How An American Fishing Rod is Born – A Peek Inside the St. Croix Rod Factory

How An American Fishing Rod is Born – A Peek Inside the St. Croix Rod Factory
I’ve never put much thought into what goes into a fishing rod — until now. After a tour of the St. Croix rod plant, I have a new appreciation for the stick in my hand that I use to catch walleye. At a recent media event hosted by the Mercer Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, I... Read more »

New Wisconsin Fishing Expo, Feb. 26-28

New Wisconsin Fishing Expo, Feb. 26-28
It’s new. And it’s chock full of all the hoopla we outdoorsmen expect from a fishing expo. Formerly the Madison Fishing Expo, the Wisconsin Fishing Expo is under new management and it sounds like they are planning to blow the doors off by taking the show to a new level. I’ve never attended so I... Read more »

Antler Shed Hunting Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack - Or Two

Antler Shed Hunting Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack - Or Two
Have you ever found a needle in a haystack? How about TWO? That’s exactly what brothers Kurt and Cilff Kowalczyk did recently while hunting deer antler sheds. Last weekend the Kowalczyks set out to cure cabin fever and look for sheds along with their friend Noah. After a short walk, Cliff spotted an antler in the... Read more »
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Late Season Deer Hunting Success Favors the Well-Prepared

Late Season Deer Hunting Success Favors the Well-Prepared
Late season deer hunting in Illinois has it’s challenges.  If you have the right gear, pure grit and hard core determination then it’s another chance to top off the freezer with venison. My son Kyle was a little disappointed after the regular shotgun season. Passing on several small bucks, he still needed to put another... Read more »

5 Great Christmas Gifts for the Hunter

5 Great Christmas Gifts for the Hunter
Here are some great gift ideas for the hunter or outdoorsman in your family. I’ve used all of these products and can honestly say, you will be the favorite at Christmas this year if your hunter wakes up with one (or all) of these under the tree… Boyds Custom Gun Stocks Refurbish your old shotgun... Read more »

Featured Product - Yukon Ice Hunting Boot from LOWA

Featured Product - Yukon Ice Hunting Boot from LOWA
One of the most important part of any deer hunter’s gear is boots. For over 4 decades, I’ve tried many different brands and styles of boots during my days afield. Some have been great, and others not so much. But I’ve come across a boot that has been performing like a champ this season —... Read more »
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Deer Harvest Totals Show an Increase for 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer Season

Deer Harvest Totals Show an Increase for 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer Season
Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day 2015 Firearm Deer Season, according the the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. That figure compares to 76,575 deer harvested during the seven days of firearm season in 2014. Preliminary harvest figures for the second segment of the firearm season on Dec.... Read more »

Recover more deer with great blood trailing and tracking tips

Recover more deer with great blood trailing and tracking tips
Some people call tracking an “art”, but I prefer to think of it as a science for a reason. Tracking a wounded deer is more like forensic science or an exercise in CSI. By striving to understand how an animal bleeds from different wound types, you will better recognize blood trails after each shot. But... Read more »

Return of the Deer Check Station in Illinois - for CWD

Return of the Deer Check Station in Illinois - for CWD
Less than two decades ago, deer hunters in Illinois could experience another unique part of the deer hunting culture – a trip to the check station to register their harvest. Nowadays, hunters can simply phone in or log on to register their deer harvest. But this season, deer hunters in select Northern Illinois counties are... Read more »
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Illinois Deer Report and Harvest Totals for Hunting Season

Illinois Deer Report and Harvest Totals for Hunting Season
The first half of the Illinois deer season provided hunters with a wide array of hunting conditions ranging from warm and windy to freezing and blizzardous. But the cold snap helped keep deer on their feet, and the rut was still on with lots of bucks still chasing does. With the help of these conditions,... Read more »