Wisconsin – Jerry Davis

Turn journaling into phenology

Morel mushrooms begin appearing about when upland sandpipers return from Argentina. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Morel mushrooms appear when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear, someone once proclaimed. That was an old adage using phenology to correlate one event with another.  Even though this adage is no longer as accurate as it may have been, it points out…

Nominate an ethical Wisconsin hunter for the 2018 annual award

Would an ethical hunter shoot this turkey even though the season had opened a few minutes earlier? Is it a gobbler?A four-member committee just finished selecting the winner of the 2017 Wisconsin DNR Ethical Hunter Award. Next month, the presentation will be made at the new Vortex Optics Headquarters in Barneveld, where the company moved recently from Middleton. Vortex Optics…

Even veteran turkey hunters can learn a thing or two by listening to other experienced hunters

(Photo by Jerry Davis)There may be more truth in an off-the-cuff comment by a Midwestern turkey hunting guide who said he could help anyone be a better turkey hunter with three simple recommendations. Get a blind. Use a decoy. Set up where turkeys are likely to frequent. For some, even long-time hunters, this spring might be a time to consider…

Hunters, be sure to thank landowners for using their property

Maybe a book, like Marnie Mamminga’s “Return to Wake Robin” or Jerry Apps’ “Never Curse the Rain,” would be enjoyed by a landowner this winter.Now is the time, if it hasn’t already been fulfilled, to remind those landowners on whose land we hunted that we appreciate their kindness. Most don’t expect much, but all expect at least a thank you….