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Italian Venison Meatball Sandwich Recipe

Italian Venison Meatball Sandwich Recipe
This wild game recipe is easy, delicious and healthy. The key is using fresh ground venison, and simmering the baked meatballs in a red sauce or marinara. This keeps the meat juicy. Venison can be dry since it does not contain much fat — it’s lean yet high in protein. Basting the meatballs with olive... Read more »

2020 Illinois Deer Hunting Report & Results

2020 Illinois Deer Hunting Report & Results
2020 Illinois Deer Hunting Report & Results 2020 has been an interesting year due to the COVID pandemic. But that has not seemed to dissuade the masses of deer hunters hitting the woods. So far, the 2020 Illinois deer hunting harvest is slightly higher than 2019, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. These are... Read more »

The Deer Harvest Pin - Part of the Illinois Hunting Culture

The Deer Harvest Pin - Part of the Illinois Hunting Culture
In Illinois, successful deer hunters are awarded a round pin for each deer they harvest, whether with a firearm or bow. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources began this tradition in 1978, creating a new design each year for firearm pins while archery pins are always green. Both versions have the year and IDNR deer... Read more »
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Boneyard Beans - Best Cowboy Beans Recipe

Boneyard Beans - Best Cowboy Beans Recipe
Cowboy beans are a traditional southwest style bean dish that works great as a side to any meat. However, this is the Boneyard Outfitters version… Boneyard Beans. One key to running a successful hunting operation is great food, and this recipe is a big hit with the hunters. It’s easy to make, quick, and can feed... Read more »

Southern Illinois Grand Slam - Are you up for the Challenge?

Southern Illinois Grand Slam - Are you up for the Challenge?
If you love the outdoors, you might want to put this on your bucket list…for 2021. The Southern Illinois Grand Slam is one of the holy grails of outdoor adventures. It’s when when you accomplish four things — tag out on wild turkey, boat a limit of crappie, score a handful of morels, and find some wild asparagus…all... Read more »

A Midwest Tradition Doesn't Disappoint- the Minnesota Governor's Opener

A Midwest Tradition Doesn't Disappoint- the Minnesota Governor's Opener
As an Illinoisan that has never attended a true fishing opening-day event, I have to admit, the Minnesota Governors Opener was quite an experience. Celebrating the first day of the open-water walleye season in Minnesota, this event was a mix of media professionals, dignitaries, tourism professionals and as you would have guessed — the Governor... Read more »
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Ice Fishing Fun Starts with Safety

Ice Fishing Fun Starts with Safety
Ice fishing is great way to add another outdoor activity to your lifestyle. It’s cheaper than owning a boat and you can catch a lot of fish. It’s also a great way to bond with your family and friends. With today’s large ice shelters, you can get a portable heater, chairs and thermos of hot... Read more »

Trophy Brown Trout in Milwaukee

When fishing the seawalls in December, you never know what you're going to hook into - like this ten-pound bull steelehead for example!
When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, open water fishing is usually the last thing on my mind. I’m typically sitting in a tree stand waiting for some venison to step into my shooting lane. But the fall and winter provides anglers with the opportunity for some spectacular in-shore fishing for trout and salmon on Lake... Read more »

Best Binoculars for Outdoors Enthusiasts - Hawke Sapphire ED

When it comes to optics for outdoorsmen and women, there are hundreds of options on the market for binoculars and scopes. I’ve spent a lot on my optics, and I’ve spent a little. With over 35 years under my belt, I’ve used a variety of styles and brands. And my best advice for choosing optics... Read more »
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A Walleye Experience at Sportsman's Lodges

Double-fisted is the only way to go!
Walleye are unlike any other fish – a true icon of the Northern wilds of the United States. And to pursue walleye on Lake of the Woods is more than just a fishing trip. It’s an experience. I was invited by Gregg and Diana Hennum, owners of Sportsman’s Lodges to bring my family up for... Read more »