Trigger More “ice” Fish

Well-balanced Presentations Trigger More ‘Ice’ Fish

Role of the rod and line in ice-fishing success, plus late-ice tips

By: Dave Genz

This winter, we’ve focused on what Dave Genz considers the keys to presenting a bait to fish under the ice. About the effectiveness of horizontal jigs, knot positioning and cadence of the presentation. To tie a bow around the topic, a bit about the crucial role the rod and line play in your ability to execute the Genz pounding presentation and experiment with cadence.  Continue Reading

Top 6 Car Features for Wisconsin Winter Outdoor Adventurers

Top 6 Car Features for Wisconsin Winter Outdoor Adventurers

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Challenging Wisconsin weather drives what you may need for successful winter expeditions.

Challenging Wisconsin weather drives what you may need for successful winter expeditions. 

You’ve packed extra hand-warmers. You have a new vacuum insulated mug. Your favorite boots are ready. So, you think you’re prepared for an adventure into Wisconsin’s winter wonderland … except for one thing: getting there and back. Before you travel to the great outdoors this winter, consider how a few vehicle features can add to your enjoyment and even impact your hunting and fishing success. Continue Reading

Packing for the wilderness – What to Take

Packing for the wilderness – what to take

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When packing for a wilderness trip, you need to make sure you have all of your essentials

Depending on why you are heading off to the wilderness, you may be thinking about checking out the latest cameras, for photographing the wildlife, shopping for fishing lures or finding red dot sights , for hunting. There are certain items which need to be taken along, depending on what you are intending to do while you are there.

However, there are some items which are a good idea to pack, no matter why you are taking off into the wilderness. Let’s take a look at what you need to consider.

The right knife for the job

It’s always a good idea to take a knife with you when you head off into the wilderness. They come in useful for everything from cutting branches to gutting fish. A fixed blade knife is the best choice as it tends to be more reliable than a folding knife; there are less moving parts where there can be problems.

A hat for warmth

It can get really cold when you are out in the middle of nowhere, especially at night. Do not forget to pack your reliable beanie hat, to help keep you warm.

Water bottle with at least a 2-liter capacity

It goes without saying that it’s important to keep hydrated if you are out hiking. This is why you need to pack a good quality water bottle, where you can store at least two liters of liquid.

Somewhere to sleep

You do not necessarily have to take a tent with you, into the wilderness; although this does tend to be the most popular option. If you are heading somewhere which is protected by plenty of tree cover, you may want to consider taking along a hammock, or even just a tarpaulin, instead. You can also supplement any sleeping facility you take with a sleeping bag, for extra protection and warmth.

A form of light

Obviously, you do not want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere, with no form of lighting. Depending on your individual requirements, you should take a head lamp or torch to use.

The basics for hygiene and health

You do not need to take the entire contents of your bathroom with you; this is supposed to be about getting back to nature after all. But, you should take the basics, such as a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste, bandage and band aid, and some painkillers.

Clothing and shoes – the essentials

If you are heading into the wilderness, a good pair of hiking boots is essential. It’s also a good idea to take some light shoes, for when you are around the camp in the evening. Make sure that you take clothing that is easily worn in layers, and that is fast drying.

Packing the items you take into a pack that has a frame and a strap that fastens around your waist is the best idea. This makes it easier for you to carry the load when you are hiking out to your destination. Stick to packing just the necessities as you do not want the pack to be any heavier than it needs to be.

Monster Buck-Burnett County Wisconsin

Huge Burnett County Buck Harvest!

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Monster Buck shot in Burnett County Wisconsin!

Opening weekend of archery season in Wisconsin has started, and with that, many eager hunters hit the woods in anticipation on getting into the stand in hopes of having a shot at a monster buck! Well for this lucky hunter in Burnett County he sure had the hunt of a life time! Continue Reading

Fall Walleyes

Fall Bago Eyes

By: Kyle Sorensen

What a summer it has been! We have sure had some fun times here on the Winnebago System. The fish have been hungry this year, and the younger year classes have certainly been showing up in addition to the normal targeted sizes we find on the system. I have seen some big fish in the net, but I have also seen hundreds of the 10”- 13” Walters dangling on the end of my line. There are certainly some fantastic years of fishing ahead of us! Continue Reading

Tips For A More Successful Archery Season

A Few Tips to Consider For a More Successful Archery Season

By: Todd D. Larson 

With the “Dog Days” of summer upon us here in Wisconsin, I can’t help but let my mind wander a bit and think of the cooler days to come. More specifically, I look forward to when archery season opens up in the middle of September and carries us through the first part of January. Continue Reading