Wisconsin – Kristen Monroe

Pheasant Hunting Progression

So much has changed since my first pheasant hunt, even though is was just back in 2010.  I just finished reading the story I wrote about that hunt to conjure up old feelings for comparison’s sake. My “first hunt” feelings returned almost immediately.  My father and brother took me out for the first time to club near Whitewater. I didn’t…

Seeing through binoculars

What kind of binoculars do you have in your pack?  Before talking with Trent Marsh from Hawke Optics, the only thing I was aware of was magnification. Whether glassing for the elusive white-tailed deer on public ground, or getting a closer look at an elk in Montana, there are other important elements to consider. Making sense of the numbers Consider…

Improving my chances for venison this year

Getting ready for bow season?  Or, have you already taken your deer?  After meeting Zelenda Koch, perhaps I have a better chance of scoring on one this year. She's currently working toward obtaining her Ph.D. in geosciences – sedimentology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Zelenda has been all over the United States with her bow, shooting competitively with her friend…

Hunting for Ancient Artifacts

People who collect native American "game balls" debate what they were used for – some say a game, others say as a weapon Chunkey was a game played by native American’s to practice their hunting skills.  Many games that the Indians played helped improve dexterity, or hone their shooting skills.  The natives would roll a disk, or stone.  The Indians…

Building confidence at the range

Spending an afternoon at the range can do much more than improve your shooting skills.  My dad and I recently visited McMiller Shooting Center in Eagle. For me, shooting can relieve tension and takes my mind away from the stresses of everyday life.  The loud blast from a handgun and the smell of a smoking barrel, ahh how relaxing.  What…

Youth ATVs – pass them on

One of the meanest pranks I ever pulled on my older brother was telling him that our parents bought him an ATV for his birthday.  If my memory serves, I was 7 years old.  My brother, Dan, was just about to enter his teen years.  I can still picture his excitement. He was jumping up and down and cheering.  After…

Fishing for Gold

During our traditional Fourth of July camping trip, fishing for panfish with the kids is predictable.  This year was different; we ended up fishing for gold.  My husband, Mike, and our two children traveled to Devils Lake to do some camping, swimming and fishing like many Wisconsinites do that week.  We met up with two other couples and between all…

MMMM Smoked Salmon

One of the best things about catching Lake Michigan salmon is getting to eat it later.  I was lucky to bring home 14 pounds of it last week. My favorite cooking techniques for salmon is of course, smoking it.  My husband and I have smoked salmon three times with different brines each instance.  Capt. Bob Bachler shared his favorite brine…

Freshwater to salt water

Many of my favorite fishing trips are local in nature – when I fish with my dad on Lauderdale Lakes in southeastern Wisconsin. Recently I experienced a whole new type of fishing.  My fishing buddy (Dad) just moved to Florida and I was dying to fish his newfound waters.  My family took a trip to southwestern Florida to fish the…

Mother Nature’s Helping Hands

What would life be like now if Duck’s Unlimited was never created with all the group has done for wildlife and the wetlands? Today doesn’t seem so bad when looking back at the drought and terrible financial crisis of 1937. Seventy-five years ago a group of men gathered to discuss their love for waterfowl hunting, and the sight of a…

What type of hunting are you in the mood for?

Experiment with all different types of hunting before you place judgment on hunting as a whole. A variety is important, especially when introducing someone new to the sport. My hunting adventures started in 2010 and since then I have hunted deer, pheasant, snow goose, duck, turkey and in December I hunted Canada geese for the first time. Some hunters develop…

Hunting Prep Time is Fun Time

I now refer to autumn as hunting season rather than fall. To think, it has only been a year and a half since I first started shooting my compound bow. Within the past couple of weeks I have been working to strengthen my arms and back. It’s important to be overly prepared because the element of the outdoors effects both…

Ready to expand my fishing horizons

I have fished for bass, bluegills, perch, crappies, and smallmouth bass. I have never been taught how to catch a walleye, muskie, or northern pike. Can I fish for them from shore in southeastern Wisconsin, since I am “boatless?” I am doing research on my own and reading the fishing reports in Wisconsin Outdoor News to figure out where to…