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Patrick Durkin

Patrick Durkin

Outdoors writer/editor, weekly columnist for 17 Wisconsin newspapers, regular contributor to American Hunter magazine, and former editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine.

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The Mystery of America's Stonehenge

Anthropology

The Mystery of America's Stonehenge

If you’re driving through the rocky ridges of southeastern New Hampshire and see a sign for “America’s Stonehenge,” don’t expect a peek into North America’s hitherto-unknown megalithic past. America’s Stonehenge is more a modern nickname for an intriguing New England sightseeing attraction than the...
Patrick Durkin Aug 1, 2022
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Photos: Red Fox Raids Grackle Nest

Wildlife Management

Photos: Red Fox Raids Grackle Nest

A pair of grackles near Stoughton, Wisconsin, learned the hard way in early June that red foxes can climb trees far better than what humans often claim in common lore and nature books. The grackles lost their entire hatch to a red fox, which had little trouble raiding the nest 18 feet up a spruce...
Patrick Durkin Jul 18, 2022
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Mobsters, Arson, and Photogrammetry: The World Record Muskie Conspiracy Theories

Freshwater

Mobsters, Arson, and Photogrammetry: The World Record Muskie Conspiracy Theories

Louie Spray of Wisconsin caught three world-record muskies during his time. His feat is written in stone, so it must be fact, right? If you want that rock-solid proof, visit the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward, Wisconsin and look up the burial site for Louis Bolser Spray, Feb. 21, 1900 — Nov. 19, 198...
Patrick Durkin Jun 27, 2022
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The Deer Camps and Fish Shacks of American Gangsters

Wildlife Management

The Deer Camps and Fish Shacks of American Gangsters

Folks across the upper Great Lakes states said all roads led to Hurley, Hayward, or Hell a century ago as gangsters and bootleggers capitalized on Prohibition and the Great Depression. As a federal investigator named Frank Buckley said in a 1929 report, Wisconsin’s worst community was Hurley...
Patrick Durkin Jun 22, 2022
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