Wisconsin – Jerry Davis

Outlook for Wisconsin Turkeys Seems Good

Everything seems to be pointing to one of the better spring turkey seasons Wisconsin has had in some time. The excitement dates back to last May and June when recruitment conditions, primarily the weather, were near-perfect in many areas of Wisconsin. Brood counts and other numbers associated with young birds continued to confirm things were going the turkey population’s way….

Words have meaning

A spokesperson for a police department recently reported on the news that a number of live bullets were found on a school playground. Say what? The only way one could have live bullets is if they were flying through the air, and then we’d never be able to see them. When are we going to learn that words have meaning. …

Experiment with new rules

The door to changing deer seasons and rules opened with the "lesser implement" season that allows deer hunters to use archery equipment, crossbows, shotguns, muzzleloaders, rifles and handguns during the nine-day gun deer season, all under the authority of their gun license. The only reason one might find fault with this idea, introduced in 2012, was the complexity of tossing…

Simplifying becoming too complicated

You’ve heard the complaints. “We don’t have any new trout anglers or deer hunters because the regulations are too complicated.  We’d need a Philadelphia lawyer to interpret them for us.” Well, guess what.  Some of us, through our favorite politician, the one we contributed heavily to during the last campaign, has helped us get a new regulation on the books…

Sharing the harvest

While talking to a farm manager regarding an article about pheasant hunting recently, drought, short grasses for bird cover, and poor wild mushroom crops became an interesting sideline. This manager was lamenting not finding a single hen-of-the-woods mushroom this year. She loves this fall fungal growth form, which often appears year-after-year next to certain oak trees. She wasn’t alone in…

Promoting Ginseng

An outdoorsman called the other evening with his thoughts about ginseng harvesting in Wisconsin.  He was disappointed that he had been seeing “all these glossy photographs,” of ginseng in local newspapers. His frustration was that the print media, and those who write about outdoorsy things, were showing everyone what the plants look like and these young people, or new diggers,…