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Gas Pains

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.

The Garden Chronicles

Firearms, Gardening, Organic Gardening, Organic Gardening, Turkey Hunting, Talking Turkey, Hunt'n, Labrador Retriever, Girlfriend, Sister

This has singularly been the latest spring arrival in recent memory.  The consequence of this is that weather conditions for turkey hunting have been appalling.  Snow, rain and high winds.  Nevertheless, I shot a gobbler and Lawyer and Sid each killed a jake.  Only Braumeister got skunked.

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Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Hunt'n, Talking Turkey, Terrific Cooking, Turkey Hunting, Home Cured Meat, Smoked Meat, Smoked Wild Turkey

I have smoker envy.

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Stranded

Deer Camp, Friends, Hunt'n

The UPS man delivered a holiday gift last week.

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Scott Walker, Deer Management and Hunting

Critters, Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Governor Walker

The opening day of the 2000 gun season our camp shot eight deer.  As the Dutchman noted in the camp diary that was the year we hung a stringer of deer from the meat pole.  A group photo of this extraordinary occurrence has been prominently hung in the stairwell.

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Deer Camp

Deer Camp, Hunt'n

So, who got shot?

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Deer Camp - Day Eight

Hunt'n, Governor Walker

Things are winding down at camp.

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Deer Camp - Day Seven

Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Family

Odocoileus virginianus - commonly known as the whitetail deer - is native to Wisconsin.  I freely admit to harboring a mild obsession over this creature.  It goes beyond hunting.  It extends to understanding its behaviors, preferred habitat, its place in nature and in our culture.  Even the politicization of this wildlife species has captured my attention.

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Deer Camp - Day Five

Deer Camp, Hunt'n

This time of year you will see a great deal of orange clothing out and about.

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Deer Camp - Day Four

Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Hunt Camp Humor

The paper today says that the preliminary count for the opening weekend is 106,404 deer killed.  That represents an increase of 6.3% over last year.  952 deer were harvested in Door County.  5 of those were from our camp.  The paper also said that the Department of Natural Resources is under intense pressure from Republican lawmakers.

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Deer Camp - Day Two

Hunt'n, Deer Camp, Terrific Cooking

Our deer camp rocks!

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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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Countdown to Deer Camp

Deer Camp, Hunt'n

It's good to be back.  Up 'nort that is.

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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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Gas Pains Talks With The Candidates For The Fifth Senate Seat

Hunt'n, Representative Vukmir, Senator Sullivan

For a spell it was looking like this wasn't going to happen.

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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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Observations From a Deer Stand

Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

I had a pretty good day today.

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Kermis Time

Gardening, Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Holidays

When the Belgian immigrants came to this country one of the traditions they brought  with them was the Kermis.

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Recipe of the Day, Hunting and a Wee Bit O'Politics

Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking, County Executive Walker

Wisconsin's bow season opens this coming Saturday. 

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Scott Walker and Deer Management

Hunt'n, County Executive Walker

See that fella in the picture below...

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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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Talkn' Turkey - Updated

Hunt'n

By the time you read this I'll be back in the woods for my fourth consecutive day of hunting the elusive wild turkey.

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Talkn' Turkey

Hunt'n, Outdoors

By the time any of you are reading this post I'll be out in the woods hunting my Thanksgiving dinner.

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Gas Pains Talks to the Candidates for Governor

Conservation, Fish'n, Hunt'n, Politics-Other

Some time ago I vented a bit over the failure of the State Legislature to override Governor Doyle’s veto of a measure to return the appointment power of the DNR Secretary to the Natural Resources Board.

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Recipe of the Day

Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

I have had venison on my mind lately. 

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Hunt Fish Vote

Critters, Fish'n, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Politics-Other

That headline is from a bumper sticker I have.

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Girlfriend

Girlfriend, Hunt'n

The other day I was de-boning a thawed pheasant when the dog tiptoed into the kitchen - nose twitching.  Ordinarily she does this when the chopping of raw vegetables occurs as an errant hunk of carrot might miraculously find its way to the floor. 

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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.

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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...

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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

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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Timberdoodle

Critters, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Outdoors

Aka Bog Sucker, Bog Bird, Night Partridge, Doodle Bird, Whistling Snipe, or Pewee - the American Woodcock – Scolopax minor is a fascinating critter.

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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 J├Ągermeister

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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Two Years of Gas Pains, Four Dozen New Friends and a Couple of Wieners

Hunt'n, Mayor Didier, Gas Pains, Politics-Tosa, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Ha! 

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Talkin' Turkey and the Recipe of the Day

Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

Turkey Tidbits With Cranberry Dip

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Super Bowl Munchies

Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

De-bone a South Dakota pheasant.  Remove all sinews and any stray pellets.  Slice into tender-sized pieces.

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Deer Camp - Closing Post

Hunt'n, Outdoors

Our post-Christmas vacation is drawing to a close. 

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A Deer Camp Report Including a Recipe

Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

We've been hunting since Thursday - taking advantage of a late season antlerless-only hunt.  In two and a half days we've seen four deer and no shots have been fired. 

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Deer Camp 2008

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

11/20/08 

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Old Geezer's Deer Hunting Lament

Hunt'n

Wisconsin's gun opener is this Saturday.  Here's some deer hunting humor to help you hunters get in the right frame of mind.

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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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Gas Pains Captures a Creepy Apparition in the Woods - It Is Not Joe the Plumber

Guess the critter, Hunt'n, Politics-Other, Smile For The Trail Cam, Strange But True

'Tis the season to be jolly, fa, la, la, la, la... 

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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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Gas Pains Relief

Go Brewers, Hunt'n, Outdoors

It's been an interesting couple of weeks with the day job.  Long days and late hours.

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Deer Camp 2008 - Archery Season

Hunt'n, Outdoors, Politics-Other

Wisconsin's archery season for deer opened on Saturday, September 12th.

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Talk'n to the Dog

Girlfriend, Hunt'n

Labor Day. 

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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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Deer Camp 2008

Conservation, Hunt'n, Smile For The Trail Cam

I'd bet one of the first thoughts through your head was:  

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Gun Owners Get a Fair Hearing

Firearms, Hunt'n, Politics-Other

In a 5 to 4 ruling today the high court cast aside the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

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Talk'n Turkey - Score!

Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal

Spring is sprung, love is in the air and I have a second period spring turkey permit for Zone 34.

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Alderman Grimm Pays a Visit

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Politics-Tosa, Strange But True

So last Sunday afternoon I returned home from hunting with girlfriend - exhausted.  Looking forward to putting my feet-up, I strip down to my long johns and stretch-out in a comfortable chair to read the papers.  

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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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Memories of Mom and a Special Pheasant Hunt

Family, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Personal, Tosa Personalities

Friday night a buddy calls me with the news (make that a notification) that we're going pheasant hunt'n on Sunday.

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Deer Camp 2007 - Final Post

Gas Pains, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal

Hunting has been slow. 

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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 Six

Hunt'n, Outdoors

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  We live in a great country and have much to be grateful-for.

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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 - Top Ten Questions

Hunt'n, Outdoors

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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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Day Off

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Outdoors

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Sniff, Sniff...

Hunt'n, Outdoors

I stink.

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