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Crockpot of Wild Ham Goodness

Crockpot of Wild Ham Goodness

5 pound Wild Ham

5 cups chopped Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 cans of 15oz. Baked Beans
1/3 cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 cup of water

Add Ham to the middle of the crockpot, add 1/2 cup water, put potatoes around the outside of the ham, add the beans on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and sides of ham. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.


Elk Tenderloin With Whiskey Cream Sauce

When I fill my tag on a beautiful elk one of the first thoughts that crosses my mind amongst many others is, “I CANT WAIT TO COOK THE TENDERLOIN!” Such a delicious piece of meat and a perfect way to celebrate a successful hunt and getting meat in the freezer to feed your family.  This recipe does this piece of meat pure justice without fussing too much with the meat itself. The whiskey sauce compliments it perfectly as well. This recipe is a keeper and absolutely delicious!


For the meat

1 Elk tenderloin whole
Montreal steak seasoning
Minced Garlic
Olive oil, bacon grease, or softened butter

For the sauce

1 Onion chopped
8 Tablespoons of butter
1 Cup whiskey
1 Cup beef broth
1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
Dash of salt n pepper

*Thicken with a dash of gravy flour if needed.*

Take your tenderloin and spice the meat with all the spices to your liking. I rub in some minced garlic and bacon grease with a sprinkle of steak seasoning.  Doesn’t take much just sprinkle to lightly coat the meat. Allow to sit and become close to room temp marinating in extra juices and spices on a dish.

Caramelize your onions in a pan over medium high heat with the butter. Once onions are translucent turn down heat and slowly stir in your whiskey. Allow to simmer until half of mixture evaporates and strong whiskey smell subsides. Once that has happened stir in the beef broth and allow to simmer and thicken. Stir in heavy whipping cream allowing it to continue to bubble. Sprinkle some salt n pepper and let sauce simmer and continue to thicken. If sauce seems to still be a little loose add some gravy flower quickly whisking it in.

Heat your grill to a a medium heat for grilling meat. Once heated start to grill your meat. Allow 5-8 minutes on each side depending on size. Spoon on extra spices and olive oil from the bottom of the dish during the cooking process for extra flavor. Remember to take your meat off a little early since it will continue to cook as it sits. Let it sit as a whole piece for about 5 minutes before slicing down.

Cut against the grain and serve with whiskey sauce drizzled over the top! Enjoy with a beer or cocktail and some heavenly side dishes!

Bon Appetit and live, laugh, love and HUNT!

-Mia Enstrom

5 Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for Duck Season

Brittingham's Bag of Tricks Dixie returning from retrieving a mark during a training session.

After duck season, our pups tend to get a little loose in their training when we don’t work them regularly. Luckily, it usually doesn’t take much to get your retriever back on task and ready to roll by opening morning. All you have to do is spend a few minutes a day working on these basic drills by yourself or with a friend to get your retriever ready for hunting season.


1) Basic Obedience

Every dog needs a little obedience work throughout the year. If pup can’t get it in the yard, he’s not going to do it in the field. By spending 10 minutes in the yard a few times a week doing these basic obedience drills, your first day out in the field will be much more enjoyable for you, the dog, and your hunting buddies.

Alex doing remote sit drills with 8 month old "Dixie" in the yard

Alex doing remote sit drills with 8 month old “Dixie” in the yard

  • Sit- When used correctly, the “sit” command should communicate to your dog to sit and not move until told otherwise. I like to sit my pup on a training mat with a check chord in the yard. I then walk the length of the check chord 360 degrees around the dog. If he moves as I am walking, I command “no sit” and walk in to physically correct him by placing him back in his original location. I do this until he stays seated without movement and then switch directions. If your pup is having trouble, move closer to simplify the task.
Alex working with Dixie on "heel", using a bumper for added distraction

Alex working with Dixie on “heel”, using a bumper for added distraction.

