Dan Small Outdoors Radio Archive

Listen to past shows from Dan Small Outdoors Radio.

Show 1837: How to train a dog to decoy coyotes into shooting range. Danbury, Wisconsin celebrates Jordan Buck Day Sept. 23. Fall duck outlook is mixed, with mallard numbers down but teal, wood ducks, and pintails up. Jeff Kelm heads to Cass Lake, Minnesota for a Masters Walleye Circuit tournament. Dan reports on some great walleye, crappie, muskie and northern pike action from Ballards Black Island on Lake of the Woods.

Huntworth Gear pro-staffer Joey Hartley tells us how he trains decoy dogs to hunt coyotes. (youtube.com/@mangydogtv6553, huntworthgear.com) Dick Hartmann, director of economic development for Burnett County, Wisconsin, invites listeners to attend the second annual Jordan Buck Day, September 23 in Danbury, celebrating the former world record whitetail buck shot here by Jim Jordan in 1914. (burnettcountyfun.com) Guest Host Rob Drieslein, host of Outdoor News Radio, talks with John Coluccy, of Ducks Unlimited, about the outlook for waterfowl hunting this season. (https://www.ducks.org/, outdoornews.com) In the Madison Outdoors Report, presented by Pappas Trading Post, pro angler Duffy Kopf reports on fishing action in the Madison area. (pappastradingpost.com)

Past Shows


Show 1836: Now is the time to try for big chinooks close to shore on Lake Michigan. September specials at the Range of Richfield. Leaves are starting to change color in Florence County. Bear hunting report from Juneau County. Jeff reports on the National Walleye Tour Championship at Devil's Lake in North Dakota. Dan heads to Black Island on Lake of the Woods for some walleye and muskie fishing.

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Show 1835: Mature chinook salmon have moved into the harbors on Lake Michigan. Become a hunter education instructor and help teach the next generation of hunters. Meet an elk, find a shed antler, enjoy good food and live music at the Clam Lake Elk Festival, September 23 in Clam Lake. Madison chain fishing action is improving with cooler water temps. Jeff reports on the MWC tournament at Lake Francis Case in South Dakota. Dan reports on the World Musky Hunt at Lake Tomahawk in Wisconsin.

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Show 1834: Fourth annual RGS Grouse Camp returns to Eagle River, Sept. 22-24. Support conservation by donating to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund when you renew your hunting license. Catch big chinook salmon now off the Sheboygan piers on Lake Michigan. Time to plant fall food plots for whitetails. Jeff reports on the Land O' Lakes Nationals BMX races in Minnesota. Dan heads to Lake Tomahawk for the World Musky Hunt.

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Show 1833: Special guest Charlie Berens shares a few laughs. Win tickets to see Charlie on tour. First annual Vernon County Cops and Bobbers event is a huge success. Mature chinook salmon are staging for fall spawning run. Compete in two muskie tournaments this fall on the Madison Chain. Jeff Kelm and family head to Minnesota for the Land O' Lakes Nationals at Crow River BMX in St. Michael, Minn. Dan cheers on the young anglers at Vernon County Cops and Bobbers.

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Show 1832: Explore seven wild waterfalls in Florence County. Take the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike challenge in Key West. Enjoy fast action for trout and salmon on Lake Michigan. Prepare now for fall bowhunting with food plots and waterholes. Jeff Kelm and his son Robert plan their annual camping trip. Dan reports on the SCI Badgerland chapter picnic and sporting clays shoot.

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Show 1831: Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month at The Range of Richfield. Come to Skipper Buds in Oshkosh on August 12 for Warriors on the Water and help veterans enjoy a day of fishing on Lake Winnebago. Learn how Gerrit Marshall won the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike contest in Key West. Jeff reports on the NWT tournament at Sault Sainte Marie. Dan reports on the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association annual conference at Eagle River.

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Show 1830: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers CEO and president Land Tawney recaps his work with BHA and discusses challenges facing conservation. Charter captain Dan Welsch hosts media and DNR fisheries staff to fish Lake Michigan for trout and salmon. Jeff reports from the MWC tournament at Oconto, Wisconsin. Dan reports on his fishing outings with Dumper Dan.

