Hey everyone.  I first need to start off by apologizing for the lack of content lately.  This is unacceptable and not fair to you as followers of my blog.  A lot has been going on which has led me to sit down and write this post.  I have been thinking a lot lately about the best way to create a balance between work, family and all of my outdoor passions. All of these things are important to me and here is what is going on in these areas of my life and how I plan to create this balance to benefit you my followers!

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Work

     A little over a year ago I had to move on from my attempt at working in the outdoor industry full-time.  Working the night shift was becoming increasingly difficult on me and my family.  I was able to obtain a position with a local utility company in their billing department.  This past summer, about nine months into my new job, I was offered a promotion to billing manager.  I absolutely love my new position and it has given me a sense of accomplishment in my professional life.  Now, there is one part of my job that has been difficult to deal with. The vacation policy leaves something to be desired, especially for the outdoorsman.  I have to use half of my vacation in January, February, March (our slow time) and can not use any during October, November, December (our busy time). Yep! Ouch! Now if I didn’t love my job so much this could definitely be a deal breaker but I am learning to adjust and deal with it.

 

Family

     Above all else, my family is the most important thing in the world to me!  The kids are growing fast and my wife and I celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage.  With my current vacation issues, my wife has been extremely supportive and understanding.  Allowing me to hunt as much as possible on the weekends during hunting season.  I was fortunate to be able to harvest two deer this year with my new Darton bow (we’ll save the details for another post!) and limited time in the woods.  I am even more excited with the fact that I was able to get my son in the woods with me on a couple hunts as well! When I first started the blog I was spending way too much time getting things going and I was neglecting the time I needed to spend with my family.  After realizing this, I think I went to the other extreme and have neglected creating meaningful content for you! Hence, my reason for sitting down and creating this post!

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The great outdoors

     This past year has really been a great year for me in the outdoors!   I have been able to harvest a few nice animals and provide food for my family as well as gain new experiences.  This past Spring I completed the Wisconsin Trapper Education course.  This was a great experience and I look forward to sharing my journey into the world of trapping with you!  To help share that journey and my outdoor adventures with you, I have purchased a small video camera and hope to put together some short clips of my experiences along with the writing! A few new Company Spotlights are in the pipeline and will be coming soon! I would also like to start posting a regular video segment but I need your help!  What do you guys want to see? Reviews, product demos, hunting/fishing tips? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email at steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com

     Again, I apologize for the lack of content recently but I assure you that I am back and have a plan in place to keep the balance between work, family and the great outdoors in check!  Stay tuned for an exciting 2017!

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I am blown away right now! I was scrolling through my social media feeds the other night and came across one of my favorite blogs (HuntFiber ) and saw that she received an award for her blog!  The first thoughts through my head were how cool this was for her and what an honor it would be to win an award for my blog.  As I read through the HuntFiber  post about the Versatile Blogger Award, I reached the bottom of the post where she nominated 5 blogs for the award.  To see Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits listed as one of these blogs sent chills down my spine. I can’t thank her enough!  I started Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits hoping to gain a following here in my home state of Wisconsin as I share my passion for the outdoors. To know that my blog is on the minds of readers far beyond the state lines of Wisconsin is so exciting to me!  I am going to use this award to fuel my motivation for creating more and even better content for you the readers!  One new feature I would love to share with you is a video blog series that I will be putting together with my friends at Kinetic Archery and Arms! There are a number of blogs like HuntFiber that I look forward to every new post! I have listed 5 of these blogs below as my nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Here are the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award :

  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Nominate at least 5 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
  • Share seven different facts about yourself

 

7 Facts about me!

  • My first buck had a droptine!
  • I grew up along the Mississippi River.
  • I would much rather hunt with archery equipment than a rifle!
  • I wore a snow camo tie and the groomsmen had camo vests in my wedding.
  • I love camping with my family.
  • My favorite sport (besides hunting!) is baseball.
  • I plan on taking the trapper education course and start trapping!

 

My Nominations:

  1. Our Time Outdoors
  2. The Hunt Blog
  3. Backcountry Dreaming
  4. Camo Candace
  5. The Modern Predator

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By Steve Wall

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Chasing my Dream

Pursuing my Dream Part 1

As I said in Pursing my Dream Part 1, I plan on using this series to keep you updated on changes as I pursue my dream of working in the outdoor industry.  Back in February I made a very big step in that pursuit by accepting a position with a large sporting goods retailer.  This was an overnight position in the back-end receiving area.  This position allowed me to handle and numerous hunting a fishing products that I love to use myself.  I loved every minute!

As of 5 o’clock this morning, I have left this position to pursue a position that will be a better fit for me and my family at this time.  I have accepted a position (not within the outdoor industry)  that will allow me to work a similar schedule as my wife and will be much better suited for our young family!  This position will allow me to spend valuable time in the evening and on the weekends with my family without feeling tired from very little sleep.  I am willing to admit that this was not working for my family and a change was needed. Even though I am making this change, I do not regret my decision to leave my previous job and take an overnight job.  This was a decision I felt was the right one to make at the time and I still believe this.  Although it was a physical labor job, it provided my with many invaluable experiences that will help me throughout my career! This change does not at all affect my passion for the outdoors, if anything it is making it stronger!

Don’t worry, Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits is not going anywhere!!! I would first like to thank each and every one of you who has followed me though this amazing experience.  Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits is growing and reaching places far beyond my home state of Wisconsin.  I truly enjoy interacting with everyone though various social media channels and by email.  I will provide links to these at the bottom of this post!  I am hoping that this career change will also allow for more time to provide you with even more great content.  I am starting to expand into using more videos in the blogs and will hopefully be able to bring you a couple of archery hunts on video this fall!  This expansion into the video world has allowed me to build upon my video editing knowledge!  I hope to continue building upon this knowledge as I put together videos both for myself and others!

Starting Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits has allowed me to meet and connect with some great people and companies in the outdoor industry!  Many of these connections have turned into great personal relationships.  These connections have allowed me to share with you some great companies through the Company Spotlight segment.  This has been a very popular segment and more Spotlights are coming soon!  Being able to share my passion for the outdoors and the passion of others gives me great satisfaction! 

I also would like your feedback on what you would like to see on the Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits page.  I want you to be a part of this growth!  Would you like to see guest posts? Select advertising/sponsors? T-shirts/ hats/ decals? Send me your feedback through any of the social media channels below!

Thank you again for following along on this amazing journey and stay tuned for many great things to come!

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Email: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com

 

 

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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

Basically out of need. I was sitting in a tree stand and that seat was so noisy and thin I knew there had to be something better.  After trying to get that one replaced and a few others that the squirrels had chewed, and after only finding seats on the market that didn’t seem much better, I started the process to getting them produced. I was really set on keeping them made in the USA which is a tough task when roughly 50% of the total cost would be from the labor. We were fortunate enough to find that company and as a plus, the owner is a hunter which helps immensely in the designing process of any ideas that I bring to him.

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