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Their long-standing tradition of innovation has done it again. They are continuously innovating and using the latest technology to give hunters the best ammunition to make quick clean kills in the field. Last season I was lucky enough to be one of the first hunters to hit the field with the all new 350 Legend. The gun was a Winchester XPR with a Silent Legion .375 H&H suppressor. The first location I put this caliber to the test was in the Nebraska Sandhills hunting mule deer.
Melissa Bachman
Winchester Ammunition
One of the most popular premium bullets is known as a “bonded” bullet, due to the technique by which it’s manufactured. Here we will discuss what is meant by the term “bonded bullet,” how these bullets are made and why they are highly recommended for self-defense.
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More than a century old, sporting clays evolved as a discipline to let shooters experience the nearest thing to actual field conditions during the off season, squaring up against six different-sized targets and always variable distances, speeds, and angles, simulating everything from duck to pheasant to rabbit hunting.  And since 1989, registered shoots and the official records of scores have been governed by the National Sporting Clays Association.  In 2020, for the second year in a row, the association’s nationwide series of events has been the National Sporting Clays Association Championship Tour (Powered by Winchester®)
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Moose Season is what I look forward to every year. For our family, a full freezer of red meat is depended upon. During the September season, hunters in Alaska who are on a 10-day hunt will get one great opportunity at a legal bull. Sometimes, however, not at all.

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Melissa Bachman
First, figure out if your gun can handle 3.5” inch shells.  Once this has been determined, the next decision comes with cost and recoil.  With a 3.5” inch load, you will spend slightly more and also have increased recoil.  For me, I usually base it off the quantity of shooting I foresee on the hunt.  If there will be lots of shooting, I almost always go with the 3”option.  This is both for the cost and the amount of kick I can handle in one day.
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Melissa Bachman
There are several factors to take into account, but some great options regardless.
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If you forget everything else in a time of true emergency, remember the following tips. (Note: in a personal defense situation, it is always best to avoid confrontation and escape arms way if at all possible)
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When I get down to it, it’s life events here that make Ohio special. Stories of success at our skinning shed, an old converted corn crib, chased with cold beers, make for the central location after a successful hunt. It’s our version of a Michigan buck pole.
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Many years ago, there was one prevailing thought process when it came to the best shotshell load for home defense: Small shot sizes were thought to be only for birds, and 00 Buckshot was for large game animals like deer. As a result, shotgunners used 00 Buckshot for home defense because, after all, a human adversary is much closer in size to a buck than a bird, right?
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Many calibers and loads have proven effective on Yukon moose, but there are factors to examine when deciding which combo to bring Northwest. It all begins if and when you knock down a brute with a well-placed shot from a .270 Win 150gr Super X bullet. You begin to break down the animal, on average taking about 7-9 trips from the kill site back to mode of transportation or base camp.  Upon returning to the carcass, you find yourself face to face with an interior grizzly who’s claimed your prize.  Shouldering your rifle at the charging bear, you take aim and place the 150grain bullet perfectly and directly into the bear’s chest inches below his chin.  The only problem, grizzly bears are tough customers. Even more so when they are hungry or have cubs to protect.
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Like a boss, this buckskin wearing bad boy was a showmen, a soldier, and last but not least a mighty hunter.  What’s more impressive than him earning the Congressional Medal of Honor during the American Civil War, or taking 4,000 plus bison in a year in a half to feed Kansas Pacific Railroad workers, is that his legacy and memories live on and are enshrined in Cody Wyoming as if the man never died.  As the saying goes, “Hero’s get remembered, but Legends never die.” - The Sandlot

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You bought a new shotgun, and now you need shells for it. So you run down to the local gun shop to buy some. But then you see all the mumbo jumbo on the box--Dram Equivalent? Ounces? Shot Size?--and uh, you’re confused! Well, don’t be. Instead, read this!

 

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There are some reasons to swap it out for fresh ammo routinely. Here’s why:
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Handguns can be finicky feeders. Don’t assume that because you paid a mint for your new custom 1911 that it will reliably cycle every load you put through it. Indeed, oftentimes the more custom and “tight fitting” a firearm is, the less reliable it can be.
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The fact is, a shotgun is a long gun with considerable recoil that requires proper technique to master. If you don’t have great technique, then the shotgun will be less effective, less accurate and likely result in uncomfortable recoil. But fortunately, there are a few simple practices that will have you loading, unloading and shooting the shotgun proficiently in no time.
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When shopping for a revolver, which one should you choose?
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Becky Yackley
If your local range is often closed, or travel is cumbersome, there are options. Building a home range is a viable alternative! We’re going to look at home range ideas and concepts to help you get you more time on the range.
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If you don’t know the name, you’ve seen the work.  Probably no other artist did so much to capture that breath-holding moment when a waterfowler experiences ducks or geese “cupped and webbed,” setting into the decoys spread in front of him.  From out of the canvases you can almost hear the beating of wings.
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If you’re searching for a more capable round in terms of terminal performance, and don’t mind larger-framed guns and added recoil, then don’t neglect the 10mm Auto.

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Although most people are familiar with the term “hollow point,” new gun owners may not know what hollow points actually do, or why they are strongly recommended for personal defense.
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When shooting a handgun, it’s very tempting to point the gun where you are looking and expect to hit your intended target. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen like that.

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Becoming an expert with your handgun is no different! You should become so familiar with your handgun, that you can load, fire, manipulate and unload it in any situation. For this, you’ll need plenty of practice on the range with Winchester ammunition.
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It’s no wonder why you want the best you can get. Keep in mind that the ammo you keep in your home defense gun will hopefully never need to be used, so purchasing the highest quality defensive ammunition may be the least expensive investment you ever make. From handguns to rifles and shotguns, here are some favorite Winchester loads for common home defense firearms:
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Once the fundamentals of shooting are learned, becoming great with your handgun boils down to three core aspects.
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If you bought a handgun for concealed carry purposes—great job! Bear in mind that learning to use a firearm for self-defense involves much more than simply shooting bullseyes on a range, where everything is easy. After the fundamentals—proper stance, grip, sight alignment and trigger squeeze—are mastered, try these two defensive drills.

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The correct answer, while not “all,” is still, “a lot.”  Becoming a defensive shooter takes three things:  handgun-reliability testing, shooting-skill development, and most essential, practice.  And  all require a lot of rounds.  That doesn’t have to be open ended, though; and it’s possible to give reasonable estimates of how many rounds may be involved.
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If faced with a threat in your home, you could absolutely use any functioning firearm to combat it. You could also pick up a baseball bat, golf club, or fire poker; but simply having a means of fighting back does not ensure survival. 
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If Harry Callahan had been a real law-enforcement officer, though, instead of a movie one, you wonder how often that 44 Magnum might have hung up under his jacket when he tried to draw it, or what he could actually hit with it in a fire fight.  Or how long he could have stayed alive, carrying it.
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Proper handgun fit will make it easier for you to hold, aim, and fire, control recoil, reload, and clear malfunctions.  If your gun doesn’t fit your hand as well as possible, it will compromise your performance in one or more of those areas.
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The checkered grip gives my hand a familiar feeling; a feeling of confidence. That’s what you want when hunting the great state of Alaska. Big moments can and do occur in the “Last Frontier.” Tailor-made for big bruins, moose and bears. The Model 70 is an ideal rifle choice for Alaska.
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Shooting is, and ought to be, fun.  If you are serious, though, about owning and carrying a firearm for protection of your family, friends, and yourself, you need more.  You need a concrete motivation.
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Grandpa handed me down his Model 94 .30-30 on his deathbed. He couldn't make the season opener for Pennsylvania deer season, so I took out his old doom stick in honor of him. I scored my first whitetail buck that year, a hunt I will tell my son when I hand him down the rifle.
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However, the vast majority of American gun owners go to public or private gun ranges to practice their marksmanship. While these ranges are overwhelmingly safe, fun and friendly, there are several unspoken rules, i.e., range etiquette tips, everyone should know to ensure a great range experience.
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That’s six different Olympic games where she has taken on the world’s best shooting sports athletes and won. Rhode has three gold medals (Skeet and Double Trap), while taking home three more medals, making her achievements unlike anything in the history of the Olympic games.
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Becky Yackley
Another pastime at those gatherings was plinking. We would often take out BB guns and shoot soda cans with our cousins, dads, and friends. I want to share some ideas on ways to enjoy your holidays and the outdoors, and have fun learning (and teaching) in the process!
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Thirty-one-year-old Frank is a two-time Olympian who has also participated in the Pan Am Games and World Championships in skeet.  Having begun shooting with his father at age 10, Frank’s connection to the sport goes back to his birth when he was delivered by the former team doctor of USA Shooting.  Other athletes in his extended family include second-cousin Patty Durkin, a multiple medalist in Paralympic wheelchair track and field.  With more than 20 years of skeet experience, Frank has learned a number of tips and techniques that any clay target shooter can use.
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But merely owning a firearm and being responsible doesn’t magically make you safe. You must develop the necessary attitude, knowledge and skills to be confident and competent if ever you must use it. But before you can do so, you’ll need a few more things to begin your training.
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Shooting literally hundreds of days a year, and going through tens of thousands of Winchester AA cartridges in a season, Vizzi has committed not just to memory, but to instinct, the small, vital techniques that add up to better, and sometimes to your best, clays shooting.
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Becky Yackley
I’m going to share a few tips for each platform: rifle, pistol, and shotgun. The goal is for you to use this information to safely start enjoying your range days!
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Becky Yackley
I’m going to share a few tips on range rules for new gun owners so you can safely start enjoying your range days!
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This is easier said than done, but eventually you will hit a threshold that either makes you numb to these experiences or you swear you’ll never be in those situations again.
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The lure of hunting sheep has an intoxication all its own…really unlike anything I hunt. Hunters will travel great distances to pursue sheep; some from all corners of the world.  As the late, great Jack O’Connor said, “Sheep sickness. There is no half way. After his first exposure, a man is either a sheep hunter or he isn't. He either falls under the spell of sheep hunting and sheep country or he won't be caught dead on another sheep mountain.”
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Becky Yackley
One simple way that people are able to practice when they cannot get to a range is by utilizing the concept of dry fire.
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We far exceeded the weight limit in hauling gear. Our vests were overloaded with calls, binoculars, decoys, ammunition and groceries, lots of ‘em. It was all necessary of course.
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 Turkey may represent the one kind of shotgun hunting in which an entire season comes down to a single shot.  And to make that shot count demands particular attention to detail.
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Nikki Boxler
It's super-cheap, super-fun and gets me primed once again for hunting seasons to come!
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But essential to the sport is the shotshell and its components.  So Winchester® looked at one of the things it excels at, the manufacture of shotshells, and thought about how to make the best better.


