A couple years back I stumbled on an old abandon homestead way back in the boonies while I was trout fishing. I typically fished this stretch in September and the leaves were still on the trees. This outing was in early season March and the trees were barren and snow was still everywhere. The world looks much different in early March.
The trout stream I fish had a large pool with flat rocks at the top of the pool. I thought the flat rocks looked almost man made like a platform. The stream was shallow and fast coming downstream and then the flat rocks and the hole widened out and deepened. My first thought was the WDNR had done this but after a little examination of the surrounding area this was the only structure and it looked out of place.
I did a 360 look around of the area and saw a structure about 80 yards from the stream. I had fished this stretch numerous times...
In order to hunt turkeys safely on public land, you have to be prepared to be seen.
For many of us, it’s a reality of hunting. We hunt public land, or we don’t hunt.
Out West, public land can mean areas where you hike miles into the wild to set up a tiny, primitive camp from which to base your hunt for elk or big mulies. On a hunt like that, you’re on public ground, but chances are you won’t encounter another human.
Sadly, that’s not the kind of public land most of us know. We hunt on wildlife management areas close to major metropolitan areas. These areas receive significant hunting pressure. Most days, especially on weekends, you see vehicles overflowing designated parking areas close to prime locations....
Chris Young is up from Chicago with the Lee Wullf Trout Unlimited Chapter for their Spring get together. I had met Chris a couple years back and given him some tips on where to fish. He much appreciated the tips. I had never actually gone with him before because of my back and knee problems. That changed yesterday
.We met at 9:00am on stream. Chris is typically a fly angler but he does spin fish when his fishing partner is spin angling. He was taught how to cast the spinning rod by Jay Thurston. The underhand pendulum cast was unmistakable. I was a little worried I would disappoint Chris because he had fished with Thurston. Thurston is even more of...
A hen turkey in full strut.
John Obst of McFarland, Wisconsin has seen a true woodland rarity in consecutive springs, and he’s hoping for a three-peat during Wisconsin’s 2015 spring turkey season.
What has Obst twice seen that most turkey hunters have not seen once? A hen turkey in full strut.
Obst was hunting turkeys on a southern Wisconsin farm in April 2013, and called in a hen that was likely curious about his yelps. When the hen saw Obst’s hen decoy, it went into full strut. Obst is an experienced hunter, and has seen hens get aggressive a few times, but had never before seen one do such a dead-on gobbler imitation.
The hen approached his decoy with its breast puffed out, tail feathers fully fanned, and wingtips dragging across the corn stubble as it strutted toward the decoy. And then the hen stayed in full strut. This was...
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