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It was about my 5th time out on Lake Michigan when I started to feel some confidence about being out on the Big Water! Mostly because our trolling trips on Michigan were more flat water than rough water. On other trips when it started to get rough we got off the water fast as we learned what…

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When I was home visiting my folks over the Fourth of July, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would miss most. 

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Every summer I hit that that point where I am looking for the perfect summer meal. My usual go to is a BLT. They are so good and refreshing on a hot summer day, but I can’t eat one every day. I try to find foods that have similar profiles but are completely different. 

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To say I was nervous would be an understatement. Black was not a dark enough color to describe the predawn darkness.  There was a hint of red on the eastern horizon encouraging us that sunrise would come. The line of trucks and trailers with normal sized boats to the Kewaunee boat launch was…

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The polls are open and it’s again time to pick your favorite local people, places and things.

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I wasn’t sure if it was a bear or a raccoon but we’re having unwanted nighttime visitors damaging our bird feeders. I’ve had large bears damage bird feeder before and there was no mistaking big bear damage.  The feeders were completely ripped apart and we were finding parts busted up a month…

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Once you’ve been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) you count the days until you make it back. For some it’s the wilderness itself. It’s a place where you can find complete silence away from man made noises. It’s natures beauty and the reflections on the water and the joy of…

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Every 4th of July I make the same menu. 

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Knee-deep summer is upon us. 

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I admit it, I’ve been keeping a pretty big secret from you all. It may not be what you think. 

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Do great trainers make great dogs or do great dogs make great trainers? Is there such as a thing as a “Dog of a Lifetime?” I had one breeder tell me that all of his dogs are great because they come from a great line. But dogs of a lifetime? I once hunted with a guy who claimed he had the bes…

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June is a busy month. There’s pride month, Juneteenth and possibly most importantly in Wisconsin — dairy month. But unbeknownst to most of us, June is also invasive species month. 

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Remember when you were a kid and someone new moved in down the street? You were curious and couldn’t wait to meet them. If you were like me, you would walk past their house every hour until they stepped foot outside, then you yelled, “Hi!” 

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In my 47 years of dog training I’ve only trained a few pointers, actually winning a Pheasants Forever Fun Trial with a young English Setter. Here I am 40 years later training my own pointer, a 9 week old Small Munsterlander, (SM). I’ve never claimed to know it all regarding dogs but with all…

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My dog still thinks I’m trying to kill him.

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It’s transition time again as we head into summer and leave that cold wet spring behind. Most of the panfish have spawned except on a few lakes. The cold wet spring had panfish confused. We were motoring around with my trolling motor in the shallows trying to mark fish one day and come back …

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In 1939, when it looked as if Great Britain was going to be invaded or bombed by Nazi Germany, a public relations campaign was pondered. Millions of large posters reading “Keep Calm and Carry On” were printed, but never used. The phrase originated as a slogan in the spring before World War I…

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Editor’s note:  As an outdoor writer I get many letters from readers. This column is an answer to an interesting one from an avid reader named Glyn, and it's Memorial Day week.

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What’s the definition of someone who is strong? Physical strength? Courage? Ability to persevere?

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I’m driving to Brookings, South Dakota to pick up a puppy. At age 70 I wondered why I’m getting a puppy. Then I heard that another young man aged 78 from Appleton is getting a puppy from the same breeder. I’m transporting his dog halfway to his home by bringing it to my place. My friends are…

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Every morning, I feel like I am in training as a poisoner.

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I got the biggest surprise last weekend. My son came home for a short visit and he’s coming back in a couple of weeks to spend Memorial Day Weekend with us. 

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Everyone I know who picks morels seems to be asking the same question this spring. Where are all the morel mushrooms? According to thegreatmorel.com and the tree guy, “If there is one thing a really good morel mushroom hunter takes pride in is their ability to ID trees and vegetation to find…

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Living in Minneosta where we have four seasons, spring brings about long lists of projects, home maintenance, gardening, and recreational toys that need service. With Covid-19 subsiding, people are recognizing they need some catch-up with their medical services, too.

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It’s once again graduation season. The school year is coming to a formal close and even though this year has been closer to normal, the rites of passage are once again upon us.