Drumming Counts 2016

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

Our long wait is rewarded. The 2016 Minnesota Ruffed Grouse Drumming Counts are in. You will be pleased. The Short of It Up 18 percent. Finally back on the upswing of the ten-year population cycle. Grease your guns, oil your boots, give ‘ol pooch a few tosses of the training dummy. September 17 it will ...

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Walking in the Cathedral of Tamaracks

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

Living in Ruffed Grouse Country we sometimes take for granted the magic in these great Northwoods. Take the tamarack, for example. A pine tree that changes color in the fall and loses it’s needles. It’s a wonder to walk through, needles gently cascading off my shoulders as I make my way. It’s part of what ...

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Contact Sheet: How I Got That Shot

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

By Joel Schnell Great photographs are made, not taken. Preserve those memories of the hunt with a great shot from a fleeting season. Take in all the variables when composing your best shot, such as crop, lighting, camera settings, styling. Spend a little extra effort and reward yourself with a lasting image. Elements of A ...

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The Amazing Aspen

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

By Joel Schnell It may be the largest organism by mass in the world, and one of the oldest still living. Ruffed grouse thrive in it’s ecosystem, along with a lot of other critters. It’s all over North America and as common as it gets to Minnesotans- the aspen tree. Wearing the World Champion Belt In the ...

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Spring Shooting Gun Cleaning

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

  By Joel Schnell Spring shooting league starts this week, so it’s time to oil the range iron. It’s a good time for a thorough inspection, in place of the light clean-ups I apply throughout the year. I’m not going to bore you with a how-to, but here’s some tips I’ve found useful. Funny name, useful tool: ...

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