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12/12/2013 A BB Gun Christmas

You know, this darn Global Warming is not allowing me stay in the treestand nearly as long as I would have liked.  Hmmm.  15 below zero or so.  Does this mean without global warming we would be at say, a cozy 62 below? By the way, when data doesn’t match up with their science, ... More

12/5/2013 A New Hip & New Ice…The perfect mix

Later this month I receive a hip replacement.  My hip is the only thing that hurts on this 55 year old body.  But man, it hurts.  I have been hobbling around in the field or whispering “owie, owie, owie” as I climb on my portable deer stand carried in on my back for the be... More

11/27/2013 Applications deadlines loom for turkey, bear

Wild turkey hunters and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2014 hunting seasons. Preliminary permit levels for the 2014 spring turkey season are set at the same level as in 2013.  Final permit levels are not set until after the clo... More

11/21/2013 Good Luck

There’s few things worse than pounding the keyboard on a Thursday when your hunting crew is already arriving at the cabin 300 miles north with a new gun season looming.  There are few things better than a Wisconsin opening day, except, for sure, the Wisconsin bowhunt all season long. Goo... More

11/14/2013 Bucks Amok

Isn’t it good to be alive and a bowhunter?  We’re into it now boys. Answered a call Friday from friend Craig Cutts who was expecting me to join him that afternoon on private property near Oshkosh.  He wanted to let me know he had shot a beautiful nine-pointer that morning. The... More

11/7/2013 So Close, So Far

Our intention, last weekend, was to bowhunt Vilas County.  With a cabin on the Manitowish Chain, we have deer hunted near Boulder Junction for the last two decades, gun and bow.  When deer numbers are good, hunting has been good and we have hung our share of deer including good bucks. ... More

10/31/2013 The Affordable Deer Act

If you like your buck….you can keep your buck I did not know about this slight change until reading the Wisconsin deer hunting regulations thoroughly this week before disappearing into the forest with bow and arrow. Apparently, President Obama has come to an agreement with the Wisconsin DNR.... More

10/24/2013 2013 Wolf Hunt Off to Extraordinary Start

It’s a biting cold Wednesday and I pound keys in a dark office before the sun with a northern Wisconsin bowhunt on my mind.  I will join my brothers in the North Country and spend two days in a tree or maybe in a duck blind if the wind blows too hard and the northern ducks get goosed sout... More

10/17/2013 Success in the deer fields and a pheasant season tune-up

It’s always nice to see success from a Wisconsin sportsman using a Wisconsin made product.  Scott Heitman is an “On Wisconsin Outdoors” writer and one of our archery-bow hunting consultants.  He works at West Town Archery in Brookfield.   He’s helped me se... More

10/10/2013 14 Bears for 14 Wisconsin Hunters and a Scary Tale from Ontario

Mike Foss the Bayfield County bear man and OWO writer finally crawled out of the swamp with his last hunter a happy hunter. 14 bears for 14 hunters was the final tally, which really surprised no one who knows Foss and crew and how hard they work in this beautiful and wild Superior country. ... More

10/3/2013 Rumblings of a Distant Train

Rumblings of a Distant Train…. Somewhere off in the distance that train known as the Whitetail Rut is chugging toward Wisconsin. When it nears this station sometime in early November, thousands of bowhunters would argue that what it brings is the best week outdoors anyone could possi... More

9/26/2013 Northern Duck Hunting Opener Reflects Strong Nesting Spring

Now that was one fine northern Zone Duck opener on Vilas County backwaters.  If Bob Smith, brother John Ellis and I could shoot a little better, Golden Retriever Micah and Yellow Lab Dylan might have found considerably more work doing what they were born to do.  Alas, when the gun ... More

9/19/2013 Be Careful Out There…..

