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JJ lives with his wife Erin and son Micah in Wisconsin.
Interests: Hunting, fishing, organic gardening, writing, camping, reading, running, cooking, dogs, photography.
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“This is The Spot!” I exclaim to my two hunting partners. “Do you remember it? It was thirty years ago when we first hunted here.” via Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 5, 2024 at thehundredlittledramas
“This is The Spot!” I exclaim to my two hunting partners. “Do you remember it? It was thirty years ago when we first hunted here.” Who among us doesn’t have “The Spot”? Whether it’s a submerged reef that always holds walleyes, a saddle ridge where a November buck can always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2024 at thehundredlittledramas
An eight week old Vizsla commandeered our lives on July 19. Here is the beginning of our story... After much debate we've landed on a name. Meet Dane. The first couple nights after we brought him home were what you’d expect; lots of crying, whimpering and frequent trips outside. And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at thehundredlittledramas
We still don’t know which Vizsla pup from the litter of 6 will be ours. We still haven’t agreed upon a name. We do know that we will meet our pup and bring him home in one week. A major part of the next 10 to 15 years of our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at thehundredlittledramas
Four days ago, Good Hearted Woman Jewels, JH and Russet Lightning Magnum, MH welcomed into our world 6 healthy Vizsla pups. Somewhere in that line of pups below is our new boy. We don't know yet which one he is. Maybe he is the one off to the right, who... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at thehundredlittledramas
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at thehundredlittledramas
I recently completed a 10 day trip hiking and fishing in the high Sierra country of California. From Yosemite to Mount Langley to Sequoia National Park, I saw alot of amazing country. The highlight of my trip was summiting 14,026 foot Mount Langley. You can read my trip report here.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at thehundredlittledramas
My dad had the endearing habit of frequently using the police code “10-4” when he was replying in the affirmative to something someone said to him. “Dad. Let’s trailer the boat over to La Court Oreilles, catch a couple of walleyes and then grab a beer and a burger at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at thehundredlittledramas
It's early. I've seen a couple of nice bucks. I am holding out for the rut, and hopefully something bigger. Every day in the woods is a blessing. I love walking into my stand in the dark, the stars above, the morning ahead. I climb into my stand-I'm always optimistic.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at thehundredlittledramas
Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. He would have been 84 years old. Today, my brother and I closed on the sale of the retirement home my parents built twenty-two years ago. We said goodbye to my Mom in 1998. My Dad died seven years ago. I suppose my life cycle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at thehundredlittledramas
Just completed our annual winter camping trip to northern Minnesota. This year our group of five visited the Superior National Forest near the small town of Isabella. The weather was...pretty nice for February in northern Minnesota. Saturday night dipped below zero, but we were pretty comfortable in our wall tents... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at thehundredlittledramas
What to do when the hunting season is over but you want to hunt? Visit your hunting grounds armed with a camera. My stand sits empty. The lush grasslands are frozen and snow covered. The spring pond attracts deer and coyotes alike. A rub from last fall. Deer tracks cover... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at thehundredlittledramas
Sunday January 8, 2012 Opening Days are easy, childish things. It seems that every hunter and fisherman participates in one Opening Day or another. Camaraderie is often cited as the reason most join in. Everyone loves Opening Days, yet they are usually over-rated and nearly always disappoint. Manufactured build up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at thehundredlittledramas
After a wildly successful bow season it was a predictable, if not true, statement that I would make to anyone who cared to listen that "It really doesn't matter if I shoot a buck during the gun season. I've already had a great deer season." My statement sounded good, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at thehundredlittledramas
I found myself in a familiar place; a treestand in rural Dane County. The Wisconsin bow season was 6 weeks old, and I had hunted every weekend since the Opener. My outdoor surroundings were as routine and familiar to me as the rooms in my home. The distant ridgetop now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at thehundredlittledramas
"I been feelin' like my old self again . . .and if you ever see that sun come shining in. . . well get born again." —Cory Chisel In a life spent outdoors, I've tried just about everything hunting and fishing related. When I was young, I took a "Jack... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at thehundredlittledramas
Gathering wild food is a favorite pasttime of mine. It goes beyond the natural goodness wild food delivers in the manner of exquisite flavor and freshness. Finding this good food in nature, rather than a grocery store, is probably my favorite reason for seeking it in the first place. Spring... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at thehundredlittledramas
This is Anna’s story, but she has no voice, so by default it becomes our story and I am left to write my way out of it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at thehundredlittledramas
A new show recently debuted that captured my interest. The Wild Within on the Travel Channel chronicles the adventures of Steven Rinella as he travels the world in search of wild game. His angle is the pursuit and transforming of wild game into food. Here is an interesting review of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at thehundredlittledramas
The woods of my dreams are empty now. Well, empty of man, anyway: empty of hunters. Conclusions of seasons always leave me feeling bittersweet. Always there are fond memories. Always there is sadness and longing that it has past. Deer woods seem somewhat melancholy to me, but only when empty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at thehundredlittledramas
Hey Owl! Please don't make me choose who I love most-- trout or deer. Thanks for your comment. Fishing or hunting alone is never for me a lonely pursuit. Getting in the world is the whole idea, as you it's so cold up here I may never soft water fish again.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2010 on Coming Home at thehundredlittledramas
Really cool story here from Paul Smith from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Muskies are King here in Wisconsin. Thanks to catch and release practices, many trophy fish are caught, and released, every year. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at thehundredlittledramas
Thanks Rebecca! I really appreciate it.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2010 on Wish List at thehundredlittledramas
Throughout my life I've been lucky to receive many wonderful outdoorsy presents for Christmas. Most of the best ones came from my parents. They, better than anybody, knew and appreciated my love of the outdoors. Since they've passed on the gifts kept coming from others in my family, but most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at thehundredlittledramas
Last evening, with about 15 minutes left of shooting light, I pulled the trigger on a nice, large doe. I confirmed I hit the deer, and trailed it for about 75 yards when I decided to back off and wait to recover the deer in the morning light. Snow was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at thehundredlittledramas