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Mo Mosley - Field Op

October 12, 2017


Most Memorable Hunt - My most memorable hunt would have to be my trip to Saskatchewan chasing Whitetail Deer. My family has been going to this one outfitter in Northern Saskatchewan for years now and I had always been in school or working. A couple of years ago, I finally got my chance to go see if I could wait it out and get a nice buck. We finally get there and get set up at the camp, which was very nice in a use the generator for lights kind of way (I loved it). On the first morning, I am so worried that I’m going to forget my shells or warm clothing that I forget my lunch in the camp. This didn’t hit me until lunch when I couldn’t wait to devour my sandwich. I saw a lot of wildlife so it wasn’t so bad. On the second day, I ride in the bed of a rhino for 45 kilometers to get to my stand. Let me tell you, that is ONE COLD RIDE. I sit in the stand until 3:30 watching a beautiful 8 point, and then the ruler of the roost walks down the road right beside me. This was the first time I’ve ever known that this was a shooter as soon as I saw him. He ended up weighing 285 pounds and had 14 points including a split kicker and a drop tine!

Favorite Game To Eat - Lightly fried, deer cube steak in brown onion gravy with caramelized onions and mashed potatoes 

Favorite Game To Chase - I would love to say that it is Whitetail Deer but the Biologist in me really loves trying to keep the population of Feral Pigs down. I love watching deer all day, but ground checking an invasive species is my cup of tea.  

Good Luck, Good Hunting, and always donate your extra game

Brian “Mo” Mosley

Most Memorable Hunt - It's hard for me to choose one of my hunts, but this past Spring I had the chance to help my son harvest his first wild turkey on the opening day of the Kansas Youth Season.  He made a perfect shot with the crossbow, and couldn't have been more excited.  It was a great father/son moment!  
Favorite Game To Eat - Garlic Quail. Take butterflied, boneless quail breasts, sprinkle minced garlic inside and season inside and out with salt & pepper.  Sauté in olive oil until browned on both sides.  Enjoy!

Favorite Game To Chase -That's tough because I love it all! But in Kansas there is nothing like chasing mature whitetail bucks during the rut.  

Happy Hunting!

Jim O.

Most Memorable Hunt - I had the opportunity to hunt for a long period of consecutive days several years ago. There was an old wily buck on the property I hunt, and there hadn’t been a trailcam pic of him in daylight in over two years, and he didn’t ever seem to fall into any pattern. After weeks of scouting, hours of time in the field, passing up shots at countless other very nice bucks, I was finally able to harvest that old, heavy-horned, whitetail. Not once did I bust him or spook him out of the area. That’s a good feeling; to get the “ghost” that you were chasing. I learned more about deer and deer patterns over those two months than I have learned in over 25 years. It doesn’t get any more memorable than that.

Favorite Game To Eat - Native brook trout - skin on, with just some salt and pepper. Cooked over a campfire with your friends, when you’re really, really hungry.

Favorite Game To Chase- Uhhh, what’s in season? It’s really difficult to pick just one. But, if I must, I choose whitetail with a bow and arrow. A big ole, wily buck that knows just how to stay out of sight and out of range can be the most frustrating thing you could ever imagine. It can also be the most rewarding. That’s why we do it. Oh, and they taste great too!

Get Out There!

John H.

Most Memorable Hunt - While every hunt is memorable to me, I would have to say that the most memorable was our most recent hunt. My 7 year old daughter, Camden, drew a 2-day youth rifle hunt on Indian land near our hometown. Upon learning that she had received this opportunity, she was extremely excited and asked that her Uncle Jayden accompany us on the hunt as well. We spent two days in a few different places on this unfamiliar land with hopes to get Camden her first deer. After no luck, and only a few hours remaining, we decided to take our chances and move our blind near the water source in the area, about 50 yards away. Shortly after relocating the blind, a nice doe came in for a drink of water, and presented Camden with a shot. Using her .223 rifle, she was able to make a perfect shot on the doe. We watched her run uphill, and started on the blood trail. Camden spotted the first sign of blood, and held on tight to the leaf. She started trailing instinctively and followed the blood to where we ended up finding her first kill, around 100 yards away. As soon as we found her, my daughter’s first words were “Can we skin her now?” We loaded her up on the Mule, and Camden requested that she ride in the back with the doe on the way back to the ranger’s station. Once at the station, we hung her up and Camden and I cleaned, skinned and quartered her first deer together. On the ride home, she called all of our family and demanded they meet us at home to enjoy her first back strap together on the grill. This is definitely a hunt that I will cherish forever!

Favorite Game To Eat -Venison is by far, my favorite game to eat. I don’t think there is anything that beats a fresh back strap thrown on the grill, but my family particularly enjoys chicken fried venison. To start, slice your back strap in steak portions. Salt and pepper each piece of steak and set aside. Combine 3-4 eggs and 1 cup milk in a small dish and mix together until the eggs are blended well with the milk. Create your flour mixture with 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon each seasoning salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Dip the prepared steak in the flour mixture, coating well. Dip the steak into the egg mixture, then again in the flour mixture. Lay the steak on a plate until all the steak has been dipped. Fill a large skillet half way up with oil and heat to a medium heat. Add the steak a few pieces at a time, and turn when the edges are a golden brown. It just takes a few minutes on each side. That’s all! Easy, huh?

Favorite Game To Chase - Whitetail deer or turkey (especially during the spring)

Get Out There,

Courtney S.

Most Memorable Hunt - Would have to be my first bull elk with a bow. Just hearing a bull screaming in my face was enough to make the hunt memorable, but harvesting an elk with a bow was a huge accomplishment for me.

