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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.

Deer Camp 2013

Deer Camp, Hunting, Cowboy Junkies, Superstition, Friends, Deer Hunting, Congressman Sensenbrenner, Butchering, Deer Management, Politics, Scott Walker Deer Manager, Thanksgiving, Friday Morning Music, Stairway To Heaven

Thursday, November 21 - Get Ready...

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How To Make St. Louis Style Pork Steaks

Hunting, Friends, Terrific Cooking, St. Louis Pork Steaks

My pal Braumeister, the blonde Lab and I are up at the farm bow hunting and hanging-out. It’s been raining steadily so the gardens are a sucking morass and the potatoes unharvested. Between torrential bouts of monsoons we did get the firewood stacked. Since I still cannot hunt and Brau still hasn’t gotten a deer we dined on grilled pork steaks from the local butcher.

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat - The Bucket List, Pickles, a Spy Drone and a Machine Gun

Firearms, Friends, Schuetzenfest, Submachine Gun, Pickles, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Before some of you get your hopes up I have no immediate plans to checkout of this earthly realm anytime soon.  I do have a bucket list of sorts that I've been working on.  It isn't clearly defined so it changes frequently and both increases and shrinks with time.  But like I said I've made some progress.

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How to do a Shore Lunch

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Fishing, Friends, Terrific Cooking

Let it be known that nobody has ever returned from deer camp, a South Dakota pheasant hunt or fish camp hungry.  While the cast of characters may vary - one thing is certain - we're going to stack-up the deer, clobber the pheasants and limit-out on fish.

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Fish Tales

Critters, Fish'n, Friends

My earliest memory of fishing was getting up in the dark with my dad and picking-up grandpa and driving all the way to Port Washington to sit along the break wall with cane poles to catch perch.  Sometimes the fishing was good.  Sometimes not so good.  Whether or not it was good or not so good a stop was made at Smith Brothers for smoked chubs for grandma. 

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Talk'n Turkey

Friends, Hunting, Talking Turkey

Sunday - 4.21.13 - 5:15 PM

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Packer Juju

Friends, Packer Football, Superstition

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Friday Morning Fish

Canada, Fishing, Friends, Life is Good

No trip to Canada would be complete unless it involved fishing.

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Walleyes and Northerns and Bears, Oh My!

Canada, Black Bears, Fishing, Friends, Hunting, Life is Good, Tosa Tall Tale

 8/26/12

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How to Build a Deer Stand

Conservation, Deer Hunting, Friends, Turkey Hunting, Woodlands

This is my ancestral deer stand.

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The Garden Chronicles

Friends, Gardening, Terrific Cooking

I have a suspicion that the Tosa Food Pantry is going to be the beneficiary of some surplus garden produce this week.  It has been a busy harvest so far.

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The Garden Chronicles

Backyard Homesteading, Gardening, Growing Your Own Vegetables, Jung Seed Company, Friends

This past weekend a bunch of us got together for an organized bike ride.  Have I told you lately how well that new hip is working-out?  Getting back in the saddle was - in a manner of speaking - just like remembering how to ride a bike.

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Gone Fishing

Fishing, Friends, Life Is Good

With all the rancor, finger-pointing, name-calling, pontificating and just plain bad-vibes permeating Wisconsin's atmosphere lately sometimes the best medicine is seeking refuge in a turkey blind or the garden.  Better yet - a boat.  My pal Sid and I hit the bay yesterday seeking walleye.

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Cheap Date

Archery, Cheap Date, Friends, The Hunger Games

As I've been getting back in my groove my buddy Braumeister and I have gotten back to shooting arrows once a week.

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Hitting Our Stride

Artificial Joints, Friends, Girlfriend, Hunting, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

Making the grade.  Back in the saddle.  In the groove.  On track.

