I’VE?HAD people ask me why in the world anyone would attempt to walk all day in the grouse woods, scampering over windfalls and through heavy cover for hours on end, and the answer came to me recently.
Sweat drips freely from the face on the coldest of days because grouse country is not easy terrain, especially six hours into the hunt when legs, feet and arms begin to ache.
AS I STRUGGLED to choose between grouse and deer hunting with a bow late Saturday afternoon, wondering how to fill a fall turkey tag, trap a fisher and shoot some pheasants in the days ahead, the reality of time and its limits hit home.
That glorious month of October is almost gone — stolen again in what seems like the blink of an eye.
MY FIRST reading of the Deer Trustee Report a year ago left me with the distinct impression that without severe modifications, effective deer management on public lands in northern Wisconsin would take a shot to the spine.
The so-called deer czar had his sights so focused on private land deer management that his report virtually disregarded the North Woods and its extensive public forests.
In fact, his suggestion that we set antlerless harvest goals
WITH SENATE approval last month of an all-ages crossbow hunting bill, it is inevitable that one of the biggest changes in state archery deer hunting will hit Wisconsin in 2014.
Combine voice vote approval in the Senate with the 95-0 vote on a similar version of the bill in the State Assembly, and despite some amendments made by the Senate, some form of this bill is a shoe-in for passage.