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Looking ahead...

We’re putting the March-April issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed as we “speak” at 5:00 pm Thursday, with press time slated in Waupaca in the wee hours Friday morning.  That means look for your copy next week on stands from Merrill and Medford to Kenosha, and posted on this website for the online reader by tomorrow morning.

Your Wisconsin professional guides and outdoor writers did a very good job once again, in my opinion.  You’re going to find lots of hard water and open water fishing techniques and tactics targeting most of Wisconsin’s gamefish and pannies (even whiskerfish). Look for hunting pieces on turkey and coyotes, firearms columns on the Mini 14 and silencer part II, a column on how to purchase shotguns and ammo for the youth trap shooter, Suzette’ recipes, cartoons, product reviews, and a lot more.  We did use a cover shot we told you about in the last Blog that we were trying to capture in a tiny, spring-fed, snow bordered trout stream near Fondy.

We have distribution services that deliver the new print paper for us all over the place.  But I also play paper boy with 10,000 papers at 30 stops in southeast Wisconsin. Tomorrow though, I’ll be delivering a load of papers to the Northeast Wisconsin Sports Fishing Show at Player’s Choice in Appleton. The three day extravaganza begins tomorrow at 3:00 pm.  For specific times, speakers, and activities, connect with www.greenbaysportshows.com.

Besides the fishing you can wallow in at the show, is the drawn-out winter leaving you looking ahead and ready for a good hunt?  You can almost hear gobbling Tom on the horizon, but may I recommend a good deer hunting story too.  Yvonne Halfmann, hunting near Beaver Dam with her husband Don on the first morning of the 2013 Wisconsin deer season, shot her first deer; a monster 13 point buck.  Yvonne was thrilled that we would post such a photo.  We were as happy that she would think of writing the whole story for you, and sending it to us.  Read it here at “Deer Hunting”.

Wisconsin Deer Hunting

Good things come to those who wait. 
Yvonne Halfmann shot her first deer, this 13 point buck,
on the first day of the 2013 deer season near Beaver Dam.

Last Saturday I was in Hurley taking photos of the local deer herd on the outskirts of town that is estimated to be about 50 animals.  These “town” deer look good but you know even they are on the edge of a very bad time in late winter.  When you see the waist deep snow, and you know how many subzero days we’ve already felt, you also know the mortality rate is going to be severe.  We’ll report on this soon. It’s sad.

Wisconsin Deer

A deer on the edge of Hurley Friday in Iron County.

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Ice men on the Gile Flowage Friday south of Hurley.

Thanks for connecting with On Wisconsin Outdoors. Shoot straight.

Dick Ellis