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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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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


1/11/2015 Healthy New Year…Now Get Fishn’ and Hunting

Our January February issue is on the streets and posted HERE.  Pick up your copy at Kwik Trip stores, Menards, select Gander Mountains, Elliott’s Ace Hardwares or many other Wisconsin business location.  If you are having trouble finding a distributor near you, e-mail me direct pleas... More


12/30/2014 Now That Is One Great Niece

Let’s call it a little frosting on the Christmas cake.  Emma Jane Klick is officially my great niece because she is my niece’s daughter. Emma is also my great niece…because she is a GREAT niece.  A box came in the mail this week addressed to Lori and me.  When I ope... More


12/18/2014 Order Up….January-February OWO

Hard to believe we’re on the cusp of 2015.  The older we get, the faster these years smoke by, especially I think when the calendar is marked not by the months of the year, but by…sturgeon spear, steelhead run, turkey hunt, open fish……. Isn’t it a fun being an o... More


12/11/2014 Deer Season Feedback

I’ve been reading a lot of stories, data, and theories since the close of the Wisconsin gun deer season regarding the lower harvest, in particular in the north. My favorite read in a state newspaper is that global warming is the culprit causing Wisconsin hunters to kill nearly 15 percent fewer... More


12/1/2014 Game Pole Empty Following Northern Rifle Hunt

It was a tough hunt with no deer tagged after five days in Vilas County.  That’s seven years with no deer hung. Yes, it is that hard in Wisconsin’s north country.  Prior to over-harvest of does, hard winters, high predation by bears and wolves, and bottoming out of deer numbers... More


11/19/2014 North Country Is Not Best Choice for Deer Hunt

I am recommending that Wisconsin deer hunters who have an option to hunt in central or southern Wisconsin stay away from Wisconsin’s northland.  With a long tradition of hunting the Boulder Junction area in Vilas County, my family will be hunting north.  But it will not be an easy hu... More


11/10/2014 More Important Matters

Last in this blog, we’ll get to a detailed story of the buck I was able to tag for those of you who care to read a detailed story.  I’m writing a detailed story because tagging a nice one for this hunter feels a bit like the arrival of Haley’s Comet. It has been a long time co... More


11/6/2014 Rutting Buck Tagged

A nice rutting buck cooperated yesterday, November 5, near Fond du Lac and came in at 4:00 pm.  I’ll give the details in this place soon. Right now, I have a deer to butcher.  In the meantime, here he is. The deer are moving and we’ll be posting some photographs sent by succ... More


11/1/2014 OWO November-December Hits Streets

The November-December issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors is now posted on our homepage and will be hitting the streets across the state beginning Friday. By next week you should be able to find your copy in any Kwik Trip or Menards, but I wouldn’t wait long. Seriously, they do go fast and with mor... More