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16

Feb

2017

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Lost Headgear

Author: Mike Roux

You may think by the title of this article that I am going to talk about dropping your cap in the woods, but that is not the case. Instead we are going to discuss one of the fastest growing topics in the hunting world. Looking for, finding, and collecting shed antlers has become one of the most popular activities among not just hunters but the general public as well. A lot of folks are now spending their late winter days looking to bring home a pile of discarded whitetail deer antlers.

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May

2016

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Hope Outdoors

Author: Mike Roux

This has been a very rewarding spring turkey season for me. I only had limited time to hunt but I have turkey breast to eat and lots of new memories. Good friends like Les Semar, Bob Cowman, JD Stevenson, Collin Brunstein and Lexi Stevenson all got nice birds as well. But by far the biggest highlight of this season came back in February when longtime friend, Les Semar called me with a very special invitation. 

For the past couple of years, Les and his brother Scott have been involved with the Southeast Missouri Chapter of Hope Outdoors, an organization dedicated to facilitating events and providing hunting opportunities to kids who would otherwise likely never get the chance to experience the outdoors, much less actually get to go hunting. I did some quick research on Hope Outdoors and felt like this was a worthwhile effort in which to help out. Mostly, I just trusted Les that if he supported it I should, too.

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16

Feb

2015

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Change In Old School Thoughts

Author: Mike Roux

It was 11:10 a.m. when the gobbling woke me up. The last hour and a half I had spent sleeping and soaking up the late April sunshine. It was warmer now, and the bugs had begun to move around. My nap had freshened me and I was ready to battle with the black-feathered monarch of the Central Illinois woods.

I first spoke with this big tom at about 9:00 a.m. I had already managed to mess-up one gobbler right at daylight. An untimely movement on my part sent the first bird of the day to another county, or maybe even another state. But I learn quickly and I would not make the same mistake twice in the same morning.

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19

Jan

2015

Outdoors With Mike Roux

Pheasant Knowledge

Author: Mike Roux

I like this topic. It never fails that when I put pen to paper concerning pheasant hunting, a broad smile crosses my face. I have more fun pheasant hunting than any other type of upland game. I enjoy hunting other species more, but I do not have more fun with them. It is amazing how a target that big and that slow can be missed so often.

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11

Aug

2014

Outdoors with Mike Roux

FOREIGN DOVE IN THE MIDWEST

Author: Mike Roux

With August soon to give-way to September, it is almost harvest time. God has blessed us this year with amazing yields and an abundant harvest is eminent. Before we set up camp in the combines we will have the opportunity to begin hunting season. In most states dove season starts on or around September 1st.

On Labor Day evening 2013, I accompanied Beck’s President’s Club Member Luke Terstreip, Sr. to a freshly cut silage field. Luke had done some scouting and we put out a rotating-wing dove decoy and let the birds come to us. Now it is time to explain the title of this story. For the first time in my dove hunting career I saw and killed Eurasian Collared Dove.

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14

Apr

2014

The Great Outdoors with Mike Roux

Developing A Fool Proof Turkey Program

Author: Mike Roux

Consistency…This is a level that most turkey hunters long to achieve. What better way to be described by your turkey hunting peers than consistent? As a pursuer of these feathered phantoms of the hardwood, I can attest to the difficulty of becoming and staying consistent. As we discuss this problem, we will analyze many of the components that make up the total sum of being a consistently successful turkey hunter.

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Feb

2014

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Blackpowder Coyotes

Author: Mike Roux

The snow and brutally cold temperatures we have endured over the past couple weeks makes doing anything outdoors uncomfortable. However, for those that want to fight the cold weather and still have some fun outdoors, now is a great time of year. One of the best things that winter brings to hunters is hungry coyotes. The conditions lately are perfect to call-in and shoot these wild canines.

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Jan

2014

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Start'Em Out Right Hunting

Author: Mike Roux

Today I want to take a look at hunting in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. There are two ways that we can collect data on a child's perception of hunting. The first way is to remember. Take yourself back to the days when even a morning rabbit hunt was as big an adventure as an African Safari. The second way is much more precise. Just ask a kid.

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13

Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Calling All Farm Dogs

We’ve always had a dog. From English Setters, Pointers, a Chesapeake Bay, Beagles, a Blue Healer, a Tibetan Spaniel, and Labrador Retrievers, a dog has been essential to our farm. And for many of us, they’re not just companions, their family. We even talk to them as if they’re human. Don’t shake your head no; I know you all do this.

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11

Nov

2013

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Shot Placement For Bowhunters

Author: Mike Roux

Hello, I’m Mike Roux and welcome to my outdoor column on Beck’s blog. It is my pleasure to be a member of the Beck’s Team. I have spent decades in the outdoors and I have a true passion to pass along what I have learned and experienced to my readers.

My blog will focus on fishing, hunting, boating, camping and all other outdoor activities that we all love. I will discuss how-to, where-to, why-to and introduce the places and people that can make your experiences in the outdoors more meaningful. I will spend quite some time dissecting the relationship that develops between the landowner and the hunters he allows to use his land. Farmers and hunters are partners with like conservation goals.

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