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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.

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By Steve Wall

Today on my 30th birthday I have decided, with the support of my family, to begin pursuing my dream of working in the outdoor industry.  I know that it is going to be a long road with many challenges.  I have decided that the best way to start this journey of pursuing my dream is with a blog, sharing my passion for the outdoors with others.

I have been hunting and fishing for as long as I can remember.  Some of the my best memories as a child were from hunting and fishing adventures with my dad.  Growing up along the Mississippi River in Southwest Wisconsin, I was blessed with some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities one could imagine.  From fishing for catfish or bluegills to sitting with my dad before I could even carry a weapon, I hope to share these stories and many more with you.

My true passion is archery hunting for whitetail deer but I enjoy anything and everything outdoors.  I will share with you many stories and experiences including: kayak fishing, ice fishing, fly fishing, turkey hunting, small game hunting, deer hunting, bear hunting, elk hunting and many more.  I will share with you my experiences and the lessons I have learned from these adventures.  As my wife and I raise our two beautiful children in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I hope to share our adventures with you as well.

I hope that you will follow along with me on this journey through the outdoor world as I pursue my dream.  I hope to post weekly blogs and more if time permits with a family and full-time job.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to email me: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com

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