Do as I Say, Not as I’ve Done
By: Jack Tucker
This piece is aimed at the 30 – 50 year old age group. I say that up front as I know as soon as I put forth my opening line, most in that group will assume there is nothing here for them and go on to the next page; but if you are in that slot, there may be some food for thought in my words for you. If I can dislodge just one soul from the rut of the seemingly endless days/months/years of monotonous middle life before them, then I would be happy. The gist of much of this piece can be found in the often repeated saying of an older, ner-do-well, nasty, scoundrel friend of mine who mentored me as a very young man in all of the things that my parents had previously protected me from; “do as I say, not as I have done.” Continue Reading
Hard-Hunted Gobblers: The Toughest Turkeys
By: Brian Lovett
Here’s a simple statement: Human hunting pressure makes turkeys more difficult. Now, here’s the oft-ignored second part of that equation: Pressured turkeys are not impossible. They are still turkeys, and you can still kill them.
Here’s how. Continue Reading
Proven fencing tactics that work to help keep food plots from being decimated
By Steve Jordan
Many well maintained and well fertilized food plots get overgrazed, destroyed, and all greens are eaten right down to the soil. This can be disappointing, especially if you planned on hunting over a nice green field in the fall.
First of all, overgrazing is a good problem to have because it means you have a medium to high deer density. Some of the hunters in northern Wisconsin have such low deer densities that their food plots almost go untouched. Which problem would you like to have? Continue Reading
Prairie Planting for Wildlife
By: Steve Jordan
My wife and I were so impressed with the beautiful prairie fields and pot holes in North Dakota that we duplicated it on our Wisconsin property. In North Dakota, they have thousands of acres of public hunting. They call it “plot land” and it is posted as such. It always includes grassland, which includes prairie grasses and wildflower varieties. It usually encompasses many potholes surrounded by cattails, sedges, and other wetland plants. Continue Reading
Albino Buck Shot in Missouri
This 10 point albino buck was shot and killed in Missouri.
Albino deer are a rarity and many people love to see them and seek them out in states across the country. In my home state of Wisconsin, it is illegal to kill an albino deer, but many states allow it. This particular buck was from Missouri, where it is legal to kill an albino deer. The albino buck pictured above was famous among locals and many hunters passed on killing the deer, until this fall. Jerry Kinnaman took the Great White Buck this past November and it’s a true trophy. Continue Reading
24 Hours of Firsts
By: Aaron Retzlaff
There are times as an avid outdoorsman where you are able to share your passion and obsession for the great outdoors with others. A rarity occurs when that opportunity becomes a time stamp in a relationship between close friends.
Exploring the great outdoors offers endless, priceless opportunities to create lifelong memories with friends and family. The 2018 Wisconsin gun deer season offered one of those opportunities, of which I was fortunate enough to take advantage. Continue Reading
What to Do When Your Turkey Hunting Plan Blows Up
By: Brian Lovett
Having a plan always results in better turkey hunting. And sometimes, gobblers follow that plan. Other days, however, they toss the playbook aside and leave you scratching your head.
But the game shouldn’t end there. When a longbeard throws you a curve, switch tactics to keep your hunt alive. Let’s examine several common broken-plan scenarios and look at how you can adapt. Continue Reading
Are Your Ducks in a Row?
By: Steve Jordan
Planting food plots is done in many different ways. Some very serious food plotters have two or four-row corn planters to plant corn or soybeans, and some also have six to eight foot grain drills for the smaller seeds.
For years, I have been broadcasting seeds exclusively. This method can be done by hand by throwing seeds (almost like feeding the chickens on old western movies). You can also use a hand held crank or electric seed spreader or a pull behind wheel driven one. For bigger projects, you can hook up a PTO driven spreader to a mid-sized tractor. Continue Reading
Spring Is In My Step!
By: Joe Jankowski
Well, here we are again. Spring is right around the corner. We have good ice, but all I can think about is getting out in the woods after those dam stinky birds! Continue Reading
Game Recovery Dogs…not as difficult as you might think?
Over the years, I’ve written a pretty good number of articles on “developing deer dogs.” More specifically, a dog that helps in pursuit of big game and more often than not, that big game is the whitetail deer. So, what is a “deer dog”? This used to be a pretty common question, although in recent years the understanding is seemingly growing as much as the popularity. Continue Reading