This blog, from Team Todd Outdoors was created in thought to allow readers a better understanding of what hunting and fishing can offer and the right ways to go about doing so. My blog has been best kept up to date with the different hunting and fishing that I have been involved with since this fall semester began. From scouring rubs and scrapes to hunting in South Dakota, this blog was directed at the Midwestern Outdoorsman. From beginning to end, I have tried to keep this blog personal, using lessons and media from my own hunts. Throughout this semester long blog of TTOD, I found myself being more in-tuned to everything around me, this aloud me to give a better description of how to interact with different situations that even the reader might find themselves in.
I approached this blog like a research paper, because truly, this kept me involved with more research in maintaining a better harvest this fall through all the different hunts that Minnesota and the Midwest has to offer. While living in Wisconsin, and hunting exclusively in Minnesota, I was intertwined with different seasons as much as different tales of others experiences whether learning of it at local tavern or at work. Knowing how many people pride themselves as hunters and truly enjoying the blessings of the outdoors, it kept me motivated to learn more from them, allowing me to my own field research. From there, whether I’d been had, or whether my new tactics worked, I tried to portray them throughout this blog to help any old stranger from making a mistake and to produce a great day out in the wilderness.
Even though, I have read many written mistakes throughout this WordPress, I find it hard to edit, as it shows how excited I was to post. To keep the reader instilled while reading jumbled up words, I kept the screen vibrant with some photos and videos that are kept from my own moments in the blind. In my mind, this gave the blogs more depth as to what I had been referring too, as I show photos of scrapes and ducks lined up and a caption in regards to the photo. I felt this was just as necessary as my words. I found myself running through my phone and GoPro, trying to find the best suited moments to portray. Using this kind of style, made it much easier to find my own voice through my trials and tribulations, making Team Todd sound much more personal, as well it should stay.
In much respect to my audience, I hope this blog has been very easy to locate certain blogs and categories. It is hard to believe a man from my generation is much incapable to computers, but with such a busy schedule and trying to endure what mother nature has to offer, you somewhat lose touch to the modern world. With this, it made it hard to understand many of the changes a blogger can do to make his/her blog much easier to maneuver through. Still trying, I picked a theme that seemed enough for any computer illiterate outdoorsmen like myself to navigate through. As much as appearance, I had hoped the many photos, such as the home screen would welcome migrators into my waters, as these were my main decoys to visitors. Using Team Todd Outdoor as an Instagram link at the bottom, I wanted many to find our other photos that aren’t published onto this blog, giving the reader a more in depth understanding of who is writing.
As a rookie blogger, I had no idea what to think or how about going about doing this. After finding a subject that I am very passionate, I pretty much took off from there. I had much to discuss, but with my schedule, it was hard to determine what I should post. In many circumstances, I wanted to portray what I had been more involved in. As the beginning of a schools fall semesters starts, so does the hunting season, and without a motor for my fishing boat, it was going to be hard to go out a fish Lake Superior, and well, for the summer fishing, I felt it hard to retain what moments took place and how to voice here on this blog. As for the hunting, I was breathing it every weekend when I went home to old Minnesota. This is where I was reunited with my family, friends, and my killing stick. With this blog always in the back of my mind, I tried to retain each moment on my GoPro and relive it on here through my own words, while trying to incorporate the footage amidst the text.
While I was much in favor for hunting, since November, I had really gotten away from the fields and slews, and found myself in the woods, alone, without many deer to gaze upon. It was cold, slow and to say the least, not much has happened other than spotting does consistently without much of buck presence. It was hard then to voice my everyday weekend of poor weather conditions and photos of does galore, what the people and what I wanted was something with a little bone stemming from the old noggin’. With only a buck tag, I wouldn’t be able to harvest a doe, and blog about it here, unfortunately I have been still engaged in tracking down Gordie and some other deer that give me the chills that I’ve been missing out on. But you as a reader and me wanting to post a photo of an arrow blanketed in red, this blog has felt quiet in regards of hunting, as I’ve been trying to hunt down a story…literally.
