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Wisconsin – Hostess of the award winning podcast HuntFishTravel. Carrie’s blog posts cover the podcast, as well as posts covering hunting and fishing and fiction stories. Sunday Morning Musings include personal stories and thoughts. Photography posts highlight professional images.

Deadline Oct 31, 2017 Join Me For the 2018 Sturgeon Spearing weekend

Group Sturgeon Weekend is February 9-11

Full season is February 10 – 25, 2018, deadline for tags is October 31, 2017.

The group will participate in “cutting in” on Friday, Feb 10. We will spear and attend an evening bonfire on the lake Saturday, Feb 10, and spear Sunday, Feb 11.

Sturgeon Spearing Info:

  • WI DNR Info
  • Find the 2018 Regulations here (ok it’s still the 2017 ones but you get the idea).
  • You must be 12 years or older to spear sturgeon and the deadline for putting in your application is October 31st.
  • Spearing hours are 7:00am – 1:00pm. (You can always go ice fishing afterwards!)
  • Minimum length is 36”
  • It is helpful to have a truck/SUV to get you to your shanty but it is not imperative, as there’s always someone to hitch a ride with.
  • Fond du Lac is 1 hour, 15 minutes north of General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee.

2018 Cost details:

Oshkosh Hotel: $50-$100/night details on group rates will become available in a few weeks.

Shanty rentals per day:

  • $200 per spearing hole per day. Single hole and double hole shanties available. Total weekend Saturday and Sunday shanty rental cost: $400 for a single shanty/$800 for double shanty.
  • Generally 1 person per hole, but 2 people per hole if you want to trade off and fight over who gets to spear the sturgeon when it shows up!
  • All spearing equipment is provided with the shanty rental, shanty/1 spear hole/decoy/heat.
  • Contact Tyler Jackson 920-602-2322 to reserve your shanty (don’t wait – shanty rentals are in high demand!)

License Fees:

  • Resident Sturgeon Spearing License: $20.00*
  • Non-Resident Sturgeon Spearing License: $65.00*

*These are in addition to the fishing license you must purchase (Non-resident 4 day is $24.00/Resident annual is $20.00 NOT to be confused with sturgeon fishing which is different than spearing).

Drop me a line via the contact form if you’re interested and I can pass along the details!


Join Me For A Weekend of Sturgeon Spearing in 2017 Shanty Town

These creatures fascinate me. Their history is rife with drama and science fiction; you can read how Wisconsin can justifiably claim them as the state’s most successful conservation effort here:

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3 Techniques for Summer Bass Fishing

During spring through to summer, it is common for most people to look for ways to spend their time in the outdoors. Every avid angler knows that the number of strikes from different species of fish changes depending on the season. There are types of fish that you can catch all year round, and that includes bass. Continue reading 3 Techniques for Summer Bass Fishing

#HuntFishTravel 184 – 5 Tips for Buying Arrows with Gary Cornum of Easton Archery

“HuntFishTravel – 5 Tips for Buying Arrows with Gary Cornum of Easton Archery”

In this episode Gary Cornum, Marketing Manager for Easton Archery gives us his top 5 tips for purchasing new arrows. This is one not to be missed if you are a new archer or bowhunter, and a great refresher for the rest of us. Continue reading #HuntFishTravel 184 – 5 Tips for Buying Arrows with Gary Cornum of Easton Archery

A Hail Mary Kansas Turkey Hunt – Grand Osage

Since I didn’t get a turkey this year I thought I’d share the story of my all time favorite turkey hunt. I originally posted a shortened version on the Kansas Travel Blog “My Kansas Turkey Hunt: The Belly Crawl and The Train“.

It was a media event hosted by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers in Parson, Kansas.

We’d drawn a permit to hunt the Grand Osage Wildlife Area,  which used to be part of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. It was interesting to see the abandoned train cars and defunct munition factories. Continue reading A Hail Mary Kansas Turkey Hunt – Grand Osage

#HuntFishTravel 183 – HuntFishTravel 5 Years & Counting

#HuntFishTravel 183 – HuntFishTravel 5 Years & Counting

I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I launched this podcast.

Here’s a quick message to you – the listener and the reason I do the show!

Plus a couple of my favorite podcasts swing by to celebrate with me! Continue reading #HuntFishTravel 183 – HuntFishTravel 5 Years & Counting