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The science behind the mule deer rut -
posted 4 months ago
Great article, love the deep dive into the science behind it vs. "my grandpa told me once..." myths.
When I was younger, the prevailing opinion around weather kicking the rut into gear was pretty strong, and while it can definitely help or hinder deer movement, it isn't the silver bullet for when the rut starts.
On a recent bowhunt in Idaho for mule deer (last week) the rut was coming on, but the 60° days with bright sun kept the deer in the shade and brush, and they headed for it within about 2 hrs. of sunrise. However, it was encouraging to see deer on their feet in north facing areas by 2pm until dark feeding and acting more rutty. The daylight charts are very helpful.
A look into the health benefits of venison -
posted 10 months ago
I think it is a combo of things that makes wild game of all kinds such a rewarding, healthy source of food -- knowing where it came from, it was obtained through your own doing and hard work, and being healthy is icing on the cake.
My continued goals are always trying to learn new ways to prepare wild game, butchering methods and using more of the "interesting" parts (heart, bones, etc.) as well as sharing it as much as possible with non-hunters.
Gear Review: Binocular harness comparison -
posted 2 years ago
One other feature to note on the MYSTERY RANCH Bino Harness is the MOLLE webbing on the bottom -- this is where you can attach either the MR Bear Spray holster or handgun holster. It is great to have your binos, range finder, wind checker, a few diaphragm calls and either spray or a handgun on you at all times, especially when you drop your pack for a stalk or when calling in elk in bear country.
Kristen A. Schmitt