Author: Kat Stevens

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Kat Ainsworth Stevens loves nothing more than a day spent in the woods or on the water. She has hunted all over the country for everything from deer to ducks to alligators. Her fishing endeavors range from setting juglines for catfish to catching rainbow trout in mountain streams. And while she’s out hunting, fishing, hiking, and boating, she’s putting gear through its paces.

Although the deer diseases Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first identified in the 1960s and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) has been around since the 1890s, it seems as though concern over the two has increased in the past decade. And in recent years, the push to track potentially sick deer has continued. Some organizations say one or both diseases are the greatest threat to hunting deer, elk and moose that exist. Others question whether the issue has been irrationally overhyped. How much of a threat are CWD and EHD, really? What should hunters know? Let’s find out. What is CWD?…

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There’s nothing quite like the dramatic colors that can be found on a turkey. Even among supposedly drab birds, a wide range of colors rainbow through their feathers, and that’s why we love fan mounts. Whether you’ve chosen to breast your turkey for the meat and mount only the fan, or you just don’t want a full-body mount, we can help. Yes, you can prep and mount your own turkey fan. It’s easier than you might think. All it takes is a little patience and drying time. Supplies on Hand Although the supply list is relatively short, there are a…

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The air is crisp, if not downright chilly, and the sky promises an early snowfall. You’ve been sitting in your ground blind waiting for deer, and finally, one appears. Said deer is now on the ground, and you’re about to field dress it. Then what? Drop it off at a meat processor? Hang it in a cooling shed? Delegate the task to a friend you believe knows what they’re doing? There’s no reason you can’t learn to process your own venison. Help can be nice, but it isn’t a must. Here are some tips and tricks for making the coming…

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Here’s How to Field Dress and Quarter Deer on the Ground Even though we can all agree on the joys of deer hunting—from the gorgeous sunrises to the love of venison chili—not all aspects of a hunt are exactly fun. One task that gets a lot of deer hunters down is field dressing and quartering, especially when they don’t have access to a gambrel or any way to hang the carcass for processing. Don’t worry, there’s good news: You don’t have to have a hoist and gambrel, or a shed, to clean and quarter your game. With a little practice,…

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