I traveled downstream this week to gather food for thought and for the table. A brown bag lunch seminar on hunting ethics at the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Leopold Center provided me something to ponder. And earlier that very morning, a pheasant hunt with my gun dog Buster offered some game for the table.
What better prelude to a lecture on hunting ethics than a late-season hunt in the land of Leopold? That’s exactly what Buster and I did at a nearby state wildlife area named Pine Island.
The 5,499-acre property located just west of Portage, according to the DNR, consists of approximately 1,200 acres of wetland habitat, 1,000 acres of grassland, 1,500 acres of oak/savanna habitat and 1,900 acres of wooded habitat.