2013 a very good year!

In a few hours I will have my truck packed and I am heading down to Louisiana to visit my brother, Tom, and his family and hunting trip.

As I do every year on this week, I am summing up my last year’s adventures and giving some thoughts on the new year’s festivities.

Last January my golden retriever Fire had the perfect litter. females and not a runt. I have been hearing from many of the people that purchased pups and based on what I am hearing I will have a litter in another year and keep a pup for myself.

Last February, while doing the puppy thing, I ran a long-distance trapline with my buddy, Doug Cibulka, for otter. To sum up the experience, it was a four-mile hike through the bush that we did for almost a month and put us both in better shape, and one beautiful otter was caught (we were not in it for the money).

In case you forgot, last winter was the winter that never really ended! In April, when I helped my daughter, Selina, and her friend Jeff Van Meter on the Youth Turkey Hunt there was 4 inches of snow on the ground and the ground was still frozen.

Later in the month, I actually camped on the ice with Paul that I ever slept on the ice in April.

That same month, Selina and I also doubled up on a couple of tom turkeys after four days of hard hunting.

In May, I slept in my canoe on a remote section of a creek trout. I now have a spot to catch big trout!

on Green Bay for walleye and absolutely put a hammering on a two-day limit of 20-25-inch walleye and a 21-inch smallmouth bass that will be living on my living room wall. Best tip: if you have the wind for it, drift with planer boards and crawler harnesses.

Ever since 1982 I spent one week to six months in the Canadian bush. This year I was on Shultz Lake with the gang and for trout on that adventure. Selina, did an excellent job with the net.

The month of August ushered in cold weather early in the month which was good for growing a food plot and bad for swimming. I take four girls on an annual camping trip to an island on the Flambeau Flowage.

We have a blast and much of the adventure is centered on swimming and tubing. Water sports were not fun in August on the Flambeau but the rest of the trip was a hoot.

food plot this year and I introduced Selina to bow hunting.

The food plot was kicking butt until the last week of August when a drought began that lasted for 35 days. Plenty of deer came to the plot but other then the oats, the rest of our crop just did not get large enough to last into November

It was in September that I got into three wrestling matches in one night on an island on the Mississippi River – the night before duck hunting opened.

I pinned opponent No. 1 who is 24 and when I was getting up, fell backwards with my right ankle still wrapped around his leg. I sprained my ankle and tore some ligaments in my knee, as well as broke a rib.

I am currently in physical therapy and let me tell you, two serious injuries on the same leg kicked my tail end this fall. In December, permanent.

One of my most rewarding memories for this year was helping introduce my pal Larry Wargowsky to the sport of bear bait to helping drag out Larry’s 325-pound trophy was a 70-day process. The drag accented my leg injury.

In late October, I went on a 10-day, very remote duck hunting and trapping trip. I had not trapped raccoon and muskrat in a long time and really enjoyed myself. That much time in chest waders any self-recovery on the leg injuries.

As we all know this past December has been pretty brutal weatherwise. No cares in that area and my best memory was of the nine deer that our KAMO (Kids and Mentors Outdoors) Kids (www.kamokids.org) harvested during our annual camp and hunt. We added another chapter to KAM0 this year and folks let me tell you, this organization that is centered on getting kids outside is going to be a big deal in Wisconsin in the future.

We started in 2007 with three chapters and had no idea what we were doing. There are now six chapters and we are willing to help start more anywhere in Wisconsin.

Well, I have a deer to cut up, a daughter with a brand new pair of cross country skis that I am going on a little adventure with, and a truck to pack.

Tonight, I am doing the solo drive to bayou country, I might even look up my buddies from Duck Dynasty (I support the Robertsons) and most importantly I am going to have fun.

The fun meter was limited out in 2013!


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