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Taking a Big Bite out of Venison Jerky

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Last year we had the privilege of putting 6 deer in the freezer. People often ask us if we consume all the meat each year to which our response is, "of course!" Our favorite way to prepare venison is making it into jerky on our Green Mountain Grill smoker. One thing about jerky is that it seems like you start with a pound of meat and end up with what seems is a bookmark... For the past several years processing meat took a lot of time. We used to cut meat by hand, and it would take several evenings to cut into the correct thickness. Last year we bought a cheap meat slicer from a local big box store, and sure enough by the end of the season we burned through the device. We both agreed that we needed a serious upgrade if we wanted to process this amount of venison in the future.   I have always been a fan of our LEM processing products. I knew that they had high quality grinders, stuffers and slicers. I did some careful analysis of their slicers to see exactly what would fit our

How to Magnify your Hunt in 2021

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(Rifle Hunting in 2020) Welcome back! I wanted to squeak one more blog in before the end of this year...and what a year it was. On my final blog for 2020, I will focus on my riflescopes. This may or may not interest you, but I feel it is necessary to help others who send me quite a few DM's regarding optics during hunting season. It also is perfect timing for those thinking about upgrading their equipment in 2021.  First off, there are many different optics out there. I am not going to boast about which brand is better than others and start an argument, I simply want to explain my setup and why I love it. So to begin I have switched all my optics to Bushnell products. Why?  1.  I find that they are making tremendous leaps of improvement with each new launch.  2. Their customer service is excellent.  3. Great value for your dollar. While I take great pride in finding an awesome deal, and I love a company which provides excellent customer service, I wanted to focus on the first bulle

Everything Venison Chili

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It has been a few weeks since I thought about another blog. I love to do recipes that are easy, efficient and do not take half your afternoon to make. Actually, I made this in about 15 minutes before I went to bed last night.  Everything Venison Chili  Tools: You will need a large crockpot, frying pan, cutting board, knife, and a spatula  Ingredients: 1. 1 pound of venison, thawed 2. 1 Tbsp. of olive oil 3. 1 Tbsp. minced garlic 4. 1 whole onion diced 5. Green/Red sweet peppers and spicy peppers of your choice 6. 2 cans of chili beans 7. 1 can of kidney beans 8. 1 can of corn or whatever other odd ball cans you have that you want to use up   9. 1 Tbsp. of chili powder  Directions: 1. In a frying pan, brown venison burger. Once cooked, place in crock pot on lowest setting.  2. In a frying pan on low, add the olive oil, garlic and onions.  3. Add peppers and cook all ingredients until tender. Place pepper/onion mixture into the crockpot.   4. Add the canned items (do not drain) into the

Better Comes Standard with the Savage Renegauge Shotgun

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  Shooting the Renegauge on trap night.  I am excited for this blog. So many people use Savage Arms rifles and to talk about their first semiautomatic shotgun with new technology has me stoked. I have been shooting shotguns for the past 9 years. I shot some bad ones, and I mean bad ones. One was so bad I refuse to hunt grouse ever again. It kicked me so hard and left bruises on my shoulder. Other ones canted into my face and left bruises after a night of trap. You could say that I was pretty much over shotguns until I got my Beretta. It at least did not kick me in the face or leave any bruises. I am here today to tell you to forget all your bad experiences with shotguns. The new Savage Renegauge is here, and it comes with a patented Dual Regulating Inline Valve (DRIV). The new DRIV system ensures excess gas vents before it drives the bolt, resulting in less recoil and a quicker cyclic rate. This means less kick and a fast cycle. When I got the gun in June I could not believe how

Weekend Antelope Roast

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Weekend Antelope Roast I am not going into great detail about what roasts mean to me, how I harvested the meat and gathered the vegetables because, let's face it, get to the recipe already food bloggers. I call it a weekend roast because I usually start it on a Friday night and then we eat it for supper on Saturday.  This roast is from the antelope that I shot on October 3, 2020 in Haakon County, SD. He was shot with my Savage Arms110 Ultralite 6.5 PRC.  Ingredients: Salt and Pepper One 3 to 5 pound antelope roast  1 whole onion, peeled and halved  8 whole carrots, peeled and cubed 5-10 small potatoes cubed 3 cups of beef broth  2 sprigs of fresh rosemary   1. Turn your crockpot to the "low" setting depending on the crockpot. Even our lowest setting makes the broth boiling lava hot... 2. Place the onions, carrots and potatoes into the crockpot. The carrots from the garden are the rainbow variety. In the photo of the finished product you can see how dark the juice is. This
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  As hunting season fast approaches, I wanted to take a moment to write product review. I have worked with Bushnell Optics for just over a year. Ben and I are very particular about optics, and when I told him I had joined forces with Bushnell he was a bit hesitant. After demonstrating the uses of their new lines, I think it is safe to say he was impressed.  When discussing optics there are many companies on the market. I can admit it is hard especially for a beginner. I will only touch on rangefinders in this blog due to the amount of information of the other products, that would be best served in a different blog.  Recently I acquired the Bushnell Prime 1300 Laser Rangefinder. It features an all glass optical system and improved LCD display. This results in a brighter viewing experience that is crucial in low-light conditions. I can see animals up until the end of shooting light to provide an accurate range whereas before I could only range until 10-20 minutes before shooting light en
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 Welcome back! I write this new post the day after my 2020 triathlon season concludes....well there was only 5 races total due to COVID-19. I did 3 of them and made the best of it. As triathlon season winds down and hunting season is in full force I wanted to take time to write my first hunting blog. I will give a background of my interest and how I got started.  Backing up to previous blogs, I was born in Minnesota and grew up in the SE Twin Cities in a town called Hastings. I knew a few people that hunted some friends of friends and friend's family. I always found it be to interesting, but I was focused on other things at the time. My family was not against the concept of it, we simply lived a different lifestyle and did other things.  When I met Ben in 2012 one of the first thing I noticed through social media photos was his passion for the outdoors. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a wildlife biology and ecology degree. He always loved the outdoo