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Top Five Secrets to Deer Hunting

Friday, October 16, 2015 1:40:23 PM America/New_York

 

The hunt is all about the experience. While out in the forest, clean, crisp air fills your lungs and clears your head. You can feel your heart beating in your chest, excited and exhilarated. It thuds louder than the songs of birds or the rustle of leaves. Your eyes focus on the prize at hand: the deer that will become your prey. It meanders nearby, unaware of your deadly precision and focus. However, if you aren't fully prepared, you might miss your shot, letting the deer get away and ruining your thrill. Make sure you are prepared on your next hunt by following these top five secrets to deer hunting.

 

1. Stay Upwind

Many hunters don't fully realize the power of a deer's nose. In fact, a deer's sense of smell is so strong, it can often detect odors even if you have fancy scent blocking equipment. Therefore, it's important to use the environment to your advantage. Make sure your scent is being blown away from the deer so he can't sense you coming ahead of time.

 

2. Startle Them With a Grunt

This sounds like a strange technique, but it actually works. If a deer is happily meandering through the woods and won't hold still long enough for you to take aim, simply try making a "brrt" sound with your mouth. Don't be too loud and never try to whistle, as this is not a natural sound and may scare them away. The subtle grunt will make them pause in curiosity long enough for you to get in a kill shot.

 

3. Vary Hunting Locations

While deer may not be the smartest of creatures, they are smart enough to realize when a certain area becomes dangerous. If you go to the same hunting stand every day, chances are the deer will start to avoid it. Always switch it up to keep the deer unaware of your habits. This will also keep them from getting anxious and jumpy.

 

4. Choose the Right Height

It is vitally important to adjust your hunting stand to the correct height, which varies depending on the terrain. For example, if you are in a hilly area, it is a bad idea to camp out on top of the hill, as the deer will see your silhouette from miles away. On the other hand, don't camp down in a valley because you won't be able to see over bushes or thickets. Additionally, bow hunters should be lower to the ground than gun hunters. 

 

5. Use Decoys Correctly

Decoys are a great tool for confusing deer, but only when they are used in the right manner. Deer typically approach a decoy head-on, so it is important to place your decoy at a 45 degree angle away from you. Therefore, as the deer approaches the decoy, he will come right in front of you without seeing your hiding place. 

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The Ultimate Camping Survival Kit - Why Beef Jerky should be on top of your list!

Thursday, October 15, 2015 1:28:25 PM America/New_York

 

The general rule when you’re planning a camping trip is to plan for the unexpected. Unless you will be rolling up to a spot at a campground (which really isn’t camping) then you need an ultimate camping survival kit. The first item that goes in this kit is beef jerky and lots of it, now, you may be wondering what’s so special about bring beef jerky along on your camping trip – remember the general rule, plan for the unexpected, if you bring enough beef jerky you will have all the food and nutrients you need to survive if you should get lost, injured, or for some other unknown reason stuck out in the wilderness for a lot longer than you planned.

 

What Makes Beef Jerky the Camping Super Food?

Beef jerky is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Beef jerky is loaded with vitamins, minerals, it’s high in quality protein that the body needs to maintain a healthy metabolism. Plus, beef jerky is loaded with essential amino acids. All of the nutrients found in beef jerky is not only healthy but essential for digestion, healthy tissue, and overall good health. The best part is beef jerky contains almost everything a person needs to survive. Then of course the taste you may have had good beef jerky in the past but if you want the best try Crockett Creek’s Southern style beef jerky.

 

Ultimate Camping Survival Kit

Now, that the beef jerky is packed, let’s look at the rest of the items you will need for your ultimate camping survival kit. Let’s start with a water purifier- something small that won’t be ruined if it gets wet – water purification tablets (you can purchase a large bag in a health food store.) Simply follow the directions to purify your creek or lake water and drink up. Now, that we have covered food and water let’s move on to everything else.

 

Okay, the first thing you are going to need is something to put all your supplies ina backpack with a sleeping bag rack is the best, unless you want to drag a duffel bag through the woods. The backpack should have a few different compartments, so you can quickly and easier find specific items such as a first aid kit, prescription medication or emergency medication, like an Epi-pen if you’re deathly allergic to bees and get stung etc.

