Now's a great time to frost seed your existing or new clover plots. I'm planning to frost seed a few older clover plots to give them new life this spring. Clover offers very good protean whitetail deer need after a long winter.
Been busy editing client shows that airing this spring and early summer. The first season of Their Story Outdoors podcast is a wrap. I hope you enjoyed it and I'm making plans for season 2 that will come out this summer.
Episode 11 of Their Story Outdoors Podcast is with Mike Jones and Myself
We talk about hunting waterfowl in North Dakota in the early 1990’s. Both of us were raised hunting waterfowl on the Mississippi river and throughout southern Wisconsin. We always talk about how we wanted to hunting snow geese, so we purchased a book on waterfowl hunting North Dakota and headed out the next fall to live out a dream. It turned out that we would revisit North Dakota for over 10 seasons to hunt waterfowl and meet some very nice people. I hope you enjoy this episode about two brother’s waterfowl dream.
Episode 10 of Their Story Outdoors Podcast is with John Ford of Pure Pursuit TV and The Wisconsin Rut Report
John lives in from Mineral Point in Southern Wisconsin. We talk about this hunting season, how disappointing the deer movement has been, and how archery deer hunting is a game of inches. John’s outdoor story is his 2019 hunt and harvesting “Vampire” and a 2020 buck he called “Capone”. We talk about patterning deer early in the season, land management, mock scrapes, and trail cameras. His trial cameras of choice are the Cudde Link System by Cudde Back Digital, so he explains the Cudde Link system. We also talk about Ozonics and how he never hunts without it.
This picture sums up my season so far. I’ve been chasing a buck I call the “Big 8”, he has been mainly nocturnal. I’m waiting for him to make a mistake so I can setup on him. The season in a whole has been very slow in southwestern Wisconsin. Some guys are talking about a trickle rut and some are taking about the warm weather. We still have a lot of season left so I still have a chance to fill my tag. I hope everyone is having a great season.
Episode 9 of Their Story Outdoors with Tommy Brandenburg from Central Illinois is live. Tommy has harvested some pretty big bucks and the one he took a couple weeks ago is a toad. We talk about his elk hunts in Arizona this year and who it was that introduced him to hunting. Tommy tells me the history with the buck call “First Timer” that he just harvested and how the hunt played out.
I asked him about his routine with rattling, snorting, wheezing, and grunting. As well as using James Valley Scents, Nose Jammer, Tactacam, and the Moon Phase app by Adam Hayes. It was very interesting for me to have Tommy share his knowledge about mock scrapes, hunting with the moon phases, what the perfect day to hunt is, changing his routine for the rut, and what’s growing in his Horny Buck Seed food plots.
Join us for a great story and some tips for a successful hunt.
Podcast Episode 8 AIM Pro Walleye Series Team Terry and Jarod Mayhall
Terry and his son Jarod are from Waukesha Wisconsin and are teammates in the AIM Pro Walley Series. I have known Terry for years and wanted to get him to tell his outdoor story about walleye tournament fishing through the years. Terry and Jarod have been fishing together since 2011. Before that Terry was part of a team that was awarded the 2007 MWC Team Tournament Team of the Year.
On this podcast, the three of us discuss the changing technology with boats, fish finders, and even the tackle. We also talk about river vs lake fishing techniques, jigging, and trolling, and each of their favorite bodies of water to fish. Terry gives us some great tips about fishing in tournaments and where to find more information if you’re interested.
Tommy Brandenburg harvested a great buck he called "First Timer" in Illinois on October 23. Congratulation Tommy!
Things are starting to heat up is Southwestern Wisconsin. Scrapes started showing up all over the farm late last week. Daylight movement has increase with small buck starting to chase. Over night temperatures are going to be in the high 20's later this week with high pressure. This should get the mature bucks up and moving during daylight. It time to hit the woods with some all day sits. Good Luck everyone and be safe.
