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Outdoor adventures: Enjoy the cool air, gang

Hello everybody out there in the Rock River valley. It’s starting to look a little bit like summer out there. Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything, though. Oh well, if it goes to heck in a hand basket, you can all blame me.

It definitely wouldn’t be the first time I got blamed for something. I’m as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow it won’t be the last neither.

Well it seems that, after last week’s article, in which I was just a praying for some cool weather to hunt some squirrels, someone just might have been listening. Cool temperatures are forecast for the whole upcoming week, and the bushytail hunting should be fantastic. That is, if the forecast is correct. Which it probably isn’t. But if it is? Well, you get the point.

You know that, over the years, I have done more than 120 videos for my YouTube channel and website. What is most interesting about this is that of all the videos I have, it would shock you to find which is the most viewed.

Nope, it’s not one of the oodles of catfishing videos. It’s not any of the morel mushroom hunting videos either. No, it’s not one of the boating or product videos, either.

Nope, my most viewed video is “How to clean a squirrel”.  Yep, for a guy that spends all year taking people fishing, I could not believe how fast this video took off. More than 100,000 people have watched me clean a squirrel in the thick Morrison woodlot next to Rockwood State Park.

That’s a lot of people who wanted to learn how to clean some vittles. Throw in the fact that a couple of pretty whitetail does walked up and posed for the camera, I guess it is kinda neat. But 100,000 neat? Whatever.

If you’re interested in watching this video or learning more about catfishing, mushroom hunting or more about the products I use, go to YouTube and type in “catmatt” or “catfish academy”.

Anywho, I was trying this week to think of some weird animal tidbit that might interest some of the reader’s out there. You know I am just full of this stuff when I don’t want to share it with anybody.

Anyway, I eventually came up with this: What exactly does the word keratin mean to you? How does this word link us to animals, such as deer?

Take a minute and check this out and learn yourself something this weekend. I know a lot of you know what this is, but I think a lot of you will be surprised. I have known for years, and I still think it’s cool.

But I am pretty easily amused.

Something I am going to look into is just what local wild animal is the fastest. Is it the majestic bald eagle? Or is it the whitetail deer? Maybe the bobcat. Maybe it is the slick-swimmin channel cat or an animal I am completely forgetting about.

Maybe I could get some young ones out there to help me figure this out. As always, get outside this week and do something in the wonderful, cool air that the forecast promises. Until next time...

Go Catfish!

Flats N Cats upcoming

The first Flats N Cats fishing tournament will be held Aug. 3 at Glenn Miller Marina in Erie.

Registration will open at 4 a.m. the day of the event, and a captains meeting will precede fishing, which will go from 5:30 a.m. to noon.

Registration is $50 per team, and the tournament is a 100 percent payout event. Teams consist of two people, with the exception of a third partner under 16 or over 65. The limit of five five channel cats or flatheads must be caught with rod and reel.

For more information, call Adam Tiemann at 309-945-6827.

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