6 Tips for Better Accuracy


Shooting a rifle well starts at a bench.
Few had practiced from the positions they would almost certainly use on opening day.
Standing shots are the toughest.
Then shift your feet to bring the sights onto the target.
The sight should be on the target, and your trigger finger should be taking up slack.
Try to call your shot — that is, tell yourself where the bullet hit. An accurate call means you had your eyes on the target and knew where the sight was when the bullet left.

Pumpkin Soup with Wild Boar Bacon


Rub cut sides of pumpkin with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 1 hour or until flesh is lightly browned and tender. The aroma of the roasted pumpkin will let you know that it is almost ready to remove from the oven.
While the pumpkin is roasting, heat a thin layer of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and rosemary and sauté for another 4 minutes.
Once the pumpkin flesh is softened, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Scoop out flesh and place in a food processor or blender. Add carrot, onion, garlic and rosemary mixture and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Pulse until smooth.
Bring to a boil.

5 Great Tips to Silence a Hunting Bow


Lighter- speed shafts absorb less of a bow’s energy, the remainder resulting in escape energies translating directly into vibrations, buzzes and twangs, creating shot noise to which deer easily react.
That said, even bows with such silencers can be made quieter by installing standard string silencers.
This means they can create small pings upon release.
And don’t discount longer target models (9- to 12-inch), as they also add shooting forgiveness during stressful shots.
The bat without LimbSaver rang like a bell and vibrated perceivably.
Limb silencers help absorb excess vibrations and dissipate them silently.
A loose screw on, say, a sight aperture, can create rattle- snake buzzes, alerting game during season-making shots.
You might find a particular accessory creates hums or buzzes even when all screws are tight.

CWD Spread by Food, Water, Blood, Saliva


If you’re a deer hunter, deer manager, or just enjoy feeding and watching whitetail deer, chronic wasting disease is bad news. First found in a captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967, today CWD has been identified in captive and/or wild deer, elk and/or moose in 24 states and three Canadian provinces.
In my last post, I noted that the infectious material most scientists believe causes CWD, prions, have been found in the blood, feces, saliva and urine of infected animals.
Perhaps most disturbing, recent research has shown that plants consumed by deer and other cervids can uptake and hold prions, meaning that food sources could be tainted wherever CWD-positive animals have been found. Lab tests have proven that prion uptake by plants can occur after coming into prions, and sick deer are known to shed prions for long periods of time before succumbing to CWD.
“Among whitetails, we have documented that shedding infectious prions occurs as early as three months after becoming infected with CWD, and six months in their feces,” explained Dr. Dave Samuel, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin.
So too do potentially tainted water source. Yep – you guessed it – infectious prions can also be found in water. Coincidentally, the midges known to cause hemorrhagic diseases like epizootic hemorrhagic disease are also found at water sources and wherever deer congregate, meaning it’s possible for deer to experience a “double-whammy” of EHD and CWD at one watering hole.