  • Heel- An obedient dog should be focused on the task at hand and work as a team with his handler at all times. Make sure your dog understands this by doing basic heeling drills in the yard with your e-collar. Once your dog is reliably heeling at every pace, incorporate a bumper or other distraction to make sure he understands to always stay with you until released. Doing these basic heeling drills will ensure that you and your pup are both on the same page. If your dog is having trouble, place him on a lead with a pinch collar so you can physically control him until he better understands.


2) Casting Drills

Alex casting Dixie to the left "over" pile.

Alex casting Dixie to the left “over” pile.

“Casting” is using hand signals to direct your dog to the bird.  Generally, the four commands that are used are “Sit”, “Over” (left or right), “Back” (away from the hunter), and “Here” (toward the hunter). Keeping your pup’s casting sharp will make things much easier for both of you when hunting season rolls around.

The easiest drill for casting is the “baseball” drill. Put your dog in the remote sit position, and place three piles of bumpers (2 or 3 in each pile) around them. These should be at the left, right, and back positions, roughly 20 yards from the dog. From your remote position, command the dog to retrieve the bumpers one at a time using the “over” or “back” commands with the corresponding hand signals. To increase difficulty, toss a bumper to the pile of your choice and cast the dog to a different pile. This creates suction and teaches the dog that he must retrieve to the pile of your choice no matter what. If he’s having trouble, simplify by tossing a bumper to the pile you want him to go to and then cast him to that same pile.

Another great drill is called “walking baseball.” It’s a bit complicated to explain here, but you can get the full run-down by watching this video demonstration by Evan Graham. If you don’t have a field to train in, head to your local park or soccer fields.


3) Training Out of Dog Blinds

Alex teaching Dixie the mechanics of retrieving out of a dog blind.

Alex teaching Dixie the mechanics of retrieving out of a dog blind.

If you plan to hunt your pup out of a dog blind or off a stand, be sure to train for this in a controlled environment. This way, there aren’t any surprises and your dog understands what is expected of him.


4) Marking

Dixie in the remote sit position, waiting to be sent for a mark.

Dixie in the remote sit position, waiting to be sent for a mark.

Marking can be a tough thing to train for by yourself, but with a steady dog and 2 or 3 bumpers it can be done. The easiest and most effective way to do marks alone is to do walking singles. Sit the dog in a remote location and walk to the distance you want to throw from. When you get there, throw the bumper and send the dog by yelling his name. You may need to do this from 20 or 30 yards at first to teach the dog the mechanics. Once the dog gets the bumper and brings it to you, sit him and walk to the next location. Repeat 5 or 6 times, making sure the dog doesn’t get too hot. If possible, invite a friend and have him throw for you. If you have a friend with you, stay in one spot with your dog while your friend walks the field and throws singles in different locations at different distances.


5) Steadying to Shot

Alex and 6 year old "Nitro" after a successful duck hunt in Oklahoma.

Alex and 6 year old “Nitro” after a successful duck hunt in Oklahoma.

In all the excitement that goes along with duck hunting, it’s easy to pay more attention to shooting ducks than what your dog is doing. Get him excited by shooting guns around him prior to opening day. He needs to know that steadiness is required even with distractions. If you can, take him to your hunting spot and work him out of the blind you’ll be using. This will help to further solidify those obedience rules in the field. Have a friend come along and throw bumpers for you while you shoot. If your pup is having trouble, have your friend shoot the gun while you focus on the dog.


Keep It Fun

DSC_0784Last but certainly not least, always remember to keep it fun! I like to release my dog from work by giving them an “Okay, good dog!”. After we are done, I always throw a few “fun” bumpers to let them know they did a good job. I also throw “happy” or “fun” bumpers when a dog is getting stressed during a tough training session. We all need a little break from work at times!

