Secrets to Jump-Shooting Ducks


When the ducks don’t come to you, you can go to the ducks.
Floating a river or jump-shooting ponds, potholes, and creeks puts ducks in the bag on tough days.
You’re also trading incoming and overhead shots for chances at birds going up and away.
You’ll often carry it at port arms throughout a day of hunting.
Ducks going away present a small target, and it’s a long way from the rear end of a duck to the vital organs and head.
Pick your target, see it clearly, then mount the gun and make the shot.
Rushing risks a poor gun mount or a missed shot, and you need to let the birds gain a little space so your pattern can open up.
When birds flush at long range, don’t risk a shot, because if you shoot at them, they probably won’t come back.
Even if shot at, teal often circle back, giving you a passing shot.
Trapshooting is the best target practice for jumping ducks.

Leftover Venison and Hog Pasta


Venison and Wild Hog Pasta Recipe.
This is the perfect pasta recipe to utilize excess ground venison and wild hog still in the freezer The backbone of this homemade wild game ragu pasta sauce is a combination of ground venison and wild hog.
(Photo courtesy of “Florida Sportsman”) When making a guest list for a dinner party where this wild game pasta recipe will be served, DO NOT invite anyone who gives you venison or wild hog meat.
Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 4.5 hours Ingredients: • 1 pound ground venison • 1 pound ground wild hog • 1 large onion • 1 carrot, peeled • 1 celery stalk • 4 garlic cloves • 2 teaspoons dried oregano • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1/2 pound smoked bacon • 1 tablespoon tomato paste • 2 cups water (or red wine), divided • 1 pound pasta (rigatoni, orecchiette, penne) • Fine-chopped Kosher salt • Fresh ground pepper • Shaved Parmesan cheese Directions: 1.
In a food processor, pulse the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup parsley until finely chopped; transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat; add sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned.
Add ground meat and bacon, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink.
Add reserved vegetable mixture to drippings in pot, season with salt and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 8-10 minutes.
in a small bowl; add to pot.
You’ll be amazed how well this wild game pasta sauce tastes after it has rested a day or so.

Court Rules Famed Louisiana Lake is a River


Court Rules to Ban Public Hunting on Famed Louisiana Lake.
The 46-mile Catahoula Lake, a popular hunting location near Cenla, La., may soon become closed to public use after a district court ruled late last month that the lake is technically a river, making it private property and thus restricting sporting access.
Per the Times-Picayune, for the past century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries have managed Catahoula Lake, the largest freshwater body in Louisiana, and one of the state’s premier duck-hunting spots.
In 2010, more ducks were killed in Louisiana than in any other state—and many of those birds winter on Catahoula.
In the ruling, a judge declared that the state owes landowners $38 million in damages and $4.5 million in royalties for oil and gas taken from the area.
Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles, according to KALB.
As for now, the 2017–2018 hunting season will continue as planned on Catahoula, but future changes could loom.
“It’s a part of Central Louisiana that will hopefully never be taken away,” Brian Cespriva, a dedicated duck hunter, told KALB.
“This lawsuit should concern everybody who hunts and fishes on Catahoula Lake.”

The First Stage of the Rut


Velvet Shed: The First True Stage of the Rut.
While the process of shedding is short-lived—it takes only a day or two for most bucks, and some will have clean antlers within a matter of hours—the event signifies a whole new phase for whitetails.
Here are three key things that happen when bucks reach hard antler, and how to deal with them.
Testosterone Dump Peak breeding may seem like a dot on the horizon, but velvet shed is actually the first stage of the rut.
As soon as antlers harden, testosterone levels start building, and bucks start ritual behaviors associated with the rut.
Even the biggest bucks will make early rubs on small saplings.
Your move: Scout the edges of hot food sources for the season’s first rubs and scrapes, and set up stands near the freshest sign.
I like short, light rattling sessions that mimic the sparring matches that are going on now.
Bachelor groups in the double digits can occur, all living as a mostly harmonious unit.
This is especially true of older bucks, which often shift their core area and turn into sulking loners.