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11/29/2012 Deer Season Memories

11-29-2012 If Wisconsin’s deer herd numbers and correlating hunting experience has seen tough times over the last decade in many regions, we who traditionally hunt in Vilas County have been in the abyss.  Hunting had evolved and deteriorated to going through the motions to see nothing. H... More

11/27/2012 A Monday Note….

Good Monday morning after a long deer hunt in the Wisconsin north woods. I just crawled out of the forests of Boulder Junction in Vilas County to find a ton of photos and stories waiting for posting on the On Wisconsin Outdoors website. We’re getting right to that, as you will soon see, and w... More

11/26/2012 'Nothing says love like safety equipment'

November 26, 2012 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden entertains & educates through final gun-deer day Warden Wire concluded five days of its tweet-along by riding with Warden Mike Young of Outagamie County on the final day of the 2012 Gun-Deer Hunt, marking it with many stops... More

11/15/2012 QDM and the Traditional Wisconsin Gun Deer Season

November 15, 2012 First, Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to give personal thanks for what we have, starting with freedom, family and health.  It’s also right to thank our November-December sponsors and advertisers first, (many of whom have supported OWO year-round) who allow you to r... More

11/1/2012 The 2012 Vote; an American Obligation to Defend the Constitution, Freedom

11-1-2012 The large majority of Americans who have inherited our freedom received it as a gift earned on the sacrifices and lives of the relative few. The blessing of liberty handed to us came with no price tag attached except an expectation to defend her against any foreign or domestic enemy. ... More

10/26/2012 Deer, Feral Pigs and Goose Assassins

10-26-2012 By Dick Ellis The November-December issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors is posted on our homepage.  Check it out.  We have numerous deer stories with bear, waterfowl and pheasant hunting columns and great photos also grabbing the spotlight. Our fall fishing focus in print includes ... More

10/18/2012 Weekly Trapping Column Introduced, Sturgeon Spearing Deadline Looms

10-18-12 By Dick Ellis The next time I feel like things aren’t fair in the field because I didn’t see a deer or another buck eluded me maybe I had better think about Don Christensen.  The 47-year old Christensen, a married father of two from Webster, Wisconsin is an avid outdoorsm... More

10/11/2012 October is Surf & Turf Time

10-11-2012 It doesn’t matter if fishing or hunting gets your blood going, October and November is the time.  Jerry Kiesow, On Wisconsin Outdoors’ flyfishing expert wandered out to the Sheboygan this week to check on the fall salmon run.  With the exceptio... More

10/4/2012 Crappie Fishing is Best in Lifetime

10-4-2012 Certain things make an outdoor writer take notice, not the least of which is news of hot fishing coming over the On Wisconsin Outdoors wire. That’s newspaper talk. I don’t really have a wire. Okay so it’s e-mail.  I still don’t know how to twitter and it takes... More

9/27/2012 Northern Duck Opener is Best Ever

9-27-2012 Now, that was one fine duck opener.  In fact, September 22 was the best in decades. After hiking into Vilas County backwaters on the Manitowish Chain teeming with wild rice, Bob Johnson of Mukwonago, John Ellis of Muskego and I helped set decoys and settled in to wait for the 9:00 a... More

9/21/2012 Wolf Harvest Tags Sent, Duck Hunt on Horizon

9-20-2012 Thanks for connecting with On Wisconsin Outdoors. We post new hunting and fishing material every day of the week, including your own photos and stories from the field. Send your photos, writing, or information for your outdoor organization to  We will ... More

9/14/2012 Big Bears, Challenging Doves and the Diversity of Wisconsin

I have done my share of criticizing the management of hunting or fishing in Wisconsin, most notably my ongoing scrutiny through a syndicated column on the drastic decrease of deer numbers in Vilas County where my family hunts, and other regions. Overwhelmingly though, I have loved Wisconsin as a hun... More

9/11/2012 Watch for the Dick Ellis columns from the Mike Foss bear camp

Watch for the Dick Ellis columns from the Mike Foss bear camp to be posted soon, including the hands-on story of the 528 pound boar nicknamed Wood Tick taken by Jarrett Bolssen, 12, of Green Bay. More

