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3/8/2021
DICK ELLIS Are state population numbers far understated? Wisconsin hunters took just three days to harvest 216 wolves during the February hunt, reinforcing the belief of thousands of Wisconsin sportsmen that the official stated population of 1195 wolves is significantly below the actual count. The harvest of 216 wolves is 8 percent over the harvest quota of 200 wolves unanimously voted for by the Natural Resources Board on February 15. Headi...
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10/26/2015 What to Chase?

Duck, grouse, pheasant, and deer have each been taking their share of our time in northern and southern Wisconsin and it has been, oh so fun.  But for the next week, we’re so heavy into final production of the On Wisconsin Outdoors’ November-December issue that I personally am getti... More


10/9/2015 If I Could Only Shoot…..

No one with the exception of Micah would play with me last week for the opening weekend duck opener in the southern Zone, so we ushered in the season with a walk-in hunt in Sheboygan County Kettle Moraine country.  The wood ducks were there…if I could only shoot. Better days.  Jo... More


9/30/2015 Hunting and Fishing…Wisconsin Style

Continuing to make hay when the sun shines on the September Wisconsin hunting and fishing seasons, I landed on the Embarrass River Friday with Guide Gordy Pagel to target smallies during a 6-hour float trip. Gordy is a great guide and things went smoothly as expected on this beautiful Wolf River tri... More


9/15/2015 2600 Miles of Wisconsin Hunting & Fishing

  Guide Ron Bergman shows another crappie caught on the Chippewa Flowage. The miles piled up on the odometer in recent weeks as the Wisconsin hunting seasons collided with the fishing seasons and the invitations came in from across Wisconsin to cover stories.  I landed on the Chippewa Fl... More


8/28/2015 Now on Stands!

8th Anniversary Issue!      The biggest and the best On Wisconsin Outdoors yet begins to be stocked throughout Wisconsin today.  50,000 copies of our 8th Anniversary issue will be distributed everywhere in Badgerland by the end of next week. If you want to make it easy on ... More


8/24/2015 Kwik Trip Contest Winners Appreciate Time with Top Guide

Lake Wausau, a 1,851 acre impoundment of the Wisconsin River, served as the perfect match recently to host the winners of the Kwik Trip-sponsored contest to fish a day with talented guide and On Wisconsin Outdoors’ columnist Phil Schweik.  Marie Rose, Guide Phil Schweik and Dan Rose wa... More


8/10/2015 A Scents-able Approach to Hunting Bears

It’s always fun at this time of year to watch and listen as Mike Foss and Northern Wisconsin Outfitters close in on the bear season. Inevitably, the boys of Bayfield County are also closing in on some really big bears as they wind down on a spring and summer’s worth of baiting.  Alo... More


7/31/2015 They’re Hereeeee….

Special Needs Picnic, DeerFest Arrive! The New Berlin Gobblin’ Longbeards and the Lakeview Rod & Gun Club will host a Wheelin’ Sportsmen Special Needs Picnic Sunday, August 2, at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Lakeview Rod & Gun Club on Big Muskego Lake.  This event is for peop... More


7/28/2015 BEC Recap, Saving Bambi, and More

As touched on last week, a 40 inch musky caught and released on Presque Isle by the father and son team of John and Dave Morten won the Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic last week.    Bill Beno came in second with a 30 inch fish, and several fish were lost during the no-money and plain fun... More


7/18/2015 Kids Fish

A great time was had by all at the Bob Ellis Classic last Saturday; a no-money, no worry, Vilas County row trolling musky tournament in honor of our late, great, Hall of Fame angling uncle who left us too early. We’ll have photos and complete results next week. I will say that the father-son t... More


7/7/2015 DeerFest, Special Needs Picnic Just Ahead

DeerFest, the nation’s largest all deer festival, returns to Washington County Fair Park in West Bend July 31 to August 2.  Check out all the details at www.deerfest.com, and on the flyers below.  Kwik Trip is the DeerFest Bag sponsor this year.  Bags will be distributed to... More


6/30/2015 Letting the Cat Out of the Bag-O

No walleyes found on Winny We returned to Winnebago this week with visions of repeating the hot weather performance of 2013 when we murdered the July walleyes drifting and throwing crankbaits.  Jim Olsson, Dave Gromowski and I found the hot weather, but that’s about it.  If I lied a... More