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Show 1829: Now is a good time to get your rifle ready for Western hunts and the Wisconsin gun deer season. Good mixed bag action awaits anglers on Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes and the Madison Chain, as well as on rivers throughout the state. Feed a hungry crowd with a Venison Caveman Roast. Jeff heads to Oconto for a MWC tournament. Dan heads to Lake Michigan to fish with Andrew McKean of Outdoor Life, Wisconsin DNR fisheries biologists and charter captain Dumper Dan Welsch.

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Show 1828: Only two spots left for the Lake of the Woods trip with Dan in September. Lake Michigan fishing is hot this month off Sheboygan. Improve your bow shooting form with one simple tip. Establish water holes now for bow season but hold off on fall food plots until it rains. Jeff celebrates his son�s first BMX win. Dan sails Lake Erie with friends.

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Show 1827: Enjoy a free pig roast, live music and games, and meet a Scottish Highlander calf and other livestock July 29 at Country Haven Farm near Gleason, Wisconsin. Summer specials and new classes await at The Range of Richfield. Plan a winter camping trip to the Boundary Waters to take your mind off summer heat. Bass, pike, walleye, muskie and panfish action is hot now on the Madison chain. Jeff gets caught up with farm chores. Dan fishes Lake Redstone.

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Show 1826: Chinook salmon are hitting flashers and flies off Sheboygan on Lake Michigan. Florence, Wisconsin celebrates July 4 with a bang and a band. Paddle the BWCA with Now Outdoors expeditions. Madison lakes fishing action improves as the water clears. Jeff reports on the NWT walleye tournament on Lake Francis Case in South Dakota. Dan fishes the Black River and gathers wild mulberries.

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Show 1825: Enjoy great walleye action now on Lake of the Woods in Minnesota and Wisconsin River flowages. Check over your bows, accessories, and stands and start shooting to prepare for archery season. Jeff Kelm reports on two walleye tournaments on Lake Erie and heads to South Dakota for another MWC tourney. Dan prays for rain as pastures dry up due to drought.

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Show 1824: Lake Michigan action off Sheboygan has shifted from cohos to kings. Purple martins are doing well in Wisconsin, thanks to volunteer martin landlords. Lake Wisconsin is a good bet for weekend bass and walleyes. Jeff Kelm reports on the Merc National tournament in Fond du Lac and heads to the MWC tournament on Lake Erie at Lorain, Ohio. Dan reports on his summer livestock adventures.

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Show 1823: Invasive Asian carp found near Winona on the Mississippi. Crossbows are now legal for Minnesota deer hunters. Kids and Mentors Outdoors Florence County Northwoods chapter invites kids to fish Lake Emily on July 8. Madison area lakes are producing good bass and panfish action. Jeff heads to Fond du Lac for Walleye Weekend. Dan joins a DNR crew to collar elk calves in Jackson County.

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SHOW 1822: Visit state parks, hike or bike state trails, and fish anywhere in the state without a license on Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend, June 3-4. Cohos are hitting dodgers and flies off Sheboygan. Dads shoot for free on Fathers Day at The Range of Richfield. Paddle or sail in the Apostle Islands this summer. Kids are invited to the Yahara Fishing Club Kids Fishing Day June 3. Jeff reports in from Day One of the MWC Team Championship on the Bay of Green Bay. Dan says there is still time to join his Lake of the Woods trip in September.

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Show 1821: Northern zone muskie season opens this weekend. Chippewa Flowage offers great fishing for muskies, walleyes and panfish. Ruffed Grouse Society helps private landowners manage forest land for wildlife habitat. Natural Resources Foundation field trips explore Wisconsin natural areas. Dan visits Hayward, the Chippewa Flowage and St. Croix Rods in Park Falls.

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Show 1820: The cohos have arrived off Sheboygan and anglers are catching them close to shore. Sam Thayer's new book is the definitive guide to wild edible plants. Madison walleye anglers are doing well. Jeff Kelm reports on the National Walleye Tour tournament in Oshkosh. Dan scores his third turkey of the season. There is still time to join Dan to fish Lake of the Woods in September. Sign up by May 31 to reserve a spot.

