The 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show is almost here, and we are excited about this year’s seminars. Sports Show stages will have experts in numerous fields discussing the topics that you’ll want to hear about. View the full speaker schedule!

Here’s who you’ll be able to see at Sports Show:

 

Starla Batzko – Cook and huntress, Starla Batzko of Starla’s Seasonings, Dips & Mixes, combines her seasonings with wild game for truly unique flavors.

She shows us how to cook amazing cuisine of domestic and wild game fare from the air, land and sea. Starla loves to educate and demonstrate how simple and rewarding it can be to prepare great-tasting dishes with ease.

Starla’s culinary skills were honed teaching nutrition classes as an Extension Agent for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. It was there she began sharing cooking tips that have grown from the classroom to venues with live audiences at Sport, Fishing, Garden, and RV & Camping shows and as a spice chef for “Wild Things Show, Cooking Wild Game” cooking series.

 

Jeff Boutin is a Fishing guide on the Bay of Green Bay. A US certified Coastguard Captain. Jeff has been fishing for walleyes on the Bay of Jeff Boutin_June walleyeGreen Bay since 1987.

He has been an avid fisherman his whole life, even spending 6 years as a first mate on a lake Michigan charter boat during the 1980’s. Since is early teenage years, Jeff has been primarily focusing on Walleye fishing leading up to his present guide service. You can also read Jeff’s fishing articles on the Bay of Green Bay published in Badger Sportsman’s Magazine.

Jeff’s guide service and tackle company is Team-Outdoors LLC, where he has designed his own unique fishing products. He is the founder and President of a non-profit kids fishing tournament Tomorrows Anglers, and a member of the esteemed Sheboygan Walleye Club.

Jeff’s sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Starcraft, SkipperBuds, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Churches Tackle Co.

 

Captain Mike Corblies is a world class teacher and videographer of the sport he has lived for over 50 years. 

As the International Director of American Fly Fishing Schools he heads an organization of some of the best casting instructors, fly fishing guides and member lodges throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Mike works with several sporting goods manufacturers as a consultant in product development, testing and sales. Mike also conducts classes and offers guide services from his fly shops located in Island Heights, New Jersey and Palm Bay, Florida. He is a featured speaker and casting instructor at many sports events across America every year.

Captain Mike still fishes and teaches from his kayaks, flats boats and his 26′ Dusky for any fish that can be caught on a fly. Learn more about him at americanflyfshingschools.com

 

Captain Lee Haasch 
Started fishing Lake Michigan professionally in 1972
USCG Licensed Captain and WDNR Guide 1985-present
Owner – Haasch Guide Service Inc. 1985-present Owner – Pier 42 Marina,  Algoma – 1998-2004.
Member / Past director – Algoma Chamber of Commerce
Chairman – Algoma Tourism & Promotion Commission
Board Member – Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum
Advisory Board – University of Wisconsin-Sea Grant
Past President, VP, Treasurer – Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen
Hall of Fame, committee member and lifetime member – Whitetails Unlimited, Inc.
Pro Staffs:  Lowrance, R&R Tackle, Pure Fishing, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia, Artic Fisherman, Coasta Del Mar, Traxstech, Berkley, Lake-Link, Warrior Lures,  Ottor Outdoors, Acme Tackle, Outdoor Bound TV, Ice Force, Rapala, VMC, StrikeMaster,  Marcum, Vortex, Mission Bows, Real Deal/G2 Seeds
TV Shows:  Discover Wisconsin, Gillespie’s Woods & Waters, Friendly Algoma Fishing, Midwest Outdoors TV, Outdoor Bound TV
Outdoor Writer:   Midwest Outdoors Magazine, Badger Sportsman Magazine, On Wisconsin Outdoors
Co-Directed and Co-Wrote:  “Algoma-Kewaunee: Fishing the Source” for the Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen promotional video.
Professional speaker – performed educational seminars on Lake Michigan sport fishing for over 25 years.  Currently averaging over 12 appearances each year at sport shows and many in-store events.

 

Pat Harrison has been fishing for 45 plus years and is an experience USCG Captain in IL. Pat is a fishing educator and does seminars at clubs, and several large Outdoor Mega Stores and enjoys teaching others about fishing and enjoying the outdoors. 

Pat is a board member for many clubs keeping his love for fishing alive and spread to many in the outdoor world. Pat also is an experienced Guide on the Chicago River and is an expert on catching smallmouth bass with specific tactics he will share at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show. Pat is a Pro Staffer for: Evinrude, Bass Minder, Bass Minder, Never Snag and several others. Pat Harrison’s love for the outdoors and knowledge of the sport is something special.
Visit Pat Harrison on FACEBOOK at Pat Harrison Outdoors – Fishing Adventures

 

 

 

Mariah Haberman is the host and brand manager of the longest-running tourism TV show in the U.S., Discover Wisconsin. 

