October 7

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I have mentioned that one or a hundred times on this website.  In September the weather cools and the leaves start changing.  In late-September my thoughts turn to the Ahnapee River.  By late-October my mind is in my deer stand in Polk County.  Since I became a father […]

The Ahnapee Calls Again

I’ve spent years on various blogs writing about deer hunting.  If you’ve followed me at all you’ve read countless stories of my time in the northwoods chasing whitetails.  I also love bird hunting, and because my dad was an avid bird hunter, it’s really what I grew up around.  My dad has hunted deer as […]

Special Delivery

Before I start tonight’s post, I have to give a big shout out to Andy and Tyson.  I asked for deer stories and they delivered.  Both left me laughing out loud multiple times.  Whether it was Andy referencing our grandpa the sex mentor or Tyson’s tarsal staining and rose colored urine, I got exactly what […]

Punching My First Ticket

So, my buddy Charlie texts me with this idea about having our current deer hunting party members creating blog posts centered on the stories surrounding our first deer harvests. He also mentioned having guys share yarns about their first buck kills as well.  Fortunately for you, dear reader of Mookie Fantana, I will be able to […]

Florence County, 1986

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking these antlers hanging so handsomely on the wall of my Seattle home are from a deer I shot in Seattle. Maybe you’re thinking I shot him in the fashionable Capitol Hill neighborhood, tracking him among the hipster boutiques and artisanal farm-to-table James Beard Award-winning restaurants. Or maybe you […]

Tews and Pac

Last Friday was my boy Tews’s birthday.  I forget a lot of things, but for some reason one of the few things I do usually remember is to text my boy to wish him a happy birthday.  It’s weird now that we’re in our 40’s.  What do you say to someone turning 42?  “Happy birthday! […]