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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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Nice Day for a Trout Hunt…

Although we won’t be using hooks. This February 20 is actually a nice day to hunt down a cover photo for the March-April issue of “On Wisconsin Outdoors”.  The plan is to showcase the early trout season in a little spring- fed stream near Fond du Lac despite the icy, snowy weather. OWO superwriter John Luthens will be the man in the stream but…and don’t tell the wardens……since we’re a few days early on the start of the actual Early Wisconsin Trout Season, we can’t use hooks or anything that will catch a fish.  Maybe I should go in the stream and then we’re guaranteed we won’t catch a fish.

No, I will be the camera man. And I reserve the right to change cover photos, possibly to turkeys if we’re not happy with the trout shots. But I better hurry if I decide to do the surf & turf dance today.

We’re in final production for our March-April issue and I think the women who handle editing and design are looking at the empty cover and shaking their heads at me again.  Hey I’m a deadline newspaper guy, meaning I’m not inspired to action unless all heck is breaking out.  But thank God for the very-organized-and-ahead-of-schedule ladies Heidi Rich and Ali Garrigan. They keep OWO moving, which means you will have your next issue next week posted on this website’s homepage and on stands everywhere a few days after.

Honestly, as a guy who never had much talent catching fish, I never cease to be amazed at what our guides do week in and week out.  You can find the reports under “Inland Fishing” or “Fishing Reports” on this website.  As one example, take a look at what Phil Schweik did this week in central Wisconsin. He’s gotta be photo-shopping those photos. Really I know that the only thing that can shut off a “Schweik Bite” is a visit by me (I am serious; I’ve shut it off many times). Scroll around and see what the other guides did too, and don’t forget to visit “Outdoor News” and “Firearms”. I mention those each week because I know those are the section that receive the abundance of new material. 

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Guide and OWO writer Phil Schweik.

Last note on my new hip.  A little more than six weeks after surgery, we did a photo shoot with me climbing my portable treestand a few days ago.  No cane, no pain, and am I so looking forward to deer hunting again without feeling like my Buck Knife is stuck in my leg.  Even though Old Man winter in 2014 is killing off all the progress the DNR has been making in northern Wisconsin watching for no deer with no pain will be more tolerable.

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Ellis tests the new hip climbing his portable stand
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Since I was in rehab over the last month, I wrote on the hip replacement experience from the patients’ perspective, while my surgeon wrote from the expert’s perspective.  The columns will be in the print issue but we’re linking to the designed story (Thank you Ali) and photos here to give you a sneak peek. 

Thousands of Wisconsin Baby Boomers and sportsmen and women of all ages need body repair to put them back in the field, or keep them there.  My experience was so great; I think you will be a bit disarmed if going under the knife bothers you a little bit. Anyway, check it out. I think it’s pretty detailed.

In our January-February issue we introduced a new column on youth and the shooting sports. I am fired up about this ongoing feature which will be under the direction of Perry Hintz, staff member of the National Champion Burlington Demon high school trap shooting team.  We will give you a different and accurate perspective of young people and guns, despite the mainstream media.

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Thanks for connecting with On Wisconsin Outdoors. Shoot straight.

Dick Ellis