Oconto Trophy Trip

Taking part in Wisconsin’s spring walleye run

By Sara Trampe

Contributed: Tyler Trampe

Photo Credit: Jeff Klugiewicz

Wisconsin is well known for the Green Bay Packers, cheese, beer, and tourism. A big part of our tourism is the outdoor industry and anglers that come from all over to enjoy our different lakes and rivers. And it’s one annual event that brings out the anglers early, usually still dressed in ice fishing gear on the open water – the spring walleye run.  Continue Reading

Is Your Vehicle Stuck?

Is Your Vehicle Stuck In A Rut?  Or Ready For The Rut?

TIRE FACTS

Deer Season:  So, here you are.  Gear is packed, the rut is on, and your heart is in your throat in anticipation of that MONSTER BUCK you have had on your trail cam for weeks.  All systems are a go.  You get on the road, all is going along just perfect.  You got up early, had your coffee and donut and the adrenaline continues to flow.  That all changes in the blink of an eye. Continue Reading

Warm Water Walleye 

Warm Water Walleye 

Balmier, shallow waters draw in baitfish for a snack  

By Keith Kavajecz  

Although walleyes are known as a “cold water” fish, in the spring it seems that they can’t get warm fast enough! When the water temperature is less than 60 degrees, begin your search for walleyes in shallow areas of the lake. Typically, anywhere that has less than 5 feet of water is the first place where vegetation begins to grow, which draws in baitfish, which will be followed by the walleyes.  Continue Reading

Spring Turkey

Spring Turkey

By: Pat Kalmerton

There are five species of wild turkey targeted throughout the United States, and many hunters will tell you that turkey hunting adventures are some of the most heart-pumping, breathtaking moments in their memory banks. If you were on top of your game and remembered to submit your Wisconsin Spring Turkey Application by the deadline (December 10) and were lucky enough to draw a permit in your desired zone (there are seven zones), you should be looking at a fantastic spring in 2015. Continue Reading

High Country Elk

High Country Elk

For Your Next Out of State Adventure!

“Hang on a second and let me do a cow call before we clear the trees,” I suggested as the four of us neared the large park we agreed to check before we broke off into pairs for the days hunt.  The call had no sooner than left the tube when the first bull sounded off less than 200 yards away!  Continue Reading

Dog Training – Develop Important Skills

Simple Drills Develop Important Skills 

By Jeremy Moore

After many years working with numerous dogs, one of my biggest takeaways is that too many times, we as trainers complicate what shouldn’t be complicated.

I’m sure you’re in the mid-winter swing of thing at this point – ice fishing, snowmobiling, maybe some rabbit or predator hunting. Yes, they’re all great ways to spend the winter, but even better when you can enjoy them with your dog, and better yet when you can build in some worthwhile training in the process.  Continue Reading

Early Ice / Walleye Strategies

Early Ice / Walleye Strategies

By: Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz 

It seems that most people’s idea of fishing “early ice” conjures up the image of the lone angler, trudging onto a remote frozen lake or pond to huddle over a couple holes chiseled in the ice as he waits quietly to catch a few fish for the evening meal.  Now while that’s a nice and serene scene, in reality, modern ice anglers are about being efficient on the ice – covering water, finding fish and triggering more bites. Ice fishing today is much more like open water fishing than ever before. Continue Reading

Gear & Tackle to Kick Start the Ice Season

Ice fishing is in full swing here in Wisconsin! I have been able to get out a handful of times, much earlier than the past few years due to cool weather conditions. Each outing has been with my boyfriend, Kurt, and our friends/family. We have had some excellent days with dozens of slab crappie, handful of jumbo perch, and many eater eyes. On the other hand, we have had a few days where the fish were extremely finicky and the success rate was extremely low. Either way, it is always enjoyable to get out on the ice!

On my social media pages, I am often asked what gear I use during the hard water season and what my favorite tackle is. This blog will share some of the gear I use and my current go-to lures.

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Adopt a Wildlife Area

Adopt a Wildlife Area

By: Mike Alaimo 

The days are growing shorter and nature is in high gear preparing for winter.  It is the time of year that gets my blood racing with thoughts of the next hunt.  Hours of preparation, scouting and practice all come together to create the perfect hunt.  As waterfowlers, there is no better experience on earth than seeing cupped wings pouring into the decoys.  The marsh becomes our second home. Continue Reading