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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 www.onwisconsinoutdoors.com. 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


6/19/2013 Bear Bait and Bass

6-20-2013 We’re on the cusp of another September bear season and those of you lucky enough to snag a tag but aren’t into running hounds will be looking for the best buys in bait and just how to use it. It’s a huge, adrenalin pumping part of the sport itself, when the bears start t... More


6/14/2013 Bob Ellis Rowtrolling Classic Takes Fishing Back To the Basics

6-14-2013 We’re on the road today in Boulder Junction to honor my uncle in Wisconsin most unique musky tournament.  The 2013 Bob Ellis Rowtrolling Classic is tomorrow, Saturday June 15th. If you’re not in yet and want to join us, the starting location and after- fishing dinner is a... More


6/7/2013 Today is D-Day. Did you remember?

6-6-2013 On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied Troops landed along a 50 mile  stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victor... More


5/30/2013 Cowardly Bear Killers Still Hiding

5-30-3013 May I give up my Blog today?  Thank you.  The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and other groups have tripled the reward for the arrest of the people responsible for killing and decapitating the bear hibernating in a culvert recently in northwest Wisconsin.  Read the rest.... More


5/23/2013 On Memorial Day…Remember America’s Fallen Heroes

Instead of a Blog today, we’re posting here columns from the archives dedicated to the men and women who bought this freedom for us.  It’s also meant as a reminder that this freedom now under constant barrage from our own government, is not ours to give away. Protect it. Click H... More


5/16/2013 WISCONSIN FOREST FIRE LARGEST IN 33 YEARS

We have posted numerous news bulletins and photos over the last 24 hours from the DNR keeping OWO updated on the course of the largest forest fire to hit Wisconsin in 33 years.  Please connect with “Outdoor News” on this website. We will post the most recent developments on that web... More


5/9/2013 TURKEY TALK FROM THE BIG WOODS

5-9-2013 What’s as exciting as pulling Tom off a roost with the first light of a new day and watching him slowly and cautiously cut the distance between you and him over the rolling greens and browns of southern Wisconsin?  Well, pulling him to you through Wisconsin’s big woods, an... More


5/2/2013 THESE AREN’T WISCONSIN HUNTERS...

5-2-2013 This Blog is most often used to showcase seasonal highlights from the fields and water of Wisconsin.  This week should start with the open water season slated to begin throughout Wisconsin May 4, with the main theme being that Mother Nature is still unsure if she will let go of her ic... More


4/25/2013 The Black & White of It

4-25-2013 Here’s the black and white of hunting and fishing Wisconsin in late April, with all eyes on May 4 and open fishing. If you’re chasing turkeys in the south, at least you have bare ground despite the near non-stop rain.  If you’re after Tom in the north country, you&r... More


4/18/2013 Taxes, Blood & Terror

4-18-2013 You have your own images of the week. I have a question and a suggestion; what is your opinion of waterboarding? And google Bill Ayers and read about the weather underground bomber of the 70s so often invited today as a guest speaker to American universities. It is so important to know wh... More