 

Now, all the special compartments are filled, moving on to the rest of the bag. The sleeping bag rack is obviously for your sleeping bag. You may want to purchase a heated blanket or a waterproof blanket and roll it up inside the sleeping bag, it can get pretty cold at night.

 

Clothes

You should be wearing your steel toed hiking boots already, so no need to pack them, the same goes for a coat. If you roll the clothes they won’t take up too much room.

 

  • Heavy-duty waterproof socks
  • Thermal underwear and shirt or a one-piece thermal set
  • Heavy-duty waterproof gloves
  • A few T-shirts (short and long sleeve, so you can dress in layers)
  • Extra pair of jeans, shirt and underwear

 

Survival Gear

  • Waterproof matches
  • Tea light candles (place under damp wood to dry quicker)
  • Rope (to hang clothes that need drying)
  • All-purpose utility knife
  • Canteen
  • One dish and utensil per person for eating
  • One or two small pots/pans
  • Non-perishable foods that are lightweight
  • Weapon (lots of wild hungry animals in the woods with you)
  • Flare gun and extra flares
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Hand crank radio that has a flashlight and cell phone charger just in case you get service high on a mountain top
  • GPS (it’s worth a shot if you get lost)
  • Duct tape (you should never leave home without your duct tape)
  • Rolls of colored rope (so you don’t get lost)
  • Sanitary bags (for you know what)
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Deck of cards to pass the time

 

First-Aid Kit

You’re better off to make your own than buy one.

 

  • The basics – Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, pain medication etc.
  • Gloves
  • Ace bandages
  • Gauze
  • Waterproof medical Tape

Make sure you have double the amount of supplies for the amount of time you plan on camping, and quadruple the amount of beef jerky, no sense in going hungry.

 

No one ever goes camping with the intention of getting lost or hurt, but it happens more often than you might imagine, so it is always best to be safe than sorry.

 

 

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Hunting Tips For Beginners

Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:18:23 PM America/New_York

 

People love hunting for a variety of reasons, including adventure, for a challenge, or simply to connect with nature. Whatever your reason to hunt, there are several aspects of planning and preparation that should take place before embarking on your first time out. The following are 7 hunting tips for beginners.

 

1. Know the Law

The hunting laws vary from state to state and are dependent upon what type of animal is being hunted. Make sure the animal you're hunting is legal. Some states will have restrictions regarding the type of deer that can be shot.

 

2. Dress Appropriately

It's usually recommended to dress in layers. Since most hunting trips last for several hours the weather can change significantly while you're out. It can be quite cool in the early morning and in the evening, and then warm up during the daytime. 

 

3. Bring the Necessary Supplies  

Whether you're bowhunting or hunting with a gun these aren't the only items you'll need. A knife, a rope, and a tarp are all supplies that are used quite often when hunting. It's also important to bring enough water and ready-to-eat snacks.

 

4. Pay Attention to the Wind

You want to hunt with the wind in your face. This will blow your scent away from the prey. Whether you're on the ground or have chosen a tree to hunt from, choose your direction to hunt with the wind in mind. Some hunters even keep their hunting clothes in a bag with leaves and dirt until they arrive at the site so the clothing will take on a natural scent.

 

5. Go Extra Slow

Adrenaline is bound to be flowing, especially during the first hunt. Taking your time, going slow, and making sure the animals don't sense your presence is extremely important. Sometimes it's even a good idea to stop for several minutes and take an inventory of your surroundings.

 

6. Know What Shots You Can take

Knowing ahead of time what kind of shots you're willing to take and what the distance is that you'll likely make that shot can make the hunting experience more enjoyable and successful.  The goal is always to take down an animal quickly and cleanly, never to maim or injure. When hunting deer, an unobstructed view of the animal's broadside is always the easiest shot. 

 

7. Go With an Experienced Hunter

It will be much easier to follow the previous tips if you're hunting with someone who already knows the ropes. No matter how much preparation is involved, there will likely be things that come up in the middle of a hunt that a more experienced hunter will know how to handle.

