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Dick Ellis

Dick is a Wisconsin syndicated outdoor columnist and publisher of the print publication On Wisconsin Outdoors with the Dick Ellis Experts and Dick's outdoor writing has won seven national awards for excellence since 2004 in competition with his peers from the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), including three 1st place awards.

Chris Rehlinger

Chris Rehlinger

Wisconsinite Chris Rehlinger is a native of Neosho but has called Lake Wisconsin home since 1998 with his wife, Lori, and sons Maxwell and Lucas. He works in the engineering/construction management field but always has something regarding fishing or hunting on his mind.


freelance outdoor writer

Natalie Beacom

Natalie Beacom is a librarian and freelance outdoor writer residing in New Berlin. Natalie is more comfortable in camoflauge than cardigans and prefers to be "in stand" than "behind desk." She loves to travel the state and beyond to meet and learn from interesting outdoor folks and looks forward to sharing her perspective on these experiences with On Wisconsin Outdoors readers.


freelance outdoor writer

Terry Bitz

Terry is a freelance outdoor writer who resides in Pleasant Prairie. In addition to writing for On Wisconsin Outdoors, Terry writes articles for various outdoor magazines.  His column "Outdoor View" runs bi-weekly in the Kenosha News. Terry works fulltime as a Technical Account Manager for Motorola, Inc.

Phone: 262.694.8141



Todd Bohm

Todd Bohm is a lifetime educator and principal in the D.C. Everest School District.  He is an avid fisherman and hunter who guides the waters of Central and Northern Wisconsin specializing in all species of fish including trout.  He can be reached through Wisconsin Angling Adventures.

Contact Todd at 715.297.7573 or at

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Tom Carpenter

Tom Carpenter writes for a variety of national and regional publications on hunting, fishing, birding, nature, conservation and natural history from his home In Plymouth, Minnesota. This native son was born in Richland Center and grew up outdoors--hunting squirrels, rabbits, deer and pheasants, catching trout, raising butterflies, helping the birds, baling hay and fixing fence-- in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin’s Green, Iowa, Lafayette and Grant counties. Additional passions he has picked up along the way include turkey hunting, upland bird hunting of all kinds with Rascal his Brittany , numerous other fishing pursuits, and teaching his three young sons the ways of the outdoors. He now hunts and fishes across the Midwest and the U.S. , but still considers Wisconsin his home stomping grounds. It is where he leaves his heart.

hunter and fisherman

 Bruce Cochran

Bruce Cochran’s cartoons and illustrations have livened up the pages of America’s outdoor publications since the early '60s. Being a life-long hunter and fisher, his work relates to sportsmen everywhere and has likewise won the acclaim of critics. In 2000 and 2003 his stories were awarded first place in the Magazine Humor category of the OWAA Excellence in Craft contest. In 2008, "Two White Ducks" and "My First Wild Game Dinner" took first and second place respectively. Bruce Cochran is available for humorous book, advertising, and illustration assignments. Find out more by visiting his website:

 fishing guide

Joel DeBoer

Joel is one of the musky pioneers of the Wisconsin River system in North-Central Wisconsin where he continues to guide and call home. He has been featured in Musky Hunter and Muskie magazines, on internet radio, and in his weekly column for the Everest Herald entitled the “Guide’s Corner;” in addition, Joel has given various seminars throughout Wisconsin on topics ranging from smallmouth and walleyes to trophy muskies. Joel has spent his life perfecting the tactics and techniques necessary for locating and catching trophy fish from the waters of North-Central Wisconsin.

“Fishing’s our business… and business is good!”

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Andy Derwinski

Captain Andy Derwinski operates JEDI Sportfishing in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He can be reached by calling (414) 788-6603 or by visiting his website.

 fishing guide

Dave Duwe

Dave Duwe is a licensed and insured fishing guide with close to 20 years experience.  Dave specializes in the lakes of Walworth county in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Dave is experienced at guiding clients of all skill levels from novice to pro.  Dave has given and is available for seminars throughout the state of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.  His main sponsors are Weldcraft Boats, Mercury Outboards, Arkie Lures and  Bait Rigs.

