Humita Recipe

Argentine Corn “Pudding” (Humita).

This is a quick, healthy dish that everyone can enjoy (a couple of easy substitutions can make this a vegan recipe as well). Serve as a side with a grilled entree, or refrigerate and eat with tortilla chips!

Serves 2-4

  • 4 ears of Sweet Corn, shucked
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 splash Milk
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 dash Cayenne
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh Cilantro, chopped
  1. Remove the kernels from the corn and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, add Olive Oil, Garlic, and Red Onion. Cook on medium heat until fragrant (2-3 min).
  3. Dice up the jalapeño, making sure to remove the stem and seeds (unless you like it spicy, then keep the seeds).
  4. Add butter, jalapeño and corn kernels to the saucepan. Stir.
  5. Add salt/pepper and spices. More/less can be added according to taste.            6.Continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes. Reduce heat if needed.
    7. Remove from heat. Add milk and stir. Add lime juice.
    8. Transfer mixture to a food processor. Pulse 10 times or until everything is incorporated. Do not puree.
    9. Finish with salt/pepper and freshly chopped cilantro. Can be served hot or cold.

(Source:  By Jerry Lunanuova. www.food52.com)

Best Duck Loads: How to Pick the Right Shell for the Right Bird

With different shot materials, pellet shapes, and configurations available, wildfowling has become as much a science as it is a sport. Many hunters may be puzzled as to which load is best for their duck and goose hunting. Shot like Kent’s Tungsten Matrix and Environ-Metal’s Classic Doubles are for older shotguns, but then there’s Black Cloud, Blind Side, and Hevi Shot, which makes selection more difficult. These guidelines, broken down by species and size, should make shell buying easier

1. Small Ducks

Teal

Kent TealSteel 12 ga., 3-in., 1,350 fps, 1¼ oz.,
No. 5 & 6 steel
Effective Range 30 yards
Recoil 35 ft.-lb.
MSRP $13/25 rounds
kentgamebore.com

Because of this speedster’s size and erratic flight, small pellets are desirable to fill a wide pattern from a Skeet- or Improved Cylinder – ­choked gun.

2. Medium Ducks

Gadwalls, Wood Ducks, Wigeon, Scaup

Federal Black Cloud
12 ga., 3-in., 1,450 fps, 1¼ oz., No. 3

Also consider
Winchester DryLok: 12 ga., 3-in., 1,265 fps, 1 3/8 oz., No. 4; or Kent Fasteel: 12 ga., 3-in., 1,300 fps, 1 3/8 oz., No. 3

Effective Range 50 yards
Recoil 39 ft.-lb.
MSRP $23/25 rounds
federalpremium.com

For medium-size ducks over decoys or close passing shots, the traditional 3-inch load of 1¼ ounces of No. 3s provides good pattern density and power over normal ranges; also an excellent all-around swatter load.

3. Large Ducks

Mallards, Canvasbacks, Small Sea Ducks,
Small Geese (Cacklers and Ross Geese)

Remington HyperSonic Steel
12 ga., 3-in., 1,700 fps, 1¼ oz., No. 2
Effective Range 50 yards
Recoil 52 ft.-lb.
MSRP $26/25 rounds
remington.com

The high velocity delivered by this load increases the effective killing range on large ducks. However, don’t be tempted to stretch your gun barrel beyond ranges at which you shoot well.

4. Large Geese

Canadas and Large Sea Ducks

Hevi-Shot Speed Ball
12 ga., 3-in., 1,635 fps, 1¼ oz., No. 1
Effective Range 50 yards
Recoil 48 ft.-lb.
MSRP $25/10 rounds
hevishot.com

These tungsten-steel pellets pack the heavy punch often needed to bag Canadas and tough sea ducks like eiders and scoters. They’re expensive but worth it to ensure clean kills.

(Source: By John M. Taylorwww.outdoorlife.com)

Wingshooting Tips

Practical advice from expert shotgunners.

Whether trekking through thick woods after grouse, tramping open fields for pheasants or hunkering down in a blind and waiting for ducks, we all want to be able to shoot as well as we can when the opportunity arrives. Usually we learn through experience, but the advice of veteran hunters can provide some shortcuts to excellence. To help improve your wing-shooting this fall, Outdoor Life solicited tips from a quartet of dedicated shotgunners. Here’s their input.

