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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.

Running With The Big Dogs

Chores, Labrador Retrievers, Outdoors, , Girlfriend, Sister

I have often been told not to run around with a scissors in my hand.  And I try not to run around with my hair on fire either.  But running with the dogs is another story.

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Fine Dining

Comfort Food, Girlfriend, Sister, Labrador Retrievers, Outdoors

Many years ago I recall asking the dog's veterinarian about the propensity of my Lab to dine on all manner of offal that is found in the woods.  Of particular interest - to me at least - was a refined taste for baby bunnies.

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Guess The Critter

Animal Tracks, Critters, Guess The Critter, Outdoors

It's been a busy weekend. 

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Guess The Critter

Animal Tracks, Critters, Guess The Critter, Outdoors

While out bow hunting I came across this track.  It looked like a miniature log flume.

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Deer Camp 2012

Big Bucks, Cowboy Junkies, Das Furz Haus, Deer Camp, Gourmands, Hunting, Mauser K98, Perfectly Good Guitar, Outdoors, Scott Walker Deer Management

Thursday, November 15th

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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 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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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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Hunt Fish Vote

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

That headline is from a bumper sticker I have.

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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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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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Fast Pheasant Facts

Critters, Conservation, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

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

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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

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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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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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

I have good news and I have even better news.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

Everything seems to have fallen into place and on-schedule.  Mind you this garden is about 150 miles north of Tosa so the growing season starts a tad later and ends a bit sooner.

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Walking the Dog

Critters, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

This is my Labrador retriever - Girlfriend.

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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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The Garden Chronicles - Man Against Nature

Gardening, Critters, Outdoors

Any other frustrated gardeners out there?

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

There has been an inch-plus of perfectly-timed rain in the past week.

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The Other Moms

Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Critters

Yesterday Girlfriend and I went for a walk in the woods.

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On The Road Again - Fishing!

Fish'n, Family, Outdoors

I like fishing.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

I've been planting.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

Remember this character?

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Guess the Critter

Guess the critter, Outdoors

Time for some scatological thinking.

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The Science Experiment

Guess the critter, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam

Yeah, I know that spring doesn't officially arrive until a week from now but I know it's here.

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Living The High Life

Forestry, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Refreshing Adult Beverage

Fresh air and exercise - at 26 degrees.

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The Return of the Science Experiment

Guess the critter, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam

Not too long ago I found myself thumping melons and squeezing fruit in the produce department at Metcalf's Sentry.  This guy maneuvers around me with his cart.  We make eye contact.  He stops, turns to me and says-

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Mousing

Girlfriend, Outdoors

An ordinary person would ordinarily take their ordinary dog for a walk.

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Deer Camp - Closing Post

Hunt'n, Outdoors

Our post-Christmas vacation is drawing to a close. 

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The Science Experiment

Guess the critter, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam

Here's an update.

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Time Warp

Odds and Ends, Outdoors

Sometimes I think that as I age time is somehow speeding-up. 

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Deer Camp 2008

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

11/20/08 

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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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It's a Kid's Life

Family, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Have any of you ever had a favorite uncle or aunt?

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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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The Garden Chronicles - Sweet Corn!

Fish'n, Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

A bit late but worth the wait. 

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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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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

This year's nesting has drawn to a close.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The vast garden is doing its thing. 

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The garden has recovered nicely and fresh veggies are rolling in the door and finding their way to the table and freezer.

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An Eruption of Wildflowers

Girlfriend, Guess the plant, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The primary nesting season is coming to a close so Girlfriend and I went for a walk in the meadow with little chance of the dog disrupting any ground nesting birds.

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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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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The replacement tomato plants added following the post-Memorial Day frosts are doing well.  We have blossoms and some green tomatoes on the larger plants that survived.

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Nest Box Update - Home Invasion

Conservation, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Girlfriend and I made the rounds this morning and found this. 

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Nest Box Update - And Some Extra Stuff

Conservation, Girlfriend, Guess the critter, Guess the plant, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Has anyone ever heard of a black lab turning brown?  Ours certainly is.

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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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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

Girlfriend and I have been checking weekly on our growing families of cavity-nesting songbirds.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Garden was planted on May 23-24 and stuff is growing.  Well, sort-of.  Until last Sunday.

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

Did any of you notice that the Journal Sentinel has now jumped-on the nest box bandwagon?

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Guess the critter, Outdoors

Girlfriend (the dog) and I have been making our rounds on the nest box trail and a variety of birds have taken-up residence.

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Nest Box Update - Updated Update

Conservation, Just For Fun, Outdoors

EDIT - Added a couple of addittional pictures. 

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Gardening season is almost upon us and I have the itch really bad.

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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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Exorcising the Winter Blues - Part 5

Just For Fun, Outdoors

I crawled out of bed this morning and was wondering how to shake the post-election blues out of my generally cheery demeanor.

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Exorcising the Winter Blues - Part 4

Just For Fun, Outdoors

Can't you just anticipate spring waiting to be sprung tomorrow?

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Guess the Critter

Girlfriend, Guess the critter, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Girlfriend and I went for a walk in the woods today.

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Exorcising the Winter Blues - Part 3 - Answers Posted

Just For Fun, Outdoors

Spring is just around the corner.

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Tosan Building Subsidized Housing

Conservation, Gas Pains, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Personal

It has been reported that a local man has begun building no-income housing within the city limits and without the prior knowledge or approval of city officials.

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Exorcising the Winter Blues - Part 2 - Answers

Guess the critter, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Hope you're having a terrific week.

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Exorcising the Winter Blues - Part 1 - Answers

Just For Fun, Outdoors

Tiring of the snowy weather?

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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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A New Kind of Fishing Pole

Fish'n, Odds and Ends, Outdoors, Rubbish

That's it. 

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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 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 - 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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Itchy and Scratchy

Girlfriend, Outdoors

I recently recovered from a bad case of poison ivy. 

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