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Many stories of success include right place-right time.  In the case of Mack’s and the McCollum family, it was virtually a matter of being there at the time of the creation of the time and the place.  You can begin with the vast grassland of Grand Prairie in the Mississippi Delta in eastern Arkansas.  This was a waterfowl paradise from before the time of Columbus, and became only more so as the area grew into a major world producer of rice.  And the story of Mack’s is found in the heart of the Grand Prairie on Main Street in Stuttgart in the McCollum Hardware store.
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Becky Yackley
Our ability to enjoy work depends mostly on our mindset, but there are other ways to make work more enjoyable. Whether you put in time on the range to train for competition or just to better your skills, enjoying that time can be a challenge. Finding enjoyment can be difficult if we get stuck in a repetitive pattern. I’m going to share a few ways to keep range time fresh!
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Melissa Bachman
Their long-standing tradition of innovation has done it again. They are continuously innovating and using the latest technology to give hunters the best ammunition to make quick clean kills in the field. Last season I was lucky enough to be one of the first hunters to hit the field with the all new 350 Legend. The gun was a Winchester XPR with a Silent Legion .375 H&H suppressor. The first location I put this caliber to the test was in the Nebraska Sandhills hunting mule deer.
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Nikki Boxler

So far, this season has been a tough one for me. I had my target buck come in after dark during bow season. The last time I saw him was a month ago… that is until the other night when he showed up on someone else trail camera six miles away!

Although no one can control what animals do, we can control how we prepare and how we react in the moment. If you can avoid making these three common hunting mistakes you will be well on your way to enjoying a successful hunting season.

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I prefer a 180 grain (or more) solid bullet that retains weight upon impact. This helps if I happen come face to face with an eminent threat. Coastal black bears share similar habitat to goats in the late season. They focus on berries up high prior to hibernation. Goats just love nasty terrain and focus on wind swept slopes for late season forage.  Mountain goats are also known for their ability to absorb bullets and keep on trucking. They have that “You’ll never take me alive!” attitude. If you don’t anchor them with your first shot, the goats have a tendency to do a death plunge into potentially, well, un-retrievable terrain. That’s why I chose the Winchester 350 Legend XPR with Super X 180gr Power Points as my ammunition. One absolutely devastating shot kept my 2019 billy in his bed permanently.
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Scott Leysath
We all know people who make a sour face when you ask them about eating wild game. They’ll say, “I’ve tasted deer meat. It’s nasty.” How is it possible that the same venison that we hold in such high regard can be considered unfit for human consumption by others?
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Nikki Boxler
There are nearly unlimited places we get food from. However, people can rarely say exactly where their food has come from. This makes me think most of us do not put as much thought into knowing where our food comes from as we probably should.

Don’t get me wrong, I eat what I harvest and I love getting more meat for the freezer. But I believe that hunting is not just “getting meat for the freezer”, it is about so much more than that - so why do I hunt?

