Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 28: Turkey talk

It’s Episode 28 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

I am joined by Taylor Finger, game bird ecologist for the Wisconsin DNR, to talk all things turkeys.

Taylor gives us some perspective on the journey Wisconsin’s turkey population has been on in the last century. We also discuss turkey biology and how you can use science to help you bag a gobbler.

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Sharing the hunting tradition

Growing up, it seemed like very few of my friends participated in hunting.

Sure, a few of my friends would put on their blaze orange each November for the 9-day gun deer season but that seemed to be the extent of my cohort’s participation in the sport.

I felt like I was one of the few people my age who spent time in marshes chasing ducks or in fields hoping for a flock of geese to try and settle down in my spread. At this point in my life, hunting seemed exclusively like a family-based activity.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it sometimes made me feel as though few of my friends truly understood an important part of me.

When I entered college, however, that began to change.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 25: The Guided Life w/Matt Tratz

I’m joined by Matt Tratz who hosts The Guided Life, a fishing and hunting show dedicated to presenting life in the outdoors in an educational and entertaining way. 

Matt and I discuss how to get the most out of your guided hunting and fishing trips and the pitfalls of filming outdoor adventures. 

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 24: CWD management w/Patrick Durkin

It’s Episode 24 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

Wisconsin outdoors writer Patrick Durkin is here to discuss the current state of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin.

Patrick has been writing outdoors columns for Wisconsin newspapers since 1984 and is a wildlife research contributor for MeatEater.

You can view Patrick’s work here.

We talk about where we’ve been with CWD, how we got here, and what comes next.

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Wisconsin’s landlocked public lands

Land is an incredibly valuable asset because it’s the one thing you can’t make more of.

Without the right land, fishing, hunting, and hiking opportunities largely cease to exist.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Badger State is home to over 7 million acres of public land that is available for hunting and/or fishing.

In the early 1990s, Wisconsin ranked No. 20 among all states in public land access, with over 18 percent of its total land open to hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.

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Venison Cheesesteak Sliders Recipe

Before you say anything, you’re right. This venison cheesesteak slider isn’t a typical “Philly Cheesesteak.” That’s by design. Because there is no way they are serving up hot deer sandwiches this good in Pennsylvania.

My wife Lyza had the idea of using our leftover reverse-seared venison steaks for sandwiches. Now, we will be cooking venison steak for the sole purpose of making these beautiful, toasty treats.

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