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5/21/2020 Dear Taylor

Publisher’s Note: As referenced in the May-June 2020 print issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors, the Ellis column Memorial Day-Trading it all… directs the reader to this website for stories of Americans in battle during World War II and Vietnam.  Posted in the April 30 Ellis Blogs on t... More


4/30/2020 Tanks in a Mine Field

Publisher’s Note: As referenced in the May-June 2020 print issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors, the Ellis column Memorial Day-Trading it all… directs the reader to this website for stories of Americans in battle during World War II and Vietnam.  Immediately posted below, Tanks in a Mi... More


4/7/2020 Turkey season on as usual, new decoys ready for the test

The 2020 Spring Turkey Season will proceed without changes to the season dates or management zones under the Safer at Home order, according to DNR media releases received at OWO April 6. All current regulations for the season apply. Licensed hunters should hunt the zone and period stated on their ... More


3/5/2020 Blue Birds Mean Happiness

In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) i... More


1/21/2020 To the Hunt…For a Cause

On occasion, On Wisconsin Outdoors is asked to participate in various events to help raise funds for the disabled, blood drives, children in need of healthcare, wounded veterans or many other worthwhile campaigns that people in Wisconsin get behind with a passion. Silent auction winner John May w... More


1/3/2020 Fabulous Wisconsin Winter Trip Ideas

Ellis Blogs 1-3-2020 Fabulous Wisconsin Winter Trip Ideas Hurley up here, Wisconsin snowmobilers!  This northern Wisconsin gem in Iron County already has ideal snow conditions, groomed trails and is waiting to welcome you with open arms. According to Rita Franzoi, Marketing Director of Event... More


10/9/2019 Bluegills to big game, Autumn brings it all

Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, th... More


9/5/2019 To The Hunt…

Mourning Doves serve as door to new seasons Micah and I will walk again into a new hunting season this afternoon like we’ve walked together into eight Septembers before. Mourning doves are calling us now, more as a way to shake the dust off and welcome a new autumn than anything else. Later i... More


7/16/2019 The weather is hot, and so is the fishing

Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Str... More


5/8/2019 Wisconsin Spring has Sprung… in More Ways than One

Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Ou... More


3/8/2019 Turkey Hunting with a .410 & TSS Shot

With Spring Turkey season just around the corner, Henry USA sent us a video now posted on our homepage that I know you’ll get a kick out of. The point is though, young hunters and smaller hunters won’t get a kick out of it at all. The wait for a gobbler can be too long to question whe... More


2/12/2019 The Monsters of Winnebago

John Eiden took advantage of one big opportunity opening morning on Winnebago when he speared this 171 pound, 84-1/2 inch sturgeon while holding vigil with his father, John. Good buddy Scott Heitman and I took our traditional ride north from the Milwaukee suburbs to the ice of Winnebago Saturday ... More


1/19/2019 Sport Shows- Cabin Fever Breakouts

It seems a bit untimely or at least premature, with this office in the path of up to 8-inches of snow starting at 6 pm tonight, January 18th, but let’s talk winter breakout and spring fever, shall we?  If you missed the All Canada Show in Milwaukee or Green Bay (I did not), there are stil... More


12/19/2018 Merry Christmas, Healthy New Year

John Volkman’s hunting buddies Todd Schnetzer, Bob Matzke and Ben Hoida (L to R) with a nice day of late season goose hunting near Neenah. We said goodbye to the 2018 waterfowl season with trip to Neenah to tap into the duck and goose hunting expertise of buddy John Volkman and few of his g... More


11/24/2018 The Buck Stops Here…and so Does the Turkey

Lori and Taylor Ellis do not pardon the Thanksgiving bird. As I embark on my work-out of three sit-ups to make sure I have plenty of room in my version/excuse for a stomach hanging over my belt for the 22 pound Thanksgiving bird, Lori and Taylor are preparing that gobbler for the feast.  Alt... More


11/2/2018 Hunting the Rut

Hunting the Rut     Oh the things we see during the rut. After watching these bucks clash during a North Dakota bird hunt in late October, Ellis snapped this shot of the victor looking for more as the half-rack headed for the hills. We believe the antler was lost in the fight. If you... More


10/10/2018 Falling Fast Into Autumn

Dick’s Note: Hunting the “Western Edge” of North Dakota. In late October, OWO staff will be traveling to Dickinson, North Dakota for a public land, wild pheasant hunt. Make sure to look for complete coverage on our website beginning with the short Dickinson video posted now on our... More


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