of elevation the first morning of our elk hunt. Returning to camp in early afternoon, we had time for a short nap. The Grizzly sleeping bags quickly got us sleeping and nearly consumed the day. The soft flannel lining and the large space of the bag had me sleeping like a king. Here are the details.

  • Color: Olive with plaid lining
  • Shell: Duck canvas
  • Insulation: Microfiber
  • Flannel lining
  • Double-layer offset quilting
  • Oversized draft tubes and chest baffles
  • Big, heavy-duty MAX double zipper
  • Stuff sack included
  • Machine washable (gentle cycle), hang to dry
  • Length (outer): 90”
  • Width (outer): 40”, shoulder to foot
  • Fill weight: 5 lbs
  • Bag weight: 9.7 lbs

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While elk hunting in Wyoming, I encountered this young shiras moose along a back road.

It ran toward a camper whose residents quickly jumped inside. The moose jogged uneventfully into the timber and went about its business.

Later that night, an animal making a distinct “moosey” grunting sound could be heard outside my tent. Perhaps it wanted to see its digital image.

I didn’t offer.

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We’ve been hearing for years how the burning of fossil fuels creates carbon buildup in the atmosphere, leading to global warming. The oceans absorb a lot of that carbon dioxide. This absorption of carbon dioxide changes the pH balance of the ocean, a situation termed “ocean acidification.”

Recent studies are coming to light on what effects ocean acidification is having on the marine environment. The first known affects appear to be manifesting themselves with coral reefs and shellfish. Coral reefs produce eonomic value by way of tourism. Commercial shellfish production represents a multi-billion dollar industry.

As any outdoorsman (or woman) knows, a change in one part of an ecosystem does not sit in a silo. It inevitably has far-reaching effects throughout the ecosystem. This article from VOX summarizes many of the recent scientific studies and the possible effects of ocean acidification.

oysters_tristar“The current rate of ocean acidification appears unprecedented at least over the last 300 million years,” noted a report this week from the World Meteorological Organization.

That’s a big deal — and it’s worth unpacking a bit further. The WMO notes that the oceans currently absorb roughly one-quarter of all the carbon dioxide that we emit from our cars, factories, and power plants each year.

That process helps fend off (some) global warming, but it also comes at a cost: As that extra carbon dioxide dissolves in water, it turns into carbonic acid and decreases the pH levels in the oceans.

This is called “ocean acidification” — and it could have terrible consequences for marine life in the decades ahead. More acidic seawater can chew away at coral reefs and kill oysters by making it harder for them to form protective shells. Acidification might also muck up the food supply for key species like Alaska’s salmon. One recent study estimated that the loss of mollusks alone could cost the world as much as $100 billion per year by century’s end.

Photos: VOX (top); Tristar Seafoods (above)