Being instilled within Social Media this semester, I have engulfed just as much information as I have goose this season. To better realization, this has been a great way to gather all the information I have learned this year and document it for the reader, and just as much for myself. Through twitter, and even Instagram, I have reached out and have gained more readers through the last few weeks. Asking much of them to comment on the blogs and give me their take, I also wanted to keep my accounts outside of this blog to be instilled with the same common values, and information that I wanted to write about. I found myself following anything that introduced me into another sense of hunting. I brought this information everywhere, reading tips and packing my phone with many software’s that can give me a better insight of how to be the top predator
Social Media has very much changed since I had begun my first Myspace in the early days, then I took to Facebook and followed suit with the rest of the social applications were identified as being “in”. Soon I had found myself on the other side of the fence, once it had overtaken too much of my life. After reinstalling the applications back on my devices for this semester course, all I knew much of was Instagram. As for the other platforms, things had changed, even blogging, was rough from the start. Learning the new elements of each program had really made me feel illiterate with the major changes that had come for since their debuts. Coming to terms with how our modernized these applications have become with our community, I knew it was time to get back on the horse. Within the fact of joining different communities that involve the outdoors, I had to start to find the path I wanted to take while keeping strong values to my accounts as many are inked with bad subscriptions and can deter you from what you can obtain through social media, even though a laugh is very healthy from time to time.
My favorite blog post that I have written to date are definitely Pheasant Jealousy & Why Am I Beating Myself Up? These are justly favorites because during the Pheasant Jealousy, I had a lot too write about as for my cousins consistently inform me what South Dakota has to offer, and while my northern Wisconsin residency, I was again unable to join up with the great time. This provided me to inform the others that might have chance to indulge in the party, because well, everyone is invited to this time of a life experience. The images were also hard not to post, as my cousins love to entice me to a visit to their hunting spots and with roosters that beautiful, they had to be shared. This blog needed to be written, and to write it froma stand point of drooling over the idea, I had fun writing it, but jealous it did make me. Why Am I Beating Myself Up?, was another I very much enjoying publishing. When it comes to duck hunting and my very late reappearance to the sport, I had forgotten much of what the sport incorporates. For example, the pure exhaustion of what the slew can bring, really brought me to terms of how much I need to become wiser and more prepared if I wanted to truly call myself a hunter, because hurting and animal and harvesting an animal, separates hunters from amateurs. Within that mindset, I produced this piece to really prove how much I had forgotten and the bare necessities that one only needs to be involved in a great hunt.
Informing outside of this blog was very helpful as to get readers and the community involved in outdoor relations. I kept my twitter active while sitting in the stand, justly reminding others to keep those on their toes for new gear or as to what the weather was looking like, as hunting is very much based upon this element. The ones that did the most apparent informing, involved retweets that brought users to other accounts. As this doesn’t bring much to my account, if what I repost and pass on, helps certain users, they will listen to more of what I have to say. These other accounts have actually helped me getter a stronger voice through other social media programs as they tell others to what I have to say, much like a thank you for doing the same to them.
Looking on past this semester, I have thought if I were to continue this blog; and my answer is most likely, as it is a free source of publishing information and staying connected to such a broad community. Alongside other accounts on Twitter, and Instagram, this blog can better summarize hunts and the perception of the great outdoors through our eyes.
In future posts, I intend to go very in depth about ice fishing and the mechanics of fishing for either walleye or crappies. These posts will be much for media filled as it much easier to keep the camera ready and also with the different technology that we are able to use, I plan to go more in depth with certain brands, gizmos and whether its valuable to finding the fish. Besides ice fishing is one of the mostfavorite pastime amongst my hometown, with friends already looking to go north and find fish that will barely squeeze out of the ice holes. This time of the year is very much anticipated, with new ice houses, secret honey holes, and fishing partners that will definitely go the full nine yards to be successful, its hard not get antsy to get on the ice.
Alongside, the tundra fishing, I want to conclude previous posts, including, finding and harvesting my 2015 buck, and also bringing to light my fathers just recent South Dakota Pheasant hunt with his buddies; getting their limit each day within only a few hours. While, I will not be able to make the pheasant hunt this year, I am trying to piece together a trip down to that region for a snow goose hunt with a teammate and our fathers, being guided by his uncle. Only a history with Canadians, I am eager to see what major fly way looks like, with hundreds of flocking birds circling the skies. A bucket list sort of hunt that I would love to publish a story on.
Unfortunately, I did not publish many stories that I intended to do. For example, I wanted to make a write up on grouse hunting, as my cabin is littered with these little trail riders. With not having ever hunted them on our property, they have gotten very mature and actually quite approachable, making it actually hard to go after. As they have become more of an attraction to our cabin rather than wanting to go after them there. This prohibited me from continuing on from writing a blog about, but in hindsight, they lost my attraction after finding numerous turkey feathers and hearing calls during my deer season, making them a highly sought out prey for this guy.
I would like to thank those who have found them reading my blog posts, and for those who have incorporated a subject matter in which I can publish better stories and allow readers better links and subjects to allow them to understand in further manner than prior to finding this blog page. Again, thank you and I hope you enjoy what is to come later to date.