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9/19/2018
Let them go, and they will grow. What is that slogan of Quality Deer Management (QDM)…Let em go, let em grow?  Even though there’s not a lot of deer hunting going on in Brookfield, this photo sent to OWO from buddy Dean Pavletich and taken near Brookfield Square verifies that growing older also allows bucks to grow their headgear higher… wider… thicker.  Throw in the right nutrition and genetics, shake well...
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9/19/2018 September Bliss Means Bears, Deer, Doves...and Fish

Let them go, and they will grow. What is that slogan of Quality Deer Management (QDM)…Let em go, let em grow?  Even though there’s not a lot of deer hunting going on in Brookfield, this photo sent to OWO from buddy Dean Pavletich and taken near Brookfield Square verifies that gr... More


8/27/2018 Calling All Shooters

A Military rifle exhibit will be one of the attractions offered at the public fundraiser to assist veterans at the Daniel Boone Conservation League facility September 22. If you like the shooting sports and you like our veterans, you will love the 3rd Annual Daniel Boone Conservation League Publ... More


7/30/2018 Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic in the Books - DeerFest This Weekend

Approximately 40 row trollers gathered at the Skyview Lodge in Presque Isle prior to participating in the BEC.  The 15th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic (BEC) held July 14th on lakes surrounding Presque Isle in northern Wisconsin drew approximately 40 rowers to a tournament that boasts... More


7/13/2018 Dog Days Are Great Days

Lots of fishing and even preparations for fall hunting going on out there in Wisconsin’s Big Outside during the Dog Days of summer. Mike Martino with a 20" Coho taken on a silver and black trolling spoon in 150' of water. The Coho was tough...but Mike was tougher! My first revelation ... More


6/22/2018 Planning Your Out-of-State Hunting Trip

Now is the time when Wisconsin hunters are planning their trips to other states to hunt mule deer, elk, pheasants or whatever pulls us, usually westward. In 2016, my brothers Steve and John Ellis and I traveled near Craig, Colorado to hunt mulies and elk. A return trip including brother Jim Ellis sl... More


6/7/2018 Vets Shoot! Moms & Kids Fish!

Veterans of the Field U.A., places these vets in the field as often as possible to participate in as many shooting and hunting sports as possible. Veterans of the Field UA, an unincorporated nonprofit association formed in 2013 to take disabled veterans trap shooting or hunting or simply give the... More


5/24/2018 Remember the Fallen

Morel Mushrooms Cooperate Lori Jurcek and husband Chuck score big during their first search for morel mushrooms. Remember the fallen who allow us to do whatever we choose this Memorial Day and every day.  This is the one date dedicated to those who died for you. I’ve written this befo... More


5/17/2018 Birds of a Different Color

Ellis took this photo of an Oriole breakfasting at a grape jelly bowl on his deck railing. You know what is really a fun and easy thing to do at this time of year in Wisconsin? Attract birds that we really don’t see all the time, like Orioles and Cardinals and many more migrators that the e... More


5/5/2018 OWO Fishing Issue Hits the Streets

Phil Schweik and 52-inch musky with a 25-inch girth. 100,000 copies of On Wisconsin Outdoors May-June Fishing issue are hitting the streets as this is being written, including columns from the Great Lakes, streams, and lakes of Wisconsin north to south.  That issue is also posted now on this... More


4/17/2018 Surf & Turf Time for Anglers, Hunters

Springtime means fun time when open water river fishing competes with turkey hunting for our hours spent in Wisconsin’s great outdoors. Personally, we walleye fished the Wolf, leave this week for our gobbler hunt in southwest Wisconsin, and as a bonus took advantage of spring break to work the... More


3/18/2018 Of Kats & Fish…

Ice angler Jay Hintzke, a New London, Wisconsin-based well driller, shows a 17- inch male walleye taken through the ice during the early spring run on the Wolf River near Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait. On Wisconsin Outdoors is badgering our friend and owner of Johnny’s Liittle Shop of ... More


