The World’s Bowfishing Fair – A Must Attend for Avid Bowfishers!

The World’s Bowfishing Fair, held June 12-14, 2015, at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri, promises to be a mash-up of free seminars, exhibits, celebrities, live music, giveaways, and great deals on bowfishing gear. Additionally the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship, the world’s biggest bowfishing event will take place during the World’s Bowfishing Fair. Continue reading The World’s Bowfishing Fair – A Must Attend for Avid Bowfishers!

Hunting from Natural Cover Part III – Blind Interaction

We’ve discussed locations and blind types in our previous segments. Obviously, both are important but having good cover in the perfect spot is useless if you don’t do the right things once inside. Knowing what you can get away with in regards to movement is paramount to having success from the ground. Continue reading Hunting from Natural Cover Part III – Blind Interaction

Need Bait? How to Net Cast and Catch Your Own Bait

Basic Cast Netting Techniques 015I was very young when I learned to cast a net. While too young to actually throw one, I was keenly observant of activities in the household and was able to easily pick up the technique. As I grew older, I began to watch strangers, family, and friends perform this rather pleasant task and thus was eventually able to determine the best method for capturing bait fish (or really any fish) that is cast net worthy. Continue reading Need Bait? How to Net Cast and Catch Your Own Bait

Lake Winnebago On Ice

Welcome back outdoors world! It’s February!  To most people in the northern part of the country, this is really nothing to get excited out. But there is one thing that gets a diehard few off the couch.

Ice fishing.

Lake Winnebago On Ice 2When you think of bucket list adventure destinations in the United States, Lake Winnebago in east central Wisconsin, simply must be on the list.

Often considered Wisconsin’s second Great Lake, it covers a massive 215.2 square miles. It is a staggering 28.58 miles long and boasts a very healthy population of perch, walleye, and white bass. It is also know world wide for its annual lake sturgeon spearing season every February. People travel from all over the world to try their luck at this unique opportunity, trying to spear one of these ancient giants.

There is one event though that has been taking place for eight years now and has been growing dramatically every year: The Battle on ‘Bago ice fishing tournament in Oshkosh. February 27-28, 2015.

Lake Winnebago On Ice 1Oshkosh is located in the center of the lake on the west shore. Its central location makes it a short drive from anywhere around the lake. Especially when the lake freezes solid and you are able to safely drive from the east shore to the west shore crossing over the hard water. During non winter months it takes more than an hour to drive from Quinney, Wisconsin on the east shore to Oshkosh on the west. But in the winter that time is cut to 15 to 30 minutes depending on conditions and depth of ice.

The Battle on ‘Bago is truly a tournament for the average guy. You can register only one fish per ticket purchased. Big fish takes first place. Luckily first place does not arbitrarily take the best prize. The tournament pays out to 1000th place! Heck number 900 is a brand new truck! A full list of the prizes can be seen here.

Every year, thousands travel to Oshkosh for this event from all parts of the country. It is quickly becoming one of the largest ice fishing tournaments in North America.

Here are some helpful tips about the area to help navigate your stay while you are here.

Let’s be real; this is Wisconsin. You can’t throw a rock and not hit a place that sells bait. Gas stations, box stores, bait shops, old guys down the road, they are everywhere. If you are anything like me though, you like going to the bait shops that know their way around the local fishery. You may be able to get the same bait at slightly better prices from places like the corner gas station, but they may not have the fishing knowledge that a good, reputable bait shop will. You can get all the good gossip on the current bite from them. At least a lot more than the college aged kid at the gas station would; and there are a few that I would definitely recommend.

Since the tournament is held in Oshkosh, I am going to concentrate on the west shore. Located on County Highway A just north of town is a small bait shop called Fish Tales. For convenience, I always stop here for my bait. They usually have a decent selection at fair prices and they always seem to have a good tip or two if you ask them nicely enough. While they have a somewhat basic tackle selection, they certainly have everything you need to catch fish on Winnebago.

If it is a better variety of tackle you are searching for, check out The Reel Shot; located at 2755 Algoma Blvd in Oshkosh. From shanties to jig poles, from shiners to grubs, it is a one stop shop for your ice fishing needs. Conveniently, you can also pick up your tickets to The Battle there.

Reel Shot has generously offered all of you readers a promo code for 20% off website purchases at The Reel Shot if you use “WWOCZ20 “.

And of course, in this area, you can not mention ice fishing gear without mentioning Fleet Farm. Fleet Farm is considered a box store in this area. It isn’t the place to go for the best tips, or the most knowledgeable anglers, but if you need gear, this is where you go. If they do not have it, you do not need it. A wide selection of augers, shanties, jigs and ice lines, rods and reels, and you can’t beat their prices. Fleet Farm is located strategically all over the lake. In Oshkosh off Highway 41 and Witzel, on Wisconsin Ave in Appleton on the north shore, and in Fond du Lac on the southern tip of the lake. Fleet Farm also sells tickets for the tournament.

And what would be an ice fishing adventure like this if you did not stop in by one one many restaurant and traditional Wisconsin supper clubs that dot the lake.