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The “American Legend “ adds to its long-standing commitment to the shooting sports with the title sponsorship of the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA Championship Tour) with the National Championship held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, bringing together 4,000 of the most dedicated and expert clays shooters to be found.
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Becky Yackley
We might replace small parts or springs, maybe a barrel replacement as needed, but a firearm lasts a long time. The big repeat cost for anyone who enjoys shooting is ammunition. Many people try to lower that cost by reloading. We do a bit of that for matches that require our ammunition to make a specific power factor (power factor is the velocity of the cartridge measured by a chronograph - then multiply by the weight of the projectile and then divide by 1000). But for many sporting shooters, the time, tools, and know-how for reloading are resources they don’t have. Maybe travel restricts access to ammunition...whatever hurdles you have, there are answers! One of the new products we have found very valuable to our “gear” is USA Ready ammunition. I’m going to dive into some of the reasons we like it, and some of the results we have seen with it.
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Melissa Bachman
Finding the correct balance between getting enough pellets on target and ensuring they have enough energy for a clean kill is key.  The smaller the shot size, the larger the pattern. However, if you’re dealing with windy conditions or long range birds they may lack the energy for deep penetration and quick kills.  So how do you choose?
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Couldn’t believe he trusted me with a rifle at 8 years old…and to hold it on my own.  Respect was given at an early age.   He looked me in the face and told me, “Shoot the biggest one you see.”  I nodded, put the crosshairs on the buck and let it rip!
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Scott Leysath
Oh sure, the other ducks would still be around for us to enjoy. We just wouldn’t shoot at them. The ducks we do cook would never be overcooked, freezer-burned or “gamy” tasting. As a matter of fact, no one would ever compare the taste of cooked waterfowl to anything other than the finest cuisine imaginable. In a perfect world.
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Nikki Boxler
This remindsme that hunting season is just about here and also that backyard barbecues and bonfires will soon be coming to an end. Don’t get me wrong I love hunting season, but there’s just something about getting together to cookout and shoot with friends that I absolutely LOVE - it might just be the food talking,but it is hands down one of my favorite summertime activities.
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Nikki Boxler
Unquestionably the most important factor that will determine success is how prepared you are. There are many ways to prepare for deer season, but there are a few fundamental tips that are necessary no matter where you live.
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Melissa Bachman
They figure it worked then and it will continue to work now.  That said, there seems to always be room for improvement. 
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Winchester Ammunition
Natural resources departments have been looking for ways to increase participation in licensed hunting, especially for white-tailed deer where populations continue at unprecedented levels while hunter numbers have overall declined. Which is why several prime Midwestern deer states have established regulations that permit the use of nominal handgun cartridges where all centerfire rifle cartridges may not be ideally suited.
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Scott Leysath
Meatloaf combines all the elements of burgers, meatballs and, in this case, tacos into a tasty dish that is as good the next day as it is when first served. I actually prefer leftover meatloaf that I can load into a sandwich with lettuce, tomato and spicy mayo. It’s also great stuffed into a large flour tortilla and folded wrap-style.
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We make the endeavor special with a big camp, good food, and a warm fire.  The gist of how we do a family-hunt is to have a single shooter which is usually the person who hasn’t ever scored a moose or the person who hasn’t got one in a while. This isn’t free-for-all…we stick together and hunt in a pack, with the goal of harvesting one special moose to feed our family for the year. Good vibes only.
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Melissa Bachman
Obviously this is a very personal question, but I’ve often struggled with what the best answer is, until now. Last season I shot the 350 Legend and this seems to be the perfect combination of knockdown power, yet delivers very light recoil.  Most of my shots on whitetails are 200-yards and in, and this is the perfect caliber for shots at this distance and in.
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Becky Yackley
The 2018 census reported 11 million single parent families in the US. 80% of those families had a woman at the helm. While men are often viewed as the protector of the family, women are the primary parent, lead provider and caregiver in millions of families in this country. Looking at family safety in light of that information tells us that some of the trends we see in firearms ownership on the rise among women are simply due to numbers. Women lead families, and they want to be safe. But just owning a firearm doesn’t make one safer. Safety is a mindset. But in addition to the right mindset, you need a plan, and that plan must involve a ton of practice. Below are a few thoughts on each of these ideas.
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Scott Leysath
The statement above is heard all too often by processors across the country. I supposed that many of us who drag home antlered-game just don’t know what to do with the “other parts”. From the processors we get annoying packs of butterflied backstrap “steaks,” two little tenderloins and a boatload of ground meat and sausage. Neck and shoulder roasts? Negatory. Shanks? No thanks.
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In the many thousands of years that the bow has existed, archers have vied to see who could strike a target at the longest distance, with the official record now, set only a few years ago, stretching to almost 300 yards.  More recently, a rifleman claimed a hit at three miles on a steel target with a scoped rifle–interestingly, the Guinness World Records does not accept shots made with scoped rifles, stated they want to maintain a level playing field. What we don’t often think about, though, is what the maximum range may be for breaking a clay bird with a shotgun.
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Becky Yackley
Well, for most American’s summer is precious time. It’s time to bond with our children, relax and connect. Time to just get a breather from the rushed pace that life often takes on. But the end of summer also marks the time that many shooting sports are in full swing, or ramping up!
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Here are eight tips and tactics to help bring home that monster Alaska Bull moose you’ve always dreamed of.
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One of the most widely traveled and extensively experienced hunters of his generation, Dorsey has ventured onto five continents with rod and reel and has successfully hunted all 29 of North America’s big-game species, the Dangerous Seven and all the spiral horns of Africa, and the prized World Slam of Wild Turkeys.
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Thirty-one days of celebrating what is probably America’s most traditional and longest lasting passion and pastime–target shooting.  From turkey shoots in the backwoods frontier to sporting clays at virtual country-club facilities, the shooting sports have always had something for everyone.
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Rob Pincus
The fact is that defensive shooting skill development, reliability testing with defensive ammunition and practice all require a lot of ammunition. But just how much is, well, enough? What should you consider a bare minimum in each endeavor?
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Rob Pincus
Smaller guns are harder to shoot, less fun to shoot and more work to run… but, that’s no excuse not to spend time working with and thinking about the gun that you are actually relying on when carrying in the public space. In this blog, I’m going to cover three topics related to Compact Single Stack Pistols (CSSPs): why they are a great choice for Personal Defense, why you really do need to practice with them and what special considerations you might make in regard to ammunition & accessories for smaller guns.
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At the level of friends and pastime, it is among the most sociable sports there is, with tens of millions participating.  Raise it to a prize competition, though, and it whipsaws to among the most heartless.
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Melissa Bachman
We shot clay pigeons in the back yard and had lots of family fun together. As I got older I continued to participate in shooting sports and quickly realized how much it helps on improving my wing-shooting skills
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Becky Yackley
One of the recent classes I was at really drove home for me how helpful it can be to take smaller slices or fractions of a skill and work that small piece until it can be sequenced into the larger whole. Slowing down to focus on that small slice also gives us time to focus on the fundamentals of shooting. You hear people refer to that phrase so often, but what does it mean?
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Becky Yackley
Friday night means different things to different people. Most people look forward to a Friday night of  relaxing on their couch with Netflix, a night out with their significant other, or catching up with friends and family. But those social gatherings don’t need to fall on a Friday - it can be whatever day of the week your social circle gets together to relax and do something they enjoy.  If you're looking for a social circle that actively enjoys time together, look no further than competitive shooting.
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Scott Leysath
Oh sure, you can chunk it up and throw it in a Crock Pot with a can of creamed soup and, by the time you get home from work, you’ve got a moist pot of wild turkey breast that tastes just like the creamed soup. Maybe you added some carrots, celery and onions to make it something special. To me, that’s a waste of a beautiful bird.
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Scott Leysath
But it is an all-too-common practice to remove the breast fillets from upland birds and waterfowl and discard the rest. I assume that there are hunters who just don’t know what to do with the other parts. Others are just plain lazy.

 

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From Brown bear to blacktail deer and everything in between, Alaska puts the “Big Game” in the Expedition Big Game Long Range line up.
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First off, if you know anything about me or have followed me on social media for a while you know that turkey hunting is hands-down my favorite type of hunting - there’s just something about a beard that I dig! Just kidding, but I do love how interactive it is and the fact that it is a great way to introduce new hunters to the sport is icing on the cake! 

 

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Melissa Bachman
The real question is, which one do you fall into?
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From brown bears to blacktail deer and everything in between, Alaska puts the “Big Game” in the Winchester Expedition Big Game Long Range lineup.  


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Turkey season has finally arrived in New York state which makes me EXTREMELY happy and a little bit sleep deprived — I apologize in advance if I happen to nod off in conversation!


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On Saturday, April 27, during the 148th NRA Annual Meetings, Winchester Ammunition and the Indy Honor Flight paid tribute five distinguished veterans who courageously served the United States in World War II.

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Ducks Unlimited has released the latest film in its online series. In “Paul’s Pond”, Paul and Suzanne Sullivan of Washington State share their commitment to Ducks Unlimited and waterfowl conservation.
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When it comes to turkey hunting, there are usually two kinds of people out there: those who are blown away by the results of their turkey gun and those who know there is some room for improvement. Which are you?
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Rabbit hunting truly is the lost style of hunting. In the mid-1970s, many states had rabbit hunters that numbered in the 200,000-400,000 range.
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“Monster grizzly bear running full speed, moving from right to left,” I said to my friend as we scanned a mountain side for spring bears. With the animal moving that fast, it was hard to put him in the scope. I finally located the bear by estimating his path along the alder-infested mountain and waited for him to enter my view. In trots a half-grown bull moose with Louisville Slugger brown bats growing out of his head. We assess the situation and decide that the moose being chased by the bear would be long gone before we could catch up.
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Ever wonder how some people manage to consistently notch bear tags? Here are a few tried-and-true tactics that will put bears in your crosshairs year after year.
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“He's going to come right underneath us. Can you see him?” I ask.
“No, I can't,” she says.
"Shoot him! Shoot him!" I say as a 500-pound interior grizzly bear walks directly under our tree stand.

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No stranger to the camera, Harper has been the host of Ducks Unlimited TV as well as an ambassador for some of the industry’s top brands. Be Alive got the scoop from Harper on her life as a waterfowl hunter and what it’s like to… gasp… duck hunt without a beard.
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What goes up, must come down. It’s the main mission when you’re a waterfowl hunter. As ducks and geese soar overhead, perfect aim isn’t the only priority for a hunter…it’s just the start. The finish is all about having the perfect ammunition, designed to penetrate the birds with precision and power.

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Scott Leysath
Here are a couple of my favorites that are a hit with hunters and non-hunters alike. For some of the less adventurous, it might be best to wait to tell them that it’s wild game until after they’ve told you how great they taste. 
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Melissa Bachman
This is an area where people seem to have the most questions when I visit with them as short shows.  The most important aspect is to stay at it and do not give up. Nothing works all the time, but there are things that will help your success.  Below are 10 key points to remember and implement in your setup.

 

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Nikki Boxler
This was Mike’s idea and after a little negotiating and some sweet-talking, he sold me on the idea of a building our own garage gym. I mean why not spend our lifesavings all in a month’s time haha! (nervous laughter).
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Winchester ambassador and Alaskan native, Austin Manelick, reflects on his wife Jordan’s first mountain goat harvest. In his latest short film, Importance, Austin and Jordan navigate the harsh Alaskan landscape in search of the elusive mountain goat. Join this husband and wife duo on this epic adventure.

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Scott Leysath
The guests will arrive soon and you still have to whip the potatoes, chop the vegetables, toss the salad, finish that sweet potato-marshmallow casserole and put the green bean and cream of mushroom soup classic under the broiler to brown. For some, it’s the semi-annual panic that sets in when you try and figure out how to get eight different dishes ready at exactly the same time. But whether you’re cooking a holiday feast or just having some folks over any time of the year, there’s just no need to get yourself all worked up.  
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Melissa Bachman
However, you also have to hunt smart. Aggressive hunting is sometimes what is needed to get a big buck out of his bed and into range.  One of the keys to rattling and creating a realistic scene is to use real rattling horns.  Any set of sheds can be used, but I have a set that I’ve used for years, and they’re big. I like the sounds of them. But, here are a few steps to making your very own set.

