Author Archives: Tom Carpenter

5 Tricks for Success When Teaming Up on Whitetails

In many ways, whitetail hunting is a solitary game. At least, that’s the way we make it these days. Sure, deer camp with people who matter to us is an important part of the gun hunting experience. But how much do we really share? Certainly, the joys of camp life. As for the hunt,...

How to Make Your Best Venison Sausage Ever

I remember my first batch of venison summer sausage. This was back in the “olden days” of the early 1980s, when I was fresh out of college and poorer than when I was in it. But true to form for a young hunter with boundless energy, I had a good autumn of deer hunting...

How to Find Roosted Turkeys and Put Them to Rest

Roosting gobblers is an old tradition and hunting tactic that works if you’re stealthy enough to get close the next morning without spooking the bird and then can bring him within range. Sometimes roosting a gobbler pays off with feathers flying and a smiling hunter. Other times, the gobbler may fly the opposite direction...

Grilled Venison: Healthy, Delicious and We Love It

There’s nothing better than firing up the grill and gathering family and friends to give thanks for what nature has provided. The “cook-out” tradition is one that lends itself well to celebrations and making life-long memories with those who mean the most to us, so why not take advantage of that as much as...

Breakfast Anyone? Shine the Spotlight on Venison Sausage

With a whitetail on the ground, the first meals most of us immediately start thinking about are all the dinners to create from the prime cuts: pot roasts basted long and moist in the oven to tender perfection; chops grilled over glowing coals to medium-rare juiciness; steak strips seared with a little garlic in...

The Magic of Venison Stew

Something about a savory stew warms the heart and soothes the soul. Maybe it’s the ingredients — meat tenderized by a few hours of simmering, hearty vegetables taking a natural place alongside the feature meat, a thick and rich broth that ties all of the flavors together but doesn’t overwhelm them. Maybe it’s the...

Crossbows or Not? The Argument for Inclusion

I remember my first bow: a handsome recurve with 45 pounds of pull and an effective range of 15 to maybe 20 yards in my hands. I never arrowed a deer with it, but that wasn’t the bow’s fault: Teenage inexperience and youthful impatience assured that the township’s whitetails survived unscathed. That was the...