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It’s time for a break.  Let’s go shoot skeet!

See more fun shooting & hunting games at HuntingNet.com

Have fun and Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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What is the second amendment about?  This is the best argument I’ve ever seen for gun rights.  Please watch and share.

Happy Hunting (and Fishing)!

– Marci

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Hunting and fishing are fun, but they can also be expensive.  I’ve found that buying cheaper gear is not such a good idea.  I want to actually see through my binoculars.  I want a nice clear image, not a cloudy, slightly blurry one that can come with a cheap pair.  I think all hunting & fishing gear are like this.  I want the best… at the best price.

Cabela’s Bargain Cave is one of the places I find great deals.  The inventory is constantly changing so I can always find new things.  From ammo, game calls, tree stands and trail cams to clothing and hunting accessories.

The Bargain Cave also has fishing and camping gear, a boating section and so much more!  Check it out and check it often so that you can buy the best and save the most.

Cabela’s Bargain Cave

Hunting Section

Fishing Section

Archery Section

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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This sweepstakes ends on January 31st, 2013.  So enter HERE while you can!

How fun would it be to go hunting in that???

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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MP900390515Water Temperatures

Water temperature has a major affect on game fish activity in both fresh and saltwater. All fish species have a preferred temperature range in which they are most active and, therefore, more susceptible to being caught. Here are ideal water temperatures for the most popular species of freshwater fish:

Ideal Conditions Chart
Plus or minus 3 degrees of “Most Active” water temperatures is prime fishing.

Fish                                 Lower                    Most Active                 Upper

Black Crappie             60°F (15°C)          70°F (21°C)               75°F (24°C)

Bluegill                        58°F (14°C)          69°F (20°C)               75°F (24°C)

Brook Trout               44°F (7°C)             58°F (14°C)               70°F (21°C)

Brown Trout              44°F (7°C)             58°F (14°C)               74°F (23°C)

Carp                             74°F (24°C)           84°F (29°C)             88°F (31°C)

Chain Pickerel           60°F (15°C)           66°F (19°C)              74°F (23°C)

Catfish                         55°F (13°C)           82°F (28°C)              89°F (32°C)

Chinook Salmon       44°F (7°C)             54°F (12°C)               60°F (15°C)

Coho Salmon             44°F (7°C)             54°F (12°C)              60°F (15°C)

Green Sunfish            73°F (23°C)          87°F (31°C)              91°F (33°C)

Kamloops Trout        46°F (8°C)            49°F (9°C)                57°F (14°C)

Lake Trout                  42°F (4°C)           54°F (12°C)               62°F (17°C)

Lake Whitefish          43°F (6°C)            51°F (11°C)               63°F (17°C)

Largemouth Bass      50°F (10°C)          70°F (21°C)             84°F (29°C)

Northern Pike            56°F (13°C)          63°F (17°C)              74°F (23°C)

Rainbow Trout          44°F (7°C)            61°F (16°C)              75°F (24°C)

Sauger                         55°F (13°C)          67°F (19°C)              74°F (23°C)

Smallmouth Bass      60°F (16°C)         67°F (19°C)              73°F (23°C)

Spotted Bass              71°F (22°C)          75°F (24°C)             80°F (27°C)

Steelhead Trout        38°F (3°C)            50°F (10°C)            60°F (16°C)

Sunfish                       50°F (10°C)          58°F (19°C)             68°F (20°C)

Walleye                       50°F (10°C)         67°F (19°C)             76°F (24°C)

White Bass                 62°F (17°C)         70°F (21°C)             78°F (26°C)

For more info on the actual water temperatures near you, visit OurdoorLife’s Water Temperature page and insert your state.

Happy Hunting (and Fishing)!

– Marci

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I’ve been looking into building a small smokehouse for some time now.  There are certainly lots of plans out there using anything from terracotta pots and garbage cans to actually building a full smokehouse.  I like the idea of doing things for less money.  But I also like doing things right.

Here is a great little smokehouse I came across the other day.  It looks good but not too complicated.  I don’t know if I’ll get around to building it any time soon, but I’m definitely printing this out and putting it on the to-do list.

Cowgirl’s Country LIfe: Building a cold smoker (smokehouse)

 

Go to Cowgirl’s Country Life website to see the full plans.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Not My Mum’s Venison Lasagna

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Venison Lasagna

This is a riff off my mother’s lasagna, and of course, everyone’s mother makes the best lasagna, right? This one is supremely meaty, supremely cheesy. There’s something like 3 pounds of meat and 2 pounds of cheese in this bad boy. But it makes 8-10 servings, so don’t worry about it. This lasagna, like most, reheats well, too.

And of course you can use regular ground beef and pork for this if you don’t have access to venison or wild boar. It’ll be just as good.

Serves 8-10.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

1 pound ground pork or wild boar
2 pounds ground venison or ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 head of garlic, chopped
1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
1 can of tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon  fennel pollen (optional)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 15-ounce container of ricotta cheese
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup grated pecorino cheese
1/2 nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves
12 lasagna noodles
Salt and pepper
Copyright © 2013 Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

For the rest of this amazing recipe by Hank Shaw, visit his website.

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