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Deer Camp 2011-The Compilation

Bicycling, Critters, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Door County Hunting, Economics, Family, Friends, Gourmands, Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Packers, Holidays, Hunt Camp Humor, Hunting, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Scott Walker Deer Management, Sister, Terrific Cooking

11/18/11

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Deer Camp - Day Four

Deer Camp, Friends, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

11/21/11

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Deer Camp 2011 - The Compilation

Bicycling, Critters, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Door County Hunting, Economics, Family, Friends, Gourmands, Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Packers, Holidays, Hunt Camp Humor, Hunting, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Scott Walker Deer Management, Sister, Terrific Cooking

11/18/11

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Deer Camp - Day Two

Deer Camp, Terrific Cooking, Friends, Sister

11/19/11

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Spink County Pheasants

Blonde Ambition, Hunting, Friends, Life Is Good, Randi Dix, Sister, Spink County, South Dakota Pheasants

It was early Monday morning when Braumeister and I rolled-up to The Refuge to fetch our pheasants from the freezer.  This was the close to a singularly memorable pheasant hunt for the usual gang.

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Recipe of the Day - Bucky Balls

Bucky Balls, Deer Camp, Friends, Gourmands, Hunting, Terrific Cooking

Looking for a tasty game day or cocktail hour treat?

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Deer Camp

Critters, Deer Camp, Friends, Hunting, Technology

Braumeister, Smokey Joe and I spent a quality weekend bow hunting - last weekend.  We saw a pile of deer but nothing close enough to kill with a well-placed arrow.

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Barbecue, Gunpowder and Testosterone

Firearms, Friends, Gourmands, Guy Stuff, Just For Fun, Life Is Good, Schuetzenfest, Testosterone

Friday - 19 August - 4 PM

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Stranded

Deer Camp, Friends, Hunt'n

The UPS man delivered a holiday gift last week.

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Opening Day

Deer Camp, Friends, Terrific Cooking

The atmosphere is charged.

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Looking For Love at Deer Camp

Deer Camp, Friends, Hunt'n

Whoever wishes to hunt, I know where there is a deer. But don't count on me to ride it down with you. I no longer have the desire. The work it takes has made me very tired, and I am now farther behind in the chase than anyone else. 

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Eastern Spink Pheasants

Friends, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Life is Good, Spink County Pheasants, South Dakota

The ring-neck pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is the state bird of South Dakota.

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A Model of Efficiency

Deer Camp, Friends, Hunt'n

For a spell I was concerned that the day job and some other projects had put a serious crimp on fall hunting opportunities.

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The Trouble with Mice, Tourists and Pirates

Fish'n, Friends, Life Is Good, Tosa Tall Tale

It was recently that a coterie of deer camp, pheasant hunting and fishing buddies reconvened for some quality male-bonding time in the north woods.

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Talkn' Turkey With The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Hunt'n, Friends

Lawyer has been up here turkey hunting since last Wednesday afternoon.  One of a succession of hunters turning their hand at gracing their Thanksgiving table with a wild bird.

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Recipe of the Day and a Curling Good Time

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Terrific Cooking, Curling, Friends, Refreshing Adult Beverage

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Deer Camp

Hunt'n, Deer Camp, Friends, Terrific Cooking

Finished the oxtail soup today.

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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.  

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On The Road Again - No Fun

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

Just kidding.

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On The Road Again - Billy

Life Is Good, Hunt'n, Friends

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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.

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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.

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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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Deer Camp Dispatch - Wrap-Up

Hunt'n, Friends, Life Is Good, Outdoors

Wrapping-up both figuratively and literally.

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Deer Camp Dispatch - Out Comes the Jägermeister

Friends, Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

More rain this morning - precisely at shooting time.  But not as cold.

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Deer Camp Dispatch - Porkulus

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Friends, Life Is Good

Things were looking rather grim this morning.  Gray skies, 40 degrees and rain.  

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Dispatch From Deer Camp

Critters, Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

The boys and I are safely ensconced in deer camp.  Lawyer, Sid, Mennonite and Braumeister. Girlfriend is the only person of the female persuasion around. 

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On The Road Again - A Run For the Border

Family, Politics-Other, Travel, Friends

The northern border.