 Favorite Game To Eat - Wild turkey breast. Cut that beast into cubes, pour some olive oil over it, roll it in your favorite seasoning and deep fry for about 5 minutes. Best turkey nuggets you'll ever eat!

Favorite Game To Chase - I enjoy whitetail because I feel like they are the most challenging mentally. I turkey will give ya fits, a bull elk might challenge your conditioning, but no animal in my mind is as elusive as a mature whitetail buck.

Keep grinding!
Josh P

Most Memorable Hunt - My most memorable hunt to date is of the day I shot my first doe while hunting with my fiancé in Ohio. We were sitting in a buddy stand when five doe came walking in towards our buddy stand. My fiancé pointed out two does that were alright to shoot. I pick out the doe I wanted to take, aimed and fired. She went down and my eyes immediately flooding with tears. Knowing that I would most likely cry my fiancé, Tom, made sure to catch the whole thing on video. The tears only lasted a moment and soon turned into excitement. I was so proud of myself and I couldn’t wait to share the news with my dad. It was a great experience, one I will never forget.

Favorite Game To Eat - My favorite wild game is venison. I have so many great recipes for preparing it, but my venison meatloaf with morel mushrooms is my favorite. This recipe takes meatloaf to a whole new level. The earthy taste of the morel mushroom combined with the flavor of venison goes perfectly together. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

Favorite Game To Chase - Whitetail during archery season is my favorite game to hunt. I am new to archery, but I quickly fell in love with it, and I look forward to all my future archery hunts.

Get out there,

Anna D.


Most Memorable hunt - There are so many hunts that I could write about, but the one that stands out to most to me is this one. I took my 4.5 year old daughter out on her first hunt. We went dove hunting, it was the greatest moment ever. I had my daughter decked out in camo standing by my side. After the hunt she grabbed my face and said “Daddy, thanks for taking me, I love you..” No animal can ever compare to that moment
Favorite Game To Eat - Come on man, you’re talking to a wild game chef, I’m supposed to pick just one? Okay, if I have to pick just one I would pick…  Elk backstrap, Grilled Med-rare seasoned with simple cracked pepper and sea salt, then topped with fire grilled garlic butter & herbs. All sitting atop a mountain of fresh mashed potatoes.
Favorite Game To Chase - Chasing Mule Deer through sage brush with your bow compares to nothing else. Sitting high on the peak glassing down looking for that rack peeking out from behind the shrub… yup has to be my favorite.

Happy Hunting!

Jeremiah Doughty - From Field to Plate!

Most Memorable Hunt - Going on Colorado elk hunting trips with my dad in 2004 and 2007. We hunted public land and camped in a tent for a week on the mountain. I hunted hard by his side and watched over his shoulder as he shot a bull elk each year. I can't wait to return after I graduate college! 

Favorite Game To Eat - Elk meat!

Favorite Game To Chase - It depends on the season!

Get Out There,

Cara H.

Most Memorable Hunt - My most memorable hunt would have to be the Flextone World Turkey Hunting Championship in 2016.
For three days our team competed against the top 46 teams in the country, mostly consisting of well known TV Personalities and straight up turkey hunting legends like the Turkey Man himself Eddie Salter. After the first two days with three big toms on the ground, we were on the leader board in 5th place. As the final day was upon us, we just couldn't connect with a very wise old stud of a bird we had appropriately nicknamed "Bada**" after our first encounter with him during scouting day.  We watched as our rank fell down the leader board in the final hours, but we were able to secure 10th place! The hunts were heart pounding, close quartered and everything you love about a good spring gobbler hunt. The people, atmosphere, FOOD, and stories that were told around camp made for the most memorable hunt of my career. It was everything I love about hunting. Adventure, challenge, anticipation, comradery, sportsmanship. It just don't get no better than that!

Favorite Game To Eat - My favorite game to eat hands down is pan fish. From as early as I can remember, my great grandmother lived in a little cottage on Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York. I think we all have that family member we all naturally click with, and that was us. She was my favorite person in the world. Back to the fish- my job when we went to visit was to catch as many perch and sunfish I could before I ran out of worms. Which I picked out of the earth myself that morning. She would clean them, and fry them up for breakfast, along with her homemade pancakes. I know it sounds gross, and you're not the first person that has had that reaction. But trust me, Fish and Pancakes absolutely drenched in maple syrup for breakfast. Maybe I like it so much because it reminds me of those memories. When I fix it for breakfast now, I swear I can still smell that lake in the morning air. 

 Favorite Game To Chase - Turkeys Turkeys Turkeys. Growing up my Grandfather was the fall turkey legend in my eyes. This naturally got me turned on to running Pennsylvania Easterns. Waiting for that fresh tracking snow in the fall, finding a flock, bustin em up and calling them back together was the most fun I think I'd ever had. That was until I shot my first spring gobbler. I have become a man obsessed, its probably pretty unhealthy to be honest. There's just something about scouting, and picking the bird you want to go after. They are all different in their own ways, they all have their quirks. There have been birds that have literally kept me up all night. I know you turkey hunters are laughing because you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.....I hope. Figuring that Tom out, and finally outsmarting him just long enough to get a shot off is the most exciting, and emotional thing to me. Like I said.....obsessed. 

Get Out There,

Stephen E.

My most memorable hunt -  In 2015 when I harvested my biggest sika deer to date. My dad was about a hundred yards away and we both seen the deer come out of the frag grass giving me a 20 yard shot. It was awesome to track the deer and recover it together.

My favorite game to eat and prepare - sika deer. Just like mini-elk. Meat has a sweet taste and is delicious. It's a must to try out. 

My favorite game to chase - I'm going to have to go with a big mature whitetail. I love living in the woods during the rut from sun up to sun down. You never know when the big boy will show up.
Good luck and happy hunting !