Griffin's Guide to Hunting and Fishing Your source for daily hunting, fishing and outdoors content Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:34:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Make Awesome Venison Jerky Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:34:01 +0000 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


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


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.

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How to Make a Quick Fall Food Plot [VIDEO] Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:25:58 +0000 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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Hunting with Suppressors: The Quiet Truth Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:21:02 +0000 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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Tents and Bags So Comfy You’ll Want to Hit the Snooze Button Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:13:02 +0000 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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Moose On the Loose Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:05:18 +0000 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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The Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than Ever. Will It Get Worse? Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:00:47 +0000 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)

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An Illustrated Deer Decoy Guide for Each Phase of the Season Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:59:57 +0000 Learn deer decoy placements for each phase of the season with this illustrated guide.

The deer decoy is a powerful tool in the bowhunter’s arsenal. It can lure in a dominant buck and help to hide an archer’s movements. But decoys are only effective tools if used correctly.

Deer behave differently during different times of the year, especially during the short window of deer hunting season. It’s important to know how and where to place a decoy and what kind of decoy to use during each phase of the season.

This illustrated guide from Montana Decoy Co will help you do just that. The guide shows a variety of decoy placements and strategies for pre-rut, peak-rut, post-rut and late-season phases.

The illustrations suggest different types of decoys offered by Montana Decoy Co, but similar decoys would also work in these situations. Montana Decoys also also has similar illustrated guides for elk decoys and turkeys. Happy hunting!








Late Season

What do you think about this deer decoy guide? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Minnesota Bowhunter Survives Vicious Bear Attack [VIDEO] Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:54:26 +0000 A Minnesota bowhunter is recovering from serious injuries after surviving a recent brutal black bear attack.

According to KARE 11, the attack occurred in a swamp near Duxbury early Saturday morning when a group of lifelong hunting friends set out to find a bear they had shot with an arrow.

Craig Lindstrom, one of men in the hunting party, said they shot the bear at 11:30 pm on Friday evening and waited four hours before they searched for the wounded animal.

They later found it lying down in the swamp, but it was far from being dead. The bear sprung into action and tackled one of the men.

“All of the sudden I heard him screaming — felt like 10 minutes, but was probably two minutes — literally screaming, screaming and you knew he was being mauled,” Lindstrom said.

The victim managed to fight off the bear using his hands and his knife, but he sustained several serious injuries.

“He made that thing die because he stabbed it about 20 times while it was chewing on his arm,” Lindstrom said. “He kept stabbing it and stabbing it and stabbing it and it was pounding on him, a quarter of a ton — a 525 pound bear pounding on him.”

Lindstrom, who is a firefighter, said he dressed the victim’s wounds once the bear was dead.

Incredibly, the victim managed to walk out of the swamp alive. Lindstrom said it took three hours to walk the victim a half mile out of the swamp. The man was then flown to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he is being treated for injuries to his face, jaw, stomach legs and two broken arms.

As for the bear, Lindstrom said the group is going to have it mounted by a taxidermist.

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10 Deer Hunting Videos to Get You Primed for the Season Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:48:22 +0000 These 10 deer hunting videos are sure to get your blood pumping!

Whether you love hunting whitetail or mule deer, with a bow or rifle, you get it all with this intense collection. Videos 9 and 10 might even bring you to tears.

Heather Farrar’s Monster Buck

Heather Farrar stalks a HUGE buck and makes not one, but two great shots to down this velvet wall-hanger.

A Lot to Be Said About Not Filling a Tag

This video is the perfect reminder that we hunt not for bragging rights, but for something much deeper.

12-Year-Old 650 Yard Shot

Be amazed as this 12-year-old boy puts an insane long range shot on a big ‘ole muley.

Giant Illinois 8-point Whitetail

Patience always goes a long way when it comes to hunting big whitetail and this clip shows why.

South Dakota Mule Deer Archery Hunt

Incredible scenery provides the perfect backdrop for this lifetime hunt. Oh yeah, the buck isn’t too shabby either.

169″ Buck: Illinois Bow Hunt

Teenager or not, this young man proves he has got what it takes to harvest a nice 11-point whitetail with a clean bow shot.

Trophy Mule Deer with Bow

Watch as one hunter makes a skillful shot on a trophy mule deer on the slopes of Montana.

2 Deer with 1 Shot

Not even a teenager yet, this hunter has quite a story to tell as his first bow kill bags him two deer.

Young Disabled Hunter Takes Down Whitetail Buck

Although he has been confined to a wheel chair from birth, this hunter refuses to allow his circumstances to prevent him from enjoying the great outdoors.

Kid’s Reaction to Big Buck

This youngster’s response after taking a trophy buck is priceless.

Do you have an exciting deer hunting video that beats these? Share a link to your favorite videos in the comments section!

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What a Wonderful Hog Hunting World [VIDEO] Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:38:34 +0000 What a wonderful world to be flying in a helicopter while killing feral hogs.

This video posted by Dustin Ellermann shows some slow motion action from a helicopter.

With some added music, of course.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says that two-thirds of the feral hog population needs to be harvested just to maintain their numbers.

Well, isn’t that convenient? Hogs need to die, and they happen to be a lot of fun to kill. Especially via helicopter.

TPWD is reaching out to Texans asking them not to be too conservative with their harvests.

The department urges Texans to join together to decrease the feral hog population, which is always high enough to cause problems with farmers and native wildlife across the state.

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