 

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Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer, Nikki Boxler, Paul Sawyer

Hunters often flock to the Lone Star state to dial in on whitetail deer and mule deer. When the Winchester crew visited Texas in January, they had their sights set on antlers. But the hunters got a firsthand look at the wild pig problem in Texas…and got the chance to take a shot at swine.

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Nikki Boxler

I’ve run on and off for all my life and wanted to list some must-haves and some leave-at-home-suggestions for those of us who like to run outside. Too, today more than ever before, safety is a huge concern for runners and really anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Some of these are no-brainers while others are little hacks I have picked up on when I lived in the city. Please feel free to leave any of your suggestions in the comments below as it’s always good to share safety ideas with one another. 

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Scott Leysath
Perhaps they had a bite of a poorly handled, untrimmed, overcooked deer steak in the past. Just mention the words “game” or “venison” and they make a face, and not a good one. Same goes with kids. Most of them just aren’t all that adventurous. The problem is that many kids spend too much time eating processed crap and fast food, developing a craving for overly salted, carb-heavy, fatty foods. When it comes to getting people to give wild game a fair shake, it’s sometimes best to disguise it as something else.
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Melissa Bachman
Although the weather may be a bit frigid and the birds a bit more educated, the hunting can be truly amazing. I did a hunt in Missouri in mid-December - the hunting was excellent.  The most challenging aspect was dressing to stay warm, but even with the cold it was absolutely worth the effort!
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Nikki Boxler
This also means that the season of gift giving is upon us. And if you are anything like me you haven’t even begun to shop for gifts! Arghhhh…

If you’re like me and always struggle with gift ideas, I put together some of my FAVORITE items that have changed hunting for me…and they may do the same for you.

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Scott Leysath
You can eat it while standing around a campfire or just lounging in the backyard with friends. Skewered foods are best grilled. Smoky heat and charred meats and vegetables make skewers a crowd pleaser.
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Melissa Bachman
How many people have you heard say they missed the buck of a lifetime or something went wrong that could have been prevented?  Don’t let this happen to you…don't be “that person.”Try to do everything possible to stack the odds in your favor.  I’m a firm believer in shooting my gun every time I get to my hunting location or after bumpy rides on an ATV.  If anything happens that could have caused things to be off, shoot again.  It’s not only good for your confidence, but addressing problems before hitting the field is key!
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Nikki Boxler
Base camp memories involve laughing until we cry, sharing stories, eating plenty of food, dancing, being sleep deprived and of course, hunting our a%$#@s off!
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Scott Leysath
Considering that they have very little fat, you just can’t cook them like flabbier chicken breasts. For some, the answer to dry, chewy upland birds is to sink them into a slow-cooker with a can of salty canned creamed soup. After several hours, they’re tender and juicy with unmistakable flavor of super-salty canned soup.
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Melissa Bachman

Many lessons are learned from our own mistakes, but you don’t always have to make a mistake to learn.  For example, so many issues can be avoided by simply being prepared.  This means putting in the time before the season to ensure you have given yourself the best possible chance at success. 

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Winchester Ammunition, Chris Keefer

It’s heartbreaking for a hunter to land the shot, but not locate the buck. We know the scene: The blood trail stops. The search slows. You finally have to admit to yourself that maybe that bruiser is gone……and steals some of your pride and ego right along with it. The trek back to the truck empty-handed can feel like a walk of shame. But there’s no real shame in it, because it happens to the best of us.

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Nikki Boxler
Well, if you have an hour to spare and are looking for a fun project, this boot rack is for you! 

 

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Scott Leysath
“Here comes gin and tonic…two limes.” Long since removed from running food and beverage joints, I still spend a fair amount of time talking to people about their food preferences. Once it’s in your blood, it’s pretty much with you forever.  
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Melissa Bachman
People from all across the country pour in throughout the fall to hunt.  One of the reasons pheasant hunting is so popular is because it’s such a social hunt. Let’s face it, you don't have to get up at sunrise, the hunting is usually pretty amazing, you get to watch dogs work and it can be done alongside friends. And do not forget, they’re delicious to eat!
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Nikki Boxler
I learned how to make these this fall when I traveled to Saskatchewan for a women’s waterfowl hunt. If there is one thing that I always look forward to besides the hunt itself, it’s the food! And let me tell you, these did not disappoint.
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Melissa Bachman
1.) Avoid spending too much time on your phone. When it is time to hunt, hunt!! This is what you’ve been waiting for so sit back and enjoy it!  Not only can your phone wait, there’s a good chance you’ll miss the opportunity you came out looking for.  Things happen in a split-second so keep your head on a swivel and pay attention.  Most importantly enjoy the moment.
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Winchester Ammunition

The time has come. 

When the rut is on, it’s on. A flip is switched. The big bucks move, while you stay still in the stand…hoping all of your hard work will pay off. If you’re shooting Winchester, reliability and power will be delivered every single time. But you need to make sure you’re in the stand when those bucks are on the move.

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Nikki Boxler
Whether you have a new gun, are changing the scope or have an old gun that hasn’t been shot in a while, it is important to head to the range before heading to the field so you can be sure to hit where you are aiming.
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Scott Leysath
My approach is simple. I’ll take a trimmed piece of deer meat from the loin or better part of the hindquarter, season it with salt and pepper and flash cook it in a hot skillet with a little olive oil for maybe 30 seconds on each side. After a bit of coaxing, I can get most people, even those who had decided long ago that they don’t like wild game, to at least give it a try. The reaction from the overwhelming majority of samplers is something like, “Wow, what did you do to make it not taste like deer?”
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Scott Leysath
The birds were wild, often plentiful and, since we didn’t have enough money to join a high-dollar hunt club, it worked out well. We’d find the landowners the day before and assure them that all gates would be closed, no livestock would be liberated and, if needed, we were available to help with any heavy lifting or grunt work as repayment.
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Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer, Nikki Boxler
Chasing a monster buck requires a certain level of strategy and skill that gets the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing. It’s a feeling like no other…especially when you’ve got a warmed up Winchester firearm in hand. 
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Melissa Bachman
With so many ammunition options out there, it can get downright confusing. However, Expedition Big Game was designed with one thing in mind.  To get deep penetration through thick hide and deliver amazing performance on the toughest animals in the world. 
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Nikki Boxler
Many people take advantage of public lands for hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking and the list goes on. It is a place for us to go to clear our minds, relax and just enjoy being alive. There is even research providing evidence that spending time in natural environments positively affects us and our well-being. We are found to be happier, calmer and more focused when we spend time outdoors.
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Scott Leysath
And while most of us think of a Dutch oven as a heavy stew pot, anything that can be prepared in a conventional oven can be done in a Dutch oven. I’m talking breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If you’ve ever been to a Dutch oven cook-off, you’ve seen everything from frittatas to cheesecakes beautifully prepared in this versatile Cast iron cookware. 

 

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Melissa Bachman
Most of these have been discovered through trial and error, out of pure necessity or because I had limited supplies and made due with what was there. Without further adieu, here are some goodies I have come across through the years:
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Nikki Boxler
This jerky was made out of a doe I shot in Texas while out filming for Winchester Life. To start I pulled the meat out of the freezer and let it thaw to a point where it was slightly frozen, but no longer a brick of ice!
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Scott Leysath
Besides, sitting in a duck blind on a blue-sky day still beats the snot out of staring at my computer. If pheasant breeding is down and the chances of finding roosters aren’t so good, I’d still rather be following my setters, Mac and Floyd, through thick cover than just about anything else I could be doing. Fortunately, my wife doesn’t read my blogs.

