A crash course on crappies

I’m going to be honest with all of you. I wanted to put together an article on tips for fishing spring crappies, but presenting myself as any sort of expert on the subject would be disingenuous.

Don’t get me wrong, I love fishing crappies. They fight hard, taste great, and are relatively available in my part of the world. But I haven’t spent much time exclusively targeting these fish.

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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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Worth the wait

I’m a firm believer that outdoors success doesn’t happen on a schedule.

There are so many variables that go into a productive hunting or fishing trip. After all, we’re dealing with wild animals.

Weather, photoperiods, population numbers, human pressure, and activity levels are just a handful of things one must consider when trying to drop that trophy buck or pin down a fish of a lifetime.

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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 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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A new look at familiar surroundings

For the last two decades, my family has made an annual trek to Vilas County for a summer fishing trip.

When you add in the numerous spring walleye trips my dad and I have taken throughout the years, I have become quite familiar with the area, especially North and South Twin Lakes.

I have spent many hours relaxing on the roughly 3,500 acres of water in the Twin Lakes chain, nestled between the tiny towns of Conover and Phelps, and the land that surrounds it.

Seemingly everyone in Wisconsin has their own definition of “up north” but, for me, this is it.

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