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SD Muz Deer 2013 075Sometimes old-school hunting tactics work best.

One of the basic tenets of Southern hunting is the tried-and-true shooting house. For decades, Southern hunters have been watching green fields, clear cuts, and other prime whitetail haunts from the confines of a small structure tucked away in a tree line. The containment of the blind keeps bugs away, insulates against heat and cold, and allows movement at the moment of truth.

These blinds aren’t portable, yet if you hunt the same place consistently, consider one for deer and turkey. The old shooting house is becoming increasingly popular nationwide.

The folks at Advantage Hunting Blinds have the process down to a science. If you’re considering a ground blind that won’t wear our or blow down, check out their gear.

1102[1]Hunters often spend a fortune buying lumber and constructing shooting houses, only to see that investment gradually deteriorate as the years pass.  Advantage Hunting Blinds, built with heavy-duty polyethylene shells, are designed to last. The engineers behind each blind from Advantage Hunting understand that features are very important, but durability is a key.

Speaking of those very important features, Advantage Hunting Blinds offers many, including patented Scent-Proof technology, portability and efficiency  The heavy-duty polyethylene shells, through-bolt design with interlocking corners, weather- and bug-resistant materials, tinted polycarbonate windows, and carpeted, ¾-inch pressure-treated plywood floor assure a long-lasting blind for hunting seasons to come.

Advantage Hunting offers two blinds, the Deluxe and the Whitetail, and both come in standard and condo models. The standard comfortably sits two hunters, while the condo accommodates four people.  The Deluxe Blind is constructed with a revolutionary, patented SCENTite scent-proof technology. The technology allows you to hunt on the ground or elevated without being detected by a deer’s sense of sight or smell. SCENTite Deluxe Blinds are airtight. Fresh air enters through intake ports located near the bottom of the blind, which then drafts your scent and vents it 30 feet above ground level.

The more economical Whitetail Blind from Advantage Hunting can be configured to suit the needs of firearm hunters and archers. It is built with optional full or trap doors, and a through-bolt design with interlocking corners. The result is a lightweight and nearly maintenance-free blind.


Where did the summer go? I can’t wait until opening day. I’ll bet you can’t, either.

I wanted to set up a food plot near my remote deer stand on top of a mountain. If you’re like me, this announcement is a life saver for the procrastinating deer hunter who wants the attraction of great whitetail groceries, yet didn’t get around to planting those seeds in the ground. I’ve used this seed in previous years and have found that it sprouts well and holds deer even through the late muzzleloading season, when anything green is a deer magnet. Most of all, this seed in inexpensive, so you can get enough to plant almost any remote patch for about $30. The seed is designed to be planted without heavy equipment, even hand tools, and the plants need only 3–4 hours of sunlight to grow. Here’s the deal.

<pSometimes, the best spots for food plots can be the toughest places to maneuver heavy equipment. If you can get there by 4-wheeler or foot and the area gets 3 to 4 hours of sunlight a day, Imperial No-Plow can give you a hardy, fast-growing crop of highly nutritious and attractive forage. No-Plow is a high-protein annual that can provide up to 9 months of attraction and nutrition for optimal deer growth and antler development — and preparation can be done with as little as hand tools.

  • Includes specially selected cereal grains, annual clovers, brassica, radish and lettuce
  • Highly attractive annual forage specifically designed for areas hard to access with farming equipment (logging roads, remote clearings, etc.)
  • Can be planted either in a fully prepared seedbed, or with minimal ground preparation sufficient to establish good seed-to-soil contact
  • Extremely drought and cold tolerant
  • Establishes quickly and grows rapidly
  • Tolerates as little as only 3–4 hours of broken or filtered sunlight a day


Alaska Bear one 134Alaska’s brown bears are grizzlies on steroids (okay, it’s actually salmon). They dwarf their grizzled brethren that live in Alaska’s interior. Enormous in size, ferocious on a charge, and packing a nose that can smell a human two miles away, they are the ultimate big-game challenge.

Career hunter Bob Foulkrod takes you through this amazing adventure as part of the Winchester Legends video series. It’s not stalking these enormous predators up north, but its close. Check out the video.

Photo: National Geographic


Attending a Safari Club International convention is like a hunting trip for adventure. Every sportsman should make this pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. The taxidermy is beyond belief, and you’ll meet hunters and sportsmen from around the world.  If you need one more perk to put this important date on your calendar, come hear Glenn Beck speak. Here are the details.

Glenn Beck, one of America’s leading multi-media personalities, will be speaking the evening of Saturday, February 7 at the 2015 SCI Hunters’ Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Beck has the third highest rated radio program in America. Beck is also noted for making TheBlaze TV, one of the world’s largest streaming video networks.

“We are excited to be hosting such a renowned speaker,” says Libby Grimes, Director SCI Convention & Event Planning. “His inspiring and honest tales about Americanism today are sure to hit a home run with those in attendance.”  Beck is also the author of seven #1 New York Times Bestsellers. He also stars in live stage shows, is editor of GlennBeck.com, and the publisher or TheBlaze.com. Beck’s Restoring Honor Event in August 2010 drew hundreds of thousands of people to the Mall in Washington, D.C. Previously, Beck hosted a phenomenally successful daily show on Fox News.


I’m a fan of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Judging from the viewer numbers coming in on the popular TV event, now in its 27th year, it’s pretty safe to say a lot of other people are fans as well.

I’ve noticed that a lot of advertisers and media outlets are jumping in on the shark craze in their own way. SyFy Channel was recently playing something called Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda. While I’m sure that movie was entertaining, it couldn’t possibly match up with the show these Australian tourists viewed on a riverboat nature cruise. Unfortunately for the shark in this story, this battle didn’t play out in its favor.

croc_soloThis large bull shark might have thought it was safe to go back in the water. But he didn’t count on Brutus, Adelaide River’s most famous and fearsome resident, who showed the shark who was the true king of the waterway.

The 5.5-metre croc has become an international sensation, one of the Top End’s biggest tourist drawcards and a frequent star of the NT News.

Brutus, who is thought to be more than 80 years old, is also known for his missing front leg. The story goes that the limb was lost in a shark attack.

Yesterday, in front of about 25 passengers on the regular 11am cruise, Brutus took his revenge. The moment was captured by Sydneysider Andrew Paice, who is travelling around Australia with his wife Nikki Beaumont and their daughter Madison, 6.

Photos: The Daily Telegraph


Two new Western-themed targets from Birchwood Casey add a lot of excitement to practice sessions, all while serving a very useful purpose for archers and muzzleloading sportsmen.

3-D archery elk targets can be quite large and very expensive. At approximately two feet by four feet, these paper images aren’t life-size, but they’re large enough to teach the importance of shot placement.

Archers and muzzleloaders should avoid aiming at the shoulder on an elk, like a centerfire rifleman, as the heavy shoulder muscles and shoulder blade often reduces penetration to a few inches, and neither the muzzleloading lead bullet or broadhead will enter the vitals. Now, a new set of well-marked targets from Birchwood Casey will help you zero in on the critical lung area, a shot on elk that is quickly lethal. Here are the details.

byers011The new Eze-Scorer Animal Targets from Birchwood Casey offer shooters a cost effective way to get realistic practice while sighting in their gun or bow. Eze-Scorer Animal Targets are now available in high quality photo versions of both elk and mule deer. The non-adhesive heavyweight paper targets measure 23″x35″. Each target has the vitals outlined so shooters can easily see if their shots are effective. Eze-Scorer elk and mule deer targets come in packs of two and sell for $5.40.