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8/1/2014 So Close… Hunting Seasons and Application Deadlines

The hunting seasons are so close. So let’s make this Blog short and sweet so that you don’t fail to apply for a tag tomorrow and miss an opportunity to participate in a season that might be very important to you. August 1 is the deadline for: Fall turkey hunting applications Goose... More


7/25/2014 A Thank you To Bucky’s…and to all of our Advertisers & Distributors

Yesterday, my wife, Lori returned home from a trip to Mukwonago and Bucky’s Fine Meats & Sausage with the hot venison beer sticks, brats and Italians we had ordered a few weeks ago. A doe had been hit by a truck near my home. After the New Berlin cops came and ended its suffering, I took... More


7/18/2014 When Mother Nature Rains on the Blue Gill Parade

This battle was personal, a stubborn battle between Mother Nature and top guide and On Wisconsin Outdoors writer Dave Duwe.  Would Mother give up the gills on Delavan Lake Sunday to the persistence of Duwe, or would she keep the stingy hold on the 20 fish we were asking for by sending plummetin... More


7/11/2014 Have you visited Ashland or fished Chequamegon Bay?

If you have, you won’t need an invitation to return.  If you have not, I strongly recommend that you get it on the calendar today. My first trip to Ashland with famed fishing guide Roger LaPenter to target Chequamegon Bay’s monster smallmouth was probably 10 years ago. I’ve re... More


7/7/2014 Back in the Saddle

My apologies for failing to post the Mike Foss bear dating video to date. It’s done and has been sent to our great graphic designer for posting. Ali Garrigan has been on an earned vacation over the week of the  4th.  After filming the introduction to the bear video with Jim Olsson, I... More


6/27/2014 So You Like to Fish Wisconsin?

Before we dive into the Wisconsin water, here’s a brief update on the Mike Foss black bear courtship and mating video we talked about in last week’s Blog. I will be traveling to OWO writer Jim Olsson’s studio today to film the introduction. You probably watched the Olsson crew&rsqu... More


6/20/2014 The Courtship of the Wisconsin Black Bear

Incredible Mike Foss Bear Mating Video to Be Unveiled on “On Wisconsin Outdoors” Website Last week, this “On Wisconsin Outdoors” blog cast the spotlight on the work of Mike Foss and Northern Wisconsin Outfitters.  The Washburn, Wisconsin-based bear guide and OWO writer ... More


6/13/2014 Guide Foss Can Bear-ly Stand Broken Ankle

Dedicated Bear Guide Mike Foss broke his ankle in a pick-up basketball game recently, just when his scouting and first teaser baits of the young season were already drawing in some monster bears reminiscent of the legendary Snaggletooth.  Mike Foss’s early scouting has already put hi... More


6/6/2014 Jack’s Charter Service comes through…Big!

The ‘Leader’ and Captain Ken Poludnianyk of Jack’s Charter Service have more tournament wins and top 5 finishes than any other Milwaukee charter boat.Molly Hall and David Jackson were more than happy with their charter last week off Reef Point Marina in Racine. Sometimes a Wisco... More


5/30/2014 The North, Central & South of Wisconsin Crappie Fishing

What’s better than spending five hours with your wife on a hot crappie playground in northern Wisconsin?  Not much. Lori Ellis shows another 10-1/2 inch crappie found in shallow wood adjacent to reeds Memorial Day weekend on the Manitowish Chain. The Memorial weekend went about as exp... More


5/23/2014 Memorial Day. Remember the Fallen

You know the one and only reason we are able to hunt for turkeys and target walleyes and muskies this weekend right?  The reason we do whatever we want to do, whenever we want to do it? Because hundreds of thousands of American service men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can do... More


5/16/2014 Crappies, Toms, and a Red Hot Lake Michigan

On Wisconsin Outdoors writer extraordinaire John Luthens took his nephew on his first Lake Winnebago crappie expedition this week.  Do you think maybe Indigo Thede, 10, of Oshkosh enjoyed landing his first crappie? Send us photos of your kids (must be under age 95) working the big outside fo... More


5/9/2014 I Should Have Held It…..