-Alex Brittingham


Preparation for Archery Season

CandyYow           Training and preparation for hunting season is a yearlong goal, we all know that and work hard at shooting straight, working out and building our stamina. Many of you post pictures of beautiful ladies in cute workout clothes with big smiles, for some reason I am not able to pull that off! I look like a sweat drenched, lungs screaming, and hair awry mess. But non the less I am out there pushing for the goal which is being able to keep up with my animal of a man husband as he skips over the mountains like a goat in pursuit of the next animal we are hunting. As much as I love the hunt, the spot & stock, and the beauty that God allows us to see in the Backcountry, I can honestly say I am not crazy about working out all year long. I really wish the workout fairy would visit me with some pixie dust and give me energy, agility and strength, (oh yea and a thin waist to boot). Since that is about as apt to happen as a Unicorn carrying me over the mountain I will suck it up and get back to the gym.

So everyday I do my workout, shoot my bow, and dream of that big bull screaming in my sleep. Everyday I dream of the perfect shot, practice and practice again. I work on my cow calls and yes the bugle, well if you could call it that, it sounds more like a spike in heat!!!

But it’s the thought that counts right? At least until I am calling in a monster bull for Randy and the squeaking sound sends the bull in the opposite direction at a high lope.

I know more than one of you understand and practice just as hard for what seems like little progress at times. But remember when you get out there it will all fall in to place, you will be surrounded by God’s beauty and peacefulness, you will witness wildlife and nature at its finest, and yes you will probably get a few weird looks from your husband when you get excited and blow the bugle, but it will all be worth it. So with no more whining I will go back out and practice some more with my Mathews Monster Chill, I will step up my workout, I will grab the bugle and practice again and again. At night I will dream over and over of the perfect shot, the bull screaming in early morning fog, and I will live my dream!

Good luck ladies, shoot straight and can’t wait to hear your success stories because I know we will all succeed as we are Badassery ladies living our dream.


God Bless,

Candy Yow

Extreme Desire TV




We are enjoying a wonderful tdonnaboddingtonrhinoime in the Eastern Cape, South Africa with Frontier Safaris. We are currently shooting The Boddington Experience TV show. We are proud to have Prois as a sponsor on our TV Show. This place is so incredibly special. Mountains and a truly spot and stalk hunting area. We have seen slot of game every day. One of the unique things on this game ranch is the size, over 40,000 hectares or 83,000 acres. Barry Burchell and his family also do game farming, so there is a great conservation aspect to what they do. Not only Safari Operators in South Africa and Namibia but working to make sure the game is plentiful for our future generation’s to enjoy. We were there because Craig was accompanying two families that bought an auction hunt at SCI and “Craig” was part of the package. The Goodwin Family consisted of 6: Sarah and Charlie (Mom and Dad), Paw-Paw, Larry Goodwin who’s Charlie’s father and the kids grandpa. Then we had 11 year old Macy, 9 year old Layne and 7 year old Bradley. All of the children took a turn at hunting… Bradley has the fever bad. Larry shot a great nyala and it was the first time in 20 years he’d hunted. The other two hunters in camp were Joel and his son Blake. They also got their dream huDonnaBoddingtonDartnt done for the first time in Africa. Craig, Brittany, Laurence (Brittany’s Boyfriend) and I went out and hunted a few days and saw lot’s of game. Brittany shot a nice blue wildabeest and took most of the meat home to Johannesburg. Craig took zebra, red heartebeest, a really nice waterbuck and I took a warthog, red heartebeest, and a blesbok. We left there yesterday on the 8th to fly to Namibia where I’m doing a white rhino hunt in conjunction with a Veterinarian and they call it an “Educational or Veterinarian assisted hunt”. I will dart the rhino with a mixture of vitamins and antibiotic (which is done because there is the possibility anthrax spores in the soil as well as hoof and mouth disease). When we locate the rhino we will have to stalk it and get very close, ideally 20 yards and dart him or her. Then the vet will follow in a helicopter and dart the rhino with a tranquilizer gun. They follow it until it starts slowing. The Vet then makes sure rhino is all right and then we will go to work. They take blood samples for DNA, insert a micro chip to keep track of it and for anti poaching purposes we can get photos and measure it with a taxidermist. Once we do all of that then administer the antidote the rhino is up in two minutes. No rhinos harmed, good work done, and conservation working with hunters. I saw this all done this morning with another person. It was amazing and I’m very excited to have this opportunity.

