Weekly Morning Trail Mix 9-11
5 Things You May Not Have Known About Coyotes
Coyotes may look like wolves but are quite different. They are one of the most clever animals out in the wild. Everyone knows that they have a heightened sense of smell and enjoy eating smaller animals like rabbits and other rodents. However, did you know that:
They communicate well with each other
Coyotes are quite communicative with one another. Like wolves, they may travel in packs and communicate through sounds. Depending on the situation they may howl, bark, wail, squeal, growl, or even make high-pitched cries. Each sound has its own distinct meaning. If you are out in the wild it is likely you may hear them either at dawn or dusk. If you want to get their attention and respond to you, you may consider using a fire whistle or a siren. They respond to those quite well at almost anytime of the day.
They have a keen eye for predators
What do you do when you try to sneak by someone? Most of us when we try to go undetected walk on our toes. Well so do coyotes. These smart animals have a keen sense of smell and eyesight which helps in detecting predators. Once, they spot a predator they go into stealth mode and walk on their toes so they go undetected.
They can swim
In the wild, coyotes main predators are bears and wolves. Humans are also climbing up the predator list as coyote hunting has become quite common. To escape from their predators coyotes employ swimming as a tactic and they do it quite well. This allows them to use a body of water to separate themselves from their predator as bears and wolves tend to not be the best of swimmers.
They can outrun you
Coyotes are no cheetahs but they are pretty fast. Coyotes can run up to 40 miles per hour (mph). Compare that to an average human speed which tops at 28 mph, coyotes are pretty fast. Their speed allows them to run from predators and catch smaller preys. They use different panting techniques to ensure that they can run in bursts when needed and for longer runs they regulate their speeds well. However, you won’t find coyotes run for a longer period of time too much.
They eat fruits and vegetables too
Coyotes are omnivores, they enjoy their meat along with vegetables, berries, and fruits. They diet is quite wholesome and consists of a lot of fruits and berries they can find in the wild along with meat. Vegetables are fairly harder for them to find in the wild but they eat them also whenever they come across them. You can find out more about what coyotes eat here.
There is a reason why coyotes are considered to be one of the most smartest animals. They adapt well to their environment and approach their daily matters in a clever way. This allows them to smartly catch their preys while also evade their predators.
The Boy Scouts got it right: “Be Prepared.” Same goes for your vehicle!
Do you love going on outdoor adventures? Whether you’re heading “up north” or to another part of beautiful Wisconsin, plan what vehicle you want to buy to get the most of your trek. Simply put, consider what activities you’re going to enjoy, and select the right vehicle. Hunters may want to store a deer in a separate area, away from passengers. Anglers may want enough maneuverability to drive to secluded fishing holes. Campers may need extra storage space.
We’ll help you do some of your planning right now … before you go hunting for a quality used car, truck, or SUV.
Let’s start with where you’re headed and the terrain on which you’ll be driving. If you know you’re going to Apple Valley Farms Off-Road Park, for instance, you may want to consider a vehicle with a shorter wheelbase, which provides the stability you’ll need. Having enough ground clearance keeps you riding above the tall brush, fallen tree limbs, etc. Knowing this, an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive car or truck could be a necessity. When you go test driving, keep an eye for tires with a deep tread, and listen for squeaks from the vehicle’s shock absorbers.
2. Towing Capacity and Control
What “toys” are you bringing along? Pulling a boat, a camper, a loaded trailer, or a small watercraft requires a plan. Obviously, the weight difference between these can be significant, so do your research. Knowing a vehicle’s maximum towing capacity and having the correct trailer hitch is vital. For instance, a 2011 Subaru Outback’s towing capacity is 2,700 lbs., while a 2010 Ford F150’s towing capacity is 9,600 lbs.
Let’s say your boat’s manufacturer lists a dry weight of 4,450 lbs. With gas, gear, and equipment, expect around 5,500 lbs. Now, add the weight of an aluminum trailer, around 1,200 lbs. See how a vehicle’s towing capacity can be used up quickly? And remember, for serious towing, a break controller for the trailer is a must.
