Wisconsin – Jerry Davis

Day of free food, music and tours aimed at celebrating outdoor community in Wisconsin

During the last two years, since moving its world headquarters from Middleton to Barneveld in Iowa County, Vortex Optics has held a free block party for anyone who wants to attend. Three of the company’s main product lines are binoculars, rifle scopes and rangefinders. Because the Vortex Optics headquarters here is not set up as a retail outlet, this celebration…

Listen to nature’s sounds and decipher the meanings

These prairie flowers, shooting stars, release pollen from a bumblebee buzzing. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Most animal sounds, usually called vocalizations and regardless of origin, carry meanings. Sometimes they are calls to others of their kind, attracting mates, sounding alarms, finding food, and in some cases acquiring food. Insects are common pollinators, which are attracted to a plant offering something including…

Try stove-top syrups this spring

Seeing displays of sap-tapping tools and equipment might turn most outdoors enthusiasts and gardeners to a different store location. But fear not, anyone who can identify a maple tree, any maple, even a box elder, can make enough maple syrup for at least one pancake or French toast feed with a few neighbors. While most sugar-bush tappers wait until a…

Wisconsin hunters: Watch what you’re wearing during post-hunt photo sessions

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners also gave preliminary approval to a measure that would simplify requirements to wear fluorescent orange material while hunting. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Some of the most unlikely to-do-so publications run photos of smiling hunters inappropriately dressed while doing their activity and with their prey nearby. Safety is often the issue and being illegally dressed another. OK,…

Campground hosts, volunteers Pat and Jerry Cornelius receive award from Governor Dodge State Park

Pat and Jerry Cornelius (center) accept an award from David Borsecnik and Kathleen Gruentzel at Governor Dodge State Park. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Who says folks from Illinois aren’t friendly, giving and respectful of their neighbor to the immediate north? Pat Cornelius and her husband, Jerry, both 73, have been volunteering at Governor Dodge State Park for several months each summer…