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Elk Chili Recipe

Elk meat has always been a favorite of mine, and after my last hunt, I still have some in the freezer ready to go. I love trying out new recipes, and this is one I keep coming back to. It’s especially great to eat in a bread bowl with all the toppings added. Make a large pot for the whole week or the whole family!

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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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The “30/30” Trail Camera Setting

Just a couple weeks ago I made my first series of mock scrapes for the year and placed my Browning Trail Cameras on all of them using what I call the “30/30 setting”: Video mode set on 30 second clips with 30 sec delay). It didn't take long before the first mature buck found one in less than 24 hours of being made, and within a couple days they all started to heat up. I noticed one series of the three was showing more activity from a specific deer than the others. I knew right away this was a deer I wanted to target, but how was I going to be able to do so?

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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
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