She travels the state to bring Wisconsin’s best foods festivals, signs and activities to the living rooms of more than 500,000 loyal viewers across the Midwest. Mariah received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the UW-Oshkosh in 2010. She was selected to In Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 Class of 2015.

 

 

Tom Hauge retired after 37 years of work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Program.  He served as the Wildlife Program Director for 24 years.

During his 37-year career, Tom gained first-had experience with the changing Wisconsin landscape, human-wildlife interface and socio-political forces that impact Wisconsin’s wildlife and the habitats they depend upon.  Tom is President of the Sauk County Sportsmen’s Alliance and a Board Member for Wisconsin Green Fire and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.  He lives in Prairie du Sac, WI with his wife, Mary Jon.

 

 

 

William Heim of Night Prowler Guide Service is one of the premier fishing guides of the Midwest specializing in Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan, WI. 

He is an experienced multi species guide and someone you should know. William was born in 1963 and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. His grandfather had William out early in life and was hunting and fishing at age 4 and its been history ever since. William a full time guide specializes in unique ways of teaching others how to adapt to the toughest conditions. He has a Specialty Technique which is Night Fishing using black lights and florescent line making it easier to see while fishing in the dark, and William has it dialed in.

You can contact William at 262-279-5743 or by email at nightprowler425@outlook.com or on Facebook- Night Prowler Guide Service.

 

Marianne Huskey – Marianne grew up in the resort community of Charlevoix Michigan spending most of her time on the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. Her first interest in fishing began at the young age of six while fishing for perch and salmon with her grandfather. 

In her early 20’s she began chasing walleyes thru the ice and on open water from the Detroit River to the waters of St. Mary’s River bordering Canada and Michigan. Catching walleye’s became Marianne’s favorite past time while learning everything she could about marine electronics.

Marianne entered her first professional walleye tournament in 2009; three years later she won the AOY title in 2012. She has also competed in Europe representing the USA in the World Predator Tour in the year 2015. Marianne enjoys talking fishing and teaching other angler the importance and “how to” of marine electronics.

 

Randy Jurewicz received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He started working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 1979. He spent his entire career working on endangered species management in the state of Wisconsin, first as a staff biologist and then as an administrator; he retired at the end of 2010.

He was a co-author of the original WI Wolf Recovery Plan (1989) and the 1999 WI Wolf Management Plan. He developed and managed all the federal, state and private grants that supfported the WI Wolf Management Program from 1979 to 2010. He was the major author of the WI Administrative Rules governing the Wolf Damage Payment Program and personally processed all wolf damage claims between 1982 and 2011.

 Since his retirement he has kept busy as a consultant, lecturer and volunteer including being on the WI DNR Wolf Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of The Timberwolf Alliance.

 

Greg Karch– I live in Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago and youth/adults know me as Captain Greg. I have fished professionally for Walleye and achieved a couple top ten finishes, along with guiding on the Winnebago system and Green Bay.  I enjoy pursuing big fish of all species through the ice and open water.

In 2007, I started Learn 2 Fish With Us and our mission statement is ‘Grow the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring beginner and experienced anglers’. Over the last ten years I’ve held over two hundred Fishing Clinics all around the Midwest and have worked with over twenty-five thousand youth and fifteen thousand adults/parents. My Fishing Basics seminar will educate you on all the skills and equipment needed to begin fishing and enjoy the great outdoors.  Fishing Basics uses an interactive approach to teach you the skills.  Check out our website at www.Learn2FishWithUs.com

In 2015, I was National Professional Anglers Association member of the year for what I have done to grow the sport of fishing. I also received an award from the State Of Wisconsin and Wildlife Forever on my education of fishing and Aquatic Invasive Species.

My sponsors include:  Mercury Marine, Triton Boats, The Boat Doc, Off Shore Tackle Company, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Northland Tackle Company, Plano, Berkley, Garmin Marine, Badger Sportsman Magazine, Tru-Turn and Daiichi.  A special thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association, Dave’s Musky Club, Writing By Design

 

Gloriann Klein – naturalist and environmental educator has worked on wolf education and wolf issues since the late. She learned about wolf behavior while helping to raise two 9 litter wolf packs in Wisconsin captive wolf preservation center. She was then asked to help with wolf education efforts both prior and during wolf re-introduction in Yellowstone. In 1995, she served as Yellowstone’s first wolf interpretive ranger, and was featured in Rick McIntyre’s 1995 book, “War against the Wolf”. While living and traveling in Western states she participated in many wolf issues.

Gloriann has served as a qualified Wisconsin wolf stakeholder committee member and has testified before the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board and Wisconsin Legislature on the necessity of basing Wisconsin wolf management on sound science and biological principles. She reported on how hound hunting of wolves in Wisconsin alters wolf behavior. In addition, she provides wolf education programs featuring animal tracks. She also fact checks and objectively reports on wolf issues in Wisconsin and nationwide.
 