First, all 44 Menards and 252 Kwik Trip locations carrying On Wisconsin Outdoors are now posted on this homepage.  Don’t forget to take your shot at winning your Kwik Trip Outdoors’ fishing trip with Super guide Phil Schweik.  Check out the details in the May-June issue of On W... More


5/2/2014 On Wisconsin Outdoors Increases Distribution Statewide, Florida Shore Fishing Kind to Hart & Ellis

First things first; Congratulations to Marlis Kremer of Appleton for winning a $100 gift card from Kwik Trip Outdoors. Watch for all kinds of winning opportunities from KT Outdoors in the near future, and don’t forget to send them your photos and stories from the field for posting. The May-Ju... More


4/24/2014 Searching for the Perfect Cover Shot…

As you read this Lori and I will be in Florida.  Life-long buddy Mike Hart and I will be working the surf near the Floribama line for pompano and whiting and coming up with the occasional Ray.  Lori and Kerry Hart will be catching another kind of ray. As a long-time outdoor writer who dov... More


4/17/2014 Kids, First Time Turkey Hunters, Mentors Score Big

On Wisconsin Outdoors received some head-turning photos from successful youth turkey hunters and their mentors spotlighting their experiences from all over Wisconsin.  Those highlights including a story with photos from a young woman who hunted successfully after completing the Hunter’s S... More


4/11/2014 Calling All Toms, Catching All Walleyes….

The old man finally loosened his grip, except that he’s planning to slip his icy fingers around our necks again next week I understand.  I hate to be the bearer of bad weather news but it’s the truth.  He’s on his death bed anyway, and he can’t hold on long now. War... More


4/3/2014 Some Better Men Deserve The Stage…

Even in their passing. Maybe especially at their passing, so that we never forget that this freedom most of us inherited was earned through great sacrifice of the few.  I am grateful to give up this spotlight today to Jeremiah A. Denton. I would appreciate it if you would read about him through... More


3/27/2014 Open Water, Searching for Yesterday

Sunday’s inaugural hunt for lake trout, steelhead and browns on the Milwaukee Harbor was locked out by 12-degree temperatures and new ice on the landing. Jim Olsson rescheduled our trip for this coming weekend with the weatherman’s promise of mercury climbing toward 60, but couldn’... More


3/20/2014 Open Water Time

The first Saturday of May falls on the 3rd this year, and about one million Wisconsin anglers will join the floating mass known as “opening day” on inland waters.  Many fishermen though, won’t be waiting another month to chase migrating walleyes on Wisconsin’s main veins... More


3/12/2014 Kwik Trip Takes “On Wisconsin Outdoors” Statewide

257 Wisconsin Kwik Trip stores statewide began making On Wisconsin Outdoors available to its customers this week, supplementing its own outstanding Facebook presence introduced recently with Kwik Trip Outdoors.  Kwik Trip Outdoors is ready to post your photos and stories from the field ri... More


3/7/2014 Florida or Wisconsin? Ask these Badgers

You know those retired guys and ladies who wallow on the beaches and boats of the deep south for months fishing and catching rays, literally and figuratively all day long while we freeze and shovel day in and day out like my brother, father-in-law and long lost friends from Wisconsin?  I hate t... More


2/28/2014 Looking ahead...

We’re putting the March-April issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed as we “speak” at 5:00 pm Thursday, with press time slated in Waupaca in the wee hours Friday morning.  That means look for your copy next week on stands from Merrill and Medford to Kenosha, and posted on this ... More


2/21/2014 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 wea... More


2/10/2014 The Wisconsin Sturgeon Season; Put me in the Zoo.

What was it that Dr. Seuss  wrote? Put me in the Zoo? Did he mean the Winnebago Chain during an opening sturgeon season with good ice and high water visibility? Last year, I wore my reporter’s hat and showed up opening day 2013 at Wendt’s Landing on the west side of Lake Winnebago ... More