Pattern for Perfection
Ed Kaltreider of Montana has traveled the world, shotguns figuratively in hand. He eats, lives and breathes shotguns just about every day of his life. He started with a $100 H&R; single-barrel, then moved to a $300 gun, then a $3,000 gun and finally to even more expensive ones. He suggests, “Most any shotgun can work just fine, depending upon where it shoots.

That “where” is the critical key. Kaltreider believes too few shotgunners pattern their shotguns. The main reason for patterning is to determine point of impact. Does the gun shoot straight? Test-fire from a rest at some specified distance. You might be surprised by how many shotgun barrels print their patterns too far left, right or low. Such deficiencies can be corrected with the help of a gunsmith.

A second reason for patterning your guns is to confirm what you hope about how the gun handles different shot and chokes. Is the pattern as dense at 40 yards with No. 6 shot as you expected? How about with No. 4? Does that full choke actually put more than 70 percent of the pellets into a 30-inch circle at 40 yards? Or can you only count on 65 percent? Is that skeet choke as open as you figured with No. 9 shot? What about with No. 6?

The answers will either reassure you or convince you that you need to keep searching for the right combinations of gun and chokes.

** Prepare to Shoot**
I hunt grouse with Jim Buzzard almost every day of our Pennsylvania season. Despite only a two-bird limit in our state, Jim flushes over 800 ruffed grouse almost every year. I have no doubt that he is always prepared for any shot that is presented to him, whether he takes it or not.

In grouse coverts, one can never be sure when a bird will flush. That’s why Buzzard hunts as if his next step will send a grouse skyward.

“Always be ready,” Buzzard advises. “Don’t hold the shotgun out too far on the forend with your left hand. Doing so becomes too tiring after only a short time. Instead, slide the left hand back toward the receiver, and rest the inside of your left arm on your left side. Rest the inside of the right forearm against the flat of the gunstock. This takes a lot of the gun’s weight off the arms, but you’re still ready to bring the gun into play instantly.” Left-handed shooters should reverse this advice.

Footwork is critical, whether you’re walking in on a point or just working some good-looking cover. Assuming you’re right-handed, be constantly aware that you want to lead with your left foot when a bird comes up. Given the limitations of terrain and cover, it’s not always possible, but do it if you can. “Body position is just as important as foot position,” says Buzzard. “As you want to be leading with your left foot, you also want your body slightly turned, with your left shoulder sort of leading the way. With such an approach you can still swing well to the right, and a right-handed shooter can always swing well to the left.”

After one shot, pause a few seconds, anticipating another flush. Next, reach for a spare shell before opening a two-barreled gun. Have that next shell ready to load instantly after opening the gun. Many hunters have a tendency to open the gun first, then reach for a shell. Often, that’s when a bird will break from cover.

Read the Shot
Ed Moxley manages and maintains his own duck marsh near Sandusky, Ohio. He’s gone throough several cases of shells there, usually with satisfactory results. He’s shot at waterfowl at various ranges from near to far, and has learned that one key to consistency is being able to judge ranges. As Moxley is fond of saying, “Success increases as range decreases.”

In other words, the factor of lead becomes less important as the bird gets closer. Learn how to estimate ranges at 25, 35 and 40 yards and how those distances affect required lead and shot placement. Pace off the distances. Use a range finder if you have to. Practice shooting at clay targets at various ranges until the distances are imprinted on your brain.

Moxley also thinks it’s important to “read” the flight pattern of a dove or duck, which helps you make better decisions about when to take the easiest shot. For example, suppose you spot a single drake mallard that is coming straight at you, but its wingbeat suggests that it has business elsewhere. Its flight path will take it directly overhead and within range. Do you shoot while it’s coming toward you, as it’s passing overhead or as it’s flying away? Many hunters have the tendency to wait too long and shoot at the duck going away. But the best shot will be presented when the drake is passing directly above the hunter and its vitals are exposed.

When is the bird going to be closest to you? That’s when the bird is the most vulnerable.

