Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grilled Venison Loin or Backstrap

I’ve gone through much of the detail on how to properly grill a backstrap of venison (or elk, antelope, bison, moose etc.) above, but remember that this is done over high heat with the grill top open, and that it takes a good 15-20 minutes. Be patient and you will be rewarded.

If you use a barbecue sauce with this recipe, serve the venison with a side salad like potato, macaroni or bean salad, plus maybe some tomatoes and basil, corn on the cob, dinner rolls — you get the idea. Nothing overly fancy.

Serves 4.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound piece of venison loin or beef fillet mignon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

  1. Coat the venison backstrap in oil and salt well. Set aside for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Get your grill hot, clean the grates and lay the venison on the grill. Paint with the BBQ sauce. Keep the grill cover open. Let this cook 5-8 minutes without moving, depending on how hot your grill is and how thick your venison loin is. You want a good sear, with good grill marks, on that side of the meat. Flip and repeat on the other side, painting that side with more BBQ sauce.
  3. Do the finger test to check for doneness. If the venison needs some more time, turn it to sides that have not had direct exposure to the grill and cook for 2-3 more minutes, checking all the way. Paint those sides with BBQ sauce, too.
  4. When the meat has been cooked to your liking, take it off the fire and let it rest, tented with foil, for 8-15 minutes. Serve with BBQ sauce on the side.
Recipe and photo by: Holly Heyser

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips to Keep Out Trespassers

I found these tips from Wildlife Obsession to help keep trespassers off your private land. I would like to here your comments or better yet if you have any suggestions that would help.

Why do some people think they have the right to break the law and trespass wherever they please? Most law-abiding property owners can’t imagine why these unethical “hunters” (for lack of a better term) would break the law and take the chance of losing their hunting privileges, or why they would steal from the property owner. Protect yourself from this and prevent trespassing and poaching from ever happening in the first place.

  1. That Dog Bites - You must prosecute! You must let it be known that there are consequences. Once the word gets out that trespassers will be charged, this will have a significant impact. Use trail-camera photos of trespassers for evidence. In most states, to prosecute a trespasser all you need is a clear, identifiable photo of the trespasser in the act.
  2. Can you Read? - Clearly, legally post your property with SIGNS every 50 yards along your borders. Make sure there is no excuse. Every so often you’ll get obtuse offenders that are bold enough to violate your markers regardless, but that’s exactly why it’s important to prosecute.
  3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Plant SCREENING BORDERS so people cannot see into your property. Use a combination of trees, shrubs, and warm season perennial grasses. It’s important to put some thought behind this because certain plants lose their foliage during various times of the year and as things grow they may elevate tall enough so they are no longer a visual barrier after a few years. So make sure that you consider both seasonally and for the long term.
  4. Keep your mouth shut! - Everyone likes to brag about harvesting a nice buck or all the deer feeding in one of their food plots. Be careful who you boast in front of. Word of a huge buck travels fast. For some reason “antlers” can make normally principled people do stupid things.
  5. Hi, how’s it going? - Carry a disposable camera in your hunting pack or with you whenever you travel your property. Your trail cameras are stationary monitors, but if you run into someone, walk straight up to them and say “hello” and snap their photo. Now you have proof! This and a name or license plate is all you need to prosecute. Gather and document as much information as feasible. Then

Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm not Old, I'm Crispy

As most of you know I just had another birthday not that I'm counting, I gave up doing that awhile ago. As I was browsing my social media sites I found this and instantly thought of myself.

I may not be able to do as much as I use to and as often but I have come to realize that quantity does not mean as much as quality. I seem to cherish certain moments more than I used to. It's the little things in life that stick with you the most.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why Deer move more at Night than during the Day.

I work nights and lately I have been seeing a lot of deer moving at night which brings me to this post. The information below came from Buckmasters.

I think is is harder to see them this time of year because of all the tree growth as well as bushes, tall grass and crops growing. So basically remember to watch your speed, you never know when one is going to run out in front of you.

1) It's easier to hide from predators.

Prey species must move in order to find food, which presents a certain level of risk. Moving during daylight presents the greatest risk because that is when they are most visible and most easily detected by predators. They're harder to see at night, but that advantage is reduced by their increased activity. And predators have adapted by also becoming nocturnal. However, if a prey species such as deer were to move their peak activity period away from the predator's peak (night) and into the fringes (twilight), they might gain a slight edge.

2) There's less competition for food.

I'm not buying it. If you look at the whitetail's direct competitors, most are also crepuscular, meaning there would actually be more competition. This one might work for other species, but not for deer. Besides, food usually isn't a limiting factor. When it is ... surprise! ... deer move more during the day.

3). It's cooler at night.

In addition to predation, daytime movement could also present risk from overheating or dehydration, depending on climate and environment. That might not be a major concern for deer in general, but even the little things are sometimes important.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quiet time at the Beach

A little quiet time down at the beach. Tyler had it all to himself while I sat and relaxed, enjoyed the breeze.

It's a good size lake with a couple islands  in it. It's approximately 1 mile from end to end.

Something Magical

Photo by: Chad Meyers

Even though it is legal to shoot albinos in some states I personally would let this big boy walk. There is something magical about a albino I think, especially a albino buck.

Some say they are more common than you think but I don't believe that. I been deer hunting for 24 years and have never seen one. As a matter of fact it took me about 22 years before I saw a piebald.

What would you do if it was legal in your state, Pass or shoot?