BuckTracker: Whitetail Watering Holes

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I was tracking down the stories behind several nice whitetails when a reader sent me this picture. My first reaction was “cool bar!” And then I looked a little closer. I’ve been here before! This is the Flambeau Forest Inn. Though it’s been a few years since I visited the place, which is in northern Wisconsin’s Flambeau River State Forest, I couldn’t help but recall my many trips to the region. I’ve fished muskies and bass on the Flambeau River, and hunted grouse and deer in the sprawling state forest that surrounds these waters.

The Flambeau Forest Inn fits with its surroundings. Log beams, pine siding, hunting and fishing signs and posters on the walls. And deer antlers in spades; sheds, mounted bucks…enough horns that they blur your vision after a while. You have to stare at each buck to really appreciate its beauty and unique configuration. If you don’t feel like rough-scoring individual racks, you just sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Eating here is like being served in your den or a hunting camp. You can tromp in wearing a flannel shirt and Sorels and no one even turns a head.

I’d like to hear from Buck Tracker readers about similar places in your regions. Have a favorite watering hole or restaurant that you visit on every trip? Like to shine a light on a diner that makes hunters feel at home? I’d love to hear about them…and put them on my list of places I need to visit.

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