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Gary Engberg

Gary Engberg is a professional tournament angler and fishing guide. Gary is also an accomplished writer, photographer, videographer, radio and television show host, seminar speaker, and an advocate for getting children involved in the outdoors. 

Gary also does a “Gary Engberg Outdoors” radio show weekly on WBEV 1430 AM (Beaver Dam) and WTTN 1580 AM (Watertown) and is a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio with Larry Meillor and National Public Radio (NPR).

When not fishing or participating in other outdoor activities Gary has raised Labrador Retrievers for 30 years and now lives on the shores of he Lower Wisconsin River with his 11 year old female lab, Bo.

Gary is available for speaking seminars, hosting events, and children’s events. He’s always willing to help and give tips to anyone who asks or contacts him.

Phone 608.795.4208

Lee Fahrney outdoor reporter

Lee Fahrney

Lee Fahrney is a free-lance outdoor writer from Hollandale in Iowa County. He serves as a delegate to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress where he is currently secretary on the three-person Executive Committee. He also chairs the Congress’ Legislative Committee.

Lee lives and hunts on his 160-acre farm along the Pecatonica River where restored wetlands and wooded hillsides serve as a refuge for white-tailed deer, turkey, pheasant,  migratory waterfowl and other game species.

Mike Foss with bear 

Mike Foss

Mike Foss was born and raised in Washburn , Wisconsin .  He began hunting at age 12, and taught the ethics of hunting by his father, an avid hunter and fisherman.  As a guide and owner of Northern Wisconsin Outfitters, has harvested bear and many deer, including several record book bucks.  Off season, Mike spends time with his family and constantly scouting for new hunting areas and adventures.

Arnold Groehler

Arnie Groehler is a seasoned trapper of over forty years who shares his many years of experience as a Wisconsin Trapper Education instructor. He serves as the director for District 11 of the Wisconsin Trappers Association, and is chairman of the North American Wild Fur Shippers Council.

Ben Gruber

Ben Gruber

 Ben Gruber lives on a hobby farm in central Wisconsin with his wife and young daughter.  A lifelong avid outdoorsman, he enjoys anything outdoors, and sharing that time with his wife and young daughter.  Hunting, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, trapping and cross country skiing- if it’s outside they do it!  He has a passion for getting kids outdoors- he is the Vice President of KAMO, or Kids and Mentors Outdoors, a non-profit youth mentoring organization.  Ben served on the Wisconsin Sporting Heritage Council, the Wisconsin Fisheries Advisory Council, and with various other conservation organizations.  He is anxious to share some of the great family-friendly adventures that Wisconsin has to offer with our readers!

Jerry Hartigan Outdoor guide

Jerry Hartigan

Jerry Hartigan is the owner of Flambeau Flowage Sports and Jerkbait Guide Service.  He has been guiding full time for 17 years on various lakes in Iron county and specializes on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.  Jerry has been featured on many radio and television shows and in several newspaper articles.  Most days you can find him on the water in his 20ft Lund Alaskan searching for new patterns and more fish. Jerry has a Masters degree in Wildlife Ecology and also does wildlife tours or encompasses it into the days fishing.

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Dick Henske

Retired principal Dick Henske of Manitowish Waters hunts and fishes Wisconsin, Canada and the western states.  Rarely does he miss a day in the field.


Steve Henske

Steve Henske is a veteran canoeist having paddled thousands of miles on the Canadian Shield, and many more in Wisconsin. He resides in Stevens Point, WI, with his wife and paddling partner Missy, and faithful canoe rocking specialist Cody, a golden retriever.

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Dave Hraychuck

Dave Hraychuck is a retired law enforcement officer and Wisconsin Licensed Hunting and Fishing Guide who lives in Balsam Lake, Polk County.  From stream trout fishing to musky fishing, Dave enjoys fishing all of Wisconsin’s species.  In addition to catching fish, Dave has been published in several wild game and fish cookbooks.

