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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

On The Road Again

Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Girlfriend

Girlfriend and I hit the road before sun-up today and are making our way to the mecca of ringnecks.


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On The Road Again - Run for the Burger

Terrific Cooking, Travel, Friends

If you are traveling west-bound on I-90 toward South Dakota - if you take a right turn at Sioux Falls and head north to Brookings at about the 540 mile mark your stomach will probably begin to growl.

Give in to the call and stop at Nick's in Brookings for burgers.

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On The Road Again - With the Traveling Circus

Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Friends, Strange But True, Hunt Camp Humor

Pretty tough day of hunting today.

Standing corn and standing water all over the place.

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On The Road Again - Billy

Life Is Good, Hunt'n, Friends

That fella in the picture above is Billy - white hat - center.

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On The Road Again - No Fun

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Friends

Just kidding.

We've had tons of fun. 

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Veterans Day


A montage honoring America's veterans from WWI to the present day.  Vocals performed by Lee Greenwood...


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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Politics-Tosa, Politics-Other, The Big Fat Middle, Silly People, Strange But True

So what's up with the County Exec pandering to the quitter from Alaska

Oh yeah - I forgot for a moment. 

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Fast Pheasant Facts

Critters, Conservation, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Phasianus colchicus Linnaeus – commonly known as the ring-necked pheasant.

 USFWS Photo

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Deer Camp - Saints, Intercessors and Superstitions

Friends, Hunt'n, Deer Camp, , Religion, Strange But True

Many, many years ago when my wife and I were first courting I had occasion to attend her nephew's confirmation at a local Lutheran Church.  

I was raised a typical Roman Catholic kid that went to catechism class on Saturday, church once a week, devotions on occasion and church camp every summer to learn how to shoot a rifle and draw a bow.  I also read the The Lives of the Saints.  I still have my original hard cover copy. 

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Deer Camp

Hunt'n, Deer Camp, Friends, Terrific Cooking

Finished the oxtail soup today.

Cooked the stock last night and let it congeal on the porch overnight.  Fatty!

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Opening Day - Mistakes Were Made

Friends, Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Are those a couple of deer out there?

It is just shy of 11 AM and the crew has just finished a breakfast of homemade deer camp biscuits and gravy accompanied by eggs served sunny side up.  (Eggs prepared in olive oil for the beneficial health attributes).

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Something Out of the Ordinary

Deer Camp, Friends, Strange But True, Life Is Good

NewGuy is in his stand in the swamp and glances over his shoulder. There is a deer at twenty paces giving him the evil eye.

How do you drop a deer when you’re facing the wrong way and the animal already has the drop on you?

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Head Hunter

Deer Camp, Hunt Camp Humor, Friends, Strange But True

Remember what I told you yesterday about the deer I shot that had an ear tag? Seems that lots of people are interested in the deceased deer that we affectionately refer to as Number 24.  Especially how she got here.

The guys have their own theories. 

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Shooting Yourself In The Foot

Politics-Other, , Strange But True, The Big Fat Middle

Not literally - only figuratively.

This has nothing to do with deer camp or the careless handling of firearms - it has everything to do with Republican politics.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Deer Camp

Family, Firearms, Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

This recipe takes eight months so be sure to plan ahead...

One Mossberg auto-loading 12 gauge turkey gun

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One Wet Deer Camp

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Deer Camp, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam, Hunt Camp Humor

It’s been raining steadily since last night and the farm is one giant, sucking quagmire.  The ponds are spilling over.  The creek is running.  There is standing water all over the place.

I’m done and have officially declared deer camp to be closed.

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