 

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Melissa Bachman
If you’re one of these people, Winchester is making it easy to determine the best ammunition decision for your setup and upcoming adventures.
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Nikki Boxler
If you have about $30 and an hour of time you can easily build a target that is lightweight and easy to transport.
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Scott Leysath
Once ground, there could be anything in there. Next time you’re at the market, check out what goes into a chunk of chorizo, a spicy ground pork sausage that often contains choice ingredients like salivary glands and lymph nodes.
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Melissa Bachman
I’ll be the first to admit that for the past 10 years I relied on trying to remember when draws would take place and then put in for tags as I thought of them or decided that’s a hunt I would be interested in. 
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Nikki Boxler
However, there are a few essentials that I have in my bag so I can be prepared for when the opportunity for fun arrises!
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Scott Leysath
I understand. You’ve tried cooking a whole pheasant only to discover that, if the breast meat is moist and tender, the rest of the bird is tough and sinewy.
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Melissa Bachman
There are gun nuts out there that could tell you everything imaginable about the loads they’re shooting, but an average hunter usually doesn’t have this in-depth knowledge.  For some, it’s that they don’t think there is a need to know or understand.  For others, it really comes down to being taught or knowing where to look.  Luckily, Winchester has made it extremely easy for everyone to get this information and compare rounds in an easy to understand, user-friendly format with their Ballistic app.
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Nikki Boxler
Becoming a great shot is not something that happens overnight. It takes practice and repeating the same exact actions shot after shot (muscle memory). When you first start shooting with proper form, chances are you will have a checklist in your head that you will want to run down before EVERY shot. I know I do! Eventually, you will become comfortable with each step and will be doing them without having to think about it.
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Scott Leysath
Of course, you know that it’s best to cook the older birds from the freezer before you start munching on this year’s harvest. Maybe you’ve overlooked a wad of frozen honker breasts. You certainly don’t want to be over your possession limit so why not turn it into some tasty jerky?
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Melissa Bachman

I can’t count the number of times people ask for advice on this topic so I decided to write a blog about it addressing what I do and have learned to ask over time. 

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Nikki Boxler
Running short on time, I tossed a few ingredients together and fed them to my family for lunch. It turned out so good that the first words out of my dad’s mouth were “You need to make a recipe for this!” Not knowing the exact measurements I used, I made them a few days later so I could share this quick, delicious burger with you!
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Scott Leysath
Just imagine what would happen if your friends learned how to prepare your elk chili. Now, we both know that you don’t follow the recipe exactly. You’re going to tweak it at the end. After giving your recipe a try, your friends might say something like, “I followed your recipe and it just doesn’t taste the same.” Of course it doesn’t. You probably left out a few details…accidentally.

 

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Melissa Bachman
Most of your decisions come down to what kind of equipment you have at your disposal, what’s the soil like and the amount of sunshine/precipitation. Finally, when do you want it to be most productive. I’ve helped put in a wide variety of food plots, but this year I decided to try something a little longer term.  Fruit trees.
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Becky Yackley
Whether it’s the grip on their pistol or length of pull on their shotgun, making sure the gun fits is an important step. Let’s look at a few ways you can personalize your gun!
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Becky Yackley
Wisconsin has a youth season, and a regular deer season. So we are preparing with a fun project. Our youngest son and I set out targets at known distances from our deer stand and did some work with a rangefinder, painting distance markers. The goal is to help the youngest hunters that will be with us this year know their holds.
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Nikki Boxler
Today you simply have to pull out your phone and click a button. With smart phones having vastly improved cameras, everyone has a way to snap quality photographs with a device that fits in their front pocket! Nowadays, it seems that almost any newer phone comes with an 8+ megapixel camera capable of taking photos that used to require expensive camera gear. With the booming use of social media use, this is a huge advantage.
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Scott Leysath
They do taste great, don’t they? For some folks, the victory is that they don’t taste like doves. Perhaps it’s not the dove, but how they’re prepared that makes them taste a little funky.
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Melissa Bachman
Like with your days, there is never enough time.  This is something pretty common with everyone and we can literally only do so much.  Family, work and life often get in the way of our planned hunting and scouting schedule. So, what can possibly be done to try and combat this issue?  Scouting cameras.
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Becky Yackley
The NSSF or National Shooting Sports Foundation has named August as THE month to take a friend shooting.  Whether you grab your grandpa's shotgun and take your kids shooting and share your family’s heritage, or go to your local range with friends, shooting is an American pastime that families have shared for generations.  

 

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Winchester Ammunition

The skills involved in safe shooting, whether at paper or steel targets or flying clay ones, are the same as those prized in many other athletic disciplines:  concentration, hand-eye coordination, breath control.  Those, along with the wish to acquire the knowledge to handle and shoot firearms proficiently, are what make the thought of shooting so attractive to so many who have yet to give it a try.

 

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Winchester Ammunition
The South Dakota brothers, Foster, 30, and Matt, 28, seem to amass an increasing number of titles at every year’s championships, and this 119th edition was no exception. Last year they took home 25 trophies. This year, it was 28.  Out of 24 individual and pairs events, the brothers Bartholow were champions in 12, along with being runners-up in seven, and taking third places in four others.  And every one of the of shells they fired were Winchester competitive-shooting ammunition.
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Becky Yackley
Adventure is waiting for us, not just outside our door, but at our fingertips! We don’t have to go to the library to check out great vacation destinations, we can follow the blog of someone who has traveled there. We can find the Instagram accounts of people living adventures in their daily lives and sharing minute-by-minute. Some of life’s adventures are made up of what we do each day, and are born from embracing the beauty in the world around us. For my family, embracing adventure is a key part of what we do. And being able to make things work, even when they don’t work, is the secret to moving forward, even when everything tells you that you can’t.

 

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Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer
Every day brings us all one step closer to fall…so we’ve got one question for you:

Are you ready for hunting season?
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Becky Yackley
From ancient Greece and the birth of the modern Olympics, to sports youth can participate in at school and through local clubs, we see opportunities to develop everything from skills of strength to skills of dexterity, grace, and agility. Competitions where the athlete uses an object like shotput, pole vaulting, javelin throw, as well as modern biathlon and pentathlon are all Olympic sports that develop a person’s skill with a tool vs. just raw strength or speed, like weight lifting or running. We see volleyball and soccer as team sports that develop interpersonal skills alongside physical speed, strength, and agility. Competition shooting is a sport that develops such a wide range of skills that it’s potential to build young athletes can often be overlooked. I’m going to share a few ways competition shooting can help build your youngster into an athlete.
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Winchester Ammunition
For those of us who shoot already, we know what we like about taking aim at targets, whether metal silhouettes, paper bullsyeyes, or those challenging little discs that appear suddenly on the trap and skeet field when we say the magic word, “Pull!”  We also know that we want our sport to expand and to be better understood by the world around us; and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association of the firearms industry, has named this August the second annual National Shooting Sports Month, making this the perfect opportunity to put our best foot forward as shooters.
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Becky Yackley
We bring new guns, old guns and guns we love to our family gatherings. It’s always a way for younger kids to get outside and pull them away from screens they’re watching. For some of them, it’s a chance to shoot new guns. But in the summer, it usually involves a clay thrower and every shotgun we can find, a box or two of clays and a lot of laughs. It’s a low-key way to introduce safe firearms handling and a fun way to learn to swing a shotgun at a moving target. Most importantly, it’s a way for families to bond over stories shared and lessons learned, and is totally fun!
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Winchester Ammunition

Now there is Foster and Matt Bartholow, the Hardy Boys of the Amateur Trapshooting Association.

If you compare the Bartholows to the Hardy Boys as they shoot their way to singles-, doubles-,*handicap-*, and team-championship fame, then the event where they have had the most spectacular impact, the Grand American World Trapshooting Championship in Sparta, Illinois, a summertime institution for more than a century, could be thought of as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally of trap–an appropriate analogy for two brothers from Rapid City, South Dakota, only 30 miles from Sturgis.

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Becky Yackley
...what sort of gun case is best, how to lock them, and some of the big items you need to know. This post is about the small things and ways to make it easier to travel with firearms.
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Winchester Ammunition
Inaugurated in 1900, the Grand American World Traphooting Championships is older than them all.  Probably among the largest sporting tournaments in the world, the “Grand” spans 11 August days of shooting and 24 separate events.  By the time it is done, over 4 million targets will be thrown, a better than fair percentage of them reduced to dust.
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Winchester Ammunition

Exhibition shooting has a strong history in America. The sport continues to evolve and grow. Legendary exhibition shooters have helped paved the way for professionals nowadays, including brothers Steve and Aaron Gould.

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Becky Yackley
While I am fortunate to write, blog, and photograph our family’s life with firearms, one of the unique perspectives I’ve had is growing up with a gunsmith father and family ties to the firearms industry.  True life experiences have shaped my relationship with guns. I’ve seen who it is that makes things happen behind the scenes. Often the movers and shakers are the women and families that we don’t see. Nurturing the roles women play in relation to firearms is important; not only for the growth of industry, but for the very fact that passing down American heritage is something families do. What are ways to share firearms with YOUR family?  Read on!
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Becky Yackley
On our way to and from competition, our family has seen a good part of the country by car. We’ve hiked to glacial lakes and slept under the stars in the Badlands (beautiful, but hot in August!). We’ve toughed-out torrential rain and hydrated in extreme heat. From Virginia to Utah and Russia to France, we’ve experienced things most people might not want to pay the price for. I’m going to share a little of how we make it work, because the cost isn’t as much monetary as it is personal investment.
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Winchester Ammunition

Passion is packaged in all different ways. The Gould Brothers’ passion comes in the art form of precision: shooting exactly when and where they want, and doing it in style. Their impeccable, show-stopping shooting skills have earned them the reputation as the “World’s Best Exhibition Shooting Team.”