Dave also guides for deer, duck, and upland hunting in northwestern Wisconsin.  He also enjoys teaching and guiding trapping Wisconsin furbearers.

Dave specializes in guiding youth and families, showing them the art of fishing and successful fishing techniques. Dave has participated in numerous youth and disabled persons hunting and fishing events and has been a Hunters Education Instructor for over 25 years.

Dave Hraychuck
Phone 715-485-3362
outdoor communicator 

 Jerry Kiesow

Jerry bills himself as an Outdoor Communicator.  He is a freelance  photographer/writer, with over 10,000 outdoor images in his stock file, and writing for a variety of publications—local and national—including the silent sports and travel.  Jerry teaches fly fishing and fly tying, and can be convinced to do workshops on all of the above, plus how he wrote his first book, Tales of The Peshtigo Putzer. He belongs to three organizations connected with his crafts: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association (WRWA), and Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association (WOCA), of which he is, currently, president.  Look for him wading streams, paddling lakes, walking, skiing or snowshoeing woods and fields, anytime of the year.  Just look for a man carrying a rod or gun or bow, or gathering berries or morels or nuts, carrying a camera.  Always carrying a camera.

Jerry's Website  Email:

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Doug Kloet

Doug Kloet operates Captain Doug Kloet’s Guide Service on the waters of SE. Wisconsin, NE Illinois and Green Bay.  Doug has written articles for Musky Hunter magazine and Midwest Outdoors.  He has also done seminars for various sport shows, Walleyes Unlimited and many different chapters of Muskies Inc.  He can be reached at 262-705-7415 or


Johnathan Kuehl

I love to draw people.  Portraits are great, but when you turn someone into a cartoon you can capture their characteristics and personality in the drawing.  I've been drawing since I was little and still can't but my pencil down.  I'm always looking for new opportunities to push my skills even further.  Some of my experience includes illustrated children's books, magazine illustrations, greeting cards, cartoons, caricatures, and sketches for concept work.  I have a bachelor's degree in animation and have been using it to give life to my drawings.  I have animated a few television commercials, music videos, and web content like banner ads.
If you have any questions or comments for me or about my work please feel free to contact me via email at or via telephone at 612.812.9600.

fishing guide Dave Lemke

Dave Lemke

David Lemke is a Wisconsin licensed guide that operates Soaring Eagle Guide Service. His specializes in Walleye and Trout, but also guides for Large and Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Panfish as well. He offers guided trips on his home waters of the Wolf River System and in Langlade, Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties. Dave serves as a member of the Walleye and Trout Pro-Staff for Mack’s Lure Company and is also sponsored by the Nine Mile All Sport Resort.  You may have seen him at Sport Shows, Grand Openings, and Seminars which he has done state wide.

Phone: 920.585.5527

hunting guide 

 Todd Lensing

Captain Todd Lensing is a professional guide who takes out clients daily during the Wisconsin waterfowl season. Todd is an U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain and holds a Wisconsin Guide License, has training in Hunter Safety and CPR, and is a National Registry First Responder and Volunteer Fire Fighter. Captain Todd Maintains the stringent requirements set forth by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and operates on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. Flyway Fowling Guide Service, LLC was established in 2002 specializing in diver and puddle duck hunting. Todd and his wife, Donna, also own and operate the Grandview Motel, LLC which overlooks the mighty Mississippi in Ferryville, Wisconsin.

Phone: 608.734.3235


Tom Lutes

Tom Lutes sits on the Board of Directors and serves as president of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. For more information about WWA, visit their website.

Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
Phone: 800.524.8460


John Luthens

John works for a commercial printing company in Oshkosh, spending free time there chasing bluegill and perch in the channels of the Lake Winnebago system. His self proclaimed “flexible schedule” allows him to travel Wisconsin, visiting favorite trout waters and exploring back road country. The family cabin, near the Bois Brule River in Douglas County, is a favorite starting point for his trout angling adventures on the streams of Lake Superior’s South Shore region. He enjoys returning to his home in Grafton, spending time there with his wife and two children and writing of his outdoor travels.