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Show 1819: There are no Covid restrictions on American visitors to Canada this year, so bring your passport and join Dan in September at Black Island Resort on Lake of the Woods. A new club in Juneau County aims to get people of all ages outdoors. Florence County, Wisconsin offers 160 miles of ATV trails, plus many miles of river to fish and seven waterfalls to explore. Register for Casting for Kids and help support the Carbone Cancer Center in Madison. Jeff reports on the recent MWC tournament on Lake Petenwell. Dan fishes the Wisconsin Governor's Fishing Opener in Phillips.

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Show 1818: Join Dan at Black Island full-service resort on Lake of the Woods in September for great guided fishing, excellent food, and surprise gifts from Stormy Kromer. Lake Michigan charter season is under way off Sheboygan. Late snowstorm hits migrating woodcock, but they should be OK. DU conservation director offers thought on why mallard numbers are in decline. Jeff directs the MWC tournament on Lake Petenwell. Dan heads to Phillips, Wisconsin for the Governors Fishing Opener.

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Show 1817: Join Dan for a Lake of the Woods trip in September. Looking for a Vizsla pup? Ask Dan for contact info. Boost your opening weekend catch with the Fish & Game Forecaster and Moon Clock from DataSport, Inc. Guide Jesse Quale previews the MWC tournament on Lake Petenwell. Surprise Mom with a Mother's Day gift from the Range of Richfield. Jeff reports on the MWC tournament on Lake Erie and prepares for the next one on Petenwell. Dan scores a jake on his first turkey hunt of the season.

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Show 1816: Jeff Nania makes the case for double barreled shotguns. DNR stocks salmon and trout in Lake Michigan. Invasive Asian carp found in the Mississippi River near Winona. New turkey hunters find success in Crawford County. Jeff heads to Monroe, Michigan for a Masters Walleye Circuit tournament. Dan reports on Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings results and invites listeners to join him in September to fish Lake of the Woods.

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Show 1815: Work and play on Earth Day at Wisconsin state parks. New Northern Lakes mystery novel by Jeff Nania keeps readers in suspense. Thursday night seminar series at D and S Bait, Tackle and Fly Shop in Madison helps anglers prepare for opening day. Jeff chaperones a class of fourth graders at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Dan picks up a new Crestliner 1750 Fish Hawk at Cedar Lake Sales in West Bend.

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Show 1814: Vote in the virtual Conservation Congress Spring Hearings April 10-13. Spring turkey season begins with the youth hunt April 15-16. Get outside this spring for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Laugh along with Jeff Wilson at a story from his new book, Wrong Tree. Jeff readies his beehives for honey season. Meet Dan at the Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association meeting on April 10.

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Show 1813: Ski (Yes, Keyes Peak remains open through this weekend.), hike, fish, play disc golf, and explore Florence County this spring. April specials and deals on Liberty Safes await at The Range of Richfield. Find your wild side on a canoe adventure with The Wild Institute. Wisconsin River walleyes are hitting now. Jeff reports on the National Walleye Tour event at Spring Valley, Illinois, and gets his kids outdoors during Spring Break. Dan reports on his two seminars last Saturday and gets ready for turkey season.

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Show 1812: New book highlights the exciting and demanding field work of wildlife professionals. Boat captains and volunteers are needed for a Fishing Has No Boundaries event, June 3 on Lake Michigan. Muskie School celebrates 20 years on March 25 in Waunakee. Jeff reports on MWC and NWT walleye tournaments in Spring Valley, Illinois. Dan will speak at Muskie School and Milwaukee Chapter of Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Open House on March 25.

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Show 1811: Wisconsin Wildlife Federation launches new podcast The Hide, with Mark Kakatsch and Taylor Finger. Wisconsin DNR provides resources for new hunters. RGS adds three new forest wildlife habitat positions. Tamarack Waldorf School in Milwaukee is nominated for a prestigious award. Jeff heads to Spring Valley, Illinois for the first MWC tournament of the season. Dan reports on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show.

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Show 1810: French chef offers a culinary solution to invasive species. Len Harris shares a story from his post on the Outdoor News Wisconsin Facebook group page. 20th annual Muskie School comes to Waunakee March 25th. Jeff reports on the final Ultimate Panfish League ice fishing tournament of the season. Visit Dan this weekend at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show.