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Beef Jerky Cheeseball

Friday, October 9, 2015 3:49:22 PM America/New_York

Ingredients

- 2 packages creme cheese

- 2 packages of our original flavor beef jerky  (chopped finely)

- 3 bundles of green onion ( chopped finely)

- 1 cup almonds (chopped finely)

- 1 teaspoon horeseradish

- 2 tablespoons salad dressing (your choice)

- cracker crumbs (set aside)

Directions:

- Mix all ingredients together and roll in almonds. Use crackers to dip in cheese ball. 

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More Women Give Hunting a Shot

Friday, July 24, 2015 1:12:58 PM America/New_York

 

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An increasing number of women are appreciating the significance of hunting in their lives. This development has been observed despite the fact that men have dominated the activity for long. The rise in gender consciousness has seen more women embrace hunting. Similarly, women empowerment and awareness have made them shy away from restricted social positions. Furthermore, the native American lands are endowed with immense hunting opportunities. And there is no reason whatsoever why women should not take such opportunities.

Benefits of Hunting Among the Women

Alanna Mitchell, writing for The Globe and Mail says that taking wild meat assures a person that you are eating organic food that is devoid of hormones and commercial use of chemicals. In addition to that, various scientific studies have revealed that wild meat has one third fewer calories than lean commercial meat as well as a lower level of cholesterol.

Hunting provides a good opportunity of recreation and enjoying nature. The social and professional commitments combined with family duties can leave a woman drained. In this regard, women are taking up hunting for recreation. The National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFDay) notes that the teenage girls are currently the fastest growing market when it comes to sport shooting. The advantage with hunting is that one can breath in an expansive and vast environment.

Through hunting, women establish a relationship with the animals. They get to gain a deeper understanding of the animals and become more conscious of the environment. Moreover, women have been grateful that some of the money that is derived from hunting licensing, equipment, and ammunition is used to fund conservation efforts. This is more relevant when it comes to protecting the various endangered species.

Hunting has become a major tool of women for local food movement. The greatest advantage with consumption of local food is that it helps in the conservation efforts that are largely community based. Furthermore, it means that one consumes food which is more affordable and helps in building the local community. Moreover, such food is eaten fresh and is not vulnerable to the negative effects of long transportation.

Conclusion

The recent statistics are a proof that women are becoming more independent and are assuming positions that have long been dominated by men. Hunting is a strong case in point. In fact, more women are going to join hunting. Overall, hunting among women is a symbol of liberation and is an ethical and sustainable choice.

 

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How to Buy the Right Hunting Boots

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:12:21 PM America/New_York

 

How to buy the right hunting boots!

 

To a skilled hunter the right equipment isn't just made up of the right gun, ammunition and transportation for whatever is coming back with them. A skilled hunter knows that a comfortable pair of boots should always be part of the mix. If you plan on surviving the elements with a pair of normal boots then you can have all the ammo in the world, chances are you won't last long enough to actually bring back a trophy. They are going to get wet, uncomfortable and ultimately leave you colder than a snowstorm in winter. If you do manage to put your cold and wet feet at the back of your mind you most likely won't enjoy the experience, so why go hunting in the first place? Before you even think of going out this season use these tips on how to buy the right hunting boots.


The Right Boots for the Right Occasion


Consider where you will be hunting and work from there. For example, will the conditions be wet or dry? Is it going to be warm or cold? Will you be doing a lot of climbing or will you be walking through streams and swamps? A good hunter knows his terrain and he is always prepared. Choose a pair of boots that is specifically designed for the conditions you'll be facing. It's also recommended that you wait until later in the day to make your purchase, because your feet are going to swell as the day goes by.


Don't Forget the Socks


You want to get socks that are warm and thick, because the trip you'll be taking isn't summer camp. You will be scaling uncomfortable terrain and your feet need all the support they can get. Try them on when you are testing your boots in the store, but don't just walk a couple of steps. Take a few strides through the store and try to be methodical about how they will feel after a few days.