If you’re going to be the best, you need to use the best…which is why the Gould Brothers use Winchester.

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Winchester Ammunition
Dania, who calls Florida home, was on her way to studying with the renowned Julliard dance school and becoming a professional ballerina when, at 16, she was handed a .410 by her father and started breaking birds on the trap field.  Then came skeet, and it was love at first sight.
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Becky Yackley
From their first steps to learning about the tools available to us in the world, education starts with parents. Firearm safety should be no different. 

You don’t need experts to teach your children about everything. Parents teach safety when it comes to everyday situations, like the swimming pool or crossing the street.  Parents start their children down the correct path in life in these areas and many others.

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Becky Yackley
We have the freedom to travel and hunt, compete, or just enjoy activities with firearms. When we travel to other countries, or even around the USA, there are some things to be aware of that work to keep you and your firearms safe. I’m going to share some of the things my family does to keep our guns safe when we travel.
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Becky Yackley
The big give-away to what that is...a squad car parked in our driveway. Yes, my husband is a police officer. That means we know and do some things that other families won’t ever think about. Here’s a few that are serious, as well as funny.  

We know where the squad car keys are, we know how to start it. We keep it free from snow when Mark is gone in case another trooper needs it. In Wisconsin, this is funny because sometimes in winter, it seems futile.

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Becky Yackley
But I’m going to share why employment in a job that involves firearms in some capacity is a positive for young people.  

This year, my eldest son Tim who is 19 has worked instructing in pistol and carbine courses in Utah with Tactical Performance Center. Not only has he taught competition shooters, but also brand new shooters, law enforcement and military. While some kids get a job at their local Dairy Queen, there are jobs out there that can help a youth grow not just his or her bank account, but skills with people and situations that most young people won’t ever have to tackle.

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Winchester Ammunition
Out on the high plains at the western edge of the Sand Hills, Alliance, Nebraska, is shooting country if there ever was.  And hometown boy, USA Shooting Team member, and Winchester shooter Frank Thompson was competing, with a bow, by the age of five.  Bows fit him better than guns at that age; but as he grew, his father was measuring him for firearms.  When Frank was nine his father brought out the shotgun, knowing that his son would ask when he could shoot it.  And shoot it he did, dad working him up to different guns and larger gauges, until at the start of his teen years, Frank was ready to shoot competitively.
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Winchester Ammunition
Winchester values communicating with consumers through a variety of marketing and advertising efforts. Before today’s television commercials, digital videos and social media posts, print ads in magazines were the main (sometimes only) way to announce innovative, new Winchester products.
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Winchester Ammunition
Summer is here, and the livin’ is easy….unless you’re a dedicated whitetail hunter. While summer is a fun season to soak up the sun with activities like family reunions, trips to the lake, vacations, BBQs and more, summer is also the ideal time to get situated for whitetail season.
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Winchester Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition has been recognized as the choice of champion shooters for generations.  Shotgun competitors have depended on the quality of Winchester AA shotgun shells since 1965, while Winchester has been proud to see the heights to which those shooters can ascend with the brand’s’s ammunition in their guns.

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Winchester Ammunition

Frank was born in the “Cornhusker” state of Nebraska in 1988, and he was nine when he began shooting with his dad.  When Frank’s passion for shotgun shooting began, Frank was particularly attracted to sporting clays.

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Shooting sports hold a respected place within America’s history. So how did the pastime first begin in our country?
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Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer
There are buzzwords that twirl around the turkey hunting orbit. Hunters fixate on them like stars in the sky. Words like accuracy. Reliability. Power.
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Becky Yackley
If we are able to safely move with a firearm in a competition - under stress, on the clock, as fast as we can, etc., we will be better prepared for other occasions we might handle a firearm while moving - like on our way to the deer stand or duck blind. We’re going to cover a few simple concepts on movement with a firearm that you can practice to help you move safely and keep your mind in the shooting match.
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Chris Keefer
The solo hunt for toms is rewarding…but it's even better when you have a friend to share in the pursuit. For one, it’s just fun to head out together and go through the preparation and hunt as a pair or group. Real memories that last a lifetime are made in the process…and you often get a beautiful bird as an end result. Win-win.
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Becky Yackley
Transitions start as you take a shot and begin to move to the next target. But what moves first? To build skills with transitions, we can practice with a simple draw and transition exercise.   
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Becky Yackley
We've talked about having as much of our hand in contact with our pistol as possible.  In this blog, I’m going to show you a few ways to personalize your grip to help you have as much of your hand in contact with the grip as possible.These are things competition shooters do, but for someone who wants to enjoy shooting, these can be helpful and a lot of fun for kids to practice.
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Becky Yackley

This is the basic principle, but while using this formula, we realize there are different types of sight picture. Each has a place, depending on the target and style of shooting. From close paper targets we see in some competitions, to refined shots requiring accuracy and finesse, there are different ways we use sights. There is a need to understand what YOU need to see to make those shots.

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Becky Yackley

The question then becomes, home much are you willing to spend in effort? Dry fire can help even the newest shooter because they will learn safe gun handling habits, how to move with a firearm, how to change magazines, transition, “see faster” - all without the need for ammo or travelling to and from the range. So grab your empty gun, mags, holster and mag holders and let’s check out some simple dry fire exercises to help you improve your handgun shooting.

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Becky Yackley
It is said, cleanliness is next to godliness. When it comes to guns, this adage is TRUTH!  What makes you a god among mankind when it comes to using a pistol? Well, one that runs reliably to start! And to ensure that, we need to put in superhuman effort...sort of. A big part of it comes down to doing small things. One of those small things is cleaning magazines. It’s important not to let the little things slide. For competition, this means we might have a poor time or malfunction. For hunting or self-defense, there are much bigger implications!  
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Becky Yackley
One of the things that new shooters need to understand about competition shooting is that a good stage or fast time is about so much more than just pulling the trigger. It is several sets of skills, artfully combined to produce the performance we want. 
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Becky Yackley
To do that, you need experience in shooting different ranges. In this video, I invite you to shoot a drill two ways in order to decide which you prefer.
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Becky Yackley
A common set up for steel plates is a row of 6 plates, or a plate rack. This style of target is part of an event in NRA Action Pistol.  My family regularly competes in NRA Action Pistol at the Bianchi Cup.   We have been shooting Bianchi Cup for several years, and as we get ready for this year’s events, we are preparing for a world shoot AND the nationals. My eldest son is on the US Team for the Bianchi World Shoot and he has been the Junior National Champion for 3 years straight. So, we have a little experience shooting plate racks with a pistol. 
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Paul Sawyer

Paul Sawyer snagged a 2-for-1 deal when he hit a duo of gobblers across Kansas state lines. He fed the long beards’ a dose of Long Beard XR. The takedown was one for Paul’s history books.

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Melissa Bachman

When it comes to turkey hunting, every step counts. One forgotten move could be the difference between bringing home a fan of feathers or letting that gobbler live to see another day.

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Gabe Adair, Paul Sawyer

As outdoorsmen, we like to take control of the factors that impact the hunt.

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Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer

The Keefers use the innovative Winchester Pattern Board App to get a clear picture of their shot pattern.

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Paul Sawyer

Birds of a feather flock together….until one steps out of the pecking order. During Paul Sawyer’s wild turkey hunt in Oklahoma, he witnessed what happens when the bird’s natural instincts come into play.

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Nikki Boxler

The signs are there: The snow has melted. The mercury is slowly—but surely—rising. The days are longer, the monthly calendar has flipped to April, and the faded brown grass is brightening back to green.

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Becky Yackley
Or, understanding why it’s important to know which it is. In this blog, Ill explain and show you a simple way to determine your dominant eye. Then, Ill speak to other things to help the dominant eye do its job. Ill also share some info for shooting a pistol with your non-dominant eye and when it’s acceptable.
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Melissa Bachman

Sure I love all hunting, but after a long winter there is nothing better than getting back outside, seeing the signs of spring and hearing those gobbles! Over the years I’ve spent a lot of spring days chasing turkeys across the country and came up with a few tips that work anywhere and practically anytime to help increase odds of success.

