Dan Small Outdoors Radio Archive

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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.

Captain Dan Welsch reports Lake Michigan coho action is still going strong off Sheboygan. (dumperdan.com) Jim Babiasz, president of The Range of Richfield, announces June classes and specials at the range. (therangewi.com) Captain Jon Small invites listeners to enjoy a kayaking adventure or sailboat ride among the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. (whitecapkayak.com, dreamcatcher-sailing.com) In the Madison Outdoors Report, pro angler Duffy Kopf invites kids to participate in the Yahara Fishing Club Kids Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 3 at Warner Park Lagoon in Madison. First 300 kids get a free rod. (yaharafishingclub.org)

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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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Show 1751: Holiday gift ideas from Vortex Optics. Activist and author Ted Rulseh says we are loving our lakes to death. Jim Higgins solves another murder in the Driftless Mystery Series. There is no safe ice on the Madison chain, but open water action is good for walleyes and muskies. Dan and Jeff discuss the recent antlerless deer hunt.

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Show 1750: Join fictional crime fighter John Cabrelli as he tries to solve another murder in the north woods of Wisconsin. Alaskan moose hunt becomes a struggle to survive. St. Paul Ice Fishing Show offers a wide range of gear, tackle, and seminars. Jeff and Dan discuss recent social media videos showing predator attacks on humans.

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Show 1749: Emu helps hunter to a successful hunt in perhaps the craziest deer hunting story of all time. December specials at the Range of Richfield on Super Saturday December 16 and 17. Join the Ruffed Grouse Society to help forest conservation efforts. Madison chain muskie and walleye action still going strong.

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Show 1748: Outdoors Radio wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving weekend and success for the remainder of the Wisconsin deer season. The North American model of conservation helped restore wildlife populations in Africa. Jeff and Dan report on their opening weekend results.

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Show 1747: The Wisconsin firearms deer season opens this weekend. Dan and Jeff are hunting up north. Joe Shead shares stories from his new deer hunting book. Guest host Rob Drieslein of Outdoor News talks with David Schuessler of Ducks Unlimited about the fall flight, wetlands conservation, and the upcoming online auction. Jeff reports on his successful crossbow hunt.

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Show 1746: The rut is in full swing, and hunters are reporting success with good bucks. New study will look at pneumonia in Wisconsin deer. Minnesota youth bow hunt yields good memories. Jeff plans one more weekend of bowhunting. Dan announces Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2022 is available on YouTube.

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Show 1745: Florence County offers great public land hunting, hiking, and UTV trail riding. Active, retired and reserve military enjoy discount shooting November 8-11 at The Range of Richfield. Random Lake High School students learn wilderness skills, conservation history, and more. Pike are active on the Madison Chain. Jeff reports on his recent bowhunting outings. Dan announces air dates, times, and sponsors of Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2022.

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Show 1744: Heat Boost technology keeps you warm on your coldest hunts. Attend a free DNR webinar on learning to hunt November 2. Watch out for deer ticks this fall. Bucks are moving as the rut approaches. Jeff reports on his public land bowhunts. Dan wraps up production of his Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2022 TV special.

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Show 1743: Wisconsin DNR helps bring sturgeon back to the Tennessee River in a 20-year restoration program. Ruffed grouse and woodcock hunters are having a good season in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Turnover means good fishing on the Madison chain. Jeff is now tournament director for both the Masters Walleye Circuit and the National Walleye Tour. Dan and Jeff discuss cheating in fishing tournaments and wolf depredation on hunting dogs.

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Show 1742: Attend the Muskie Ball and help Ukrainian refugees. New books inspire kids and parents to go fishing. Youth deer hunters enjoy a successful hunt. Jeff tells how his son Robert shot his first deer. Dan reports on the Treeland Premier Musky Fly Fishing Championships.

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Show 1741: Watch out for deer on Wisconsin highways, especially with the waxing moon this weekend. Enjoy a waterfall hike or UTV ride and peak fall colors in Florence County. Shoot zombies at the Range of Richfield. Fall fishing action is picking up on the Madison chain. Jeff reports on the World Walleye Championship held last weekend on the Bay of Green Bay. Dan heads to Hayward for the Treelands Musky Fly Fishing Championships. Jeff and Dan discuss the impact of cheating on fishing tournaments.

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Show 1740: Try bowhunting from the ground using natural cover to surprise bucks. Wild Water Fly Fishing offers quality fly fishing gear at a very reasonable price. Lake Taneycomo has great fishing all year long for rainbow and brown trout. Jeff heads to Oconto, Wisconsin for the World Walleye Championship on the Bay of Green Bay. Dan reports on his trout fishing adventures in Branson, Missouri.

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Show 1739: Saildrones help researchers study Great Lakes baitfish species. Wisconsin River flowages offer good multi-species fall fishing action now. Jeff reports on the Masters Walleye Circuit tournament on Cass Lake. Dan reports on trout fishing action on Lake Taneycomo and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers conference in Branson, Missouri.

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Show 1738: The Jordan Buck Festival celebrates the return of the former world record to Danbury, Wisconsin. Jeff Kolodzinski sets another world record and raises money for Fishing for Life. Chinook salmon are staging now off Sheboygan on Lake Michigan. Jeff reports on the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament and heads to Cass Lake, Minnesota for an MWT event. Dan heads to Branson for the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers annual conference.

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Show 1737: West Nile virus detected in 25 percent of ruffed grouse sampled from 2021 harvest. Color hikes, UTV rides and garden tractor pull highlight fall fun in Florence County. Make your own venison sausage at home. Jeff puts up tree stands for deer hunting in Douglas County. Dan gets in winter hay and looks at improving his sheep pastures.

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Show 1736: Chinook salmon are staging near shore on Lake Michigan in preparation for their fall spawning run up tributary rivers. Fall leagues and classes will start this month at The Range of Richfield. CuddeLink trail camera system can help hunters monitor deer activity without setting foot in the woods. Jeff reports on his camping trip on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage with his son Robert. Dan reports on the World Musky Hunt held last weekend in Lake Tomahawk.

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