Rehearse at Home
Gil Rodler has won more Pennsylvania State Skeet Shooting Championships than anyone. When he isn’t practicing at the range, chances are he’s out hunting. Most sportsmen don’t have the shooting opportunities that Rodler has, but nevertheless it’s possible to improve shooting form without ever firing a shot.

“It’s a good idea to mount your gun in front of a mirror regularly,” says Rodler. “Doing so will help with your gun-mount technique, plus it will give you a good indication of how well your gun fits and if there are any corrections that need to be made there.” To determine shotgun fit, first pick out a reflected spot in the mirror. Concentrate on it. Close your eyes. Mount the gun. Then open your eyes. See how close you came to being on the money with the barrel. Hopefully, you’ll be close or dead-on. Regardless, this practice routine will improve your score at the range or your ability to get on a bird quickly in the field.

A Balanced Approach
When you’re hunting or walking in on a point, don’t look at the ground, advises Rodler. Cast your gaze a few feet above where a bird is likely to flush. It will help you develop the skill to pick up a rising game bird in your peripheral vision so you can lock your focus on the target faster. “You must also focus on staying in balance physically,” notes Rodler. “If a bird flushes and you’re not well-balanced when it happens, either you’re not going to shoot well or the bird is going to be gone by the time you do get set.”

Regardless of what type of game birds you hunt, practice on clay targets as often as you can. The more you do, the more familiar you’ll become with your gun and the mechanics of mounting it and shooting it correctly. You’ll also become better at gauging distances and judging leads. Once in the field, every shot you take is likely to put you closer to filling your limit.

(Source: By Nick Sisley. www.outdoorlife.com)

New Dove Hunting Gear

Dove hunting may not be as equipment-heavy as the pursuit of other birds, like waterfowl or turkeys. But it does come with new gear options designed to make us better dove hunters and help us enjoy our time in the field. Here are some of the latest products.

BPT PERFORMANCE TARGET | Browning
As part of their return to the ammunition arena, the folks at Browning have created an excellent dual-purpose sporting shotshell in the Browning Performance Target (BPT). Available in both 12- and 20-gauge formats, the new BPT offers 1- to 1 1/8-ounce loads of No. 7 1/2 or 8 shot, perfect for the dove field, as well as the sporting clays course. MSRP, $8. Browningammo.com.

STEEL SPORTING CLAYS | Winchester
Created with the competitive shooter in mind, Winchester’s AA Super Sport Steel is the perfect choice when dove hunting requires a non-toxic alternative. These 1-ounce 12-gauge loads of either No. 7 1/2 or 8 shot clip right along at 1,450 fps. Interesting, too, are Winchester’s TrAAcker target loads that let you see why you missed. MSRP, $8-$10. Winchester.com.

BISMUTH | Kent
Kent Cartridge brings to the shooting platform their latest line of bismuth shotshells. Crafted by a proprietary manufacturing technique, the line features 12-, 16-, 20-, and 28-gauge loadings throwing from 7/8- to 11/4-ounce of No. 4, 5 or 6 non-toxic shot. MSRP, $18-$25 per 10 rounds. Kentgamebore.com.

FEATHER SLAYER BLIND | Soar No More 
When the doves become schooled in the art of human avoidance, nothing says invisible better than the Feather Slayer Blind from Soar No More. Built around a comfortable camp-style folding chair, the FSB can be set up in 30 seconds and offers a full 360 degrees of unobstructed viewing. Stubble straps allow for the addition of native cover. Backpack straps make hauling it a breeze. MSRP, $140. Soarnomore.com.
MODEL 1812 HUNTING STOOL | Plano
Why stand or kneel when you can sit in the dove field in comfort? Plano has a new innovative hunting stool and field box combo. It has huge pockets, a heavy-duty carry strap, integral seat cushion and Mossy Oak camouflage. It weighs only 6 pounds. MSRP, $60. Planomolding.com.

DOG WATER BOWL | Browning
This interestingly designed combination food bowl-water dish looks more like a DVD case than it does a pet accessory, right down to the size and Cordura nylon construction. Unzipped, however, the unit unfolds to reveal two expandable bowls: a draw-string closure pouch on one side for food, and a wide-mouth container opposite for hydration. MSRP, $20. Browning.com.

