Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 37: A deep dive on deer hunting

It’s Episode 37 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

With the Wisconsin gun deer season upon us, it’s time to talk all things deer hunting.

I am joined by Josh Raley who, on top of hosting the Wisconsin Sportsman Podcast, has hunted deer all over the United States.

We discuss bow hunting, hunting public land, how to break down new areas, transitioning from bow to gun season and so much more.

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A new hunting partner

Whether it’s friendship, dating, or marriage, a key to a strong relationship with anyone is having an understanding of someone’s passions.

I’ve known my wife Lyza for 21 years. We started dating over 13 years ago and have been married for seven of those. Lyza has always been a steadfast supporter of my outdoor adventures, whether I want to take a trip to Missouri to hunt snow geese, brave the elements chasing whitefish on Green Bay, or just want to spend some time decompressing after work by fishing at a local hot spot.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 35: Wild Game Cooking Tips w/Stacy Lyn Harris

It’s Episode 35 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

I’m joined by Stacy Lyn Harris who is an author, blogger, and host of The Sporting Chef on Outdoor Channel. 

We discuss her journey on television, the process of creating recipes for cookbooks, and tips for cooking wild game. 

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Tips for scouting waterfowl hunting spots

So much of waterfowl hunting success stems from scouting.

The only real way to attempt to stack the odds in your favor is to have an intimate knowledge of the types of birds that are in the area and the ways in which they use the land and water around them.

Since geese and ducks are migratory birds, this can require a significant amount of effort.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your scouting sessions.

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Catching a miracle

When my family and I find ourselves trolling the waters of Lake Michigan on warm summer evenings, we get a lot of time to chat.

A semi-frequent topic of conversation is an estimation of the actual odds of getting a fish on the end of our line.

We generally always land a couple of fish on our trips on the big pond. But, think about it: what are the chances that, in the vast expanse of 1 quadrillion (that’s 15 zeros) gallons of water, you manage to put a 5-inch-long lure in front of a hungry fish?

Let’s do some rough math. Each year, roughly 2 million king salmon are planted between Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan’s stocking efforts. Even if every one of those fish survives to maturity, that is only one king salmon per every 500 million gallons of water planted annually.

It’s kind of amazing that anyone ever catches anything.

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