Mike Willand's  Field Journal
Bio:
Mike Willand has been a part of the HuntingNet.com community since it's inception.  With over 10 years of bowhunting experience under his belt, Mike has proven himself as a succesful Illinois bowhunter.  Join him this fall in search of trophy Illinois whitetails.


The Antler Hunting Experience. -04/07/2008
April is already here.. can you believe it!? This past winter has been one of the longest and toughest I've ever endured here in the Midwest. With more than 100" of snow since January first and bitte ...
The Beginning Of A Shed Antler Season -01/07/2008
I married a first grade teacher in July of 2007. Every year she has me physically write down my New Years' resolutions onto a piece of notebook paper and stick them on the refrigerator for the whole ...
Old Warrior Down.. the Brown County Giant -11/19/2007
My morning hunt was over on November 10th, 2007 much earlier than it usually falls this time of year. With little activity throughout the morning I sprang loose of my tree perch well before the usual ...
7 Weeks into the Hunting Season -10/28/2007
Sometimes it seems that chasing a wise ole' woods savvy whitetail really can take a toll on the human mind. It is only the end of October and these creatures of habit and deceit have got me chasing m ...
Preseason thought.. will this be the year? -09/07/2007
The Illinois archery deer season starts rather soon. Will this 2005 season mark triumph or defeat? Will this, my tenth, full season on deer stand, hinder the results of countless hours in observation ...
Where are all the deer? -09/07/2007
   Exactly sixteen days have already passed into my whitetail deer season 2005. At this time last season I already had numerous shots at animals, and a buck in the freezer. So what is ...
First deer of my 2005 season..! -09/07/2007
October 22nd, 2005… a day that will live in infamy. Or at least a day that will live in memory for my overwhelmingly terrible season thus far.         &nb ...
The Complete Deer Hunter -09/07/2007
           What completes a good or even great deer hunter? His ability to adapt to his or her everyday setting? His ability to group arrows as ...
February and Trail Camera Pictures -09/07/2007
     February - the shortest long month of the entire year.  If cabin fever has not reached into your soul just yet, just wait.  February is not over. Its still too ...
Basic Shed Antler Hunting Strategies -09/07/2007
Often faced with a familiar question, I always give a different response.  The same principles hold true, only situations develop.  I do not consider myself a world class shed antler hunte ...
One Buck, One Charmed Life! -09/07/2007
No buck, I have ever personally hunted with bow, has ever had more of a documented life than the one you are about to read. With the first sightings in 2003, until the last in 2005, this one animal h ...
The Optimist's Bow Setup -09/07/2007
Archery season draws nearer. Each day passes quicker than the last and slower than the next. Many of us deer hunting enthusiasts are well into the 2006-2007 hunting season already! Food plots are star ...
2007 Shed Season with a Gift -04/25/2007
It is inevitable.. the grass and leaves are beginning to green once again. With this ends my second favorite time of year and the sheds that follow within it. While October and November find me chasi ...
2006.. The Whitetail Year that Was! -01/25/2007
What a difference a year makes. Following an unforgiving 2005 deer season, this past season 2006 was undeniably one of my best. Perhaps the humiliation I endured throughout the 2005 deer season was a ...
The Winterberry Buck -12/07/2006
The evolution of any one particular whitetail deer hunter is quite unique. Each one of us evolves throughout his/her life into the deer hunter that they alone want to be. And whether you hunt for ...
The Successful Stalk, A Buck, and Me -11/15/2006
"Are you stalking me? Cuz that would be super." - Van Wilder The morning of November 11th, 2006 started like any other morning I had spent in stand thus far this whitetail season. It was ...
October On My Mind... -11/01/2006
The winds of change are upon us. October has faded into sweet November. Whitetail, Justin and I attempting to film a hunt in Wisconsin. already showing signs of chase, will soon ...
Last Man Standing & The W.H.A. -06/28/2006
Recently, I am certain you've read the countless efforts to abolish the World Hunting Association. Currently, I am hoping you've read the counter efforts to birth the W.H.A. into life. I say this ...
2005 - The Whitetail Year That Wasn't -01/14/2006
Every man who acts beyond the line of private life, must expect to pass through two severe examinations. First, as to his motives, secondly, as to his conduct…      &n ...
A letter to my credit card company.. -11/16/2005
With my deer hunting season not quite going as planned, and after nearly 40 hours in the stand without so much as a deer sighting, I decided to write this letter to my credit card company.  Some ...

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