TJ’s in Oshkosh will be running some delicious lunch features during the tourney.  It would be the perfect spot, just a short drive from your cold shanty to warm up with a hot lunch, and maybe a cold beverage or three.

Lake Winnebago On Ice WendtsIf you are trying your luck off the south shore, then the place for lunch is Wendt’s on the Lake. Located between Oshkosh and Fond du Lac on Highway 45 in the town of Van Dyne. When I think of Wisconsin food, I think the classic fish fry. Wendt’s on the Lake has been a Lake Winnebago staple for the traditional fish fry for over 50 years.  With awesome views of the lake, great food, and good people it is worth the drive no matter which shore of this massive lake you are fishing.

Don’t forget, they always have plenty of brats on the grill at the Battle on ‘Bago Grounds.  With live music playing, a sizeable beer and food tent, even if you are not fishing the tournament, it is worth coming down to the shores of Miller Bay to join in the true Wisconsin experience that is The Battle on ‘Bago.

The best part is this whole event is it is all for charity. Much of the proceeds generated go to a list of children’s charities, so it’s all for a good cause. I have been fishing it for 5 years now and I seem many more in my future. I hope you can make it a tradition to join us in this outdoor extravaganza every February. It really is a good time!

SAFETY REMINDER: even though we drive trucks miles out onto the lake, it is never wise to assume the ice is “safe”. Always do your homework before venturing out there, even if you think you know the lake. 2015 has been a strange year for ice conditions, and it can change daily. Check with local fishing clubs such as Otter Street Fishing Club and Paynes Point Hook and Spear Fishing Club for locations of bridges and cracks. Both these clubs can be found on Facebook.  SUNK? Dive and Ice Service is another good resource for updated ice conditions.

Well I am off to the ice; see you out there and good luck!!

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Podcast Episode 91 – An Introduction to Crossbows

Episode 91Are you interested in crossbows?  Not sure where to start when it comes to purchasing one?  Wondering which ones are the safest or why getting a crossbow for your family may be a better choice for your family rather than a compound or traditional bow? Continue reading Podcast Episode 91 – An Introduction to Crossbows

Video: Squirrel Sliders Recipe

Looking for a tasty wild game recipe for the upcoming Big Game that won’t deflate on you (yes, I know…dead horse)? This squirrel slider recipe is perfect for your superbowl party. Superbowl Squirrel Sliders…say that five times fast! Continue reading Video: Squirrel Sliders Recipe

Wide Open Spaces: 30 Reasons the General Public Wishes They Could Go to SHOT Show

By: Samantha Lile  January 25, 2015

The SHOT Show is the greatest display of firearms, hunting gear and military equipment the world has to offer, and the general public isn’t allowed to go.

Almost 64,000 shooting,hunting and outdoor trade affiliates attended the 2015 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) Jan. 20-23 at Las Vegas’ Sands Expo Center, where they bought and sold plenty of firearms, ammunition, outdoors and even law enforcement, tactical and military equipment from more than 1,600 companies representing 150 countries.

The SHOT show isn’t open to the public, but there’s at least 30 reasons we wish it was:

To see the list click here.


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Bow Hunting Fit

As we start a new year many of us set goals to accomplish throughout the year. Many of these goals include new jobs, quit smoking and becoming financially independent. A common goal is to become more fit. I want to take this goal and take it one step further. I don’t want to be fit; I want to be “Bow Hunting Fit”.
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New Year Resolutions: Developing Realistic Goals for the New Year

Wild Ones Blogger – Fay Walker - Fay-vorite PastimesMany years ago, I adopted a fairly methodical approach to life. From paying debts to planning for retirement, I quantified life into a series of timelines and achievements upon which I scrutinized each with clinical and jaded eyes. Continue reading New Year Resolutions: Developing Realistic Goals for the New Year

ATA 2015 – The Archery Trade Show From A 3 Year Old’s Perspective

By: Asher Cain (Written by Michelle Cain…he’s not that smart…yet)

The Archery Trade Show From A 3 Year Olds Perspective #ATA2015 #ATA #Hunting #ArcheryHi, my name is Asher and I’m three (holds up fingers to show you). My mommy says today we’re going to the ATA show. I don’t know what that is but mommy promised me that there are lots of toys there.
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A Guide to Ice Fishing

The ice may be forming, but that doesn’t mean fishing season is over. Winter brings new opportunities to fishing-lovers who have never tried ice fishing before. This traditional pastime has its own set of rules and distinct culture, and will give anglers a new thrill at the experience of catching a fish through the ice. Continue reading A Guide to Ice Fishing

1st Annual Podcaster Mash Up at ATA2015 & Why We Should All Be Working Together

Why should outdoor podcasters work together instead of against each other? Let me count the ways.

All joking aside, the 2015 Archery Trade Association Tradeshow was amazing, I have a lot to say on the subject but that will come later. First I wanted to address one of the greatest take aways for me personally from the event.

