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Kansas has a plethora of hunting options. You can chase, stalk, and flush just about anything but alligators.

With so much space and so many hunts going on, accidents are bound to happen, and they do, but in record low numbers. Last year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (DWTP) reported just six incidents of hunting injury, none fatal.

The DWPT is rightfully proud of the lowest number of hunter incidents in 50 years. In this article, they suggest several steps to take in order to make your hunting days safe and secure.

Nebraska 14 pt deer 210Rules of Gun Safety

  • Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
  • Never point your firearm at anything you don’t want to shoot.
  • Keep the safety on until right before you shoot.
  • Know your target and what lies beyond it.
  • Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Rules of gun safety are just one of many lessons taught during Hunter Education courses in Kansas, and the program is a big reason hunting-related incidents in the state are at an all-time low. Since 1973, more than 500,000 students have completed the Kansas Hunter Education course.


WY Elk 2012 010How a deer is processed very much affects the taste and quality of the meat.

If you’ve ever considered processing your own venison, but were reluctant to try, this video will show you the steps from A to Z.

By doing it yourself, you can insure that you get your deer, that the cuts are exactly to your liking, and you’ll save $50 on each deer.

The folks at GrowingDeer.TV do a great job of explaining the process and the cuts of meat. Check out the video.


A small pack is like the desktop of a computer: There’s just enough room for the essentials.

If you  hunt before or after work, you want to make the most of every minute. That usually means a “grab-’n-go” pack that contains a few scents, a release, rangefinder,  jerky sticks, and camp paint. You know, the important stuff.

Like your computer desktop, you want those essential hunting items at the ready and you want to know exactly where they are at all times.

Tenzing just introduced the perfect small pack that has many functions, one that’s ideal for the hunter on the go.

TZ721_45With a breathable mesh waist, padded hip panels and a highly adjustable waist belt system, the 2-pound TZ 721 is designed to be worn as an unobtrusive fanny pack while traveling to or from the field. Once its wearer settles into the stand, however, the TZ 721 can be quickly and easily repositioned to the front to keep contents accessible and make use of the plush, built-in muff as a convenient and cozy place for cold hands.  But the TZ 721 Waist Pack’s creature comforts don’t end there. Four specialized pockets — carefully placed in strategic positions — accept hand warmers to heat the hunter’s core.

Available in Realtree Xtra and Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, the TZ 721 excels at storing small items inside its 17 total compartments and pockets that might otherwise get lost inside larger packs. There’s a place for everything, starting with the hunter’s mobile device. A pocket inside the top flap of the main compartment allows for smartphone operation without ever removing it from the pack. Open-topped side compartments secure with adjustable bungees are ideal for rangefinders and binoculars, while the pack’s face pocket and sub-compartments are great places for calls, tags, wallet and extra ammunition. The TZ 721’s 294 cubic-inch main compartment is perfect for gloves, hats, knives, keys or cameras. Webbing and compression straps on the pack’s bottom come in handy for securing extra items like rattling antlers or a jacket.


This video, posted by Keith Warren, documents his first black bear taken with a crossbow.

This black bear hunt happened in Saskatchewan, Canada, with an organization called Woody River Trophy Hunts, owned and operated by Lance Miller. Miller was working with Magnum Outfitters this time around to take Warren out bear hunting.

Warren shot his huge black bear at night, so he was not able to recover it at that moment due to safety regulations, despite the fact that he clearly took it down with one shot. The bear only made it 60 yards after being shot.

Warren chose to use a crossbow for the simple reason that he wanted to. It is a unique way to hunt, so why not try something new?

Warren says, “there’s not a lot of hunting pressure up here,” in the eastern Saskatchewan area, which means the bears and the deer get pretty big.

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Here’s how to make insect repellant that doesn’t cost a fortune.

There are just six simple items to rid you of those pesky bugs.

This 70-year old family recipe has been used for generations in our family, it’s safe and effective, plus it’s pleasant smelling and great for kids, pets and grown-ups alike.

The only thing you may need to make this insect repellant that you don’t already have is the Dettol. Here is the list of ingredients:

  1. 1 Bottle of Dettol 6-12 oz
  2. Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka
  3. Dish Soap (Dawn works best)
  4. Lavender Oil
  5. Distilled Water
  6. 16 oz Spray Bottle

Mix 3 tablespoons of Dettol in the spray bottle. Next, add 4 ounces of Vodka or rubbing alcohol, then add 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap.

Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, leaving enough room in the bottle to shake well.

The last ingredient is the lavender oil, of which you only need a bit. Add about three drops to start, too much can be overpowering. Once all ingredients are in your spray bottle replace the lid and shake well.

Due to the fact that the Dettol is highly concentrated, this bottle will last you a long time. Do not use the Dettol  undiluted as it may cause skin irritation. This bug repellant will last in a sealed bottle for years, just simply shake it prior to use.

If you are allergic to lavender you can substitute it with vanilla oil, but not extract.

Share this recipe with your friends and family and let us know in the comments how much you loved it.

Photos: Morguefile.com, Amazon (Dettol image)


Complaints are common regarding the lack of flavor from ground venison. The meat is very lean and can suffer miserably from overcooking. I often add some ground fatty meat to my ground venison to add flavor and moisture. In this instance, I have used a creamy cheese, onions and mushrooms for flavor. While most of us prefer to have our meat ground for us by a game processor shortly after harvest, you’ll discover that freshly ground meat tastes better than previously ground and then frozen burger. You can also trim up hunks of meat, freeze it and then thaw and grind into burger before cooking.

4 servings



makes 4 big burgers

1 1/2 pounds ground venison

2 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 cups mushrooms, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

salt and pepper

4 burger buns

4 lettuce leaves

4 slices tomato


Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Stir in mushrooms and sauté until soft. Transfer to a medium bowl and allow to cool. Add ground venison, blue cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and mix well with your hands to blend. Form into 4 large patties. Grill, pan-fry or broil patties until browned. Add to bun with lettuce, tomato and your choice of other condiments.

Photo: The Sporting Chef