Author Archives: Alan Clemons

This pot of hot chili has beans and tomato sauce, both a point of contention in the chili world. What's your take on ingredients to use in venison chili?

Venison Chili Debate: With or Without Beans?

One of the biggest debates when it comes to chili aficionados involves ingredients, and of course that spans the gamut from ground or chunked meat to the best spices and even the inclusion or exclusion of beans. Whoa, beans? That’s a thing for chili folks? Doesn’t chili always have beans in it? If not, isn’t...

Shed Gina Huffstickler writes - A shed found this weekend by my son while he was hog hunting. His son is holding the shed in this photo

Buck Pole 2015: DDH Shows Your Best Shed Antlers

Welcome to the 2015 Deer & Deer Hunting Buck Pole: Shed Hunting! celebration of our super off-season fun of going out to hunt shed antlers! We will be updating this thread regularly through spring. Submit your photos of your shed discoveries and a little info to us at bigbucks@fwcommunity.com and we’ll post them! Be...

Be sure to give your meat a light dusting of flour before browning, unlike what I did with this stew meat.

3 Secrets to Great Venison Stew, and With a Hint of New Orleans

Creating great venison stew, or beef stew for that matter, is a task that comes with trial-and-error before you really get everything nailed down well. Following exact recipes can help you get started with a good recipe. Recipes are like blueprints for a house, with the ingredients being the walls, roof and interior spaces....

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Burris Droptine Scopes: Optics Specifically Designed for Deer Hunters

Are you looking for a solid, value-priced and dependable riflescope that will help you be more successful this year for deer and predators during hunting season? Burris believes they deliver with its new line of Droptine scopes. They’re designed in the 2-7 and 3-9 lines for centerfire rifles, slug guns and muzzleloaders with good...

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Fight! Fight! Big Velvet Bucks Get Busy Slamming Antlers

It’s always fun to see big bucks fighting and getting after it, but when it happens in summer while their antlers are still in velvet it can be a bit confusing. This buck fight captured by Whitetail Properties shows how bucks spar in summer while still in velvet. This seems a bit more than...

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Proof That Lighted Nocks are Beneficial for Bowhunters

If you’re a bowhunter and ever have wondered whether a shot was a good hit or a miss, then you’re likely not using lighted nocks to help you see what’s going on. Before you get down from your stand and find your arrow to check for blood, a lighted nock can give you a...

Mark Davis of South Carolina hosts the Big Water Adventures fishing TV show but in deer season he's chasing bucks like this one down in Texas. Salute!

Learn to Measure and Score Deer Antlers

Learning how to measure deer antlers is a great way to enjoy your hunting experiences more and also help friends who may have big bucks they want scored. Antlers will abound throughout the Palmetto State as the search for new state record deer antlers gets underway during the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ annual...

Antler pedicles are unique and can be matched with other shed antlers from the same deer.

Deer Antler Pedicles Are Unique, Like Fingerprints

Growth of antlers in white-tailed deer, along with elk and moose, is one of the most remarkable things in nature. Consider that from the time a deer’s antlers are shed in late winter, within just a couple of months they’re growing again. Hormonal changes spur the entire process, peaking in late summer when the...