This Week on Outdoors Radio – Dan Talks Turkey, Meat Processing, and Fishing Education

March 27, 2014

Dan Small will present two spring turkey hunting seminars at the Sport & Home Extravaganza, March 28-30 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds.

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features conservation educator Mark LaBarbera, meat processor Kurt Heid, charter captain Zach Burgess and fishing educator Duffy Kopf. Dan talks turkey at the Sport & Home Extravaganza in Fond du Lac. Special guests: Exclusive to podcast and FM 100.5 ESPN broadcast: Jiffy, HT and Pure Fishing pro-staffer Duffy Kopf reports on panfish action on the Madison chain and walleye action on the Wisconsin River. Mark LaBarbera, founder of the Read more »

The Michigan Outdoors Variety: “Hushing for Woodheads”

October 28, 2013

In many good spots for hunting Wood Ducks in Michigan, no blind is necessary.

The day started before dawn, two hunters and a dog hunkered down along a steep bank on the flooding, our presence obscured from above by a mix of oaks and maples, multihued leaves still clinging to most of the branches. Decoys floated in the still waters in front of us, a small spread of plastic Wood Ducks to the left, Mallards to the right. As the eastern horizon brightened, Kevin Essenburg sat against the clay bank about 10 yards away to my left, holding a 20 gauge pump at the ready. My Golden Retriever Gabe perched silently atop a metal washtub in the shallow water next my right leg. As...

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This Weekend on Northwestern Outdoors Radio – Lewis and Clark Valley Fishing and Venison Cooking

October 21, 2013

Northwestern Outdoors

Join us this weekend as we head to the Lewis and Clark valley along the combined border of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. We'll be fishing for steelhead near the entrance of Hells Canyon with Snake Dancer Excursions and staying at the fabulous Hells Canyon Resort near the confluence of the Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers. Michelle Peters with the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau will tell you about a big steelhead derby coming up in November and we'll also drop by Hellsgate State Park south of Lewiston, a park open year round for camping, outdoor recreation and the home of both a Lewis and Clark...

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This Week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio Is Living the Hunting Lifestyle

October 10, 2013

Trisha Bowen and her 9-year-old daughter Alex enjoy a successful goose hunt.

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features hunting blogger Trisha Bowen, and fishing pros Steve Mortenson and Duffy Kopf. Dan prepares for the annual Deer Hunt Wisconsin TV Special. Blogger Trisha Bowen shares how she got started hunting and trapping as a youngster and offers advice for introducing kids to the outdoors. Fishing pro Steve Mortenson announces the debut of his new TV series, Anglin’ Adventures, and reports great fall action on Lake Winnebago for bass and white...

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Oregon Commission Meets August 1-2 To Set Fishing and Bird Hunting Regulations

July 29, 2013

SX Oregon DFW

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Aug. 2 in Eugene in the West Willamette Room at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way in Eugene. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and the agenda is online here. The Commission is expected to...

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A Long Life

June 17, 2013

Clarence Kalkofen walleye fishing with sons Tom (left) and Jim (right). Clarence led a long and storied life filled with outdoors adventures.

Adorned with beautiful flowers, the casket sat discreetly at the end of the hallway in Antigo, Wisconsin. The funeral was in an hour. Friends and neighbors arrived to greet Jim Kalkofen and the family. Clarence, Jim’s father, died at the ripe old age of 102....

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Good News in Ecology: The Detroit River Revival

May 31, 2013

A Peregrine Falcon with the Detroit skyline in the background. Once a polluted and nigh-uninhabitable mess, the Detroit River and its surrounding ecosystem has undergone a major restoration that can serve as a model for other waterways. Image courtesy DTE Energy.

Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment Survey about the quality of waterways in the U.S. gathered from approximately 2,000 sites across the country. Some of the findings include: Twenty-one percent of the nation’s rivers and streams are...

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This Week on Outdoors Radio: Turkey Hunting in Wisconsin

May 16, 2013

Dan Small and Pat LaBarbera with a turkey shot in Jackson County, Wisconsin.

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin state game farm superintendent Bob Nack, Petenwell County Park superintendent Darrin Tolley, outdoor blogger Carrie Zylka and Madison tackle dealer Gene Dellinger. Jeff continues to hammer the carp on the Sheboygan River. Dan scores two Wisconsin turkeys....

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‘Outdoor Journal’ Goes Fishing & Electrofishing, Youngsters Learn Hunting Skills

May 14, 2013


On Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., “VPT’s Outdoor Journal” will air the final episode of its new season.  November’s annual Frostbite Fleet Salmon Shootout challenges hardy Lake Champlain anglers.  Viewers will meet some friends who participate in the derby. A story about electrofishing shows...

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Panther WMA Group Camp Reservations in 2013, for True Outdoors Reunions and Celebrations in West Wirginia

January 31, 2013

Panther WMA Group Camp Reservations in 2013, for True Outdoors Reunions and Celebrations in West Wirginia

It’s not too early to begin making plans and reservations for group camping needs this summer. In the heart of southern West Virginia’s coal country, Panther Wildlife Management Area, operated by the West Virginia State Parks system, affords fine dormitory style accommodations for organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and church groups. It is also used heavily for family reunions.

This camp, which houses up to 60 people, opened in 1979. It features men’s and women’s dormitories, separate staff quarters, craft rooms, and complete kitchen and dining facilities. The area is located near Iaeger in McDowell County.  “It provides well-designed overnight facilities for groups and organizations,” said Donnie O’Brien, area superintendent. “While it is heavily used and popular with many local groups, vacancies are still available for this spring, summer and fall.”

Panther’s group camp is rented by the week during the months of June, July, and August. A two-night minimum is required in spring and fall. Two other areas within the West Virginia state park system also manage group camps: Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne county and Tomlinson Run State Park in Hancock County in the state’s northern panhandle.

About Panther Wildlife Management Area

The area features many recreational amenities such as a swimming pool, a six-site campground complete with electric hookups, hiking opportunities, and picnicking. Four picnic shelters are available to rent. 

As a wildlife management area, hunting is permitted in season and picturesque Panther Creek, with its numerous branches, bisects the facility and offers good fishing opportunities including trout, which is stocked during the spring by the Division of Natural Resources.

The area features excellent deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse hunting. For trout fishing, a West Virginia fishing license is required. To learn more about Panther Wildlife Management Area, visit, email or call 304-938-2252.

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