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Dick Ellis Blog:
10/9/2019
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, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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Kids, First Time Turkey Hunters, Mentors Score Big

On Wisconsin Outdoors received some head-turning photos from successful youth turkey hunters and their mentors spotlighting their experiences from all over Wisconsin.  Those highlights including a story with photos from a young woman who hunted successfully after completing the Hunter’s Safety and Learn to Hunt Turkey Programs are posted under “Upland Game” on this website.  We hope it also serves as a reminder to you that On Wisconsin Outdoors will post your stories and photos too; any time.  Send those directly to ellis@onwisconsinoutdoors.com.

 

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Kaylynn Man-Wasley scores on her first gobbler
after completing a Learn to Hunt Turkey Program.

I hope other young women who never thought they would like hunting or never thought there was a vehicle to learn how to hunt are going to tune into Kaylynn’s story.  The title of her adventure tells it all:  Girls Just Want to Have Fun…

Youth hunting in Wisconsin offers kids from 10 to 15 years of age the opportunity to hunt and gain valuable experience without competing against adult hunters. Special seasons for a variety of species allow only youngsters to hunt during these days under the supervision of their mentor.

Targeting wild turkey, white-tailed deer and waterfowl one weekend each year prior to the regularly-scheduled hunting season has been set aside for the young hunters to gain that experience. Youth hunters must have successfully completed a Hunter Education Program, hold all required permits and tags and be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian 18 years of age or older. The adult may not accompany more than two youth hunters.

For the spring turkey hunt, a spring turkey license, stamp and valid carcass tag is required. Youths can hunt regardless of what time period their permit is issued for, but may only hunt in the Turkey Management Zone designated on their permit. Bag limit is one male or bearded turkey in total during this two-day youth hunt. All other hunting regulations apply.

Thanks to photos submitted by OWO writer Diane Schauer, we know that there’s a bird or two in Brown County and one heck of a mentoring program introducing young people to hunting.

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According to Diane, “A Learn to Hunt Program was held the weekend of April 4-6 sponsored by the Taking Wing Stewardship program at Triple J Wing and Clay in southern Brown County.  The 36 participants all had mentors to help them try to bag their first turkey. As you can see by the photo, the weekend was a success despite the cold and snow.”

Young Grafton hunters scored on birds in the youth mentored hunt in Mukwonago and in Washington County. We post all three hunters under “Upland Game”. Rory Welch, 15 is also shown below with his 24 pound Mukwonago Tom sporting a 10-1/2 inch beard and 1-1/2 inch spurs.

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Want to know from a real expert how to fish the Wisconsin River at Sauk Prairie now and in the coming weeks.  We’re posting Gary Engberg’s story with photos under “Inland Fishing”.  Kathy Strong, owner of Yellow River Game Farm and Piddle Creek Kennels in Barronett, Wisconsin, offers part one of a story on a group of Wisconsin youth who traveled to help build a waterhole with the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society in collaboration with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The project, called Catchment 689, was constructed near Newman Peak in the Picacho Mountains north of Tucson. We post Kathy’s story under Deer Hunting and will let you know when part II is posted.  Jim Servi, is outdoor writer, educator, and a local field director for the US Sportmen’s Alliance. He also brings us a different look at fishing with the USA Ice Fishing Team.  Jim was there when trials were held in Rhinelander to select just five competitors to fish the Ice Fishing World Championships in Finland next year. Outdoor writer Denny Murawska brings you a fishing story from far south of Cancun on the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula, with a different recommendation to target bottom fish.

The May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors will be on the streets beginning April 28.  What’s in it?  A dozen fishing features from the OWO experts will welcome the Wisconsin open water season.  We have recipes by Suzette Curtis, Bruce Cochran cartoons, Bear Hunting, Deer Hunting, three turkey hunting features, firearms, firearms, and more firearms, Explore Wisconsin trip ideas for early summer, and speaking of Trips, Kwik Trip gives you your shot at a Fishing Trip with Wisconsin Super Guide Phil Schweik and Hooksetters Fishing Service. Pick up On Wisconsin Outdoors at any of Wisconsin’s 252 Kwik Trip stores and get the details.

It’s Easter…

…One of them, an expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 35-40

Thanks for connecting with On Wisconsin Outdoors. Shoot straight.

Dick Ellis