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! […]

First Deer

I’d like to try something new this year.  Some of these blog posts are going to be live documents that will be continually updated by the deer hunting crew.  We can exchange stories and add to the post as frequently as we feel necessary. The first topic is going to be a simple one: Recall […]


Frequent readers of the blog will want to sit down for this one.  As you all know, the unofficial sponsor of the mookiefantana.com deer hunting blog has always been Kwik Trip.  Sponsor is probably not the appropriate word.  Inspiration?  Muse?  Delicious snack and satisfying beverage provider?  I always thought sponsor sounded good, but it’s not […]

Welcome to Deer Season #30

It’s been raining a lot lately.  Last Thursday the high temperature didn’t reach the 70’s and sleeping with the windows open left the house chilly in the morning.  My kids start school tomorrow.  The Badgers won Friday night.  The Packers kickoff in six days.  The calendar tells me it’s September.  Fall is creeping in.  Where […]