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Just sold: 80 acres private hunting land – bunk house, trails, stands, creek. Lost Lake Rd, Wascott, WI
Sold price: $105,000
Outstanding private hunting land with creek, trails, ridgelines, clearings, and deer stands. Several potential building sites with easy access and great views. Includes 3-season bunkhouse wired for generator. Mix of terrain and trees, including white pine, red pine, jack, aspen, oak, and tamarack. Ready to hunt with multiple stands and clearings. A network of driveable trails. Cranberry Creek runs through. A hidden gem with approx 60-65 acres between Lost Lake and Crystal Lake Rd. Must see.
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Small Cabin, Large Deer
Just listed: 9841 S Hwy 35, Foxboro, WI. $74,900
This cabin sits on 35 acres of prime hunting land in Northwest Wisconsin’s Douglas County. Trails, ponds, stands, and deer are already here. While walking the gently rolling trails, we’ve seen several does and plenty of large, splay-footed tracks that definitely did not belong to them.
The no-frills cabin is clean and tidy, with zero-maintenance metal siding and roof. Instead of working on your cabin, you can work on your trails and food plots. Appliances and furniture are included, as are two storage sheds.
For quick access, the land is located right on state highway 35, in between Danbury and Superior. You’ll be about a mile up the road from a small tavern that serves great food. Other neighbors are few—except for the deer, of course.
So Sven and Ole are dragging a deer out of the woods by its hind legs. Einar sees em, says “Wouldn’t it be easier to pull that deer the other way, so the hairs aren’t bending backwards? Less friction, eh?” They both say “Ja!”
And…half hour later Ole says “You know, Sven this sure is easier.” Sven says “Ja, but we keep going deeper into the woods.”
HappyWisconsin deer opener! Wishing you more success and less friction.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, there’s lots of public land in NW Wisconsin. We have state forests, county forests, and lots of paper company land that’s open to hunting. But the problem, of course, with hunting on public land is that it’s PUBLIC land.
You could end up having a lot of company out there—especially on the opening day of gun deer season, and even on the opening day of grouse season. But if you bow hunt, you have more opportunity to be by yourself out there. And if you enjoy bird hunting and you live up here, you don’t need to wait until Saturday morning.
Depending on the hours you work, you may be able to get out for an hour or two on a weekday afternoon. (If you’re retired, of course, then you have the entire day, every day. So don’t complain.) During the week, it’s going to be quiet out there.
Sunday afternoons are great; a lot of people are watching football games instead of going out hunting.
You’ll find that a lot of people in this area hunt; it’s part of the culture. If you don’t hunt, that’s OK. But if you do, there’s an instant topic for small talk. It’s even better than the weather or football.
If you don’t hunt, don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of people wearing camouflage or blaze orange. It’s the fashion. (And by the way, around here, people just call it “camo.”)
If you live on a body of water that has a lot of marshy shoreline, you’ll also see a lot of people out hunting ducks or geese. Actually, you probably won’t see them; they’re wearing camo. And they probably motored out to their duck blind about 4 am, while you were still sound asleep. They may return to the landing after dark. But if hunting is good, you could hear a little gunfire now and then. On weekends during duck season, we never need to set an alarm clock. But don’t be alarmed. Unless you’re a duck, you’re perfectly safe.
We also have a few bear hunters in NW Wisconsin. Some hunt bears over bait; others with hounds. If you hear hounds baying out in the woods, they’ve probably picked up a bear’s scent. And if you ever encounter a bear hound that seems lost, don’t take it home or give it a ride to the pound. It will be reunited with its owner eventually. That lump on its collar is a special transmitter; the bear hunter has a tracking device, and may be driving up any moment.
Finally, expect to see some extra activity during the gun deer season. If you don’t hunt, it doesn’t mean you have to cower indoors all week. But take some sensible precautions; don’t go for long walks in the woods while wearing your favorite brown or tan coat.
Your new favorite color will be blaze orange. Invest in an inexpensive orange vest, and keep taking your daily walks. You’ll need them after all that Thanksgiving turkey with dressing.
If you hunt, convenient hunting on abundant public land is an extra benefit of living up here. If you don’t hunt, and if you’re from the city, it could be an adjustment. This will be something many of your new neighbors enjoy doing every fall.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll want to give it a try yourself. If not, that’s OK. But they’re all part of living in Northwestern Wisconsin.
2011 Wisconsin whitetail deer hunting season – season dates for deer and other game animals.
I’ve hand-selected stories from Odd Wisconsin, the online archives written by Michael Edmonds, Head of Digital Collections and Web Services, at the Wisconsin Historical Society. After much digging, I found these stories from the collection about women in Wisconsin history that I believe are the best, most bizarre, and brutally fantastic! These adventurous women are bottle smashers, hunters, gun wielders, rattlesnake killers, and boldly thwart stereotypes.