Size does Matter


Assuming you wear a size 13, but the store you go to only has a 12.5 pair in stock. Don't even consider trying them on. In fact, walk out of the store right away, because the only leverage you should give the size of the boots is half a size bigger, not smaller. A tight and snug fit does not equal comfort and warmth. However, it will result in pain and a lot of bad thoughts toward the person who sold them to you. Remember that comfort and protection are your main priorities, so your toes need the necessary room to wiggle around.


Every Boot is Unique


Never make assumptions about the dimensions of a boot, even if it's a brand you've previously had. Designs and material change, not to mention the different approaches from different brands. Every pair of hunting boots will have a different level of comfort. The only way you are going to figure out which pair is going to work for you is by trying them out. Don't rely on the salesperson to tell you what they "should" feel like, because perceptions are different. Go that extra mile and wear them in all possible ways. For instance, wear them with shorts and long pants. You can even tug your pants into the boots if you want to, but test them thoroughly before you make a final decision.


If you follow this advice on how to buy your next pair of hunting boots then you can be sure it's going to be a comfortable experience, come hell or high water.

 

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How to Maximize Jerky Shelf Life

Friday, July 10, 2015 2:18:44 PM America/New_York

 

how to make jerky's shelf life last longer

 

How long does beef jerky last? Does jerky go bad? Eventually, yes – although drying and dehydrating products can extend the time they can be safely consumed, this doesn’t make them indefinitely shelf stable. While jerky lasts for much longer shelf life than its fresh counterpart, the way you store it usually determines its shelf life.
The worst enemies of jerky are heat, temperature fluctuation, light and rough handling. How do they impact the shelf life of jerky, and most importantly – what can you do to avoid this?

1. Heat
Back in high school, we learned that adding heat can speed up any process, including breaking down meat. Keeping jerky in a warm or hot environment is similar to cooking the meat, although it takes much longer. That being said, storing jerky in a warm environment equals to reducing its shelf life considerably. That’s why you should make sure to store jerky in a cool place, at temperatures between 35F-70F. Jerky can last indefinitely stored in a sealed bag in the refrigerator than if stored in the oven.

2. Light
If you leave a piece of fresh meat in direct sunlight, it tends to deteriorate more quickly than if you had protected it from sunlight instead. Storing jerky in direct sunlight will speed up the oxidization process, making the jerky become darker in color and tougher. Most of the time, sunlight can penetrate through plastic containers and have the same damaging effects to your jerky. To prevent this, simply avoid sunlight altogether, no matter how tough the container or wrapping may be.

3. Temperature Fluctuation
When you shower, warm vapors emerge from the water – but when they hit the mirror, the coolness of the surface turns them into precipitation. The same thing happens with dew – and with jerky as well. Factory packaged jerky is sealed with small amounts of moisture in the bag – when the temperature becomes suddenly cooler, this moisture becomes water particles. While this doesn’t make the packaging unsanitary, it definitely breaks down jerky more quickly by supporting the growth of yeasts, bacteria and mold (fungi).

4. Rough Handling
Rough handling is one of the worst enemies of jerky. When not handled properly, the package can sustain ruptures and pins that will ruin its perfect barrier seal – and when the package is ruptured and jerky comes in contact with the air, a few things may happen. First, the temperature may be cooler than the temperature inside the bag, resulting in the moisture turning into water particles. Second, heat and sunlight may speed up the oxidization process, reducing the shelf life of jerky. Third, water activity may increase, thus facilitating the development of yeasts, bacteria and mold.
When you handle jerky, make sure not to press down, squeeze or twist the package. Jerky (and specifically slab style jerky) tends to have sharp edges that can puncture even the strongest package, thus compromising the shelf life of jerky. Keep packaged jerky sealed in a container to avoid accidentally rupturing the package. Ideally, you should choose a container that shields the jerky from direct sunlight and atmosphere as well.

Good storage is paramount to maximize jerky shelf life. Keeping it away from direct sunlight, heat and temperature fluctuations will help ensure that you can enjoy your jerky for many years. Properly sealed jerky that is stored and handled correctly will last for much, much longer!

