Wisconsin unveils turkey donation program

Wisconsin unveils turkey donation program

Like you, I enjoy helping others.
I give lots of fish to friends, especially older folks, who can't get out and enjoy the outdoors anymore. I'll even clean and fillet fish for my closest friends, relatives and elderly people, knowing full well that some day I will need a helping hand, too.
Our family is usually fortunate enough to get one deer for the freezer each year, although some years we get skunked. When we are lucky enough to get two deer, we manage to make room in our freezer. We do share venison burger with family, friends and the elderly, but we haven't donated any deer to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deer Donation Program.
I quit turkey hunting when I retired seven years ago. To this day I really don't now why. I still enjoy calling the critters. Yet, my heart…

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Flextone's Ol' Faithful belongs in every turkey hunter's call bag

Flextone's Ol' Faithful belongs in every turkey hunter's call bag

"Silence" is a word turkey hunters frown upon.
It's happened to all of us. The only sounds we hear are squirrels or blue jays.  
"What's up with the turkeys? I can't get anything out of hens or gobblers. Do they have laryngitis?" we ask ourselves.
Well, I found a box call that will not only get gobblers gobbling, but hens clucking and yelping, too. It's the Flextone Ol' Faithful box call. Trust me. It works.
I live in a great turkey zone in the Greater La Crosse Area. Our condo in the valley borders super turkey hunting habitat as well as many turkeys. It's a rare day when I don't see hens, poults and gobblers in the huge alfalfa and waste grain field bordering our property.
I always keep my turkey call bag handy in our garage and use several different calls to try and get the critters to…

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Another Wisconsin upset? Why not?

Another Wisconsin upset? Why not?

OK, Bucky. It's time for another upset.
The eighth seeded University of Wisconsin Badgers tangle with the No. 4 seed Florida Gators at 8:59 p.m. CDT today in Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
By shear strength and tenacity, a gator would handle a much smaller badger in the critter world. Most betting lines give the Gators basketball team an edge, too. However, don't count out the Badgers.
As a reminder, I was one of those doubting Wisconsin fans who said the Badgers wouldn't make it to the Sweet Sixteen, and maybe not survive their tournament opener. Here they are, back in the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight year. And we all know anything can happen once you are one of 16 teams left in the Big Dance.
I believe Wisconsin's winning formula is based upon five…

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Don't pick against Badgers in NCAA Basketball Tournament

Don't pick against Badgers in NCAA Basketball Tournament

Nice going Bucky. You busted my bracket, and I couldn't be happier.
I was one of those who said it wouldn't surprise me if the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers won.
I also said there was no way the Badgers would knock off No. 1 seeded Villanova to reach the "Sweet Sixteen." I was wrong again.
Just when you expect Coach Greg Gard's team to fold, they some how, find a way to win in NCAA Tournaments.
On paper, both before and after the game, the Badgers should have lost. Villanova was one of, if not, the hottest team in the country entering the tournament. The Badgers, on the other hand, were struggling.
Glancing at the box score after the game, the Badgers should have lost, too. They made only 7 of 16 free throws…

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Badgers have lots to prove

Badgers have lots to prove

So, University of Wisconsin basketball players and coaches are unhappy they were snubbed by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.
I agree. The Badgers were snubbed.
How could a second-place finisher in the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament be dealt an eighth seed?
What's even more infuriating is how other Big Ten teams fared.
There's no question that Big Ten Conference champion Purdue (14-4), deserved a No. 4 seed. However, Wisconsin and Maryland tied for second in the conference standings at 12-6. Maryland is a No. 6 seed compared to the Badgers' No. 8. Minnesota finished fourth at 11-7 and is a No. 5 seed. Michigan State, Northwestern, Michigan and Iowa shared fifth place at 10-8 with only Iowa missing the NCAA tourney. Michigan is seeded No. 9, Northwestern No. 8 and…

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Let's talk Packers, not Super Bowl

Let's talk Packers, not Super Bowl

Many of us would rather watch the Green Bay Packers meet the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl.
It wasn't to be. After a marvelous regular season/early playoff run, the Packers simply ran out of healthy bodies against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. The Falcons were a better team and deserved to win.
While millions of viewers will be tuned into Sunday's Super Bowl, Packers' fans are already looking ahead to the 2017 regular season. It should be interesting considering the Packers used a six-game win streak at the end of the regular season to finish 10-6.
Specific dates for the 2017 regular season haven't been finalized yet, but we do know Green Bay's home and away opponents.
Here is a look at the Packers' 2017 schedule, including their opponents' 2016 regular season…

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