By Steve Wall

As I have said before, some of my best memories as a child were hunting and fishing adventures with my dad.  I am very thankful that I was raised in a family that enjoyed the outdoors.  As I look back, one of my favorite memories is one of my dads camo shirts that I would wear when I went hunting with him.  When I started hunting with him the shirt was dragging on the ground, I wore this shirt until I eventually outgrew it!  So many lessons can be learned from spending time in the outdoors hunting, fishing and camping.  As my wife and I raise our two children, I look forward to teaching them about the outdoors and all that it has to offer.  This year I was able to start sharing some of these experiences with my kids! Continue reading “Kids and the Outdoors”

By Steve Wall

Growing up in Southwest Wisconsin, not much thought was given to hunting black bears.  Granted there are a few bears roaming around in that part of the state, but where would we hunt?  How would we bait?  After moving to Green Bay in 2005 and meeting more people who had actually hunted black bears in Wisconsin, I told my dad we should start applying for tags.  Considering the logistics of where to hunt and how we would bait, we both said this would be a one-time hunt for us.

After checking the draw results from 2013 on the Wisconsin DNR website, I told my dad I thought we both would have enough preference points to draw a tag in Bear Management Unit A.  Now I had to start working on finding us a place to hunt.  From my conversations with other bear hunters, I knew how difficult, costly and time-consuming it would be to bait multiple sites for my dad and me.  I started doing some research on the computer and came across Snowbelt Custom Outfitters in Iron Belt, Wisconsin.  logoAfter checking out their website and Facebook page, I contacted John to check rates and see if they had any openings.  A few email exchanges later, our deposits were sent in and our hunt was booked.  Lets just say that the rates were very reasonable!  I also learned that they are affiliated with Outfitters 4 Patriots, a non-profit organization that gives wounded or injured veterans and disabled children, hunting and fishing opportunities.  I was happy to hear that part of our payment would go to help this great organization. Outfitter 4 Patriots

John and his partner Jim took care of all the baiting and setting up stands.  As if we needed any more reason to be excited, they sent us trail camera pictures of some big bears coming into the baits! Continue reading “Father and Son: Our first Black Bears”

 

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By Steve Wall

As with many other hunters, I do a majority of my hunting every year on public land.  It can be very difficult deciding where to hunt on some of the larger tracts of land.  I have been very fortunate to have harvested three nice whitetail bucks the past three years on public land in Wisconsin.  I attribute this success to putting my time in the stand, a little bit of luck and most of all scouting.  The following tips will help no matter where you hunt, however good scouting is crucial on public land.

I begin almost all of my scouting looking at aerial photos from different websites.  Google Maps and Bing Maps are great places to start.  I like to look at the same location on both sites.  These maps have different imagery and I may see something on one site that I dont see on the other.  What am I looking for when I look at the aerial photos? Continue reading “Public Land Scouting: Choosing a stand site”

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By Steve Wall

As I begin this new adventure, I need to start by thanking a few people that provided me with the extra motivation to begin this journey.  It really began a few months ago shortly after harvesting a nice 8-point buck on public land with my bow.  I posted pictures of my harvest on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  Shortly thereafter, James from The Hunt Blog contacted me and I asked me if I would write a short story about my hunt.  I told him that I would love to and sat down to begin putting my hunt into words.  Writing this blog for James got me thinking about how much I enjoy sharing my passion for the outdoors.  Please check out my story on their website and let me know what you think. http://thehuntblog.com/2014/10/14/lessons-learned-public-land-bucks/

My motivation to take the final steps in pursuing my passion for the outdoors came from Philip Havens of Bowhunting Freedom.  I came across Philip on twitter and started listening to a few of his podcasts.  Philip is a great motivator and conducts a great interview with his guests.  Philips podcasts are structured around educating listeners on all aspects of working in the outdoor industry.  Along with the educational aspects, Philip pushes you to take steps towards pursuing your passion.  One of Philips recent guests, Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, also has a website where he shares his passion for the outdoors.  Philip’s interview with Mark was exactly the motivation I needed to begin this journey.

The biggest motivation though came from my amazing wife.  My wife has always supported my love for the outdoors.  Her desire for me to be happy was all the motivation I needed to take this final step into launching a website and sharing my love for the outdoors with others.  I am grateful for the outdoor adventures we have shared together and the many more that we will share with our children.