Author Archives: Dave Jones

Appreciate a Squirrel Today!

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Today is a day to appreciate those pesky little animals that are constantly stealing your bird food. That’s right, it’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Though it’s hard to imagine showing your appreciation for something you consider a pest, perhaps a little “Squirrely Trivia” will help you with that perspective.

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Getting Your Puppy Started on Birds

chessie

Birdiness is a prized attribute in any gundog. Introducing puppies to birds is one of the first bits of preparation that can go wrong, and a stressed introduction to birds is an easy way to ruin your pup. Ideally, you’ll be able to expose your puppy to birds as young as possible (around 12 weeks), but if you’ve rescued an older dog, these tips still apply.

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Preparing Your Pup for Hunting Season

Hunter with dog

Hunter with dog

“It’s all about the training!” Rick Sasek of the Milwaukee Dog Training Club passionately declared as I sat with him over a cup of coffee discussing his favorite subject, dogs. Rick, an avid bird hunter, knows what a satisfactory hunting dog looks like and, boy, does he know how to train them!

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Save the Eagles!

Taking flight

Taking Flight

In 1963, approximately 487 pairs of eagles remained in 48 states. This dangerously low number of eagles was due in part by destruction of the eagle’s environment, hunting, and DDT. Today, since the ban of DDT and the Endangered Species Act, the eagle population has been growing and now eagles can be found primarily in the northern majority part of Wisconsin! In honor of National Save the Eagles day, here are a few interesting facts about eagles: Continue reading

9 Tips for Camping on a Budget

Camping

You’re all set to embark on an exciting journey to the middle of the woods! You set aside a week, moved a few engagements around, even got your neighbor to agree to pick up your mail while you’re gone. Everything’s ready to go, until you realize how expensive it is to go camping. “How could camping be that expensive?” you say. If you’re starting out fresh without any supplies, camping can be a small fortune. Luckily there are things you can do to save yourself the headache of dropping a couple hundred on supplies. Here is a list of 9 things you can do for those of us camping on a budget!

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7 Photos of Wisconsin That Will Make You Glad You Live Here

As if you needed any more proof that Wisconsin is by far the greatest state of them all, here is an accumulation of pictures that solidify this belief. Whether winter, spring, summer, or fall Wisconsin’s natural beauty is sure to stun them all!

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Wisconsin’s Winter Candlelight Events

So far, we’ve been lucky with this mild winter.  But, when the snow starts to fall, there’s almost nothing better than a candlelight walk. Lights flickering off the trees and snow, hiking, and good company make for a great evening.

Starting around sunset and continuing until early evening, a candlelight hike is a unique experience. Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or a tentative hiker, you’ve got to try a candlelight hike. Here are some options throughout the winter season:

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8 Places to Find Great Skiing in Wisconsin

Whether you like it or not, Wisconsin is known for its winter weather. Sure it’s dark and chilly, but those months of cold and snow make for great winter sports. We may not have huge mountains, but we do have some amazing terrain for snowboarders and skiers.

In case you’re looking to plan a winter adventure, we’ve put together a list of some of Wisconsin’s favorite ski destinations.

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Muzzleloader Season Opens Today

The close of this year’s gun deer season on Sunday signals the opening of the muzzleloader deer season, which opens today, November 30, and runs through December 9.

Hunters have the option of using a muzzleloader, a bow and arrow, or a crossbow during the season. It is important to note that muzzleloading firearms are the only firearms that may be used during the muzzleloader season.
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