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Dinosaur Hunting on Lake Winnebago

Wisconsin. A state steeped in outdoors heritage and tradition. Generations of hunters and fishermen have taken to the woods and the waters of this great state for many generations, but you would be hard pressed to find a tradition in the outdoors older than the Sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago chain.

Lake Winnebago is home to the largest self reproducing population of lake sturgeon in the world. These giants of the lake live for well over 100 years and reach sizes of over 200 pounds! Continue reading Dinosaur Hunting on Lake Winnebago

Reviving the Lost Art of the Brush Blind

With all the advances in modern technology, it is hard to envision the ways of old. Everyone is clambering after the newest innovations in tree stands and hunting blinds. It seems to me as a lot of us have lost our way.

The advances in tree stands and hunting blinds have made leaps and bounds the past couple decades, but so has the investment people feel they need to make. While I will not argue the fact that these innovations have made hunting easier and more comfortable, my personal style of hunting finds it unnecessary. Continue reading Reviving the Lost Art of the Brush Blind

5 Deer Hunting Food Plot Myths De-Bunked

It is spring time across this wonderful country. It seems that deer hunting is so far away. But I got a way to make it feel that much closer. A lot of people I have met over the years, only deer hunt during hunting seasons. Not me! I deer hunt 365 days a year! But they only let me carry a weapon during the fall months. Continue reading 5 Deer Hunting Food Plot Myths De-Bunked

What Do You REALLY Need To Start Bowhunting

What Do You REALLY Need To Start Bowhunting 001It seems as if it was 100 years ago when I had to ask myself that very important question. What do I really need to start bow hunting? I hope that with writing this article, I do not lose any future sponsorship. I am not out to knock any companies out there, just helping the person new to our game. Well, if you decide to take in some of the fine outdoors programming, on one of the numerous channels dedicated to the outdoors sports, here would be what you would conclude to need. Continue reading What Do You REALLY Need To Start Bowhunting

Wisconsin’s Deep Rooted Traditions and Outdoor Cultures

Hello outdoors world!! Welcome back to the 2nd installment of “The Willes Way” blog. For My first actual blog, not including my little intro, I decided to go with something near and dear to my heart. Some of Wisconsin’s most deep rooted outdoors traditions. Since my life seems to be one outdoors tradition after another, I am going to run through some of the traditions that I have been privileged to witness over my years spent hunting and fishing this fine state. And hopefully, this will help you all know of where I came from and learned what I know.

I LOVE to talk about a lot of these subjects and have been known to go on for hours talking about them to people that have never heard of, or had the chance to experience. So if I get a little wordy, feel free to reach your virtual arm through you computer screen and slap me across the head and say “GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!” 🙂 I could probably write a book on this subject, but I will avoid going too long. Besides if I spilled ALL the beans I wouldn’t have any beans for later! OK, OK, I will get on with it. Since there are so many, lets just start at the beginning of the year.

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