Archive for October, 2013

From Georgia Outdoor News

12-year-old girl shoots 170-class buck.

By Brad Gill
Posted Tuesday October 29 2013, 11:57 AM


A giant 21-point buck that should gross in the 170-inch range hit the dirt on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Morgan County. The buck, known as “Daggers,” was taken by 12-year-old Grace Britt, of Grayson, while she hunted with her dad Dwayne.

Dwayne, a GON Hunt Advisor, describes the hunt as very emotional. At one point, there were two big bucks within range, and a 30-30 rifle was being passed back and forth between father and daughter. Dwayne would only grab the gun because it looked like the bucks were fixing to leave, and Grace would have no shot.

Read more at Georgia Outdoor News

I’d be overjoyed with another nice 8 point 🙂 Very happy for for Grace and her family though!

Hank Shaw, from, shared his recipe for Venison Barbacoa on FaceBook today.



OK folks, here it is: The best recipe for a deer’s front shoulder I’ve yet to find. Mexican barbacoa, a mildly spicy, long-braised variant on barbecue works perfectly with the tough, sinewy front legs on a deer, or really any animal. Historically I’ve mostly used front legs for stew and for grinding, but this is even better. The meat cooks very slowly, and all that connective tissue dissolves into the broth and makes everything richer and just a little slick. Keeps your lips shiny.

Barbacoa, if you’ve never had it, is more warming than picante. Yes, there are chipotles in adobo in it, which can be bought in every Latin market I’ve ever been in, but not so many that your head blows off. The cloves are a stronger element, as are the cumin and bay. If you want to test this recipe before making it, go to your nearest Chipotle restaurant and try their barbacoa: this recipe is virtually identical.

Serve it in tacos, burritos or over rice. And be sure to have at least a few of the traditional accompaniments, like cilantro, crumbled queso seco cheese, chopped onions, sour cream, fresh or pickled chiles, avocados — basically anything that works well on a taco.

Still not convinced? Well, barbacoa may well be in the Top 5 Easiest Recipes on this website. It’s literally a crockpot-it-and-go dish. Minimal chopping, and the only thing you need to do as a cook is to shred the meat. Stupid crazy easy. Try it and you will not be sad.

Venison Barbacoa

This is maybe the best recipe ever for the front shoulders of deer, which can be sinewy and tough to deal with. Cooking with this method really lets nature take its course, and all that connective tissue will dissolve and the meat will be super tender.

But it will still be really lean, so I add about 1/4 cup of lard, bear fat or duck fat to the shredded venison before I serve. You would use olive or vegetable oil. Of course, if you use fatty meats like beef or lamb or pork, you won’t need to do this.

Be sure to have lots of accompaniments for your barbacoa: It’s a base for a meal, the do-it-yourself construction of your tacos is more than half the fun!

You can buy chipotles in adobo in many supermarkets, and definitely in Latin markets or online. One more thing: This stuff reheats beautifully, so make a big batch.

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From the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office –


A Great Week!

Posted: 10/28/2013 in Hunting

I need to get back into upland bird hunting, I really miss hunting with GSPs.

Behind the Willows

I’ve spent the last week doing this:DSCN5553-(2sm)

With this guy:John bird hunting

And a pack of these:dogsA great week!

I’ve got to clean my gun tonight but I’ll have more pictures to share tomorrow!

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DIY: European Mount

Posted: 10/27/2013 in Hunting

Christie asked me yesterday how to do one of these for one of her boys…

Team Surra Outdoors

Last summer I was cleaning out my garage and I came across a big box full of deer antlers. You know, those ones that weren’t big enough to take to the taxidermist but still something you wanted to keep. Shoulder mounts are pretty expensive and end up taking up a lot of space in your home or office. European mounts are much more compact, look sharp AND you can “Do It Yourself” (DIY).

When considering DIY European Mount keep in mind that you are not limited to whitetail deer as boar, bears, coyotes and elk make beautiful European mounts too. For the purposes of this piece, we will be using a whitetail buck skull.

With a little effort, some tools, time and a few dollars you can preserve your hunting memories and show off your trophies in your man cave. “Do It Yourselfers” will find that DIY European Mounts require little more than a hot plate, a metal container large enough…

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Good advice!


With October here, many of us will be heading to the woods for early archery season. Listed below are ten bowhunting tips that will help you be successful in harvesting your next whitetail deer.     Image

1. Preseason Scouting – The last thing you want to do is scout a hunting area the day you go in to set your stand. Leaving your sent all around and boogering up the area will surely lead to reduced sightings. I scout at least a month prior to opening day and have my location picked out and lanes trimmed.

2. Tree Stand Positioning – Whether you have a portable, ladder or permanent stand, the position that you set your stand on the tree in reference to the runway that you expect the deer to approach on is critical. If at all possible have the tree between you and the runway. Too many hunters like see…

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I’m not very happy with these photographs – the hog that left this blood got off of the property, and we didn’t have permission to follow it onto the property it crossed into.

The only consolation is this – this property has not, before now, had invasive hogs on it, nor does the property owner WANT hogs on it, and while I am deeply upset that I didn’t cleanly kill the hog and bring it home to my freezer, it’s not coming back to this stretch o’ woods anytime soon.

Well, I’ve been up since about 3am with a stomach bug of one kind or another, just walking up and down the stairs is a chore, and I’m STILL packing to go to camp Saturday and part of Sunday.  A couple of other news items:

  • I’ll be making a video review and a text review of Real Avid’s Gun Boss cleaning kit in the next week or so:
  • I should be getting my Zippo Outdoors field staff package soon, I’ll check out the gear and write up a review when it gets here
  • I finally, FINALLY bought a trail camera, a Wildgame Innovations Blade 4 – I’ll mess with it a wee bit this weekend and put some notes up on that quite soon as well.

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Danny and I drove up to Sheffield WMA yesterday – the last three weekends, after dropping my daughter off at her ‘job’ at SoPhar Ranch (helping at a horse barn in exchange for a partial lease on a palomino gelding), we’ve headed out to the woods, the first two times, scouting at Joe Kurz WMA, yesterday, we took our bows up to Sheffield WMA since it’s open until December, and it’s archery only.


We had a good time, saw plenty of deer sign (no rubs yet though, very odd, usually we’d be seeing rub lines this time of year), and gathered our gear for an evening hunt.  Danny, being apparently the offspring of a mongoose and a mountain goat, goes up and down hills like they aren’t there.  I stayed in the bottom, Danny went half way up the next hill.  We could both hear something playing in the river, but honestly, we had no idea if it was a river otter, Sasquatch, or a fawn,

We didn’t see anything other than woodpeckers and bugs, but a day in the woods is still better than a day indoors.

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