REACTOR MULTI-TOOL SOG | Knives
SOG Knives hit a homer with their Reactor Multi-Tool. Dove hunters will find 1,001 uses for the Reactor, both afield and at home. Weighing only 4 ounces, the Reactor houses 10 essential tools, including an assisted blade and rugged compound leverage geared pliers. Great for field-dressing or gathering blind materials. MSRP, $64. SOGknives.com.

A5 SWEET SIXTEEN | Browning
Loved by many old-school shotgunners,  the Sweet Sixteen is back! Browning reintroduces an age-old favorite in their 16-gauge Auto-5. The  new SS A5 is available in 26- or 28-inch barrel versions, and tips the scales at 5.12 pounds.MSRP, $1,700. Browning.com.

PRO-SERIES SPORTING | Mossberg
Designed in collaboration with renowned shooting instructor Gil Ash, Mossberg has introduced its Pro-Series Sporting Model. The Model 930 Pro-Series features everything the competitive sporting clays shooter would want, and then some, like an ergonomically sculpted stock incorporating Mossberg’s stock drop customization system. MSRP, $1,029. Mossberg.com.

POINTER 1000 FIELD | Legacy Sports
The Pointer Field is a new line of fine over-under sporting shotguns. Available in 12, 20, 28 and .410 gauge, the Pointer line sports Turkish walnut stocks, chrome-moly lined barrels and a high-rib for quick target acquisition. They come with five choke tubes. MSRP, $664. Legacysports.com.

VOODOO DOVE | MOJO Outdoors
Known as the founding family of spinning-wing decoys, the minds at Mojo Outdoors have redesigned their dove spinner with a larger, more realistic body, and user-friendly magnetically connected wings. Four AA batteries provide up to 16 hours of continuous use. Comes with three-section, 36-inch pole. MSRP, $45. Mojooutdoors.com.

DOVE DECOYS | Flambeau Outdoors
There’s nothing fancy or high-tech when it comes to Flambeau’s dove decoys  just deception. The hard-body dove sports a foot-style clip, as well as a back-mounted eyelet for treetop-hanging. The lightweight foam decoy 12 of them weigh less than a pound – fastens easily to fences, branches or low natural cover. MSRP, $35 for 12. Flambeauoutdoors.com.

(Source: by M.D. Johnson. www.gameandfishmag.com)

Savage Model 110

The Model 110 was a collection of parts that could be produced cheaply and assembled cheaply. It was the antithesis of the “milled from a block of steel” concept. The rifle was priced at $109.95 and was offered only in .270 and .30/06. Its walnut stock had ghastly lines and awful hand checkering, and the action was cursed with a rotten trigger. But the 110 worked, and it shot well, and people could afford it. It was also made left-handed which, in those times, was nothing short of miraculous.

In 1965, the line had been expanded to include the .22/250, and so I, as a confirmed woodchuck hunter, got one. I found that some things about the 110 were too awful to live with, so I had the factory stock replaced with a Fajen, the trigger ground down to an unsafe 2 pounds, and the nonfunctional rear-sight knot milled off the barrel.

Still and all, that rifle was a shooter. Fifty-two years later I can still remember the handload I used, and its velocity, and the size of the groups. Nicholas Brewer did better than he knew (or maybe he did know). What he worked for was cheap, but in the process of getting it, he also achieved accurate.

 

But all was not beer and skittles at Savage. It had become a company of outmoded machinery, poor designs, and retiring skilled workers who could not be replaced. In 1972 I visited the Savage plant. There I was shown their rifling machine…which had been installed in 1898, and was a source of considerable pride. Savage passed through the hands of a number of owners, each more incompetent than the last, and by 1988 it was losing $25 million a year and was weeks away from closing its doors.

Two things saved Savage. The first was Ron Coburn, who came to the company just before it was due to go extinct. Coburn looked down the dismal roster of Savage designs and asked, “What can we make that works?” His engineers told him, “The Model 110.” And from that point forward that was all they made, and is pretty much all they now make. Coburn, and Nicholas Brewer’s collection of parts, pulled Savage back from oblivion.

(Source: BY DAVID E. PETZAL. www.fieldandstream.com)

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