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Melissa Bachman on Winchesters 150th


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Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, stopped by the Winchester Ammunition booth at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY to talk about the Winchester 150th anniversary and what that means for her and her family.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Winchester: The Second 50 Years


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In the last post, we looked at Winchester’s earliest days of firearms and ammunition development, from its founding on May 22, 1866 through its first 50 years, which carried the company into the global fray that would become World War I. That global conflict would thrust Winchester engineers, production workers and products themselves into the […]

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Hunting The Post-Rut: Scrapes Are Key


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Where I live in Missouri the pre rut occurs from late October to about November 7th. This is a time when bucks have a very high testosterone level, but very few does are receptive. During this period bucks actively check and work scrapes, respond to grunt calls, etc. In the same area the majority of […]

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Weather And Whitetails – Hunt The Fronts


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It’s getting late in the season. The rut is over, deer have been pressured beyond belief and hunters with tags left to fill are feeling worn down and maybe even a little desperate. On top of all this, weather across much of the whitetail’s range has been relatively mild to this point, another factor that […]

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Grant Woods

Bucks Experience Huge Weight Loss During The Rut


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I tagged a five year old buck November 22. I named this buck Butterbean based on trail camera pictures a year ago. This buck had the largest body of any buck at my place. I feel certain he weighed well over 200 pounds based on this image and known body weights of other bucks I’d […]

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Hoping For A Storm


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Post-rut hunting can be very productive. Similar to the pre-rut, it comes down to predicting when the deer are going to move and being in your stand when they do. Some might say I am crazy for wanting a winter storm. However, if a hunter wishes to get out and tough the weather immediately before […]

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Pay Attention To Overhanging Limbs


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The majority of does throughout much of the whitetail’s range have been bred. Some does simply become receptive later, some didn’t conceive during their first cycle and some female fawns are just now becoming mature enough to be receptive. The combination of these circumstances means competition for receptive does during early December can be high […]

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Scrapes Do Not Mark Territories


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I frequently hear comments about bucks defending their territory and that bucks make/use scrapes to mark the boundaries of their territory. Bucks don’t defend territories or their home range like coyotes, bobcats and other predators! About the only territory bucks defend is a very small circumference around a receptive doe. Thus the area they will […]

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