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Schuetzenfest!

Firearms, Friends, Just For Fun, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking, Refreshing Adult Beverage, Verrückter Deutscher Campingplatz

Do you smell what I smell?

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Taking the Good With the Pads

Fish'n, Outdoors, Friends

Pardon me while I make a brief commercial announcement -

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On the Road Again - Cajun Living

Life Is Good, Friends, Terrific Cooking, Travel

My road trip reached its end on Grand Island, Louisiana

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The Red Baron and the Great Northwest Passage

Friends, Tosa Curling

Last weekend some Tosa curling buddies and I went on a short road trip to represent the Waukesha Curling Club at a Men's Bonspiel in Pardeeville, WI.

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Deer Camp 2008

Family, Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

11/20/08 

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The Doland Poltergeist

Friends, Hunt'n, Strange But True, Tosa Tall Tale

Dear readers...

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Road Trip - Daily Updates

Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors

By the time this blog post is published I will be on the road and heading west for South Dakota.

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Grills Gone Wild Meets Deer Camp

Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam, Terrific Cooking

Fall has arrived.

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Deer Camp 2008

Conservation, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam

No deer quite yet-

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Trench Foot, Monkey Butt, and Road Rash - All for a Good Cause

Friends, Outdoors, Personal, Tosa Personalities

Last weekend I set out on an annual summer pilgrimage - my 16th consecutive one - riding the Scenic Shore 150 on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin.  This is a two-day bike trek from Mequon to Sturgeon Bay that raises funds for blood related cancer research and patient services.

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It's a Man's Life

Fish'n, Friends, Outdoors

There is an old saying about a bad day of fishing being better than a good day at work.  I'm not so sure about that since I happen to love both.

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Joeythelovesponge For Mayor - Yikes, Look Out!

Friends, Gas Pains, Just For Fun, Politics-Other, Strange But True, Tosa Personalities

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Tosa Trivia and the Mayoral Race - Winner!

Friends, Go - Pack, Just For Fun, Politics-Tosa, Strange But True, Tosa Trivia

For details on the winning submission go to the bottom of the post-

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A Texas Spin on the Tosa Mayoral Campaign

Friends, Gas Pains, Politics-Tosa, Rubbish

This post comes to you remotely from somewhere in the Republic of Texas where I have been enjoying a brief vacation followed-on by day-job business. 

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Conservationists Descend on MadTown

Conservation, Fish'n, Forestry, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal, Politics-Other, Public Policy, Representative Cullen, Senator Sullivan, Terrific Cooking

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters held their annual Conservation Lobby Day in Madison on Wednesday.

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Deer Camp - Days 7 and 8 (Updated to Include Recipes)

Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Cold.

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Deer Camp - Day 5 (Updated)

Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Up before sunrise with the best of intentions.

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Deer Camp 2007 - Day Three

Friends, Hunt'n, Personal, Terrific Cooking

Rain today.  Nothing moving - not even the chickadees or woodpeckers.  An altogether appropriate day to cut-up deer.

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Deer Camp 2007 - Day Two (Updated)

Forestry, Friends, Guess the critter, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Back at it.  Out in the stands before sun-up.  Cold - 28 degrees and so still you can hear a pin drop.

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Deer Camp 2007 - .....Go! (Updated)

Conservation, Forestry, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors

Up at 4:30 AM.  We scarf coffee, oatmeal and donuts.  We head-out in the dark to settle into our stands long before sunrise.

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Deer Camp 2007 - Get Ready, Get Set...

Friends, Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

I arrived last night around 11 PM.  Stoked the wood burner and unwound with a book and the Cowboy Junkies playing softly in the background.

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Deer Camp 2007

Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal

Wisconsin's gun deer opener is Saturday. 

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Dakota Pheasants

Friends, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal

Last weekend I had an opportunity to participate in some outstanding upland bird hunting.

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Ringneck Hunting

Friends, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Outdoors

Had an opportunity to join a couple of my deer hunting buddies this morning at the Crawfish River Hunting Preserve.

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