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Show 1809: Eva Shockey and wolf panel discussion highlight the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 9-12 at State Fair Park. Student archers gear up for the state NASP tournament in Wisconsin Dells, March 24-25. Jeff heads back to Minnesota for the final UPL ice fishing tournament of the season. Dan gears up for the Milwaukee Sports Show.

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Show 1808: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show comes to State Fair Park March 9-12. Watch crazy trucks race uphill at the Keyes Peak Uphill Truck Drags, March 11 in Florence, Wis. Get a great deal on a Liberty Safe at the Range of Richfield or at the Milwaukee Sports Show. Sign up now for the 20th anniversary Muskie School March 25 in Waunakee. Jeff and Todd Forcier take second place at the Ultimate Panfish League tournament in Faribault, Minn. Dan butchers a sheep and digs out from the storm.

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Show 1807: Talk to the pros, pick up new gear, and attend informative seminars at the Milwaukee Muskie Expo this weekend and Wisconsin Fishing Expo next weekend. Plan now to attend the DU Expo in Fort Worth in May. Find a mentor and get ready for spring turkey season. Jeff heads to French Lake in Minnesota to compete in the Ultimate Panfish League tournament. Dan reports on his recent rabbit hunts.

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Show 1806: Come to the Milwaukee Muskie Expo, Feb. 17-19 in West Bend. We chat with podcaster, author, researcher and fishing professor Sid Dobrin. Ice fishing continues in Madison and southern Wisconsin but ice conditions are spotty at best. Jeff heads to French Lake in Minnesota for the Ultimate Panfish League tournament. Dan reports on the NWTF Wisconsin Conference at Three Bears Resort.

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Show 1805: James Beard nominee chef Yia Vang discusses his Outdoor Channel TV show Feral and the Hmong tradition of eating wild game. Jeff prepares for an ice fishing tournament in Rice County, Minnesota. Madison lakes offer good ice action now. Dan and his son Jon discuss their ice fishing trip to Lake of the Woods in Minnesota.

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Show 1804: Valentines Day specials and more February fun at the Range of Richfield. Now is a good time to start reloading ammo. River Bend Resort on Lake of the Woods offers a warm welcome to ice anglers. Madison lakes are producing good ice action now. Still time to visit the Milwaukee Boat Show. Jeff reports on central Wisconsin ice fishing and the demise of the NAIFC. Dan heads to Baudette, Minn. on Lake of the Woods.

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Show 1803: Attend the World Championship Snowmobile Derby Jan. 21-22 in Eagle River. Visit the Milwaukee Boat Show Jan. 20-29 at State Fair Park. DNR biologists preview Lake Michigan fishing for 2023. Meet Vernon County resident sasquatch. Jeff scores some good panfish through the ice. Dan goes rabbit hunting.

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Show 1802: Milwaukee Boat Show offers great deals and rebates on new boats. Ashland High School ice fishing team hits the ice. New collection shares more Gordon MacQuarrie old duck hunter stories. Ice anglers are out in force on the Madison chain. Jeff reports on preparations for another tournament season from Ponca City, Oklahoma. Dan wraps up shooting for an NWTF video.

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Show 1801: Enter to win tickets to the Milwaukee Boat Show, Jan. 20-29 at State Fair Park. Author D.A. Galloway talks about his exciting new novel in the Frontier Time Traveler series, Fatal Ground. Early ice action is going strong on the Madison Chain. Jeff scores panfish through the ice in central Wisconsin. Dan is working on a new video for the Wisconsin chapter of NWTF.

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Show 1753: Start the year with a class at the Range of Richfield. New Heat Boost technology from Huntworth Gear keeps you warm in the coldest weather. Help Wounded Warriors United of Wisconsin build a dream retreat for veterans. Sign up January 1 for the 20th annual Muskie School in Waunakeee. Dan and Jeff wish everyone a Happy New Year from Outdoors Radio.

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Show 1752: Winter camping in style with good food and NFL playoff games on TV. How peaceful protesters stopped a mine that threatened the Lake Superior watershed. A successful mentored deer hunt. Early ice action on the Madison chain. Jeff plans a Holiday deer hunt and reports significant storm damage in his woods. Dan butchers a roadkill deer.

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