On today's show, Tony explains how some of our deer hunting beliefs that we know are true, actually aren't - and how that can hold us back on our quest to get better at the whitetail game.
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Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catch and release fishing is always the best choice for maintaining a healthy fishery.
This claim is rooted in decades...
The first thing I learned about processing deer was to trim all the silverskin away from the meat. For a long time I held the common belief that all that sinew was worthless and inedible. After many years of cooking with wild game, I’ve found that was a huge mistake.
Part of the reason I wanted silverskin gone was that I didn’t really understand what it is: connective tissue. That includes tendons, ligaments, and cartilage; silver or white sheets...
According to deer-hunting lore, wise bucks always stop and watch from secure cover before entering fields or large openings. These mature monarchs supposedly stay hidden to patiently monitor other deer in the field and let them feed into range of potential dangers.
In human terms, those bucks act much like a soldier in a foxhole who uses a stick to poke his helmet above the sandbags to draw enemy fire. Only after the buck sees does, fawns, and...