On the last page of the September 2015 magazine, Bowhunter, I found an insightful hunting perspective from Dwight Schuh. At 70, Dwight reflects on his hunting and changes in hunting over the past 50 years. I would have added a link to the article, but couldn’t find it online. So I paraphrase Dwight here.
Dream Big. Some things may seem impossible, but if you don’t dream on, it’ll never happen.
Hunt Honorably. The only honor in hunting comes from doing things right, legally and ethically.
Respect Others. Trespassers, fights over stand sights and trail cam theft have become common. Those responsible are not hunters.
The Good Old Days Are Now. Hunting is changing, mostly for the better, with many wild game populations being plentiful.
Keep Priorities Straight. Enjoy hunting, but be careful not to sacrifice family and friends for it.
Savor The Moment. Its tempting to grumble about being skunked, bad weather and so on. Every day in the field is a privilege, enjoy whatever happens!
While visiting Mom in northern WI, three hours from Turtle Creek Outfitters, my dog Hudson, jumped a fawn near Mom’s pond. The fawn bed down in brush for several hours before showing itself along the pond edge again. We watched for three hours as the fawn, very slowly, walked back and forth along the pond edge, always staying in a fifty foot area. At times the fawn would not move a step for ten minutes. Twice it bed down, both times partially in the water.
You’ve heard that does leave their fawns after birth to keep scent away from them, right? Or that fawns have no scent, which I don’t believe, since so many bear and coyote prey on fawns. How would the predators find the fawns if they didn’t have some scent? Anyway, the doe was not with the fawn for 6-8 hours. Then, just as darkness set in, the doe appeared, reunited with the fawn, and off they went into the woods together.
Archery season is not far off now, with the July 4th weekend coming up, deer season will open soon.
We’ve been working on food plots, deer stands and the lodge. The biggest job was a new metal roof for the lodge. Many thanks to the crew of six that worked on the metal roof, finishing it in two days. That’s a big relief to have the roof finished!
In the meantime, the fireflies have put on quite the spectacular shows, that lasted for a couple weeks, earlier in June. Once you start to study the fireflies, or lightning bugs, closely, you can decipher various patterns, blink rates, duration, intensity, burn sequence and so on. Quit the show!
After several years of attempting a prairie burn, it all finally came together on April 11, this year, 2015. We made the fire break with the tractor the night before, plowing and then disking. The rain held off and the wind finally settled down around 9:00 pm before we felt comfortable starting with the back burn. After the back burn was in place, we burned the remaining grass in sections, letting the fire rip downwind.
The prairie restoration project was first burned and planted in 2011 with help from the DNR, the NRCS and the Prairie Farm Fire Department. The initial project was a mixed bag of successful and unsuccessful prairie grass. A portion of the original project was taken over by weeds such as thistle, nettle, and burdock. Hopefully this burn and future burns will help eliminate those weeds letting the warm season grasses take hold.
Beautiful weather arrived before tax day. This is a great time of year to scout and work on deer stands. I was scouting the creek looking for deer sign when I bumped a goose sitting on this nest. The nest sits on rock that collapsed from the protruding bluff to the left of frame. At the time of the collapse, there was a hunter in a tree 150 yards away.
It had been a very rainy October that year that saturated the ground, weakening the hold on the rock outcrop. The outcrop toppled over along with three or four 10″ diameter trees also tipping into Turtle Creek. The hunter heard the sound and turned in time to see the tress falling over. He was quite amazed to have witnessed this rare event.