Lorken Farms, Labrador Retrievers, Fremont, WI 

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Lorken Farm's ponds, property and wildlife

Lorken Farms is  90 acres in size.  The farm was originally a beef ranch but continues to undergo construction for wildlife habitat.  Thousands of pine trees have been planted, 11 ponds, some nearing an acre in size have been dug and many natural grasses and wildlife food plots planted.  Larger ponds have Perch and Bluegill and Northern Pike.   Old fences have been removed for safety and to allow wild deer to range more freely.   There are portions which are still farmed.  We plant food plots for the wildlife.   We allow wild birds to nest in the Spring and some ponds are never hunted even in the regular hunting seasons. Trained dogs conserve on the loss of game that might otherwise be shot but never found.


Our West woods in January.  We have bottom land hardwoods and have planted about 6000 pine trees to provide shelter and cover for wildlife. Some hardwoods are planted in protective cones.

In 2002 we planted 27 acres into prairie grasses and wildflowers.  This will make excellent cover for wildlife and replacing useless canary grass will increase the survival opportunities for many wild creatures.  The restoration seed we planted includes; Prairie Dock, Prairie Blazing Cup plant, Bergamot, Switch grass, Indian grass, Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Canada Wild rye, Stiff Goldenrod, Saw tooth, Compass Plant, Yellow Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susans, RH Buchclover and  Purple Prairie Clover.  We also have some natural cat tails and sedges coming up around the ponds.

First year of Prairie Restoration

Black-eyes Susans & Purple Prairie Clover

 

WILDLIFE


Wild birds also frequent our many ponds. And wild Turkey's visit.

 

We used to raise pheasants but gave up the game farm license due to cost involved.
We still have a wild pheasant population that was likely helped by our captive stock.

  Ken continues to hunt ring neck pheasants in the fall.  Ken has his own recipe for making pheasant that I think is excellent.  Give it a try:

2 pheasant breasts
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup beef broth
1T honey
1T Orange Marmalade
2T Butter
Salt, Pepper, Coriander

Brown the pheasant breasts about 2-3 minutes per side.
Mix ingredients and spices together in a Dutch oven.  Add Pheasant breasts and cook in oven at 270 degrees for about 1/2 hour.  Serve with wild rice.  Uncle Ben's wild rice is good especially if you mix in raisins and some walnuts when you cook it.

 

Here is a deer caught on a deercam Feb 05

Many other animals visit or live on our property.  Sand Hill Cranes nest here as well as many variety of ducks and geese.  Foxes, Minks, Beaver, Possum and a variety of other critters also come.  We have a variety of owls, hawks and even hear coyotes from time to time.

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In the fall Ken and the dogs enjoy the sport of hunting

Gale wants to go hunt!  Come on Dad!!!

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