1. In 1867, 37-year-old attorney Lavinia Goodell confronts lawmakers on the issue of gender discrimination after being rejected to represent her client in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. “Chief Justice Edward G. Ryan wrote, ‘Nature has tempered woman as little for the juridical conflicts of the court room, as for the physical conflicts of the battle field’.” Read the full story at Odd Wisconsin. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/odd/archives/001223.asp
2. “We Can Do It!” Tough babe Rosie the Riveter romanticized the work of women on the home front during World War Two, but what was it really like? Take a look at these photos of women laborers from different locations including Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/odd/archives/000685.asp
3. O-cha-own, a Chippewa woman born about 1710 near Green Bay was a great huntress who fearlessly attacked bears and made them her victims. “Her husband had died early, and she had no children; she lived all alone, save having half a dozen dogs of one kind, each of which she had taught to eat his food only in his own particular dish. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/odd/archives/002035.asp
4. In 1906, middle-aged Sarah Hardwick inherited land along the Mississippi where she grew herbs and clubbed rattlesnakes and collected their bounties: “Waves of venomous snakes passed by her cabin at times, and she had even killed them inside it beside her bed.” http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/odd/archives/002045.asp
5. In 1862, radical Victorian, freethinker and feminist, Juliet Severance moved to Whitewater where she practiced medicine. She explored new alternatives to treating disease such as vegetarianism and psychic healing. Severance also worked to abolish the death penalty and the institution of marriage. “She was a good writer, orator, parliamentarian; a good mother, a good friend, and a good woman. There is nothing more to be said.” http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/odd/archives/002054.asp
6. Virginia woman Belle Boyd served as a spy for the rebels during the Civil War—she shot a union soldier dead at the young age of 17. After the war she took the stage and traveled the U.S. as a celebrity. Boyd died while performing in Wisconsin in 1900 and was buried in the Dells. “Her beauty and… non-verbal communication skills… allowed her to repeatedly gain the confidence of Union officers, whom she then successfully betrayed to the Confederates.” http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/odd/archives/001220.asp
7. During the Civil War, women weren’t allowed to join the military but that didn’t stop them from disguising themselves as men and joining. A young country girl, Belle Peterson, surprised her family and left home to enlist in a Wisconsin regiment reportedly in late 1862. No one ever suspected Boyd was a woman. “She served in the army for some time, possibly as a spy or a scout.”
8. In the early 1900s after failed attempts to quell a scuffle with a bear, Jack Ryan called upon his wife Kitty for help. With completely ease, she handled the bear as if it was a little boy: “Out she came and looked the situation over. ‘Give me that poor bear,’ said she, ‘and get in the car’.”
9. On June 26, 1827, Wisconsin’s first doctor—a woman!—Mary Ann Menard of Prairie du Chien saved her granddaughter’s life after she was stabbed and scalped during an Indian attack. “Mary Ann covered the child’s exposed brain with a silver plate, the skin healed, and the little girl lived to be more than 80 and raise a family of her own.”
10. A group of women riot through the streets of Baraboo smashing bottles and barrels of whiskey until ever last drop of alcohol in town was gone. “The next day, about 40 of them set up with axes and other tools hidden under their shawls.”
In the October 2009 Field & Stream, you’ll see a fun cover story titled “Welcome to Deer Camp.” One of the “Camp Philosophy” sidebars caught my eye; its title was “Support the Locals.” Although that particular deer camp was in Upper Michigan, the basic idea would sure work around here. Check it out:
“A few days before they arrive, members of Stevens Camp fax a list to Sune’s market, a local grocery. The goods are bagged and ready to go when they get there. The tab generally runs around $1,000. ‘It might cost a little more than bringing groceries from home,’ says camp member Rodney Driggett. ‘But if you support the locals, they appreciate it.’ That spirit extends to philanthropy. The camp donates a few bucks to local charities, such as the local volunteer fire department and the Drummond Island Sportsman’s Club. ‘Folks take care of us now,’ says Chuck Decker. ‘Keep an eye on the cabin. Pull us out of the mud. And you should see what Sune’s does with our groceries. Our T-bones look like porterhouses.’”
What a great camp philosophy! (And not just for deer camp, by the way.)
In Northwest Wisconsin, most of the smallest grocery stores have computers and fax machines. (How do you think they order their stuff?) If not, we do have mail delivery out here in the woods. Ask about pre-orders next time you’re up here.
And if you don’t always get around to planning that far ahead, consider leaving for the hunting shack—or, as the case may be, your cabin at the lake—a half-hour earlier. Shop where you play.
By the way, that $1,000 grocery tab for those guys hunting the UP? Your mileage may vary. That was for six or eight hungry hunters staying the entire week. It may have also including a few cases of “refreshments.” Those are available in Northern Wisconsin, too—at most grocery stores, and even one or two hardware stores. Plus, we do have a few taverns and liquor stores that would appreciate your business.
And if you prefer wines from the top shelf, you might be pleasantly surprised at the selection you’ll find at certain liquor stores—and even grocery and hardware stores. For decades, these stores have been catering to the vacationers, weekenders, and, yes, locals who do have more sophisticated palates. If you know your Beaujolais from your Boone’s Farm, don’t despair.
As for fresh venison, however, you’re on your own. So good luck, good fishing, and bon appetit!
Hunters register a preliminary tally of 218,144 deer over nine-day season Read the full story from the WI DNR.
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