Wilderness Journal

A place called fall camp

This week I am writing to you and what has evolved into The Red Brush Gang deer camp. This week I am writing to you and what has evolved into The Red Brush Gang deer camp. Tuesday, Nov. 18
High, 22, Low 6

These are the thoughts that I had as I drove to “new country” which is state land in northern Juneau miles from The Red Brush Gang’s shack.

This fall I trapped wolves and really covered some miles, and something that I learned is that in this part of Wisconsin, anyways, the whitetail deer are in pockets – some here, none there!

While I was trapping muskrat, I saw a couple of my friends checking traps one day and they told me - couple of weeks. I came in here last weekend with my daughter, Selina, and Jamie Bistodeau, and deer sign was plentiful.

Today, I carried a ladder stand in my right hand. My plan was to hunt in the stand this afternoon and then leave it hidden in the woods for Selina to use.

My hike was a half a mile and from the tree that we picked out did not have a clue of my presence.

Without the stand on my shoulder, he was in my freezer, stand down, I knew he would see movement and vanish. I actually knocked an arrow with the ladder stand over my shoulder and then trot away.

truck and drove to camp which in - -

come and go as the season progresses, I was alone at camp and day of deer camp.

day and has no more kitchen duties the rest of the season. I ham, a rice hot dish with goose, wild turkey, moose and venison in it and squash for a side dish. A large potion of this very tasty meal is grown on my property or harvested while hunting.

- pane lights, two wood stoves and stoves.

wet at camp. Moisture from snow had condensated through the plastic tarp roof and everything was pretty wet. Soon the wood stove and propane lights warmed the

camp that my father started and I have never missed an opener. Moll. We stayed in a canvas tent,

When I had my “life change”

The next year I stayed at what was now “fall camp” for 100 days and put a wooden-framed addition with plastic sheeting for the walls on the camper.

It was in this era that The Red Brush Gang started growing in almost everyone had the tie-in of having gone to Poynette High School.

I started writing this column that year for The Poynette Press and fall camp was my home from

marshes that I kept shoveled off and I would ice skate at night and also cross country ski. I never skated or skied here in the daylight. During the day I would sleep then I would skate and ski.

writing for the Poynette Press and fall camp was a huge way to keep expenses down.

am plenty happy with a fork horn and way happier at the dinner

These days it seems like most of my goals center around these girls having a good hunt and the gang

My goals are generally met!


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