Archive for May, 2011

4 of the Dedicated 5

A dedicated group of 5 helped clean up the “remote camp” shovel full by shovel full on Sunday. There was a cement floor under all that dirt.

Lunch of a cold drink and sandwiches of roasted wild turkey (shot the evening before) was well deserved. 

And yes you heard that right. I shot my second turkey of the season last Saturday evening. It was a bearded hen—or as one might say in Madison, gender confused. Taste was not affected!  

The next work day will be sometime in July – when it’s unbearably hot, humid and buggy. That’s what I call a work day! 


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Shot turkey no 2 last night.

Gender Confusion Is Rampant

She was gender confused. I think that is what they call it now. A bearded hen!

I thought it was a jake. The lady at the registration station in Barneveld set me straight.

She had a beard too.

I guess it takes one to know one.

We had it for lunch today at the workday.

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If this happened at the hog barn one might have some ‘splainin’ to do to  Gary “The Go-To-Guy” Schaefer or lose a finger if those pancakes were Greg’s.

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Preparation is paramount for deer hunting to have a successful day in the woods. One important issue is the camouflage clothing that is worn and the ultra violet (UV) glow that your outfit and equipment may be emitting. Game animals see the glow of UV and short blue wavelengths of light thousands of times brighter than humans. To explain it, deer can see clothing that has been washed with a color brightening detergent almost if they were a pair of headlamps heading toward them on a dark country road.

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Hunter Safety System has dedicated itself to saving lives for a decade, and now the company is making it easier than ever to help you save your own.

Just take 15 minutes to review the brand-new treestand safety course slideshow, online  and free of charge. This self-paced safety course is simple, easy to navigate and offers  important hunter safety tips that could save your life. And, it is the only online treestand  course that meets all guidelines set by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA).

To view the safety course, visit the www.huntersafetysystem.com webpage, and click the link  in the lower right corner. It is ideal as a refresher for seasoned hunters as well as a prep  course for new hunters preparing to take the Hunter Education Course.

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Greg says, “I came across this one at the edge of the Island. Explains why we have seen so many coyotes out in the open fields over the last few weeks.

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Time will tell if this an improvement or a mistake, but the main ridgeline is no more. The ridgeline was removed mid-April, 2011. The removal is intended to improve songbird habitat, as studies show songbirds fare better with larger expanses of uninterrupted grass land.

There are probably numerous reasons for this, but one in particular appeals to us pheasant hunters. Ridgelines such as this one provided perfect perches for predators. It is widely believed that the major predator of pheasants is not the coyote but the hawk and owl. There is now one less place on Brambleberry Farm for such predators to perch and wait for a meal of pheasant—or songbird for that matter.

It will be interesting to see how the ridgeline grows back without the trees and scrub bushes.  Who knows, maybe some native prairie will be rejuvenated now that the taller and woodier vegetation has been laid low. The real photo is below.


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