Author Archives: Tom Carpenter

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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...

Leyda Gilkerson took this nice Tennessee 10-point on opening weekend in September with her TenPoint Turbo XLT crossbow.

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...

Tailtales

8 Messages Deer Send Hunters With Their Tails

When you spot a deer, study its tail. What you observe will help you make smart hunting decisions. Of course, the deer’s body language is important to watch, too. It goes hand in hand in with what the tail is doing. But the tail’s actions are a very visible, clear and direct indication of...

Abandoned pastures, barns or other old farm areas may become safe haven hidey holes for big bucks. Don't overlook these areas!

8 Off the Grid Whitetail Honey Holes

The meat pole back home was still empty. Gun season was in its finale days. Though the white- tails had been pushed hard all over Waldwick Township, they were surely still here. But where? I had just finished unsuccessfully combing almost every square inch of the three brushy woodlots on the hill-county dairy farm...