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Nikki Boxler

If you haven’t hunted for turkeys yet or are a beginner, you have come to the right place. However, I must warn you…once you hunt for turkeys you will be hooked! Hunting wild turkey may look easy on TV shows but it is no easy feat to get an gobbler to follow your plan. From gobblers running to your setup right off the roost, or struggling to get that big gobbler to commit to coming into gun range…each hunt is different and comes with its own set of excitement and challenges. 

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Becky Yackley

Two of the biggest areas where you can make the most improvement are in the stance and grip. How you stand and how you hold the gun will have a much bigger impact on how you shoot the gun than almost anything. Start at the ground, build up & lean into it. 

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Becky Yackley

I’m going to talk about them each in relation to competition to help you figure out if the gun YOU have at home is one you could take out and compete with.

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Nikki Boxler

One of the reasons I love hunting new places and with new people is because it allows me to experience different styles of hunting and learn new tactics. Being able to connect with people and approach conversations not only with an open mind and a willingness to learn, but also an eagerness to learn is what makes my hunting experiences fun!

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Scott Leysath

…drinking behavior until Memorial Day weekend. I don’t think that the majority of us really know what is involved with “corning” a hunk of meat.

You may not know that “corning”, or more accurately called “pickling” can be done with any antlered game meat or waterfowl. Actual corn plays no part in the process.

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Nikki Boxler

Below I am going to walk you through three of the most popular treestand styles and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Melissa Bachman

Every single mount has a backstory, an adventure, a memory that I will cherish forever. But when space becomes limited, I decided to start looking for alternative methods to hang mounts. Lowering the number of animals I mount would be one option, but I was still hoping for an alternative- and I found it.

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Scott Leysath

I serve people snow geese often, but I don’t tell them it’s snow goose until after they’re just about done eating it. I did have one guy tell me that snow goose was, by far, the best tasting goose out there. He told me about how he cut the breast fillets into little strips and then marinated them in teriyaki sauce for 2 days. After that he wrapped the marinated goose in jalapeno, cream cheese and bacon. I’m fairly certain that you could do the same thing with a piece of your shoe and it would taste about the same.

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Nikki Boxler

Why put so much effort into practicing an exercise that appears as easy as putting a barbell on your shoulders and squatting down? 

Two simple reasons: 1.) safety and 2.) effectiveness. The barbell squat is a powerful compound exercise that can pack on muscle in the legs, glutes, core, and even upper back. It can also be utilized as a conditioning movement to help burn off those holiday calories. It is also one of those exercises that if done improperly, can lead to injury (but this can be said about pretty much anything we do in the gym!).

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Melissa Bachman

He and his friends would harvest tons of coyotes each season with my brother and I being pulled through fields in a sled with dad on snowshoe. This was what we loved and this is what I still love it to this day. Even though the tradition of coyote hunting in our family hasn’t changed, the ammunition and technology sure has.

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Scott Leysath

What’s a sounder? It’s a large group of hogs. I was going to go with a “pack,” but I knew that wasn’t correct. They are sexually mature at 6 months of age and they have between 1 and 2 litters of 5 to 6 little piggies each year. They have no real natural predators and they reproduce faster than we can kill them. They also cause billions of damage every year in the United States. So, what’s the solution to the wild hog population explosion? I think the answer is obvious.

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Nikki Boxler

Winchester has employed their shot-lok technology enabling you to get the most out of your ammunition. I was lucky enough to test it out at this year’s SHOT Show Media Day in Las Vegas. Needless to say, I was very impressed.  What is your favorite gun/ammo combination for tom turkey? Want to see how it works…click on the video!

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Scott Leysath

It’s just not my thing. Go there the day before or after and choose from their normal menu and there’s probably no waiting. A few years ago, we started our own holiday tradition of inviting another couple or two to our house for Valentine’s Day. The steak and lobster is at least as good as any restaurant and the wine is considerably better.

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Nikki Boxler

The reason I often procrastinate is because I want to buy the perfect gift that I know they will love but often come up short of what that gift should be. This year I decided to get ahead of the game and thought I’d share with you some of the best tools I use in the field that can serve as a perfect gift for the hunter in your life…male or female!

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Melissa Bachman

Two questions I often get asked are why do some people seem to find all the sheds and how can one be more effective? This comes down to a few important aspects in my book.

First, shed hunt where the animals are.

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Scott Leysath

Fortunately, the darker-fleshed ducks can still make great table fare with just a few extra steps and some additional time to tame the more “pronounced” flavored game meat.

Lean, dark-fleshed ducks and geese have a deeper, earthier flavor as compared to an otherwise fat and lighter-fleshed mallard or pintail. It should come as no surprise that ducks and geese are what they eat.

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Nikki Boxler

I am active on many social media channels. My job in marketing revolves around the use of the Internet and social media. However, I always feel life would be simpler and people would truly connect more with the outdoors if they didn’t have access to the world at the tip of their fingers at any given moment.

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Melissa Bachman

This time, I won’t be the one hunting however. Two young South Dakota boys will be taking part in the late-season youth-hunt for does. Quite frankly, I can’t wait! South Dakota participates in the Youth Deer Mentored Big Game hunt. I’m a huge proponent of programs such as this.

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Scott Leysath

…some animal parts manage to last a year or two longer than they probably should. Of course, the purpose of putting a label and a date on everything that goes into the freezer is so you know what the heck it is after it has been packed along with 100 other packages.

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Melissa Bachman

The one thing that came unexpected were the comments I received from fellow hunters questioning why on earth I would ever need or want a suppressor on a hunting rifle. I understand that everyone seems to have an opinion online, but I didn’t expect this from hunters.

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Nikki Boxler

It is also becoming more popular among hunters. This means that it is an easy to find factory load with more options all the time.  Wanting to learn what all the buzz was about, I decided to order my own Winchester 6.5 Creedmoor to see if it lives up to all of the hype.

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Scott Leysath

Not that you have to be a hunter to know how to prepare wild game. I’ve never killed a cow, but I can cook one, although preferably not the whole animal at once. If the recipe author mentions “catching” wild game, he or she doesn’t hunt. OK, maybe they’re trappers, but I don’t think that’s the case.

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Melissa Bachman

Figure out how to beat the weather, and the non-stop action of coyote hunting will truly amaze you.

Having the right gear is always helpful, but sometimes it takes a little hard work and suffering before knowing what gear is truly helpful. I’ve put in a lot of time and learned the hard way on things that make a difference in the field. So, skip a little of the heartache and add some of these items to your gear bag to make your season more comfortable and successful:

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Nikki Boxler

I just finished packing my gear to head south for my last hunt of the season in the Texas panhandle. I checked in my bags at the airport counter and made my way through security. As I boarded the plane and the wheels lifted off the runway I happily waved goodbye to frigid below zero temperatures and looked forward to landing in warm Texas.

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Scott Leysath

It adds moisture, flavor and mellows out, not disguises, the natural flavor of waterfowl. I do not cook a duck or goose without first soaking it overnight in brine.

Those of us who have discovered how much better the Thanksgiving turkey tastes after a brine bath for 24 hours know that the bird will not only cook a little faster, it will also bemore moist and flavorful than an unbrined bird.

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Melissa Bachman

The last thing you want to do when the temps drop and the hunting heats up is stay at home because you aren’t prepared for the chilly temps. I’m not saying everyone has to go out and buy all new arctic gear and apparel, but there are a few easy tips you can do to stay warm and make your hunts more enjoyable.

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Nikki Boxler

…sharing some easy step-by-step progressions for some exercises that have become staples of my training.

For starters, let’s start with arguably one of the best back and arm exercises: the pull-up. For those of us who are pull-up challenged and looking to improve, here are some simple progressions to get you on track! Depending on your fitness level, you may be able to skip over some steps.

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Scott Leysath

OK, but let’s say your waders are getting a little snug and your fridge is full of odds and ends that won’t quite make a family meal, but when combined, could be loaded onto a platter and served at a New Year’s Day ball game party. It’s a good opportunity to use up holiday leftovers and stock up with healthy stuff to start the year off right.

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Winchester Ammunition

Try some of these tips to end your season with a strong finish and make the most of those days in the blind.

Ducks

Hunt Big Water—Smaller bodies of water are freezing up so ducks will head for larger rivers and lakes where water is still liquid. Hunt from a boat blind, set a layout blind on a sandbar or set up on a finger of land jutting into the body of water and set your decoys close.