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-Donna Boddington

Take Your Pup for a Walk on the Wild Side

by Beth Ann Amico

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 With over two hundred million nasal olfactory receptors, a dog’s nose has a sense of smell that’s thousands of times better than a human’s. It’s a highly refined sense inherited from its Canidea ancestors. So pity the poor pup that spends the majority of its time in one of the most sterile environments – the backyard. Dogs destined for careers in the hunting field can benefit greatly from early introductions to “sweet dirt” – areas most ripe with nature’s aromas. Taking nature walks with your young dog also serves as an excellent way to further its socialization, allowing it to become even more at ease with the world. Most importantly, it’s the first step towards developing a pup that actively hunts game in an efficient manner.

The Nose Knows

At birth, a pup’s nerve system is still incomplete – it cannot hear or see and it lacks the ability to regulate its own body temperature. For the first two weeks of its life, its only real contact with the environment is afforded by its developing sense of smell and touch, enabling it to seek out the warmth of its mother and her supply of milk. The instinctive action of crawling towards and finding nourishment is also a pup’s first experience of “positive reinforcement” – a principle fundamental to its life-long learning process.

By the time a pup is ten weeks old, it should be acclimated to its home and the human routine. You should now begin expanding its world and introduce it to the hunting field. But no matter the age or breed of your sporting pup, the curriculum sequence remains the same.

Location, Location, Location

Successful hunters understand the importance of pre-scouting an area before the hunt and the same concept should be applied prior to outings with your canine partner. Since your goal is to develop your budding hunter’s ability to use its nose, choosing the most stimulating scenarios is paramount. While cattle pastures may offer more olfactory opportunities than the average neighborhood park, agricultural and remote undeveloped areas are an even better choice. Look for sites with varying terrain so the pup will learn to negotiate multiple changes of cover. Tip: Match the size of the cover to the size of the dog. A pup faced with overbearing obstacles tends to stay too close to the handler and not strike up a hunt.

Keep your dog’s safety and physical well-being in mind also. Check for unexpected drop-offs, swift water or other hazards. If your pup hasn’t been exposed to swimming yet, your ideal location may include a shallow pond with a graduated water entry. Tip: Avoid ponds with scummy or stagnant water as they may harbor toxic cyanobacteria or distemper.

Prepped for Adventure

Now that you’ve chosen some suitable areas and gotten the landowner’s permission, you’re ready for your adventure, right? Not so fast. A few key items will help make your outing even more enjoyable for you and your dog:

  1. Drinking water: Be sure to pack an extra bottle or two for your dog and start teaching it how to drink on cue. This will come in handy in a lot of situations.
  2. Collar with identification: A sturdy buckle collar with an I.D. plate will help ensure your dog’s safe return if lost. Make sure the collar fits snug around the dog’s neck with room for just two fingers. Loose collars can easily come off or hang a dog in low-lying branches. Fluorescent colored or reflective collars help keep your dog easy to spot in high brush and at distances.
  3. Check cord: Fifteen foot 3/8 inch braided cotton rope with a brass swivel snap at one end and a knot in the other.
  4. First aid kit: Be ready to handle any minor injuries – EMT Gel is great for minor wounds and abrasions. Keep your vet’s number on your cell phone’s speed-dial.
  5. Flea and tick collars and other dermal treatments: Your dog should already be protected with age-appropriate pest preventatives and vaccinations. Bring home memories and experience, not tiny pests which can carry Lyme disease.
  6. Grooming kit: Brush out burrs and stickers before the ride home, especially on long-hair sporting breeds.
  7. Kennel Crate: Your pup may enjoy riding up front with you, but after a long day in the woods, your nose might appreciate a break from the smell of wet or dirty fur.

