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Who We Are

Who We Are from Sicmanta on Vimeo.

This really sums up "who we are" and why we embark on these adventures all fall. As Donnie Vincent mentions, "this is year round" and "consuming". We prepare for 8 months for that one day, that one moment we get to take our game that we will eat off of for the entire year. This is very informative, motivating, inspirational, and moving. For those that don't get it, I leave you with this, your ancestors were hunters and therefore that is why you exist. Outdoorsman are the greatest conservationists we have, and we need to continue to introduce our children and youth so they too understand who they are and God's amazing creation.

Here in the upper midwest we are seeing a lot of pre rut activity. I spent the weekend in a tree in Central WI and not only saw a ton of deer, but saw a lot of bucks already chasing and running small groups of does. With the forecasted lows getting into the 20's and 30's the RUT should be in full swing this next week. We are about a week away from a full moon. So for those that have a bow at home, it's time to get in a tree. We will be adding new photo's and video's from not only this past weekend but this upcoming week shortly. Stay tuned for more fall action with the Mathews Creedxs in hand.

Don't Put Them Away Yet

With the return of summer this past weekend here in MN I opted to put down the Mathews and pick up a G.Loomis rod. Temps pushed mid 80's and the bite was pretty good considering the large high pressure system.

It reminded me that even though it is hunting season and fall we can't put the fishing rods away yet. The Indian summer made for a great chance to stretch the string and although we may not have 80 degree days the rest of this year, I guarantee we will still have a few nice days and even if it's not nice, it is the best time of year to catch fish and BIG fish at that!

Throwing a jig shallow produced these nice largemouth and a couple nice pike. Until next time, Fish On! You may be seeing more "tree updates" in the near future. ;)


The Journey Continues 

Another look into the journey we sportsman call "fall"! This is the 2nd episode of Harvest Chronicles with Pat, Ben, and I. Can't say enough about how fun it is to document our passion, share it with you, and also share in this magical time of year. We truly are blessed to get to embark on this journey every fall and this year has not disappointed in any way. We have managed the does a bit and filled the freezer for winter.

Not your Ordinary cooler

Summer has come and gone and we are well into fall and I can't tell you how valuable these coolers have been to our success.  

Let me break down for you a few reasons a Grizzly Cooler is a must and also my review now 6 months in to using them regularly.  

First let me start by saying they are made in the USA, in Iowa of all places!  The next thing I have found is that they are indestructible.  I can stand on them to bed fish, use them as a spare place to sit in the boat, and also stack things on them when traveling.  

Yes, they will keep ice for days in the summer.  If you are in and out of your cooler a lot in the summer it will have a negative impact on the ice.  That stems from the fact that you allow that warm air in and in theory lock it in when you close it.  Yes the ice and cold cooler compensates for that effect but like anything, if you expose it to warm air it will melt.  If you are a sceptic like me, you will think that coolers don't need to be $200-$400, well I can't tell you how wrong I was.  Once I started using it I saw the value instantly.  It allowed for much more then just putting food or drinks in.  The added seat, stool, stand on for bed fishing, and also bait well to name a few was a huge value.  

The Grizzly 20qt or 40qt make great bait wells for in a fish house and is invulable to me and many ice fisherman once they try it.  Shiners are expensive and if you don't have them in the winter you are fishing for second.  My Grizzly's allow me to take 10-12 dozen shiners with me on the road and not have to worry about them.  I do add an aeration kit to the cooler, which only takes 10 minutes, and all my bait make the trips around the state without problem.  

Now we are into the fall and the hunting season.  I have found that I can quarter an entire deer and pack it in the cooler keep it chilled until I return home to take care of it.  I can pack all the food I need to get to deer camp, duck camp, or anywhere else I may need and not have to stop for groceries.  When I put it in the truck I am able to stack stuff on top of it without it collapsing.  All these attributes are things I didn't realize I needed in a cooler until I had a cooler that did what it needed; and it was a Grizzly.  If you or anyone you know is looking for a cooler please give the great line of Grizzly's a look, they are available in lots of colors including multiple camo options for the sportsman in your family.   Until next time, Fish On and keep your bait alive and beer cold!