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Lemon Pepper Buttermilk Fried Wild Turkey and Morel Mushroom Salad Recipe

It’s hard to beat fried wild turkey, so I wasn’t going to steer away from that, but I was looking for a slightly different way to serve it this year compared to how I have in the past. Adding some fresh greens and vegetables to the fried turkey and morels, along with my favorite salad dressing, was the way to go! The Lemon Pepper seasoning in the turkey breading and the salty/crunchiness of the fried morels complimented each other perfectly in the salad.

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Bald Eagle Recovery Sweeps Across States

Seeing a bald eagle soaring high above is a magical experience for most Americans. I never take seeing an eagle for granted because generations of Missourians who came before us rarely had a chance to see an eagle in the wild. As sightings of our nation’s symbol of freedom continue to increase, we cannot forget the dire straights these magnificent creatures once faced.

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Scout Now for a Successful Turkey Season

By Brandon Butler:

Missouri’s Youth Turkey Season and regular Spring Turkey Season is approaching fast. With about a month to go, there are many preparations to be made…most importantly, locating some birds. This is accomplished by scouting. There are those lucky folks who basically return to the same tree year after year to tag out each spring. But most of us mere mortals aren’t so lucky and need to spend some time searching for this year’s flock.

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Bowhunting: 5 Tips for Early Season Success

Hunting early season whitetails has its advantages. Their pattern is more predictable and they haven’t been pressured yet by other hunters in the woods: two key factors to harvesting a mature buck in the first few weeks of season opener. But, there are still challenges that come with hunting in early fall. Below are 5 tips that helped me capitalize on a mature, early season whitetail.

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Defender 850: Changing How You Hunt

The Defender 850 has some unique features and technology that set it apart from the rest and that can take your deer hunting to the next level. Here are 3 features on the Defender 850 trail camera that will allow you to change the way you hunt this season.

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Shifting Deer, Shifting Cameras


We’re beginning to get some early fall temps and the taste of clean, cool air. The skies are beginning to look a little different and we are both beginning to feel a bit different. We are anticipating… Having found a new core bedding area via trail camera recon, we are now closing in on exactly how this section of property functions and we are stoked for the postseason and the chance to move cameras into this area and establish precise buck bedding locations. Continue reading

St. Jude Heroes Event

The St. Jude Heroes event in Poplar Bluff, MO is an an annual 2-day event featuring a VIP Party, silent auction and meet-and-great with outdoor celebrities on Day 1 and a benefit archery shoot and silent auction on Day 2. Read on to see some highlights of this year's event. (Click blog title to view complete blog post.) Continue reading

5 Tips for Elk Season Success

Hunting elk on public landing in Idaho is definitely different than hunting whitetails on my farm in Kentucky. We aren’t using feeders, minerals and supplements or food plots to bring the elk in, and hunting elk typically requires much more physical effort than hunting whitetails where you have long periods of sitting in tree stands or ground blinds. In preparation for the upcoming season, I’ve put together 5 tips that will help you have a successful elk hunting season. (Click blog title to view complete blog post.) Continue reading

Choosing Your First Trail Camera

For someone who is new to hunting or the trail camera world, picking out your first game camera can be somewhat overwhelming. Here are a few "must-have", trail camera features to keep in mind while shopping, as well as some bonus features and accessories that may be an asset to you. (Click blog title to view complete blog post.) Continue reading
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