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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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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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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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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