Wisconsin journalist Robb Manning

Robb Manning

Robb Manning grew up in rural community in southern Wisconsin.  Despite growing up in a non-hunting household, Robb gained an interest in hunting through school friends, his uncle, and his fervor for reading hunting magazines.  He graduated from Albany High School in 1990, then enlisted in the US Marine Corps, where he served for nearly 11 years.  During this time, he developed a passion and knowledge for firearms of all types.

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Kevin Michalowski

Kevin Michalowski is author of 15 Minutes to a Great Dog (Krause Publications, $12.95) and has been training dogs for 10 years. If you have questions or comments on dog care, email


Dan Moericke

Dan Moericke lives, fishes, and hunts in the Northwoods, occasionally actually catching a fish and tagging a buck. He is fortunate to have an understanding wife and a great group of buddies to share his days afield.  On most days, he is able to remember where he parked his vehicle.


Paul Mueller

Paul Mueller is a United States Coast Guard Certified Master Captain. He is an accomplished tournament angler with many top finishes. He pursues walleyes throughout eastern Wisconsin and upper Michigan including the Bay of Green Bay , Little Bay de Noc and all spots in between. He follows the “best walleye bites” throughout the year to assure you productive fishing. You may have to travel but it will be worth the drive. To schedule your trip to Green Bay, Little Bay de Noc, Winnebago, Wolf River, Pine Lake, Lake La Belle or Lake Geneva, call him at 262.490.7621.

wisconsin writer and taxidermist

Denny Murawska

Denny Murawska is an award-winning writer for The Week,
Wishigan, UP-Magazine, and several other publications. He retired from science teaching to hide from humankind on a sandstone bluff near Black River Falls. Here, he gardens, hunts, fishes, and forages for wild mushrooms. His business, Angler's Art Fish Taxidermy provides museum-quality trophy mounts for anglers of all
ages. Contact Denny at or call 715.964.1159.



Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters of Mellen, Wisconsin, is publisher of The Echo, a Wisconsin historical newspaper. Peters urges historians and residents of Wisconsin to send their stories and old photos (quality reproductions or scans at 300 dpi on CD preferred) to: Jeff Peters, The Echo, 31374 Long Lake Road, Mellen, WI 54546. Or email them to Subscriptions for the newspaper are $20 for the year and can be sent to the same address.

fishing guide

Dennis Radloff

Captain Dennis Radloff guides the waters of Green Bay on a daily basis from May through November for Muskies and occasionaly Walleyes. Dennis started his guide business in 1996 on the waters of southeast Wisconsin.  As his business grew so did his quest for bigger waters and bigger fish, leading
him up to the Bay. In addition to Dennis' success on the water he has also been featured through out the Midwest in numerous television & radio shows, and publications.

turkey hunting

J.J. Reich

As JJ's day job, he coordinates and writes the “Field-Tested and Recommended” section sof North American Hunter and North American Fisherman magazines. However, JJ is also a freelance outdoor writer and contributed product-related and how-to articles for magazines such as NWTF Turkey Call, Xtreme Jakes, Get In The Game, North American Hunter, and various outdoor Web sites.  JJ is also the author of Kampp Tales™ Outdoor Adventures Children's Book Series. Kampp Tales™ books are created to inform and entertain youngsters while generating a hunger and curiosity for the great outdoors.   
Phone: 651-226-3587


 Diane Schauer

Diane is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Calumet County, located on the quiet side of Lake Winnebago.  She was raised in southeast Wisconsin and currently resides in the city of Brillion with her husband, Roger, and two Brittanys, Fenway and Wrigley.

hunter and fisherman

Jeff Schilling

I was born in Milwaukee and grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin.  I am an avid Wisconsin outdoorsman, hunting and fishing here all of my life.  However, my outdoors experience is not limited to Wisconsin as I have also taken several hunting and fishing trips out of state and country. Through it all I have learned a great deal about hunting and fishing and now seek the opportunity to share my experience and lessons learned with others.  It is my hope that I can help my fellow outdoorsmen find success and satisfaction in the woods or on the water.  I also hope to provide some entertainment to those who read of my many experiences in the Wisconsin wilderness.  I would appreciate any questions or comments you may have regarding any of my articles.

