By: Kyle Sorensen
It seems as though the hard water season has come and gone in my world. The temps have risen, and the ice will soon be gone like the closing of a book. This time is certainly bittersweet for me, as I love my ice fishing, I really do. The only thing that helps to dull the pain is the excitement that ice-out brings… the springtime run on the Lake Winnebago System! 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
SPRINGTIME IS BROWN TROUT TIME!
By Capt. Lee Haasch
Got that itch for open water fishing? Late March and April is the time to scratch it with some brown trout action! Late March is that magical time of the year when you can launch your boat in the morning and troll the shallows of Lake Michigan for brown trout and then slide up to Green Bay and walk out on the ice and pop a couple of nice walleye in the evening. Every year it’s a waiting game for that magical day that the launching ramp is ice-free and we can back the Starcraft down the launch ramp and get after those “silver footballs!” 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
Into the Deep for Winter Panfish
By: David Duwe
For many years, my father and I were plagued with catching only 5 to 6 inch panfish while ice fishing in the shallow weed flats. My how things have changed, with Vexilar and Marcum fish locators, 5-6 inch panfish are a thing of the past. The ability to see underneath the ice opened up the deep water structure on many local lakes. With fish locators, ice fishermen can now work the deep water locations where the larger panfish reside. 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
Wisconsin’s Waterfowl Is What You Make Of It
From early goose season to late frozen ground field hunts, along with the 60 day duck season in between, I find myself scouting, hunting or taking customers out well over 100 days from September to December. Whether I take a group of customers, tag along with buddies, or it is just me and my dog, every hunt is a great experience. But to stay productive throughout the entire season, I have to be extremely versatile. Scouting harvested wheat and cornfields, to flooded rice and cattails, and also bigger open water, keeps me on the move. Continue Reading