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Determination or Lunacy? A Hunter Can’t Tell the Difference

Photo courtesy of JR Martin via Flickr I pulled myself along, belly-crawling across the thin ice that capped most of the Mississippi River. My hands were so frozen I hadn’t had feeling for over an hour. I crawled forward, a little uneasy about the thin ice beneath me. The wind howled down the river valley …

June 6th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors


Pick Up Your Feet!

Photo courtesy of the Midwest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr Twenty years ago, my mother and I walked out behind the barn, through the darkness, bundled in our warmest clothes. We crawled under the fence and into the woods for what would be my first deer hunt. As I followed, she turned and …

June 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Forest to Table

Photo by Korona Lacasse via Flickr Ask any hunter to show you their trophies and you’ll probably be led to the basement office or back den where you’ll see mounted deer heads, turkey fans, or maybe a stuffed duck or two. The proud hunter will usually brush a little dust of each trophy and begin …

May 20th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living  |  2 Comments


What the Heck am I Doing Out Here?

Photo by Jeff via Flickr This past fall, early on a foggy September morning, I fell into a deep thought, a thought I’d had many times before: “What the heck am I doing out here?” It was the opening day of the Wisconsin goose season. In the early morning darkness, just a few hundred yards from …

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Outdoors, Sustainable Living


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I was raised on a small dairy farm in Crawford County, WI. After high school I ventured out to the "big city" of La Crosse where I graduated from college, started working, and met my wife, Miranda. Once I began working for CROPP we relocated to Cashton, WI. My interests include coaching basketball, volunteer firefighting, hunting, talking about hunting, and thinking about hunting. I'm lucky to have a very understanding wife!