trapping

Photo via Marv Kaukl

Many Wisconsin hunters are aware of the pheasant propagation program conducted at the state game farm in Poynette, which annually hatches thousands of pheasants for hunting opportunities across the southern half of the state. Few however, are aware of the fur propagation program. But as writer Bob Willging recalls in today’s History Afield, fur was once a thriving part of game farm operations. The old boys of the state game farm were all gone by the time I interviewed Marv “Koke” Kaukl at his...

Derek Bakken

If you’re a trapper…the DNR wants to hear about it when you accidentally capture a wolf. DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says if you trap a wolf without meaning to and without a wolf harvest permit, it can be a convenient time for the DNR to put a radio collar on that wolf. “We tend not to trap in the fall, because we don’t want to be competing with all the other people who are out doing recreational trapping. But this does provide us with an opportunity to cooperate with our...

Wisconsin Historical Society

When the stock market crashed in late 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, the prosperity of the 1920’s screeched to a halt. As factories and mills closed their doors, millions of Americans found themselves unemployed. In today’s History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging tells the story of one man who left Chicago during the Depression to make his mark in the Northwoods. When the young, unmarried Carl Schels lost his job working for Chicago Western Electric in 1930, the prospects for...

Hunters and trappers spend a great deal of time alone in the woods, and outdoor activities in remote areas have their share of inherent dangers. Those dangers were even more apparent in the 1930s, a time of limited communication, large tracts of remote country, few heavily traveled roads, and the occasional gangster, moonshiner or poacher. In today’s History Afield, Bob Willging tells the story of one man’s mysterious death in the woods in 1931. Edward Keeler didn’t worry about dangers in the...