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Ron Spomer

Here’s a closer look at the Creedmoor and a comparison with the well known 270 Winchester and 243 Winchester. Come along on this video blog form Winchester World of Whitetail host Ron Spomer to learn more.

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Melissa Bachman

Hunting has become less and less about the animal, the hunt, or even the location. Now I reminisce about the people I was with more than anything. This is what I now look forward to the most.

Last year I was super fortunate to take several friends and family in the field with me, but one hunt stands out in particular. I got the privilege to take Grandma Rose on a mule deer hunt in Southern Colorado.

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Nikki Boxler

For me, most of those memories were formed in my home town in Western New York; and more importantly with my dad.

Every year, my dad and I put out trail cameras in hopes of getting pictures of good bucks. This year was no different. After pulling the cards and scrolling through hundreds of pictures, I came across a tall 8 with good mass.  At that moment I knew which buck I had my sights set on for the season.

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Scott Leysath

Perhaps you may have learned that the legs and thighs from pheasants and turkeys are tough, sinewy and unfit for table fare. In some respect, you’re right, but it is probably because you cooked whole birds and discovered that, if the breasts are just cooked and not overcooked, the other parts aren’t fit to eat.

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Winchester Ammunition

And why not? Not only does the hunter see these creatures as competitors for the game animals they wish to keep in abundance, but the varmints also present an opportunity for additional time in the woods by hunting them year-round in most places, night in most places and can sometimes even get them access to lands that would otherwise be closed to them for other types of hunting.

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Ron Spomer

Those, in turn, gave me days of hunting adventure you can’t tie a bow around or put under a tree. Cottontails in the woods. Fox squirrels raiding the corn bins. And — best of all — big, white-tailed jackrabbits racing over the pastures and cornfields. South Dakota’s winter landscape was the ultimate rifleman’s training ground, and those 22 Long Rifles made it all possible.

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Melissa Bachman

Winchester has devoted an incredible amount of time and energy to help hunters and shooter be the most effective they can possibly be. One of the most noticeable changes is the extensive range that’s been proven to be effective for turkey hunting with LongBeard XR. This also goes for waterfowl hunting with Blind Side and continues on through with DeerSeason XP, Varmint X, AA TrAAcker, and the list goes on.

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Nikki Boxler

Snow is on the ground, Christmas lights are up, and reindeer are on roof tops. Speaking of deer… Here are 3 ways to use antlers when decorating for the holiday!

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Scott Leysath

And as many times as they had all made the exact same dishes, they relied on well-worn recipe cards to make sure that everything was cooked just right. When I mentioned that they could probably get the job done without the recipe cards, they gave my future mother-in-law a look that said, “We don’t really like this kid.”

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Ron Spomer

Because it will make you a better shot. And it could save the day if you’re faced with a puzzling set of shooting conditions. Ballistic calculators are computer programs based on physics. Scientists have long known what happens to projectiles thrown through the atmosphere.

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Winchester Ammunition

If that person is an avid shooter or hunter, then Winchester-branded merchandise is the perfect solution sure to bring that special person in your life a smile to their face on Christmas day. Here are some top choices for this holiday season.

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Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer

Getting feathers to fall can be a hard-core task when it comes to waterfowl hunting. As the weather shifts from bad to worse, waterfowl warriors know it's time to scan the skies. Sleet, snow, rain, hail, and cold push the birds to use their wings, and hunters head out to bring them down.

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Melissa Bachman

And many times, the hubs or bars are also damaged. Usually I don’t like to take blinds out of the field until the season is completely wrapped up. That can be late Dec or even mid-January depending on the state I’m hunting. Once a blind is up, deer get used to them so the last thing I want to do is take them down to avoid snow damage.

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Nikki Boxler

One of the great things about fresh, never frozen meat is you can prepare easy freezer meals for those days when you are in a rush but want to have a delicious breakfast without all the time it takes to make it. Here are 2 quick and easy meals you can prepare in advance for breakfast when you are on the go.

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Scott Leysath

Add some onions, celery, carrots and any other vegetables that make you happy. Top the whole mess with a pile of whipped potatoes and pop it in the oven. In about thirty minutes, it’s dinner. Mom used to make something she called “Hamburger Pie.” It was a big hit with dad and the three boys.

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Winchester Ammunition

Unlike a handgun, with its short sight plane, a longer shotgun is much easier to aim, particularly by less skilled shooters during a stressful moment. A shotgun also throws a wider pattern than a single projectile, allowing for poor aim, likely to be made poorer by a stressful situation such as a home break-in or defensive situation.

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Ron Spomer

Ever since the advent of the first metallic cartridge (the 22 BB Cap in 1845,) hunters have demanded rifles, cartridges and bullets capable of terminating everything from ground squirrels to elephants. This is why the world has seen the creation of — literally — hundreds of rifle cartridges.

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Melissa Bachman

This is a list that I used to purchase gifts for my own family and friends and hope there may be something that could spark some interest for that hard to buy for person in your family.

S4 Gear Bino Harness– This is a binocular harness that keeps optics dry, clean and at the ready. It fits most styles of binoculars and not only makes it much more convenient, but also keeps binos snow and water-free so you can see regardless of weather conditions.

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Nikki Boxler

When it comes to sealing the deal, there are a few tricks I keep up my sleeve to utilize when the time is right. 

Never let deer know they are being hunted

It may sound like a no-brainer and pretty simple, but it takes discipline. After gun opener, deer seem to be on edge. So, I keep the location I hunt low pressure and take every precaution to be stealthy in hopes that deer use my section of property as a safe haven.

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Scott Leysath

My hunting partners don’t look favorably at late arrivals. Whether I like it or not, parties happen and it’s usually best to make a contribution beyond a bag of chips and store-bought salsa. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Ron Spomer

Maybe we can clear some confusion if we take a hard look at the old 300 Winchester Magnum and the newer 300 Winchester Short Magnum to gain a clearer understanding of what they do. First, both of these powerful magnum rounds exist for the extra reach and punch many shooters demand. North America and Africa harbor good to excellent numbers of large, tough, antlered or horned animals.

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Winchester Ammunition

If desperation is setting in, don’t let it. Instead try one of these tricks to save your season before it’s over.

Break Your Pattern – You and your fellow hunters hitting the property every weekend like clockwork, maybe Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday then everybody is back home until next weekend? Work the weekend and take a Tuesday or Wednesday off. Deer pattern us and our activity in their environment as well, if not better, than we do them.

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Melissa Bachman

I’ve always been a huge fan of late season hunting for whitetails. This can be a very productive time of the year. Below are four proven tips that I’ve used to find success as seasons begin winding down.

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Nikki Boxler

However, visions of big bucks dance through my head along with hearing my dad’s voice say, “You’re not going to shoot anything if you’re not out there.” So, I gear up and head out. Through trial and error, I have found some simple yet inexpensive and effective ways to fend off the cold and hunt comfortably in the field for longer durations. Here are my tips and tricks to stay warm in the field this late season:

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Scott Leysath

If you’ve ever taken a bite into a fresh, unsweetened cranberry, you know that the taste is nothing like what you get from something that’s been made with cranberries. Cranberry sauce, chutney, relish and, of course, the cranberry juice that occasionally floats on top of a vodka drink have all been sweetened or they would taste sour. 

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Winchester Ammunition

Think about it, the bullet only has a few inches of barrel to travel down so the slightest dip in the barrel or flinch of the shooter can alter the trajectory drastically in just a few short yards of travel. To improve your ability to fire a handgun accurately, focus on these three aspects of grip for better trigger control and, ultimately, a better aim.

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Ron Spomer

But not the 308 Winchester and 300 Winchester Magnum. Here there is such a performance differential that one must seriously consider what each does and which hunting applications each handles best. So let’s dig in. Both these popular and vastly different cartridges throw .308-inch diameter (30-caliber) bullets. The big difference is their powder capacity.

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Rob Pincus

In many sports, training includes some aspect of learning to focus exclusively on the task at hand, filtering out distractions. In endeavors such as putting, basketball free-throws, billiards and pitching, athletes practice blocking out all distractions and using visualization…

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Melissa Bachman

I put in so much time during the off-season training and throughout the season scouting and hunting that when the moment of truth comes…I want no excuses. Winchester introduced Deer Season XP because they wanted to ensure deer hunters had something specific to their needs. This round was designed with only one thing in mind: dropping big deer in their tracks. 

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Nikki Boxler

With so much to do and so little time, I like to have recipes on the back burner (pun intended) that I can turn to when I am in a time crunch. Here are a few quick snacks that the entire family will enjoy. The best part is both recipes share the same 3 core ingredients!

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