Plus, consider not only what you’ll be towing this summer, but perhaps in the next few years. That bass boat you’ve been eyeing up will require different vehicle capabilities than the canoe you currently have.
If you’re going to spend the time and effort to get to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, you’ll want to bring enough supplies. Tents, fishing rods, life vests, rain gear, clothes and, of course, a loaded cooler. The list goes on and on. Just two Wisconsin adventurers can fill a vehicle quickly, not to mention a family of four. Handy fold-down seats are great, but will that be enough?
Also, hunters need to consider the space needed to bring a deer back home. Do you really want that stinky critter in the same cab as you, or would a separate storage area be best?
If you know you can’t fit everything in your vehicle, consider these options. A roof rack can hold an incredible amount of gear, as long as a couple kayaks don’t take up all your roof space. Cargo boxes and roof baskets of all shapes and sizes can ease your panic as you run out of interior storage room.
So, how much do you want to “rough it” exactly? Do you want plush interior amenities, such as heated/cooled seats? Or, do you prefer an interior that can be hosed out after a muddy outing?
A long road trip lends itself to separate passenger climate control, no matter what time of year you’re adventuring. If you want to feel even more connected to nature, consider a moon roof. Yet, no matter where you go, make sure you have reliable navigation, either through your smartphone or a separate GPS system.
What about outside the vehicle? Fog lights can help visibility, and a rear camera makes backing up effortless. A keypad entry system removes any worry about losing keys in the lake or woods. Sure, you may need to add many of these after you purchase your used vehicle, but if you see one that has what you need, so much the better.
Finding the right car, truck, or SUV for your outdoor plans isn’t easy. In the end, it has to work for you, so do your research on vehicle makes, models, and load designations.
Consider that a full-size pickup, for instance, can have up to six engine combinations, be available in manual or automatic, have ½-, ¾-, or 1-ton payload ratings, come in regular or extended cab, etc. It can boggle the mind. We suggest discussing your outdoor adventure needs with a reputable, ethical, and honest used vehicle dealer.
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Weekly Morning Trail Mix 8-28
The One-Eyed Moose
By: Hannah Dumke
Sitting down at The Fountain, a classic Wisconsin bar just outside of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I had the pleasure to meet Don Herman, a local legend and owner of Sunk? Dive & Ice Service over a couple of cold ones.
returning from a successful moose hunting trip in Ontario, Canada, Don was greeted by some Fountain regulars who were wearing eye patches, teasing him for his one-eyed moose. Don, laughing as he reminisced, explained how he had a story to tell, stating, “I can’t prove my moose was attacked by another moose, but I can prove that I didn’t shoot a one-eyed moose.” Hearing plenty of good hunting stories, I could tell this was going to be a dandy.
Don began by explaining how on his first moose hunting trip it was him, three buddies, and two bull tags. Within six hours the hunting trip was over, as two of the buddies almost instantly tagged out. The following year, Don, Bill Monteith, the owner of the camp, Ralph Schaetz, aka the butcher, and Jim Dork planned for another big adventure. Sticking with their tradition, the men stayed at a casino near the Canadian border. Don noted that they didn’t make any money but they did have a lot of fun they felt the next day. Planning to wake up at the crack of dawn to continue their thirteen-hour drive they were awakened by Jim nervously stating Ralph was having severe chest pains. Calling an ambulance, Ralph who had the second bull tag in his name, was medically advised to abandon the trip. The rest of the men continued on their journey, assuming they could change the tag into Don’s name. Arriving at Wilderness North, the men took a float plane to Lake Deshawn, a beautiful lake filled with massive walleye and monstrous northerns. Don loaded his canoe with gear and paddled an hour and a half to the stand he barely had the pleasure of sitting in the previous year because everyone filled their tags so quickly. The stand was nestled in tall brush, overlooking a river that wound its way into the thick Canadian wilderness.