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Benefits of Beef Jerky

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:00:02 PM America/New_York

Beef jerky is much more than just a tasty snack.

 

Beef jerky is much more than just a tasty snack. It's probably one of the most deceptively healthy snacks a person can have as well. In fact, jerky is regarded as the healthier option for protein bars, which is something that tends to grab attention. But how exactly can something that tastes so good have so many great health benefits? The straightforward answer is protein, although it also gives the body some necessary vitamins and minerals. A single serving can be compared to a physical energy boost.


According to the Institute of Medicine the average male and female should respectively consume 56 and 46 grams of protein on a daily basis. A single serving contains about 9 to 15 grams, given that the meat is A-grade. It's the snack of choice among many athletes, because it really provides them with that extra boost they need. Our bodies are very dependent on protein for building tissue, enzymes and naturally healing wounds.


The minerals come in the form of zinc and iron. They are crucial for keeping the body's immune system healthy and strong. Iron promotes the production of red blood cells while the zinc is in charge of healing wounds. Depending on the type of beef jerky you are going to find, most of the manufactures prefer to keep their product 97% fat free. It's also interesting to note that the University of Florida recently concluded that it's a great snack for diabetic students. They found that a single serving contains less than 5 grams of carbohydrates, making it a low-carbohydrate snack.

 

Apart from the many health benefits there are some other positive elements to consider. For starters, it's easy to keep around thanks to the simple packaging and ease of consumption. But most people will probably appreciate its preservative qualities. Beef jerky has a shelf life of several months and it can be re-packaged for later use if you feel like storing.


If you want to go that extra mile and keep an eye on the sodium levels then expect to find a minimum of 300 mg, but this can be expected. Salt plays a big part in the preservation of beef jerky, which explains why this is most likely the lowest amount available. However, a single serving is well under the daily limit, so as with all good things, if balanced correctly it's very safe.

 

Make no mistake; this tiny piece of meat can pack a good punch when your body really needs it.

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The 10 Highest-Rated Whiskies of the Summer

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 4:14:41 PM America/New_York

 

Top Whiskies of the summer

Warm breezes and smooth whisky are the order these days. Now that the cold winds of winter have finally gone, it is time to break out a special bottle of whisky and kick back with some friends and enjoy. In descending order to number one, here are the top 10 highest-rated whiskies of the summer.

 

10. 48 Year Old Blend Last Drop 1965

This smooth whisky was originally blended over three decades ago. It was then recasked to develop the taste of the cooked pears, ripened peaches, vanilla, and cloves. This bright whiskey is a unique combination of red summer fruits and hints of juices from licorice, gingersnaps, and plum sauce.

 

9. The Redbreast Mano a Lámh

Simply meaning the "hand in hand" in two distinct languages, Redbreast is matured in Galician oak for two years in Jerez. This whiskey gets its character from the hint of strawberry laces, cherry bomb dark sugars, eucalyptus, and clove. One of the whiskies of the summer you simply must try to believe.

 

8. 40 Creek Double-Barrel Reserve

The strong bourbonesque flavor of vanilla in the 10 Creek Double-Barrel has a syrupy texture to it. This mouth-filling toffee flavored whisky then broadens into a special blending of ripened tropical fruits that are punctuated by the peppery hot flares.

 

7. 15 Year Old Forged Oak

This is the fifth and the youngest release in the Diageo Orphan Barrel series. This whisky has complex flavors distilled at the Bernheim distillery that give it the mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla taste. More balanced and rounded than others from the series, both satisfying and long.

 

6. The Spirit of Hven Sankt Claus

This whisky tastes like the scorched remains of Earth after a burning wildfire. Unique blend that is handpicked from well over 100 different caskets, complete with black licorice, coffee bean, clove, pureed prunes, and raisin studded chocolate. Dark and syrupy medley of cocoa, raisin, vanilla, and cinnamon, that gives it a wonderfully neat taste.