Phone: 414.651.5836

Wisconsin Outdoor Writer

Bill Schultz

Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin, WI and is a contributing writer for,,  and various outdoor magazines, including On Wisconsin Outdoors and Kayak Angler Magazine.  He has been featured in Bassmaster Magazine and Outdoor Life articles TV segments for Fishing the Midwest with Bob Jensen and Outdoor Wisconsin.  He is a smallmouth bass enthusiast and since catching his first in 1994 has caught and released over 15,000 smallies.  His focus has been the big waters of Green Bay in Door County along with rivers and streams throughout Wisconsin.  Bill is a popular seminar speaker and is on the Pro Staffs for Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Adventure Technology Paddles, St. Croix Rod, Crestliner Boats, Mercury Marine and has sponsorships with a variety of other fishing and outdoor companies.


hunting and fishing guide

Phil Schweik

Over the past 40+ years, Phil Schweik is a licensed Wisconsin fishing and hunting guide.  He has made it his personal obligation to intimately learn the vast woods and abundant lakes and rivers in this area.  He is a tournament angler, author and seminar speaker.  Phil and his family live in Mosinee.  Contact him through his website at

Zack Seitz

Zack Seitz

Zack Seitz is an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoys being with friends/family, bowhunting, duck hunting, bowfishing (schwacking), and just about anything else you can do in the outdoors.  He is currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is planning to major in environmental law enforcement.  This past spring he and his best friends took the Wisconsin state record Common Carp while bowfishing.

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Jim Tostrud

Jim grew up with a fondness for the outdoors, hunting and fishing in Wisconsin.  As his interest in the outdoors and the creatures who live in it grew, he began to draw what he saw.  Encouraged by friends and family, Jim pursued his interest in art and his love for the outdoors.  Jim attended Viterbo Fine Arts College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Being surrounded by the beauty of what people refer to as “Gods’ country, in the LaCrosse area, Jim became increasingly more interested in the relationship he was developing between his art and his love for the outdoors.  Jim spent most of his free time hunting, fishing and observing the outdoors, then would return to the art studio where he would attempt to bring his experiences back on canvas or paper. Jim is a dedicated outdoorsman, a wildlife artist, photographer and videographer.

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Jim Weix

Former Oconomowoc resident, Jim Weix is best known for his outdoor writing and for his diligent work to see the Mourning Dove season adopted in Wisconsin. Weix and a friend, Rob Kieckhefer, began the Wisconsin Dove Hunters Association in 1995. It took 8 long years, with near riotous turnouts at the Spring Fish & Game Hearings, a “dove lunch” at the state capital building, plus a legal fight all the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but Wisconsin now has a dove season.  Jim is a strong advocate for the sportsman and for conservation. He was also a founding member, and past president, of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, which has restored thousands of acres of wetlands.
He moved to Florida in 2001 and owns a real estate company in Palm City, FL. He still writes and returns to Wisconsin every year for opening day of dove season.


Bill Whiteside

Bill Whiteside is a highly successful open water and hardwater angler focusing mainly on the lakes of Wisconsin's northwest.


S. Wilkerson

S. Wilkerson is an award-winning Wisconsin journalist, firearms expert and student of the second amendment. Contact him at


John Volkman

John Volkman of Neenah, Wisconsin is a three time Wisconsin goose calling champion, avid waterfowler, fisherman and big game hunter. He is an outdoor/hunting product manufacturers sales rep for Mike Wiek Sales, covering Wisconsin. Contact him at