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Hindquarter Break-Down

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEFLeave a Comment

Once boned out, there is a giant pile of meat waiting to be unfolded. Begin separating the muscles by following the natural lines of the connective tissue. If you’re new to this, begin on the outside of the quarter as the muscles are easier to see. When it’s over you should have roughly six slabs of muscle. Some or all of these can be cut into steaks but others such as bottom round and eye …

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Bone Out A Hindquarter

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF5 Comments

Those massive hindquarters look more daunting than they are, but you need a good starting point. There is more than one way to cut up a hind-quarter, but I like to start by finding the ball joint on the inside of the leg. Use your knife like a sewing machine and trace the femur from the ball down to the knee. With the initial incision, work your knife around the femur, cutting as close to …

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Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

In Bugle, Elk Facts by RMEF3 Comments

The below is adapted from a recent article by the Sage Grouse Initiative discussing the importance of sagebrush to elk, as well as the overlap of habitat between sage grouse and elk. How do elk use sagebrush? Without sagebrush, elk would have a tougher time making it through the winter. Sagebrush are usually the tallest plants on the range, so elk can eat it when other plants are locked down under ice or snow. Plus, …

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Electric Bear Fence Assembly

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF2 Comments

Chances are, there’s a bear lurking somewhere in every elk hunter’s mind. From California to Pennsylvania, anybody who hunts elk is likely in bear country. Whether pitching a tent at the beginning of the hunt, or harvesting an animal toward the end, bears have the potential to ruin your trip. Black bears should never be taken for granted, and those who hunt among grizzlies or brown bears always need to bring their A game. On …

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Long Term Safety at the Range

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelhommeLeave a Comment

Let’s say you’re already well-versed in shooting range safety: always assume your weapon is loaded, safety on at all times, etc. But how about protecting your eyes and ears? Going deaf won’t kill you, but it will get annoying as you age. Get a blast of dirt, powder or a spent cartridge in your eye, and you’ll wish you had worn safety glasses. In this article we’ll take you through the basics of staying safe …