Banding together

I’ve always been intrigued by the process of banding waterfowl.

In college, I was surrounded with natural resources majors, some of which had the chance to band birds as part of their coursework. That made me jealous.

As a hunter, I just couldn’t get my head around what it would be like to interact with a large number of live birds.

I’ve spent the decade since graduation hoping for the opportunity to give myself that experience.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 33: The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

It’s Episode 33 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

I’m joined by Bruce Ross, executive director, and Todd Schaller, volunteer vice president, of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association to help get ready for hunting season. 

We discuss everything from the WWA’s mission, their upcoming Waterfowl Hunters Expo, R3, waterfowl survey results, and the prospects of a future sandhill crane hunt in Wisconsin. 

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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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