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WI DNR Uses Gut It. Cut It. Cook It. In Its Learn-to-Hunt Program

Gut It Cut It Cook It in the field

Keith Warnke, the Wisconsin DNR’s Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator, just sent me an email with the subject line “Your Book in Action.”  It’s one of the best endorsements ever for Gut It. Cut It. Cook It.: The Deer Hunter’s Guide to Processing and Preparing Venison.

He told us the WI DNR is using our book in its Learning to Hunt for Food course, and that participants love it.  These new hunters have found Gut It. Cut It. Cook It. an incredibly helpful and supportive resource; as you can see from Keith’s photos, it’s field-tested and learner-approved.  (If you’re squeamish, don’t look at these photos—or the ones in the book.  But that’s where venison comes from.)  Every year the DNR orders around 50 copies for students enrolled in its learn-to-hunt program.

In an effort to increase hunter participation, the DNR is now holding these courses all around the state.  If you’re an adult who’s curious about hunting, if you want to start from the very beginning, and if you’re especially interested in venison rather than antlers, then one of these Learning to Hunt for Food courses might be for you.

Similar courses are offered in other states.  Here in Wisconsin, more sessions will be held in 2016; later, as the schedule gets firmed up, you can check the WI DNR website for more information.

Gut It Cut It Cook It in Action



Deer Camp and the OSB School of Interior Design

OSB School of Interior Design, Copyright Al Cambronne

As I noted in my last post, deer shacks are supposed to be a little on the rustic side.  This example belongs to what I like to call the OSB school of interior design. 

(I should explain that OSB is short for “Oriented Strand Board,” a material that, although used quite heavily in modern construction, is usually concealed under drywall, siding, or some other material.  It looks like that stuff you see everywhere in the above photo.)

Deer camp purists may feel that indoor plumbing is strictly for wimps.  This deer shack, however, features a splendid compromise: hot showers powered by an ingenious “barrel, electric pump, and overhead water heater built from a beer keg” system.  The same system also provides hot water for the kitchen sink.

It’s convenient, but not too convenient.  Because remember, we’re here for the deer.

And now a word from our sponsor…  If you know any deer hunters seeking a fine exemplar of the OSB school of interior design (and even more so those 77 acres of great hunting land that go with it), tell them to click here.  For more elegant, less rustic listings, click here.  For Jean’s Northwest Wisconsin Real Estate blog, click here.  And for more photos, keep scrolling down.

Next time: Taking Deer-Camp Real Estate Photography to New Heights….

Deer Camp Living Room, copyright Al Cambronne

Deer Camp Shower, copyright Al Cambronne

Deer Camp Kitchen, copyright Al Cambronne

My Deer, copyright Al Cambronne

Bobcat and punkins, copyright Al Cambronne




Deer and Real Estate

Deer Stand, copyright Al Cambronne

It’s time to wake up my hibernating blog. 

Sorry for the silence, but business has been busy lately.  Plus, I was a little uncertain about how to proceed.  I’m due for a total website makeover, and the changes will be more than skin-deep.  That’s coming soon.  For now, however, I’ll at least wake up my blog.

So here’s the scoop.  My next writing projects probably won’t be about deer, and I can’t say more until it’s time.  Meanwhile, I’ve also been busy with this side gig.  It’s not exactly a day job, because it’s not exactly a job.  And it doesn’t always end at the end of the day.

My wife is a Realtor, and the past couple years I’ve been doing more to support that enterprise.  Real estate has become the family business, and selling real estate requires words and images.  So behind the scenes, I’ve been helping out a little.

Every now and then, these two worlds collide.  In DEERLAND I devoted an entire chapter, “The Deer of Buffalo County,” to a bizarre corner of southwestern Wisconsin where trophy deer temporarily drove the local real estate market totally insane.  True, Buffalo County may be an extreme example.  But all across vast swaths of America, deer are now the #1 driver of the rural real estate market.  There, deer land is worth far more than farm land.

Here in northern Wisconsin, the #1 driver of our local real estate market is lake homes and cabins.  Some are quite modest.  Others stretch the word “cabin” right to the breaking point.  That’s where most of the action is.  At the lake.  But every now and then, we do sell a few chunks of nice hunting land.  Sometimes they include cabins, but these are called “deer shacks,” not “deer cabins.”  In this context, I should explain for the uninitiated, the word “shack” is not an insult.  It’s just what they’re called.

And if you’re going up north to deer camp, your deer shack is supposed to be a little rustic.  Kind of like the one pictured below.  Because the structure you’re far more interested in is your deer stand.  That’s why it got first billing in this post—and sometimes even does in real estate listings.

And quite often, at least in the eyes of the hunters who buy these properties, the most compelling photos are not the beautiful landscapes or the stunning interiors I’ve carefully composed, lighted, and processed.  They’re trailcam selfies that prove the deer are here.

And now a word from our sponsor…  If you know anyone who might be interested in 77 acres of northern Wisconsin hunting land with a rustic but well-maintained deer shack, tell them to click here.  For more elegant, less rustic listings, click here.  For Jean’s Northwest Wisconsin Real Estate blog, click here.  And for more photos, keep scrolling down.

Next time: Deer Camp and the OSB School of Interior Design.

Typical Deer Shack, copyright Al Cambronne


Deer Selfie, copyright Al Cambronne

Bear Selfie, copyright Al Cambronne



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