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I need a new lake to hammer some walleye. Eastern South Dakota did not treat me very well last year and it is not like it was 20 years ago when I first went up there to fish. The one advantage to the area is that there are a lot of lakes to fish all within a 30 mile radius of Webste...
A close friend of mine who is an avid duck hunter is in the process of developing his own private duck hunting hole. I hate to use the term old friends, but we have known each other for decades and he is an expert when is comes to hunting ducks and especially mallard ducks.
A couple of decades ago the refuge at Desoto Bend was a stop over for the migrating snow geese and other birds. I knew some farmers that cultivated some of the refuge and they were required to leave 1/3 of the crop on the ground. Well to waterfowl, corn is like cocaine and they w...
It's on this year. My moose hunt was set up in January and I was disappointed that I was placed on a standby list for this year, but confirmed in 2019. We came home one evening and there was an e-mail from Mike Ukrainetz stating the the person he was holding for the week of October 2...
The second day we were back at the sand pits. The wind continued out of the northwest at 20 to 25 mph. This is western Nebraska and it does get windy at times. After the decoys were out and the layout blinds in position, we began to wait for the first flight of birds.
January has made itself well known in the Omaha/Council Bluffs cities and it is really cold. Fortunately most of the heavy snow has gone north of us, but winter is not yet over. What is a person to do? Fortunately for me, my wife makes sure we have plenty of entertainment and it is m...
The thought pattern started at least 10 years ago. The conversations with fellow hunters that had shot a lot of big game also started 10 years ago. Where do you go to do this and how do they taste? Moose are a really big animal if you hunt the bulls. How is all this done and where ...
The high plains stretch from Grand Island, Nebraska to the Rocky Mountains in the west. The countryside gains altitude as it goes west and the air gets dryer. In addition, the winter temperatures become milder with the altitude, lack of humidity and the brilliant sunshine. This is f...
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Fall turkey season arrived and I needed to wait until the deer hunters had filled their larder. My favorite spot north of Fort Calhoun Nebraska was still available, but with the pay to hunt fields right adjacent to my favorite spot, things had gotten really lean.
It was time to head west. My wife, Pam, and I loaded up the truck and headed to Idaho on September 23rd for the Elk hunt at Juniper Mountain Ranch near St. Anthony, Idaho. After twelve hours of driving we checked into the Comfort Inn in Rock Springs, Wyoming. We did not even take ...
After 17 years of hunting ducks and geese north of Tekamah, it was time for me to find another spot or quit hunting ducks altogether. Giving up something that you have done since you were a boy is not an easy bridge to cross. Besides the hunting experience, I grew up during the seaso...
The research was done and now the time came to fish or cut bait. My wife Pam and I took off to Braithwaite, LA to hunt Alligators.
This was amazing. The elk was harvested in the first hour of the first day and after it was gutted, skinned and taken to the processor, we had nothing to do. Our guide said to Pam and I, " What do you people want to do as I am yours for the next several days?"
January came and it immediately brought to mind the need to apply for my elk tags in Wyoming and possibly New Mexico.
Last winter when it was cold and miserable outside while sitting by the fire staying warm inside, researching and reading something interesting was the order for the day. I enjoy the history channel programs. One program really caught my eye and it was called "Swamp People." Huntin...
Wow, the weather just stayed rotten during the last weeks of May and the first of June. Looking at a trip to the panhandle of western Nebraska was totally out of the question unless things turned a little more mellow. My favorite haunt for the last 20 years is the Glacial Lakes regio...
We were down to our last two days of the adventure to tour Japan and visit all the highlights. The city of Hiroshima was our next to our last stop in Japan. We spent two days exploring this reconstructed "City of Peace." Situated on the Ota River delta and close to Hiroshima Bay, Hiros...
Last fall we had friends tell us about fishing Johnson Reservoir at Lexington, Nebraska. Since it is only a 3 hour drive from Council Bluffs, IA we decided to give it a try. The state of Nebraska in the early spring had put out a list of the top Walleye lakes and this was one of the ...
After great success at the Nebraska location, it was time to move to the Iowa location just a ten minute drive from my home. This farm has it all. Water to the west, woods and pasture in the center, corn to the south and more wood to the east. This is turkey heaven, and 90% of the t...
The next day was another beautiful and sunny mid western day with not a cloud in the sky. Most of my friends that hunt turkeys are up before dawn cracks and are on site at first light to nail a big bird as they come off the roost. I have done that before, but an old turkey hunter rec...
On day 5 we traveled by motor coach to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, home to one of the most photographed sights in Japan, if not the world: almost perfectly symmetrical Mt. Fuji , standing regally at 12,388 feet high in the park's midst.
I arrived just as it was getting light and parked down in a valley. The landowner had told me of a big tom hanging around the house and being a big loud mouth just after day light. He acted like he was the only one in the woods and valleys. I knew right away what he needed was a goo...
How do I get to hunt and fish whenever I want and spend money on hunting trips all over North America? It is really quite simple. My wife likes to travel to faraway and exotic places in the world and this year I planned a trip to Japan through our favorite tour company, Odesseys Unli...
The eastern wild turkey offers one of the most challenging hunting experiences available and appeals only to the most dedicated outdoors-men
Wild turkeys are primarily birds of the forest. The eastern subspecies found in Iowa and most of the United States east of the Missouri River thrives in mature oak-hickory forests native to this region. Turkeys primarily eat nuts, seeds and berries (collectively called mast) produced i...
Wild turkeys numbered in the millions nationwide when the first settlers landed at Plymouth Rock and provided a readily available source of food for the table and the market. Like much of our native wildlife, turkey populations were unable to withstand unregulated hunting pressures dur...
One of the local papers had an article about Squaw National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City, Missouri close to the Missouri River. The article discussed the migration patterns of Snow Geese through our area. It is only a 1.5 hour drive south for my wife and I.
We see bison meat in some grocery stores priced at about nine dollars per pound or more. Is it cheaper to hunt one or just buy the meat in the store? From a personal experience if all you want is the meat, go and buy it in the store. It tastes just as good, and it is a whole lot saf...
We are well into the season and it is now right after Thanksgiving. When I was a mere boy and hunted with my Dad, when Thanksgiving came, it was over. Everything was frozen and the birds had mostly left the area.
My wife and I arrived back from our vacation to Japan mid November. It took me just 24 hours to get my clock turned around and I was ready to hit the blinds and pound the ducks. I found what was going on hard to believe. The corn was out and the weather all the way up to North Dakot...
My wife and I left for Japan on October 29th for a fifteen day tour of the country with our favorite tour company Odesseys Unlimited. You can look on line and see what the trip was all about at their website to see the fantastic experience we had with Odesseys.
We have meat for the winter along with plenty of people who enjoy wild game. Just recently a friend asked when I was going hunting as he and his wife want to dine on some fine fresh elk. The original plan was to hunt Axis deer at High Adventure Ranch. After lengthy research, it ...
September 3rd was the opening of the teal season in Nebraska. The blinds were all ready and the lake was pumped full of water. Now all it needed was hunters and the birds. I did not make the opening day. This information is from my good friend John and he gave me this report.
For my family and friends the ultimate goal is the meat. This is what the thought pattern always is in the back of my mind while stomping around in the mountains, woods, or valleys somewhere in north America. The hunt, of course, is how this goal is accomplished and is always extreme...