Why you should shed hunt (even if you suck at it)

Early last spring, I found myself going stir crazy.

The days were getting warmer and longer, but a seemingly relentless onslaught of precipitation meant that going fishing or dip netting was off the table.

In desperate need of my fresh-air fix, I decided to put on my boots and go for a walk on a parcel of public hunting land. Perhaps I’d come across some ducks or catch a glimpse of a few migrating bird species. What I found instead, was a new addiction that got me through the rainy spring.

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Reflecting on the East Palestine train derailment

I make a conscious effort to keep my content enlightening, thought-provoking, and positive.

But a news story I was alerted to recently about train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio is going to make the latter difficult. Sometimes, we just need to bring the negativity forward and do our damndest to tackle it, however we can.

In my eyes, I couldn’t tell all of you that I care about the environment and our natural resources without at least openly reflecting on this incident.

I will be the first to tell you that I am not a scientist. I am no longer a reporter. I’m just someone trying to unpack a horrific, impactful event that seemingly no one is talking about.

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Take advantage of Wisconsin winter duck-watching

Most birds fly south in winter. That’s a simple fact many of us are taught at a young age.

But, you see, “south” is a relative term. For many species of waterfowl, Wisconsin is about as south as their migratory journey reaches. After all, each winter odyssey has a different starting point and migration is a two-way street. While many of our familiar species leave the Midwest during colder months, new, less familiar ones also arrive.

If you want an example of this, all you have to do is grab your binoculars and head to the largest section of open water you can find during the winter months. I’m willing to bet you will be amazed by the sights that are likely to greet you.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 38: Reflecting on 2022 outdoor goals

It’s Episode 38 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast, the final episode of 2022.

As the year comes to a close, I revisit the outdoors-related goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year and reflect upon my hunting and fishing adventures, as well as the growth of the website. 

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