 

5. 22 Year Old Extra Old Particular Douglas Laing

When it comes to top whiskies of the summer, the Extra Old Particular Douglas Laing does not disappoint. It is a dark amber whisky that is very ripe with chestnut honey, chestnut puree, and dried orchard fruits. Deeply savory palate that is a fluxing mix of pomegranate, game, and toffee.

 

4. The Canadian Club 1960's

Fifty years later, the complex Canadian Club 1960's is a blending of barley sugar and creamy caramel, providing this full-bodied and heavy whisky that sizzles with a hint of spice, cinnamon, and chewing tobacco.

 

3. Oak Reserve Forty Creek Confederation

The Oak Reserve Forty is rich in thick maple syrup taste, accented with almonds, vanilla ice cream, and raisins. The peppery glow is softened by these accents, providing a silkier and slightly restrained taste.

 

2. Mackillop’s Choice

The Mackillop’s Choice whisky is full yet not oppressed. The rancio aroma reminds one of an antique cognac, powerful and rich, but perfectly blended with balance and finesse with fruit, spices, and licorice. This distillery is known for meatiness, and although ripe with autumn fruits, this whisky does not disappoint.

 

1. 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition Midleton Very Rare

In the list of top 10 whiskies of summer, Midleton Very Rare proudly earns top billing. Married from one cask of grain dating back to 1981 to another from 1984, this 30 year anniversary edition is a masterful undertaking by Brian Nation and Barry Crockett. The blend tingles from the hint of herbal and gingerbread tinges, enriched with rich vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and toasty oak, delivering a spicy and full conclusion.

 

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How to Get Started with Bow Hunting

Thursday, June 11, 2015 5:08:55 PM America/New_York

How to get started with bow hunting

Whether you’re looking to start bow hunting to increase the challenge of hunting or to brush up on your survival skills, there are many things to learn before you’ll be ready to take to the woods. You’ll need to consider how much time, money, and effort you’re willing to invest into your new hobby.

 

 

The first thing you’re going to need to decide is what type of bow you want. There are two main types of bows; traditional and compound (high-tech). A compound bow uses a pulley system to provide more power for less energy. However, all of the moving parts can make it more difficult to adjust the draw length or replace the string. Unlike a traditional bow, it is made out of plastics and metals which make it better resistance to temperature and humidity changes.

 

A traditional bow uses as less complex stringing method and can be easier to adjust the draw length and maintain. It also has the cool factor of being a historically styled weapon. On the other hand it also requires more effort to draw back the string and achieve the same force and speed of a compound bow using only a fraction of the effort. It can also become “moody” due to changes in the weather. A traditional bow may require more practice to become proficient versus a high-tech bow.

 

Once you have decided on what type of bow you wish to purchase you’ll need to decide on how much to spend. While traditional bows can be slightly cheaper, the price difference is not so significant that it should affect your choice of bow style. You can expect to spend somewhere between $200 to over $1,000 on your bow and gear. Buying used will be cheaper but you run the risk of purchasing faulty equipment without a warranty.

 

An important factor to consider is your draw length, which is the distance between the arrow rest point and the knock point when fully drawn. This will vary by individual so the best way to determine it is to get measured at a local archery shop. You’ll also want to consider poundage when purchasing a bow. A rookie mistake is picking a bow with the highest poundage that you can draw. Though you may be able to knock the arrow, you want to consider the amount of control you have and you’re shooting accuracy as well. Consider testing out several different bows before committing to the one that fits your strength and style best.

 

Lastly, you’ll want to invest in archery accessories. The first and most obvious things you’ll need are arrows. You can purchase aluminum, carbon, or cedar but you’ll want to make sure that they are the correct size arrow shafts for your bow. You’ll also want to keep the accessory purchases to just the necessities when starting out such as a pin sight and side mount quiver.

 

Now that you know what equipment is required the final step is to learn how to shoot. Though you’re most likely already familiar with gun safety, it is a good idea to get acquainted with bow safety as well. You can learn how to shoot at a local archery club or set up a target at home to practice on. I recommend learning from someone in person as they can guide your technique as you go. Practice will make perfect! Finally, remember to check with your local hunting authorities for bow hunting season dates and tag requirements.

 

Happy bow hunting!

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