Hunting a total of three hours, Don got a radio call informing him that Bill got a moose. Don thought, “Well, that was that, another short moose hunt.” Paddling the hour and a half back to the cabin, Don helped Bill take care of his moose. After several hours of butchering up the moose and waiting for the plane to bring their new tag, the group of men were informed that the department of ministers were unable to switch their second tag into Don’s name. Disappointed in the unfortunate circumstances, the group of men ended their seven-day trip four days early. A couple weeks later,Don got a call from Bill, stating Ralph was medically cleared to go, and he was ready to pack up and head out for another Canadian adventure. Not so easily convinced, Don found himself in a routine becoming quite familiar, a thirteen-hour drive, a drunken casino visit, a breathtaking float plane ride and an hour and a half paddle back to his stand.
Taking a sip of his beverage, Don chuckled, pausing his story to show us a video on his phone. In the video you see Don dressed in camo up in his stand, talking loudly over the howling wind, “It’s windy, cold, and miserable out here. Luckily the moose can’t go anywhere, it’s not like they can find a shelter. So I guess we will see… Either way, it’s going to be a BAD day hunting.” Luckily for Don, it wasn’t such a bad day hunting. Continuing the story, Don explained how he was calling every fifteen to twenty minutes. Around noon, over the roaring wind, Don heard rustling about 200 yards from his stand and the bull aggressively calling back. At first questioning if this was his imagination or was this actually a moose? With his hands shaking in excitement, Don continued to call. After about thirty minutes, a large rack emerged.
was now 100 yards away, Don continued to call, hoping to coax him into a better shot. The moose moved another few yards closer to the river, still shaking in disbelief and thinking, “Was this really happening?” Hearing Bill’s voice in his mind telling him to aim at the hump, Don aimed his Browning Bar 300 Winchester Mag at this magnificent creature and pulled the trigger. Click. “Nooooooo” Instantly recognizing the problem, he realized when he quietly loaded his gun he didn’t allow the action to slam home hard enough to secure the shell properly. Don ejected his shell, and as it hit the floor, it rolled across the bottom of his stand making a tremendous racket. He jacked another shell in, tried to calm himself, aimed, and with perfect precision, pulled the trigger. Over 60 hours of driving, 7 and a half hours of paddling and less than 20 hours in the stand, Don had finally gotten his first moose!
Don left his stand, hobbled across the ankle twisting, knee busting treacherous terrain to examine his bull. He excitedly took a photo of this 1500-pound trophy. Don, still filled with adrenaline, aggressively paddled the hour and half back to the cabin to pick up the butchering gear, grab Billy and get a boat to haul out his moose. After three and a half hours, they finally returned to Don’s stand. Billy, who has been moose hunting for the past 39 years, stated how he thought this was the biggest shot Deshawn Lake has seen. Billy was unable to hide how impressed he was, that is until he saw the missing eye and couldn’t believe how this wounded bull came to a call. Bursting out laughing Billy mockingly called out, “You shot a one-eyed moose!” Regardless, the 50-inch rack was too massive to deny, Billy convinced Don to get the beast mounted. Laughing, Don told us the mount cost more than the entire trip!
Don returned home, though he was excited about his first moose he was still unable to live down that he killed a one-eyed moose. Don explained it wasn’t until two weeks after the trip when he was going through his photos that he realized his one-eyed moose wasn’t always a one-eyed moose. In disbelief, he zoomed in on the photos examining the moose’s eye right and saw it was undamaged. Sure enough, the moose had lost his eye sometime when Don left to go get Bill and the gear. Confirming his suspicion, Don called the taxidermist who was mounting the moose head. The taxidermist noted how when Don had dropped off the moose he noticed how the eye and several other puncture wounds looked extremely fresh. They hypothesized that while Don was at the cabin his moose was attacked by another moose. As Don finished his story, he was proud to exclaim that he, in fact, did NOT shoot a one eyed moose. However, in honor of the wild adventure and humorous memory, Don shared he had requested for the moose to be mounted with only one eye.
Weekly Morning Trail Mix 8-21
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Whats up. Im Todd. I like my dog, boats, the open water, the American flag and guns. Some might describe me as a "basic bro", but I'm really just a down home country boy. And a country boy can survive! Im usually out on the water in my fishing boat or canoe with my dog drinking a beer. Stuff on here is stuff I like. Cheers.