Bill Marchel

Bill Marchel, of Fort Ripley, Minnesota, is a full-time wildlife and outdoors writer and photographer. He specializes in game birds, mammals and outdoor sports, such as hunting and fishing. For more information, visit his website at

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Photo of the week

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: December 18, 2009 - 11:49 AM

On a recent below zero morning, a blue jay perched with feathers fluffed against the cold.  By erecting its plumage the jay creates more dead air space, thus increasing the insulating value of its feathers.

Photo of the week

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: November 11, 2009 - 7:11 PM
Mule deer, the Western cousin of our white-tailed deer sports antlers that fork and then fork again.  Typically, whitetail bucks bear antlers featuring one main beam upon which each antler tine originates.

Canada geese and other waterfowl in western Minnesota.

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: October 21, 2009 - 10:11 AM
On Monday October 19 I traveled through western Minnesota while returning from a pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota.  I saw  large flocks of Canada geese and some mallards feeding in flooded farm fields from the South Dakota border east to about Morris, MN.  Several thousand geese were using Crystal Lake in Morris.  The current rainy weather will provide additional sheet water in the area.  Some soybeans were being harvested but most of the corn was still standing.

Photo of the week

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: October 13, 2009 - 9:42 PM
This image is to commemorate the upcoming Oct. 17 South Dakota pheasant hunting opener.  Two hunters are silhouetted by a low sun as they admire a bagged rooster pheasant.

Ruffed Grouse

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: September 28, 2009 - 6:13 PM
For ruffed grouse hunters, the next few weeks will be prime hunting time.  The broods are dispersing, and adult males can be heard drumming in defense of their home ranges.  Recent cool and windy weather will hasten leaf fall allowing hunters a more open understory.  Concentrate your hunting efforts near aspen forests that have been clear-cut during the past decade.  Grouse will concentrate around favorite food sources such as grey dogwood.