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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


3/4/2015 Kingdom Fishing Innovations’ Sport Show Booth 944

See you there! I’ve been invited by OWO super writer John Lindeman and his wife Tabitha to sit a day or two in their booth (#944) at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show to be held March 4 through March 8. Get all the show details at http://jssportsshow.com/.  But show hours are We... More


2/28/2015 Show Time in Wisconsin, OWO Off Presses

OWO is off the presses Friday morning with our March-April issue, and I will be a paper boy. I’ll take a load to our booth at the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo which runs from February 27 through March 1st at Shopko Hall in Green Bay. Show hours include 3-9 today (Friday), 9-7 Saturday, and 10-... More


2/20/2015 Weathering a New Spearing Season

But first…we’re on crazy deadlines for the March-April issue. The paper will be posted sometime next week on our homepage and off the presses February 27. That means look at your local Kwik Trip or Menards the first week in March for your copy. Expect everything from bear, deer, coyote ... More


2/13/2015 Expertise in the Field…A Shooter’s Story

It was getting cold in the Waukesha County field as the night plodded on toward the 4:00 am mark.  Terry Russ had picked me up February 9 just after midnight and we had already held vigil from two stands for an hour on each ambush as Terry had tried to mislead a coyote to come to the kill. ... More


2/5/2015 Wily Coyote Down

As you know, I am shadowing coyote hunter Terry Russ as reporter/photographer in his quest to take “Wily” with a Midwest Industries AR15 built by OWO firearms writer Stuart Wilkerson.  That will happen. The gun shoots beautifully and is dead-nuts at distances to 200 yards, which is ... More


1/30/2015 North Dakota Knock-Out

First, the DNR is bombarding our offices with so many reports on so many different topics related to fishing and  hunting Wisconsin that I don’t  remember that the outdoor news has ever been so brisk.  You can read it all on this website under “Outdoor News”, and of ... More


1/24/2015 Hard Fishing on the Hard Water

Coyotes, sturgeon hunting looms Pewaukee Lake in Waukesha County wasn’t very generous to our group last Saturday participating in Curly’s Waterfront Sports Bar & Grill ice Fisheree.  And solely judging from discussions with people coming and going on ATVs, cross-country skis, o... More


1/15/2015 No Regrets in Final Goodbye… Harley worth every second

One of my friends, Kristine James, sent me and others a note yesterday letting us know that her Golden Retriever, Harley, is nearing the end of a long and beautiful run with one great owner.  Any dog owner knows that’s the never welcome and always too soon price we pay for giving it all t... More