Do you wear a safety harness in your treestand? I do.  After getting away for a decade or so without using a belt as a young man, I stumbled upon a permanent stand in the far backcountry of public land in northern Wisconsin with Matt Selsor in the 1980s.  Matt was a 15 year old without a ... More

9/12/2013 Of Doves & Bear

As usual, the hunting season is being ushered in with doves and bears this week.  The mourning dove hunt for us on a large Muskego farm was not good.  Micah turned to the wind and caught a lip full of electric fence designed to persuade 1000 pound cows; my fault for not having him on a lea... More

9/5/2013 Taking Issue…

Actually take all of our issues. They’re free, thanks to our advertisers. The September-October, “On Wisconsin Outdoors”, in fact, started hitting the stands last Thursday.  It’s also posted right now, you know, at By the end of this week 50,... More

8/29/2013 Guns for Good, Guns to Celebrate, Guns to Show

The first annual Sporting Clays for a Cure will be held on September 27at Wern Valley Sportsman’s Club in Waukesha. The event will kick-off the 2013 hunting season. Sportsmen have the opportunity to try their skills at thirteen sporting clay stands beginning at 11:30 a.m. The day also include... More

8/22/2013 Ontario’s Cozy Camp sends Wisconsin bear hunter, angler home happy

With 9 years the average wait for a Wisconsin bear tag, some local hunters are going to find other options until that harvest permit finally arrives. Meet Ontario, Canada.Meet Cozy Camp.Meet Dick Henske. Henske is a legitimate field nut. He hunts and he fishes, and then he hunts and he fishes; Wisc... More

8/15/2013 One Hunter’s Generosity...

8-15-2013 There are a lot of Wisconsin hunters and anglers out there who are just good to people less fortunate, literally for goodness sake. Meet Jeremy Clark, a carpenter from Sullivan who started to apply for a coveted Wisconsin bear tag more than a decade ago not because he wanted to tag a blac... More

8/8/2013 Hunting, Fishing to Share the Wisconsin Stage Soon

I am on the road as a reporter today, intent on capturing a cover photo and my column contribution for the upcoming September-October issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors.  We’ll be on the stands in three weeks. Last issue I believe we published 14 fishing stories covering all the major game f... More

8/1/2013 You Snooze, You Lose...Today is Application Day

8-1-2013 When does Wisconsin wolf, Horicon goose and statewide turkey hunting collide with Winnebago sturgeon spearing?  When we’re all out of luck if we forget to apply for those seasons by TODAY, August 1, the application deadline.  As soon as I’m done writing this blog I&rs... More

7/25/2013 Winnebago Walleyes Cooperate...Hot fishing rides the wake of hot weather

7-25-2013 Before we talk great fishing, how about a salute to something a little more important? The Burlington Demons youth trapshooting team captured their second Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) national championship since 2011 this week, besting teams from throughout the country in Sparta ... More

7/18/2013 Winnebago, Boulder Junction Fishing

7-18-2013 Our planned Tuesday assault on Lake Winnebago walleyes was postponed a bit by friend Jim Olsson due to the intense heat settling over Wisconsin this week.  We’ll be on the road instead well before the dawn breaks this Sunday. The heat should break by then too.  We’ll... More

7/11/2013 A Shore Bet...

7-11-2013 Price County Super Guide John Carlson says don't miss the boat...shore fishing is one great option for the Wisconsin fisherman.  I think he means it really doesn’t matter if you miss the boat…or don’t have one. It doesn’t mean you have to miss the fishing. &... More

7/9/2013 This Weeks Blog

7-4-2013 “Hello everyone. I’ve been with family at our cabin in Boulder Junction. The Blog resumes this week.  The attached shows my nephew, Luke Ellis of Forest Lake, Minnesota (No… he’s a Wisconsin native and will always be a Viking hater to be proud of here) with a ... More

6/27/2013 Row Trolling Classic; Good People Remembering a Good Man

The Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic held recently from a starting off place in Presque Isle was a huge success due to the efforts of many “fine people”, as Uncle Bobby might have said. Geoff Crandall and Steve Reinstra, both of Middleton, and Jeff Koser from Rhineland all partnered in org... More