2/26/2018 OWO March-April Hits the Streets

On Wisconsin Outdoors’ March-April issue is being printed today, with 100,000 copies slatted to hit the streets of Wisconsin this week.  Kwik Trip continues to open new stores for your travel needs, and don’t forget to pick up your OWO when your gassing up and loading up with othe... More


2/12/2018 Sturgeon spearing opener results in lower harvest

Joseph Orlando with the largest sturgeon speared opening weekend, at 147.3 pounds. Hanging out at Wendt’s Landing opening morning with camera and notebook on the west shore of Lake Winnebago to greet successful sturgeon spearers at that registration station has proven to be an annual event ... More


1/31/2018 Moose Lake Offers a Clear Choice

Dillon Raap fights the morning’s biggest pike on Moose.  Clear as can be in fact, Sunday morning, with no snow at all on the 83 acre Waukesha County gem, and a great opportunity to actually watch hooked fish fight the good fight beneath 8-inches of ice. Call it a window of opportunity,... More


1/15/2018 To Freeze or Not To Freeze?

That is the question for sane and insane sportsmen alike  across time when deciding whether or not the final days of deer season are really worth “weathering” some of the most vicious temperatures Mother Nature can spit our way.  The answer, for Scott Heitman, his son Ty Kinzig... More


12/20/2017 A Bird in the Hand…

A bird in the hand makes for one fine Christmas story, or maybe just one fine Jalapeno popper. Depending on the bird. Larry recovers in the writer’s hand. Consider this another contradiction from the world of the outdoors. I’m one, and I think you may well be one too, based on discus... More


12/10/2017 Muzzle Loading the North Country

  OWO Columnist Mike Foss had to take this buck from a bobcat which had claimed it as his own. With four days of hunting the rut with my bow and four days of rifle hunting the north country but still no deer, I turned back to Vilas County for two days of muzzleloader hunting. The only problem... More


11/27/2017 Thoughts from a Deer Camp

If you follow the Ellis deer camp at all over the years in Vilas County near Boulder Junction, you know we’re not baiters or feeders.  We scout terrain to locate deer, and then carry in portable tree stands on our backs to set ambushes, and move again.  Peter Bratz took this fine ... More


11/7/2017 Wisconsin Deer Hunters in a Rut

If the deer season is the flagship of all hunting sports in Wisconsin, eagerly anticipated annually by 600,000 hunters, and it is, then the precious days of the October/November rut are without doubt the gem within the gem.  These too fleeting days of whitetail mating activity when even the big... More


10/30/2017 Memories of a Bear Hunt, OWO Hits the Streets.

Common questions passed among hunters during these days of the whitetail rut include“are the bucks chasing yet” or simply “are they moving?”  I couldn’t help but think of that when On Wisconsin Outdoors fishing columnist Dave Duwe sent me this photo while working... More


10/10/2017 20 Bears and Counting….

Tank, a monster bear estimated at 600 pounds by experts at Northern Wisconsin Outfitters, eluded hunters for the 5th straight year in 2017, but made plenty of appearances on the bait and camera…when the hunter wasn’t there. OWO writer Mike Foss tells us that Northern Wisconsin Outfit... More


9/21/2017 News from Bear Camp…and around Wisconsin

Queen, a monster sow captured on Northern Wisconsin Outfitters Trail camera, would not let other bears, even some very large boars, eat at this bait station to the point that the site was eventually abandoned by the guides. I invaded my brother Steve’s cabin in Iron County last week to serv... More


8/31/2017 Our 10th Anniversary Issue Hits the Streets

Happy anniversary us!  Thanks to you.  We’re hot off the presses this morning with 100,000 papers of the September-October 2017 issue being distributed as we speak throughout Wisconsin.  Look for the paper very soon in 355 Kwik Trip stores (see our homepage or last blog for e... More


8/14/2017 Bear Season Looms

Kwik Trip has your OWO Traveler, this one-eyed bear weighing in at 500 pounds, has been a recent, frequent visitor at the bear baits of Northern Wisconsin Outfitters. On Wisconsin Outdoors writer John Luthens and I will be visiting Northern Wisconsin Outfitters (NWO) in Bayfield County again in... More