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Scott Blumreich, right, of Green Bay, with his 'Bull of the Woods' trophy.
Scott Blumreich, right, of Green Bay, with his 'Bull of the Woods' trophy. / Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com
Scott Blumreich of Green Bay won the 'Bull of the Woods' trophy in 2014 with this catch. / Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com
Scott Blumreich of Green Bay won the 'Bull of the Woods' trophy in 2013 with this catch. / Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com
The 'Bull of the Woods' trophy. / Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

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Everyone knows the term 'deer camp.' This gathering is where friends and relatives meet up on the opening day of Wisconsin's deer hunting season.

They usually arrive the day before and stay in cabins with some of the more hardy members camping. There are campfires and stories from the past and some plain old bragging and B.S. is swapped between the friends and relatives.

Trout camp is almost the same. Thirty to forty trout anglers converge on a few campsites that are close together. The same theme as deer camp is the rule.

Lots of adult beverages are consumed the night before. Some of the participants don't make it to the water until the sun has been up for a couple hours due to the late night.

The anglers at 'trout camp' come from the Madison area and some travel all the way from Green Bay to camp in Wisconsin's mecca of trout fishing. The group targets the heart of the driftless area. The heart is Vernon, Crawford, Grant and Richland counties.

The gathering has evolved in to a competition through the years. Two dollars each is thrown into the kitty each on the night before by the trout hunters go out on their crusade for the biggest trout.

Saturday at 5 p.m. the warriors meet up again at a central campsite and the B.S. flies fast and furious. Each participant with a decent trout posture and are very tight-lipped about where they caught their fish. Most anglers, when asked where they caught their trout, answer with the "Right in the corner of the mouth."

The kitty is used by the winner to place a plaque on the trophy with the size of the trout and the winning angler's name and the year it was caught. The trophy is called 'The Bull of the Woods' for the winner of the contest. The second prize or runner up gets the 'Pecker wood' trophy and has to pay for their plaque out of their own pocket.

Two years ago I was on a trout fishing message board and met one of the 'Bull of the Woods' winners. He had just won the trophy for the first time. His name is Scott Blumreich and is from Green Bay. He asked me if I could help him with some home field advantage on where to catch a big trout. I gladly shared some information with Scott.

The Monday after the gathering Scott sent me a photo of his catch for 2013 and thanked me for my good information. Scott won the 2013 'Bull' contest with the largest trout ever caught in the contest. This was his second win in a row.

2014 rolled around and Scott contacted me again. Scott wanted his dad to win the contest so I gave up some good information again. Scott even invited me to the 2014 award ceremony.

The 2014 ceremony was held last Saturday at a remote campsite somewhere in Southwestern Wisconsin. I was blindfolded and led to the site by Scott.

The 'Bull of the Woods' trophy was won again by Scott Blumreich. This makes it a three-peat for Scott. I was a witness to the event and not a participant. I took a few photos and enjoyed a few beverages and left the Trout Camp to their traditions and tall tale telling.

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Len Harris blogs from the "Heart" of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Len's passion is small stream trout fishing with every legal means possible. When trout season is closed he writes and takes photos. He even dabbles in a little cooking. Read more of Lenís writing on his blog at http://lenharris.blogspot.com/.

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