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Kids and the Outdoors by Jim Willes - HuntFishTravel
Kids and the Outdoors

I can remember more vividly than most of my memories the times my dad took me out to the woods before I started deer hunting. A few small game hunts, a few scouting missions for rifle season, a handful of fishing trips – those are some of my greatest childhood memories. I can recall every rabbit we kicked up, every pheasant flushed, every deer we saw, and every fish we caught. Even after 40 years, I can recollect a play-by-play of it all. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, most times, but those memories are burned into my brain.

I vividly recall the time my Dad, my brother Fred, and I rented a rowboat from Farmkrueg’s bait shop in Menasha, WI, and paddled out on Little Lake Butte des Morts.

I was maybe 7 years old. My brother and dad both caught a smallmouth bass. I caught a nice perch and something that, as a 7-year-old, I thought must have been the biggest fish ever. It pulled my rod under the boat, and I couldn’t contain the behemoth, and the line snapped (it was probably a carp, but I was a kid). Read More

How to grill the perfect steak
How to grill the perfect steak

We’ve all been there: buyer’s remorse.

We have big plans for cooking the best steak ever out on the grill. You thought you cooked it perfectly, and it would be delicious, with your family applauding you on making the best steak ever! Then you take that first bite. It’s tough. It’s flavorless. And sadly, most of it ends up in the garbage can soon after dinner. Disappointment at its finest. Did you screw it up? Or did your steak just suck? Well, let us take a few minutes to figure it out and see if I can help you make the most of your grilling experience. Read More

Jim Willes HuntFishTravel Venison Caveman Roast Recipe
Venison Caveman Roast

When it comes to grilling, there is no shortage of choices of meats to cook over the coals. However, when you are a deer hunter, a big slab of venison will undoubtedly be your top choice. But when it comes to feeding a large group of people, thoughts usually drift away from those precious cuts to find something a little cheaper or more readily available than expensive steak or your prized venison.

Like many hunters out there, I process my own deer, which gives me the opportunity to do different things. One thing that I love to do is save the hind quarters whole. I do this for many reasons. The first reason is that if I ever need anything, I can pull an entire quarter and make what I want. I am not limited to what has already been processed. The second reason is the recipe I am about to share with you. Read More

7 Tips to Successfully Hunt Public Lands

Hello again outdoors world! Just in case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere the past month, hunting season is here! Millions of people are now venturing afield in search of game big and small. I am not any different than most of the hunters out there, and I am usually stuck hunting public lands. After a couple decades of learning I have developed many different tricks to hunting public lands and I have decided to let you in on how I have had lots of success doing so. Read More

Lake Winnebago On Ice

Welcome back outdoors world! It’s February! To most people in the northern part of the country, this is really nothing to get excited out. But there is one thing that gets a diehard few off the couch. Read More

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