Podcasts are definitely a niche business. There’s no video so you eliminate those that are only interested in visual gratification. There are no words so you eliminate those who enjoy dissecting an article.

But it is by far the most intimate and fastest growing media demographic as we all become busier and busier, as people start going to the gym more regularly, as they move farther and farther away from the city and have a longer commute. Unlike a blog or a video you can listen to a podcast virtually everywhere. Continue reading 1st Annual Podcaster Mash Up at ATA2015 & Why We Should All Be Working Together

Live Coverage at #ATA2015

Listen in to the episodes recorded so far from the Archery Trade Association Tradeshow!  So many more to come, be sure to subscribe here —–> to be the first to receive the episodes as they are published.

~ Browning

Hawke Sport Optics

~ Hooker Deer Drag

~ Melissa Bachman

~ Tenzing

~ Dog Bone

~ Hot Shot Manufacturing

~ Mossy Oak

~ 10X

~ True Timber

~ Hot Shot Bonus Episode – Peep Sights Explained

~ Prois

~ Real Avid

~ Hunter’s Specialties Press Conference

~ Skull Hooker

~ Bow Chic

~ Easton Archery

~ Montana Decoy

~ Wasp Archery

~ ProTracker

~ Cobra Sights

~ New Breed Archery

~ Orion Coolers

~ Can Cooker Coming Soon


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CarrieZ’s Hunting & Outdoor Podcast Episode 89 – ATA2015 Preview

ATA 2015 preview with Amy Hatfield, Content Strategist for the Archery Trade Association, she’s going to tell us what new and returning attendees can expect this year in Indianapolis.
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CarrieZ’s Hunting & Outdoor Podcast Episode 88 – How to Shoot Like a Sniper with CheytacUSA

In this episode Carrie and Rachel are chatting with Andrew of CheytacUSA. They talk about the 408 M300 Intervention, what is considered “long distance”, why hunters may need to shoot longer yardage, the fundamentals of sighting your rifle in for long ranges, shooting dirty, breathing techniques, customizing a rifle and recognizing elements like wind when you’re about to take a shot. Continue reading CarrieZ’s Hunting & Outdoor Podcast Episode 88 – How to Shoot Like a Sniper with CheytacUSA

14 Best Hunting Podcast Episodes from 2014

Here are what are in my opinion, the best podcast episodes of 2014.  These are the top hunting podcasts in the industry – besides CarrieZ’s Hunting & Outdoor Podcast of course!  ;)

Be sure to give them a listen. Continue reading 14 Best Hunting Podcast Episodes from 2014

Season 5 of His & Hers Outdoors TV to Premier on the Pursuit Channel

It is well known that I don’t care for most hunting tv shows out there.  I don’t care for the phoniness, or the high fence kills made to look like public land, I don’t care for the chest thumping and the egos and I definitely do not care for the “Good ‘ol Boys Club” mentality.

But I do watch a handful of hunting shows that have proven over time to produce exceptional content.  His & Hers TV is one of them.  I highly recommend you check them out this season.  ~CarrieZ

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His & Hers Outdoors Announces Premier of Season 5

Oklahoma City, OK – His & Hers Outdoors is proud to announce the premier of Season 5 on the Pursuit Channel.

His & Hers Outdoors will be airing on the Pursuit Channel Sunday mornings at 9 AM EST, 8 AM CST, beginning January 4, 2015.
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Gear Review: Remington 783

Welcome back outdoors world, thank you for stopping back to The Willes Way! If you look back at an article I wrote early last year, “Rifle Shopping for the Average Joe“, you know after my research, I purchased a Remington Arms Model 783 7mm. I had high expectations for this gun, all I needed was some time in the woods with this firearm to confirm I’d made the right choice. Here is what I learned.

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Five New Year’s Resolutions For Outdoor Sportsmen

This year instead of the same old get healthy, stop smoking, get organized, routine of resolutions why not make a few that are directly related to your love the outdoor world?
Continue reading Five New Year’s Resolutions For Outdoor Sportsmen

Step by Step DIY European Mount

Taxidermy is a great way of displaying your trophies once you have been lucky enough to harvest an animal. There are several ways that you can mount your trophy that all have different appeals. One way that I have started mounting my trophies is to do a European mount. A European mount is a classy way to mount your trophy that is an alternative to the classic shoulder mount.
Continue reading Step by Step DIY European Mount

Sunday Morning Musings – Christmas Holiday Hunt

The presents have all been unwrapped, the food has all been eaten, all the hubbub and chaos of the Christmas season is finally over.
It’s always amazing to me; you spend so much time and money and effort on the holidays and they’re over so quickly.  But for me that’s ok because for me the holiday festivities continue for several days afterwards in the most primal of ways. Every year I enjoy the Wisconsin Holiday Deer Hunt.
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Warm Wishes From the Wild Woman

Christmas is upon is – Solstice has come and we are surround by light, laughter and love.  The promise of more light, longer days awaits us.

During the holiday season it seems I count my blessings a little more often, am thankful for the winter skies filled with ducks and Continue reading Warm Wishes From the Wild Woman

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