When you talk about
Venison Accessories or Gear and Venison, you take in a lot of
worlds within hunting and cooking: clothing, style, lures, weapons,
stands, recipes, utensils, handbooks, cookbooks, targets, art, psychology,
animal husbandry, record keeping...shall I mention urine?
Let's get dressed first:
Fashionable hunting clothing has to be functional as well as attractive.
Camo for "camouflage" is usually various spots of sunlight and dark shades
of green, beige, and dark gold. However, remember "camo" when hunting
polar bears will be different! As in white! Camo is always in style
but be sure it has sufficient pockets and hookable loops. Pick fabric
to match your environment in weight as well as in color-heavy or light.
Breatheable is always preferable. Layering is essential in virtually
every climate as days warm up and nights turn cold. Your surface camo
will necessarily be a bit loose fitting as you'll want to be able to layer
beneath it. You can really believe the hyperbole in many new clothing
ads...light weight and warm, wind blocking, UV ray protection, bug proof,
water proof, and water repellant.
There are big selections at Cabelas,
Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, and
Sporthill Hunting. But, also look
for great all weather togs at J C Penney
You can buy hand warmers, foot warmers, bed warmers and
blind warmers. You can even buy survival food that heats itself!
Pick waterproof boots or shoes. Break them in long
before your first excursion. If you have footwear you love, just
buy one of the many excellent waterproofing products and slop it on your
shoes...it really works. You may want to buy boots that can handle
several layers of socks.
What will you ride in, ride on,
sit in, or sit on? Hunting vehicles range from Hummers to
4-Wheelers. It appears that this year's hunters have gone mobile...we
used to see deer blinds on trailers headed for the hunt....now we see one,
two and even six 4-Wheelers headed west. We'll be interested in
hearing the success rate of "Pursuit" versus "Patience". We already
know which is more fun! Hey, we get a kick out of an old Dodge Ram
that we spray painted camo.
Where will you go? And
how? First, you make best friends with someone who has
private acres of deer
range and just wants the deer harvested before they eat him out of
house and home. Does this guy still exist? Probably not...he has
too many best friends and they have trashed his land or left his gates open
or eaten more than the deer. Plus, he's discovered that hunting pays
more than his corn crop so his livelihood now depends on managing and
harvesting his biggest asset...his wildlife.
So, find people who will welcome you because you'll be a
considerate, paying guest. Hunting acreages range from fly in, catered
affairs where the hunting lodge has huge, trophy festooned halls to airy
shacks with dirt floors. And, if you are an avid hunter, you'll have
fun in either scenario. You are not a Hunter if some get-rich-quick
promoter calls you to come shoot a trapped animal in a little pen so you can
add it to your list.
Or, hunt our state and national
parks. Hunt in foreign countries
for more exotic fare. Join hunts for orphans
and Hunters for the Hungry.
Go with a guide and
outfitter or go solo.
Also, choose your hunting site by the game you want to harvest. And,
another question...are you hunting for a trophy or for
meat? Many times you can make a good deal to get a meat animal
versus a trophy animal as wildlife managers cull for various qualities.
Are you going to chase 'em down or lure them in? If
you are a stalker or sitter versus a
you'll want to try rattling antlers, painting urine on ground and trees,
scenting yourself (be careful there), and planting feed plots or adding
timed corn or pellet dispensers in front of your blind. Don't forget
to sight-in your weapons and practice, practice. That shows your
respect for the animal.
After the hunt.
After you are successful, you need to mount your
trophy and/or prepare your dinner for now or later. There are
great venison cookbooks on the market as well as sharp knives and meat
grinders. Don't forget coolers and freezers. All these make for
great food and food for thought to make your hunt last all year long.
Check this site for new recipes
on several pages as well as cookbooks