The Outdoor Classroom

Once you’ve arrived, unload your vehicle and prepare yourself before letting your pup out. Countless dogs have become lost or even worse while their owners’ backs were turned, so play it safe and release your dog only when you can give it your full attention. Tip: Don’t give in to an excited pup’s pawing and whining to be let out. Teach it that only sitting quietly will result in its release – vocalizing will get it nothing.

The next step is the easiest – walk with the pup and let it explore. Let your pup set the pace, but keep it moving with you. If it seems to dawdle too long over some varmint smell, move it along with a verbal cue “hup” (which means “come around”) and walk off in the opposite direction. Keep unnecessary chatter to a minimum so as not to distract the pup away from its work.

When an older or “big running” pup starts paying more attention to its nose than you, let it start dragging the check cord attached to the “D” ring on its collar. A simple step on the end of the cord with a “hup” cue and quick movement away will remind the dog to hunt with you.

As you take your pup on these walks, you will see its instinct to hunt grow. It’s now time to teach pup what to hunt and how to find it.

Happy Trails

Here’s the first exercise to introduce your pup to hunting birds – learning to trail scent. Slice up a hot dog in ¼ inch pieces. Feed a couple to your pup so that it’s familiar with the smell and wants more. Put your pup up for a minute (just so it’s not able to see you) and lay a straight trail ten feet long with slices every foot. The trail should be laid in short grass, into the wind so that the scent of each successive hotdog is blown back in the pup’s face. This layout helps the beginner pup follow the progression of the trail.

Bring the pup to the downwind end of the trail, point at the first slice and cue pup with a word or phrase to begin hunting. “Hunt ‘em up” or “birds in here” are typical verbal cues. Moving down the line, help your pup stay focused by pointing your finger and repeating the verbal cue at each upcoming slice.

When the pup becomes proficient at finding the hotdogs on the verbal cue alone, reverse the trail’s head to upwind. Now the pup has to follow the trail on its own – there’s no wind to help it. Repeat these trailing lines in various locations so that the pup starts to generalize the task of trailing on cue.

The next step of the exercise is to teach the pup to trail birds, transitioning the “prey” from hotdogs to bird scent. Most sporting breed pups are exposed to live birds at an early age to make sure that they revel in the smell, sight and taste of their ultimate prey. If your pup has not been exposed to birds, use a clipped wing pigeon as an introduction. Flip the pigeon across the ground and let the pup go after it. As with the hotdogs, proceed only after your pup has had a taste or two and enjoys chasing it.

Now establish a bird trail by making a drag pole with a four foot stick and equivalent length of string tied to the end. Tether the bird’s feet to the free end of the string. Pick a few feathers from the bird’s rump and place them at the head of your trail. Drag the bird from this point ten or fifteen yards downwind through moderate cover and hide the tethered bird at the desired end. Wear rubber boots and avoid touching surrounding cover with the bird to avoid laying false trails. Bring the pup to the head of the trail and use your verbal cue to hunt.

Once your pup masters straight line trails, add a right angle to the mix. Drag the first leg of your trail into a crosswind, then turn downwind 90 degrees to an end point (your trail will resemble an “L”). This set-up will teach the pup about the strength of scent, how to recover from its loss and follow it to its conclusion.

Quarter Master

So far, you have taught your pup how to find and follow scent to a bird. Your pup is now ready to be taught the next skill – quartering to the gun.

As in your previous training, location is vitally important. Select a long field at least one hundred yards in length with moderate cover, approximately 40 yards across. The orientation of the field should be set to the prevailing wind. The lateral edges should be well defined with heavy cover, i.e. trees, thick brush, high weeds, etc. To set up the field, you’ll need 5 pigeons, each in its own mesh sack (onion sacks are ideal). Proceed into the wind and place the birds just inside the perimeter in a zig-zag pattern, spacing the birds approximately twenty yards apart. This distance will condition the pup to hunt within reasonable gun range.