6/20/2015 Welcome O’Reilly Auto Parts, Leinenkugels

With the July-August issue due off the presses on Friday, June 26, know that On Wisconsin Outdoors can now be picked up at no cost at any of 104 O’Reilly Auto Parts stores in Wisconsin (20 in northern Illinois) and the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company “Leinie Lodge” in Chippewa Fa... More


6/13/2015 Advice, Photos from Wisconsin’s Best Hunting, Fishing Guides

On Wisconsin Outdoors is fortunate to have some of the best hunting and fishing guides in the state working with us to bring you the latest information. You can review the tactics used throughout Wisconsin by the experts with photos of their catches on our website each week in places like “Inl... More


6/7/2015 Welcome Golden Eagle Log Homes

Welcome Golden Eagle Log Homes, DeerFest Returns, Special Needs Outdoor Day Set On Wisconsin Outdoors is pleased to welcome Golden Eagle Log Homes of Wisconsin Rapids as one of our many great advertisers who help bring our paper and website to you at no cost. Golden Eagle L... More


5/29/2015 The Ecstasy & The Agony

Luke Ellis brings the fish closer for release. An Oar-Some Experience. Troller Takes 1st Musky Luke Ellis ushered in the new Wisconsin musky season in fine fashion on Memorial Day weekend when he caught and released a 40-inch fish row trolling a Slammer 4-inch deep shad near Boulder Junctio... More


5/22/2015 Of Zombies, Pig Roasts & Shrooms

But first, remember the fallen vets who allow us to do whatever we choose this Memorial Day and every day.  This is the one date dedicated to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. By the very nature of war, you have to think that 99 percent of the fallen were ages 18 to 30.  That’s ... More


5/16/2015 Ashland – More than just a great place to fish

Part of the “work” each week keeping this website stocked with new information from throughout Wisconsin and preparing our bi-monthly print paper for publication is working with people like Candace Ferguson from the Ashland Chamber of Commerce; our very own information pipeline.  Ca... More


5/7/2015 Fishing Season Arrives

  Ron Klimcke knows the Chippewa Flowage and how to catch walleyes. Finished a three- day, 900-mile Wisconsin trip that included fishing the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward with friend Ron Klimcke as part of the Governors Open, grabbing a truck load of daughter Taylor’s campus furniture a... More


4/30/2015 Hayward Hosts Governors Fishing Opener

This Saturday marks the beginning of another great Wisconsin fishing season.  On invitation from Wisconsin Indian Head Country, I will be in Hayward, Wisconsin to celebrate the 50th Annual Wisconsin Indian Head Country’s Governors Fishing Opener.  Good friend and OWO writer Ron Kli... More


4/18/2015 Surf & Turf in Full Swing

The walleye runs on Wisconsin’s rivers are in full swing according to the photos coming in from OWO readers and the invitations coming in to this reporter from friends and outdoor pros pounding fish. Solely gauging by what I’m seeing out the truck window in my travels, turkey hunters hol... More


4/9/2015 A Place to Winter

If you're a retired Wisconsin outdoorsman looking for a cost-effective, warm weather place to spend some time with the wife each winter and catch a lot of fish too, take a look at St. George Island Florida.  I'm here on the last day of my second spring mini-vacation with Lori and Taylor and oth... More


4/3/2015 Deer & Turkey Expo on the Horizon

The 2015 Deer & Turkey Expo, an OWO advertiser that enables you to pick up the paper at no cost, will be held April 10, 11, and 12 at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. According to Wisconsin outdoor writer and show promoter Dan Durbin of Bast-Durbin Associa... More


3/27/2015 Dick Ellis is in Arizona...

and will resume his Blog next week! _____________________________________________________   Talk to the experts about keeping wild animals in the wild! Join DNR wildlife experts Tuesday for a live, online chat at noon, to hear about the DNR's Keep Wildlife Wild campaign. Ta... More


3/19/2015 Give Blood

Ellis Blogs 3-19-2015 Give Blood Just a quick mention that you save lives literally when you give blood or platelets.  When you give enough, the Blood Centers of Wisconsin will call you on the first day you're eligible to give again and remind you they would appreciate it if you could find ti... More