Podcast Episode 7 Talking Land Management and Hunting with Tim Tibbits
On this episode I'm talking with Tim Tibbit's owner of Tibbits Archery and Ultimate Habitat Creations located in Mineral Point Wisconsin. We talked about how Tim helps land owners make improvement to their property for deer and other wildlife. We also talked about cellular trial cameras and how they are a game changer. We end with Tim talking about this seasons deer season in Southwestern Wisconsin.
Podcast Episode 6 Lee Schneider Boot-Trac-Adventures TV
I talk with Lee Schneider about his show that airs on The Hunt Channel and Gen7 Outdoors TV. We talks about how he got into the outdoors industry and how its changed over the years. Lee also talks about how his staff host’s youth and mentor turkey hunts and an upcoming sturgeon spearing event on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin that will involve veterans.
Podcast Episode 4 "Holding Deer On Your Property" with Doug Kostreva - Part 2 of 2
Part 2 of 2 - On this episode Doug Kostreva (owner of HB Seed Company) talks about growing and holding deer on your property. Doug talks about how you don't need large acreage to hold deer and that reducing pressure we put on our property is the key to holding deer. Doug also talks about having water on your property for deer. Youth hunting comes up in our discussion and how deer should be earned not taken for granted. Doug tells a story about hunting with his son Tyler. We end by talking about processing our deer and how rewarding it is. I hope you enjoy this episode.
Podcast Episode 4 "Holding Deer On Your Property" with Doug Kostreva - Part 1 of 2
In this two-part podcast Doug talks about why most hunters struggle to see mature bucks and how to improve your odds of seeing mature bucks.
I hope you enjoy Their Story’s Outdoors.
Crushing the Forage Soybeans
The deer have been crushing our plots planted with forage soybean the last 2 weeks. These beans can handle some heavy grazing and keep growing. They also produce good pods so when they dry down this will make for some great late season food.
Podcast Episode 2 Art Helin Wildlife Photographer
I’m in Dodgeville Wisconsin with Art Helin the owner of Wild Reflections Photography. We’ll be discussing how Art was introduced to photography as a young man and how photography has change over the years. Art talks about why he went back to school, his experience shooting photos for the outdoor industry, and getting into photography at an entry level. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1818454/9028498-outdoor-photography-with-art-helin-owner-of-wild-reflections-photography.mp3?download=true
It’s very interesting to watch food plots change when it comes to being palatable for deer. As the growing season progresses so does the taste and nutrition of the forages in food plots. I found this firsthand by placing trail cameras on food plots and keeping track of how deer feed in them. Right now, deer by me have moved off the clover, alfalfa and moved to soybeans.
Podcast Episode 1 "The Story Behind HB Seed Company"
I’m in Pound WI to interview Doug Kostreva the owner and operator of HB Seed Company. Doug will tell us the story behind his company and we’ll also hear what a typical day in the office is like for Doug. HB Seed Company offers food plot seed, screening and cover seed and mineral. It doesn’t matter is you a first-time food plotter or have been planting for years Doug can help you improve your overall deer nutrition.
Planted our beans with 36 inch row spacing so we can broadcast Sweet Frost from HB seed between the rows. This will be a deer magnet in mid October and for late season. This works great if you can time this before a rain.
Some well needed rain has helped food plots this past week. Southwestern Wisconsin has been very dry since early spring. We finally reserved some rain over a two-day period. Beans are now starting to grow, corn if looking better every day and clover plots are back growing and look great. We are still 8 plus inches behind in rain for the season.
Spring planting is completed, planted forage beans and corn. We practice 2 year rotation with beans to corn so we don't deplete the soil. Now all we need is mother nature to supply rain and heat. This property is 98 acres and has 5 food plots that support the deer with food 365 days a year. 2 of the plots are planted with HB Seed's Luck O' Blend of Clover I also add chicory to the plot, 1 of the other plots is Alfalfa. These plot are around 1/2 acres each in size and offer great spring to fall nutrition. The other 2 plots are planted in ether forage beans or corn depending on the rotation year. they are 3 acres each in size. Beans offer very good nutrition from early summer with large green leaves to winter with dried pods that can last throughout the winter. Corn is a good food source for late fall until it runs out in late winter.