Public Land Deer Hunting
By: Jordan Marsh
It’s no secret that Wisconsin is a top tier and destination deer hunting state. Hunters from across the country venture to Wisconsin every fall to chase the elusive whitetails that fill the landscape. The Badger State has had plenty of Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young deer taken being that it’s one of the highest harvesting states of those records every season. The nine-day gun deer season is about as big of a tradition as the holidays. As the woods turn into blaze orange, businesses literally shut down, and the sight of seeing a hunter’s “trophy” in the back of the truck is just the daily norm. We are fortunate to live in a state with a good population of whitetails, but we are even more fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to access hundreds of thousands of acres of public land. Continue Reading
Sixgun Black Bear
The blasting bellow of the big .44 surprised me when my right index finger instinctively tightened on the trigger; the bear’s violent reaction and subsequent zero to 30 mph rush, while just a blur, clearly indicated I had connected. Straining to hear the tell-tale moan of a dying bear yielded only the cacophony of a yapping pack of distant coyotes. My black bear quest, which had been eight long years in the making, had boiled down to a few surreal seconds. Continue Reading
How to Hunt Public Land Ducks From a Kayak
Don’t miss out on Field and Stream’s article on hunting ducks on public land from a kayak!
Let It Snow
By Marc Drewek
Snow goose hunting was stopped in 1916 because of low population levels. Hunting was allowed again in 1975 after a long recovery. Since then, their numbers have escalated to the point where they are destroying their nesting habitat in the arctic tundra. Many of their areas are also used by other species of birds and wildlife. Snow geese are grazers and feed mainly on grasses and sedges. In and around many nesting colonies, grazing by geese is so intense that it kills the plants and leaves the ground void of plant life. This over grazing of plants leads to erosion of thin layers of topsoil needed to sustain plant life. As the geese destroy these prime areas they move on to less productive areas that are more delicate and easier to destroy. Once these areas are gone, the moisture in the soil evaporates and leads to salinization (buildup of salt). This then leads to areas totally void of plant life; ultimately destroying their own habitat. This habitat is fragile and cannot tolerate the ever increasing snow goose population. At some point, there will be an environmental disaster. This fragile habitat may take decades to recover, if it recovers at all. Continue Reading
This Summer Think About Winter Plots!
By: Steve Jordan
The more I have worked with food plots through the years, the more I have geared up to planting food plots for winter feeding. Some of the varieties I like to plant are winter rye, winter wheat, earlier planted turnip mixes, sugar beets, corn, mature soybeans, annual wheat, and sorghum. These plants, as long as they are accessible, are nutritious and high energy. Continue Reading