9/6/2012 Bear Hunt Begins, Treestands Recalled

9-6-2012 First things first.  Rivers Edge Treestands of Cumberland Wisconsin has announced  a recall that includes Big Foot, Lite Foot and Baby Big Foot “hang-on“ treestands. The recall pertains specifically to 14,000 units produced in 2012 that do not meet manufacturer specif... More

8/30/2012 Hunt, fish, watch football

8-30-2012 How sweet it is to be in Wisconsin in September. We made the return trip to a Waukesha County farm Sunday to ask again for permission to hunt doves with the new season beginning September 1st.  It’s a great tune-up for the dogs before the waterfowl and upland game seasons and ... More

8/22/2012 Fishing, Hunting Collision Right On Time...

8-22-2012 The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s (WWA) 13th Annual State Shoot is taking place this Saturday, August 25 and you are invited. The WWA has personally worked with the Sporting Clays Course Manager at Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club in Waukesha to make this course attractive to ... More

8/16/2012 September Express, and hunting, is on the fast track

8-16-2012 Looking down the long, dusty path that I once walked, I remember those four years long ago carrying flush-end blocks and bricks and mud for masons as a laborer; hard work years they were, that eventually shoved me back to college, journalism and an easier-on- the back life as an outdoor w... More

8/9/2012 Bear Season Looms, More than 7000 Apply For Wolf Hunt

8-9-12 As many of you already know from navigating the On Wisconsin Outdoors’ website still in its infancy, the primary purpose of this Thursday blog is to introduce and link our visitors to all the outdoor “stuff” we’ve posted that week.  If you are interested in a top... More

8/2/2012 Young People & Guns…Burlington High School shows us what it’s really all about

More than 30 years ago, many of us attending New Berlin West High School would often gather in the parking lot during a fall lunch hour, pop the trunks and compare shotguns.  Between fall and winter sports, we were going shooting or hunting after school. No one turned an eye in our direction.&n... More

7/26/2012 Sturgeon Spearing and Wolf Applications Looming…

Fishing has been good in Wisconsin and our guides as usual show you where and how to best get in the game yourself.  Connect with “Inland Fishing” or “Fishing Reports” on the website to hear from experts like Phil Schweik, Steve Suman, Kurt Justice, Dave Duwe, Wayne Morg... More

7/20/2012 Wolves, Snappers, Good Fishing, Cougars, Blueberries....and Bears

7-19-2012 If you looked at the title above, you may have a hard time thinking we were in Wisconsin.  Every week, I'm amazed at the number of reports and photos that come in over the On Wisconsin Outdoors wire on a diverse range of subjects that 20 years ago we weren't talking about much at all... More


7-12-2012 First, because he deserves it, we’re going to say a sad goodbye to Charlie Brisky of Berlin this week. Charlie, a talented decoy carver and Sawbill Duck Club member, died unexpectedly in May. I heard about it recently. “Most Wisconsin duck hunters have their standard 60-day s... More

7/6/2012 How to Celebrate the 4th of July

7-4-2012 Dear Wisconsin Friends, Please read the following and forward to everyone you know sent to me from Hillsdale College. Freedom First. Dick Ellis "How to Celebrate the 4th of July" Join Hillsdale College in celebrating the birth of our nation, and in recalling what the Declaration of I... More

6/28/2012 Celebrate our 4th of July. Freedom first. Government last. Ready your November vote.

6-28-2012 Today we introduce “Diary of a Wisconsin Bear Guide” by Mike Foss as the weekly centerpiece for our bear hunting pages and the fast-approaching September season.  Link to the Foss column and photos from the field and his Bayfield County bear camp today and each week under... More

6/21/2012 Loons, Bears, Fishing and Instinct

6-21-2012 On occasion during my years as an outdoor writer, the beauty and equally present cruelty of nature makes me question things.  Take “instinct”.  When writing a column for example on the steelhead released on Lake Michigan tributaries as immature “smolts”, ... More