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North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby muddy » Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:14 pm

Seriously, how is the hunting up that way? How much public land is there? How difficult is it to get on private land? How is the trophy potential?

I will have more questions as there is a possibility I may become a resident of northern Wisconsin...


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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:21 pm

muddy wrote:Seriously, how is the hunting up that way?
Low deer numbers, trophy potential.


How much public land is there?
tons!

How difficult is it to get on private land?
I would guess kinda tough


How is the trophy potential?
they are there

I will have more questions as there is a possibility I may become a resident of northern Wisconsin...
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby dan » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:27 am

The big bucks are up there, and there is plenty of public land to roam. But hunting there is way different than hunting Iowa... Iowa is way easier hunting... The small woodlots are easier to hunt. Wisconsin has the bucks, but can be very humbling.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby PEAKRUT » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:53 am

I hunt up near Antigo on timber company and county land and yes their are some big bucks to be had. Right now though the deer numbers are really low due to hunters, wolves, bears and baiting and last but not least the dang DNR.
The unit of which I hunt 43 is once again buck only this year which pretty much means anything with antlers is down on the public areas. Ive been hunting up there since 1983 and I can tell you as for deer numbers and quality it has been bad the last 3 years. I pretty much get to hunt 6-7 days
so that does help by being out there everyday. I must say either find the bigger swamps (Smaller ones still get pounded) or some private lands around the public areas. Also where I hunt it is a nice hilly region so them big boys get up on those hills tops which makes it fun. Good luck this coming season. T BTW I am talking gun season as I dont get to hunt up there during bow season. I have to many other hot spots. :-)
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby Dewey » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:32 am

I have done quite a bit of hunting north of Antigo all the way into the UP but mostly in Langlade,Oneida and Vilas counties. If you like big bucks you will really have to work hard to find them and agree what others have said that the last few years has been the worst I have seen in that area since the early 90's. The central part of the state from Antigo south to Appleton is much better for large bucks. Driving up north on 45 I usually see the largest bucks between Clintonville and Tigerton every year. :shock: That will be the area I will check out in the future.

Because of this I have been focusing much more time the last few years in the SE part of WI. The scenery is not as nice down here as hunting up north and I love hunting big woods bucks but it's much more productive down south for larger bucks.

I used to make 8-10 trips north in the past but cut back to about 2-3 the last couple of years to focus more hunting closer to home. Since then I have shot my 2 largest bucks to date so it's hard for me to keep going way up north anymore.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:04 am

I just "temporaly" moved from Northern WI to Appleton. Two different worlds but hunting can be better in the central part of the state vs the north. Quantity and quality both.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have.....Magicman's answers pertain to Northern WI (min. 2 hour drive north from Appleton).....which in my opinion Appleton is not and his responses would be the direct opposite in and around the Appleton immediate area.

Two other's posted Antigo....i would tend to agree, for general purposes, north of antigo is big woods hunting and south of antigo is small woodlot farmalnd hunting.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:47 am

Hodag Hunter wrote:I just "temporaly" moved from Northern WI to Appleton. Two different worlds but hunting can be better in the central part of the state vs the north. Quantity and quality both.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have.....Magicman's answers pertain to Northern WI (min. 2 hour drive north from Appleton).....which in my opinion Appleton is not and his responses would be the direct opposite in and around the Appleton immediate area.

Two other's posted Antigo....i would tend to agree, for general purposes, north of antigo is big woods hunting and south of antigo is small woodlot farmalnd hunting.


I agree. I lived in Appleton for a while and it's a whole different world (type of hunting) then further north.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby muddy » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:46 am

Well, my heart rate has subsided, my wife doesn't want anything to do with job.

PHEW!

We'd have been right in/around Antigo, but now we'll just stick here in central Iowa!
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby huntinnurse » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:25 am

Better choice in my opinion Muddy!!!!!
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:52 am

I'd rather look at the Northwoods than the vast farmlands of Iowa - no offense Muddy. I'm a Wisco boy, through and through! A short 4 hour drive is an amazing change between southern Wisconsin and Northern. You can literally watch your surroundings change dramatically within no time, and there's no air cleaner than that of the Northwoods..
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby muddy » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:45 am

Sam Ubl wrote:I'd rather look at the Northwoods than the vast farmlands of Iowa - no offense Muddy. I'm a Wisco boy, through and through! A short 4 hour drive is an amazing change between southern Wisconsin and Northern. You can literally watch your surroundings change dramatically within no time, and there's no air cleaner than that of the Northwoods..


Yeah, we went camping up through Wisc many moons ago, it was really cool to watch the plant life change as we went north. The only good thing I can think of up in that area would be that the fishing is infinitely better than here. I may even catch my first musky!
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby Dewey » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:48 am

Sam Ubl wrote:I'd rather look at the Northwoods than the vast farmlands of Iowa - no offense Muddy. I'm a Wisco boy, through and through! A short 4 hour drive is an amazing change between southern Wisconsin and Northern. You can literally watch your surroundings change dramatically within no time, and there's no air cleaner than that of the Northwoods..

Yeah, and not much water in the lakes anymore in the Northwoods. Hopefully they get massive amounts of rain up there to help the severe drought going on up there the past few years. They are already seeing some large White Pines dying off on the tops and if this keeps up there will be no Northwoods to speak of in the future. :shock:
I would think this will also hurt the deer population up there even more so than it is right now.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:32 am

The rain just doesn't fall like it used to, I'm afraid :?

There were storms up there when I would spend the summer in Eagle River that would wage war on my fishing efforts for days. It seemed like once it started, it never stopped. . . Now, well now it's a 10+ year drought.

Carpenter Lake is surrounded by the shores my wifes family has visited for almost a century - when her grandma would make the day long drive in those little Ford buggies. In the 7 years I've been afforded the opportunity to visit that cabin, I've watched the water go down over 3 feet in depth and about 12 feet of shoreline.

Muddy,

My favorite part of the drive North is when you start seeing, "up north trees", as I always call them. Just BIG towering pines, etc. I agree! ...and I'll take you musky fishing.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby muddy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:11 am

Sam Ubl wrote:Muddy, and I'll take you musky fishing.


How far north do I need to go to get to you? What time of year is best? I've only seen musky's while netting 'eyes here in Iowa for hatchery spawning, they were stupid big.
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Re: North of Appleton, Wisconsin?

Unread postby DropTyne » Fri May 07, 2010 10:58 am

The whole drought scare is simply cyclical. My family has had a cabin in Lake Tomahawk since the 1920's and it has happened twice in that time span (We have a journal). Be patient and it will change. Muddy.... There is a ton of public land, and yes there are some very nice bucks in there you just have to work extremely hard for them....
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