Bill Sargent is the property manager for Camp Wandawega.
He’s the tent-pitching, boat-repairing, arrow-finding, tour-giving, fence-mending, wood-splitting, fishing guide — patient man.
We sat down with him (in his copious spare time) to find out where hes from, what he’s into, and how he makes his venesin sausage so damn good.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HUNTING?
I like to hunt deer with my bow. WHATS YOUR BIGGEST BAG?
a 10 pt buck taken down in delevan wisconsin.
WHATS THE LARGEST DEER YOUVE TAKEN DOWN AND WHAT WAS THE TAKE?
I processed 100 lbs of meat into: jerky, sausage and steaks.
WHERE YOU DID YOU GROW UP?
Right here. born and raised in elkhorn wisconsin
YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WANDAWEGA?
Getting to meet different people all the time. folks from denmark,
folks that travel all the way just to be here.
HOW TO YOU SPEND YOUR COPIOUS SPARE TIME, WHEN KEEPING CAMP RUNNING?
In my woodshop crafting custom designed homegoods from salvaged wood, ranging from barn beams to vintage decks.
WHATS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR IN THIS AREA?
Fall.early october to see the colors peak. i always carve out a couple of weeks in high season to make sure i get qouta. on deer & ducks. mallards, geese.
AS A LICENSED FISHING GUIDE, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CATCH?
I like to fish for crappie, its a very hard fish to find,
9bigger than a bluegill, smaller than bass). usually you hafta to go trees that are down or deep holes. i hae the best luck with minnos and a bobber, a beer and a lot of patience. to prepare them, i fille and pan fry. bread with egg and alittle bit of flour. my dad taught me when i was 15, and taught my kids to do the same.
AS A TRADITIONAL WISCONSIN SPORTSMAN, WHAT OTHER SPORTS DO YOU PARTAKE IN?
I’m a avid hunter, fisher, and snowmobiling. And coach my son’s baseball team.
WHATS THE BEST GEAR FOR THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY?
Favorite boot: Danner, available through penfields.
favorite jacket: scentlok (specialize in gear for bow hunters) they feature carbon on the inside, so the deer cant smell you.
WHATS THE DEAL WITH DEER URINE?:
Right around halloween, thats when I start using buck urine. That’s when they are rudding (ready for doe). I put on a drag ( a piece of felt soaked, tied to my boot). You hike to your deer stand, hang it out 10 yards from your stand. If he senses another buck is in the area, he goes back to check the area over and over. He wants to make sure he mates with the does before the other buck does.