Bring your pup to the center of the field and walk into the wind towards the first bird, coaxing the pup to follow along. Let the dog find the bird. Praise your pup, set the sack back in place and move diagonally across the field towards the next bird until you’ve worked your way through the pattern at the end of the field. What you will observe is that after a day or two of this exercise, the pup will start running towards the remembered bird locations. When you see this behavior, remove the second and fifth birds and run the pattern again. When the pup doesn’t find a bird at the second location, “hup” him towards the third and so on. This strengthens the dog’s understanding of the quartering pattern and reinforces the meaning of the word “hup”.

Once the pup is running freely to the birds, change your walking pattern and simply move up the middle of the field in a straight line. The dog should start to quarter in front of you looking for the birds. Move to different locations with similar terrain features when the dog masters this scenario. Tip: Each time you change location, remove different birds from the pattern so that the pup always has to hunt. This technique will cause the dog to better conceptualize the task of quartering.

These lessons of discovery will develop a confident hunting partner that knows how to trail wounded game and actively seeks it in an efficient pattern within gun range. Your pup’s first hunts will be much more productive because you introduced it to the wild side.





Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup with Elk Sausage

Looking for an easy meal to make during the week? This slow cooker tortellini soup with elk sausage is perfect for the woman on the go. Thanks to Dannielle Moore for this delicious recipe! Check it out below:

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1 pack cheese tortellini 6 cups chicken broth 1 can beer 2 cans diced tomatoes 2 packs cream cheese 1 pack baby spinach 2 tablespoons crushed garlic 2-4 elk or deer Italian sausage Season with chili powder, paprika, crushed peppers Combine ingredients into slow cooker, turn on low, stir a few times and after 4-6 hours enjoy!



by Kerry Howley, New York Magazine

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In an age of social-media shaming, a single tweet can launch a crusade. But maybe Ricky Gervais should have picked another woman to mess with.

Note: The July 27 issue of New York Magazine, in which this story originally appeared, went to press on Friday July 24, three days before American dentist Walter Palmer was identified as the killer of a lion in Zimbabwe.

Palmer’s case and that of Rebecca Francis are both stories of social media outrage spurred by the killing of an African animal for sport, though the two hunters came to public consciousness for different reasons. While it is not at all unusual for wealthy American men to travel to Africa, hunt big game for big money, and post pictures of their kills, the lion Palmer shot was known to some as a mascot for Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and star of a widely disseminated video. Additionally, Cecil seems to have been lured off protected land, making Palmer, knowingly or otherwise, not a legal hunter, but a poacher. 

Rebecca Francis drew attention not only because of what she had killed, but for who she was: a woman, subject to the same outrage as several who had come before her, such as Kendall Jones, Melissa Bachman, and Jen Cordaro. There was never any question about the legality of Francis’s hunts. Trophy hunters have a bad habit of conflating the legal and the moral (“I hunt. It’s legal. Get over it,” read T-shirts American college student Kendall Jones printed up after she was criticized for killing an African lion.) But there are important distinctions between legal hunting—which exists within a system of regulatory control, wherein permits can be meted out or held back according to the rise and fall populations, and wherein the financial interests of game ranchers is tied to the furtherance of the species—and poaching. Poachers are free riders and indisputably a threat to the long-term survival of large mammals in Africa. That Francis herself has shot a lion under legal sanction does not morally justify the kill, but it does position her within a system of trade that depends, for its own survival, on the conservation of big game. The story of legal trophy hunting involves the comeback of various species in South Africa, the conservation of rare and expensive-to-maintain animals under attack from poachers, mutant animals designed for the evolving tastes of American and European hunters, and the development of the legal market that led to Cecil’s illegal death. It is a story more complex, and ultimately uncomfortable, than the simple savagery of poaching.

Asked about her opinion of Palmer, Rebecca Francis had this to say: “A true hunter will always abide by the laws of the lands, along with the moral laws that are instilled within. Hunters believe in ethical and fair-chase hunting. We unequivocally do not support poaching or any other illegal acts.” —K.H.





For some, teal season is right around the corner! Who’s excited to get back out on the water and shoot some birds? tealseason