Doug Kostreva _ has been helping customers grow and hold Deer on their property for the last 20 Years. He as a farmer will help to educate on the does and dont’s of planting along with food sources to keep their Deer healthy.

 

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Kelly LaBarbera – Kelly LaBarbera resides in West Central Wisconsin and currently works for the State of Wisconsin at the Jackson Correctional Institute as a Registered Nurse.

When not attending to the medical needs of inmates, you can find Kelly in the field flying and hunting with her birds of prey. Kelly has appeared on several Television programs highlighting the sport of Falconry. Kelly is also an educational speaker on the Sport of Falconry and a certified WDNR Hunter Safety Instructor and a member of the WI Falconers Association.

Patrick LaBarbera (falconry)
Pat LaBarbera resides in West Central Wisconsin and is a Master class Falconer. Along with his wife Kelly, he has provided falconry educational programs for many schools across WI. His work with Falconry has helped many folks experience the “Sport of Kings” up close and personal.

Both wife Kelly and Pat have appeared on several television programs across the State, promoting the sport of Falconry. Pat is a certified Hunters Ed Instructor as well as a WDNR County CDAC member and a WDNR Conservation Congress Delegate.

Pat LaBarbera (bear hunting)
Pat resides in West Central Wisconsin with his wife Kelly and son Michael. Each year the family participates in bear hunting somehow in Wisconsin, be it a family tag or a neighbor or friend that is hunting.

LaBarbera shot his first bear in 2000 after several unsuccessful season he finally figured it out. Since then he and his bear hunting partner John LeGault have worked their way across WI and MN in pursuit of black bears. LaBarbera claims nothing is more fun spending the summer months working an active bait for black bears. LaBarbera works in law enforcement and is active as a CDAC member as well as a County WDNR, Conservation Congress delegate.

 

Chelsey Lewis is the editor of Wisconsin Trails, a travel and outdoor website from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Chelsey has been hiking, biking, kayaking and camping on the trails, rivers ad lakes of Badger State for most of her life.

 

 

 

 

Rob Menthei – My name is Rob Manthei. I live to fish and hunt. Whether it is chasing the elusive whitetail or tangling with the mighty musky, I take the same pride and preperation to endure both. 

I started fishing when I was two years old, and hunted since I was able at twelve. I have fished the waters of Vilas, Onieda, and Iron counties, in Northen Wisconsin, all of my life. This year will be my 23rd year in heavy pursuit of the mighty musky. Whether your preference is walleye, musky, or bass I will teach and lead you to the best locations and techniques at that particular time of the year. I am a strong believer in catch and release.

 

Mark ‘Uncle Millie’ Millis – Mark was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. His father owned a welding shop right next door and on the other side of the house, his Aunt and Uncle owned the most popular gun shop in Mid-Michigan. Hence, his future was pre-determined.

Mark began his journey into mechanical know-how at age six with his first mini-bike. It was this mini-bike that turned Mark into a self confessed “Motorhead”! He continued to tickle the wrenches on everything from old outboard engines to heavy construction equipment but his true passion remains motorcycles. He owns a total of twenty-two bikes of all different makes and models including his preferred ride, a nearly mint-condition 1965 Pan-head. Needless to say, Mark has turned his skills into Wolf Creek’s mechanical savior, which translates primarily into Steve Gruber’ s personal Mr. Fix-it. He’s the one who makes everything with a sparkplug of Wolf Creek’s, “Good To Go”! He’s also a 3rd generation journeyman ironworker and owns an ornamental iron workshop. He holds the title of Master Iron Artist endorsed by Michigan State University and in 2002, was named Ornamental Iron Artist of the year.

Fortunately, Mark’s passion doesn’t end with the ratchet set. His love of the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, actually trumps his mechanical attributes. From farm pond panfish to Great Lake’s salmon, from cottontail rabbits to wiley whitetails, Mark is in pursuit of all game species.

Sorry ladies, Mark is married to the love of his life, Ann the Angel. Together, they are a culinary duo of wild games delights. The Millis kitchen is a professional grade masterpiece. Don’t plan on losing weight if given the chance to visit.

Mark has used his combined knowledge to become a co-host of Wolf Creek Productions’ “Deer City, USA” seen Thursdays on Outdoor Channel.

 

Billy Molls: Alaska Hunting Guide, Outdoor Writer, Host of The Modern Day Mountain Man DVD series

Billy Molls was born and raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm. His passion for hunting, fishing, and trapping led him to the “Last Frontier.”  For the past 20 years Billy has lived as many as 160 days of the year in the remote bush of Alaska while guiding big game hunters for brown bear, grizzly bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolf. With hundreds of big game hunts to his credit, Molls has documented his Alaskan hunting adventures through his Modern Day Mountain Man DVD series. Having lived more than eight years of his life out of a tent in the wilderness, a freelance writer and published author, Billy’s seminars will entertain, educate, and inspire sportsmen and women of all ages and skill levels. For more information go to www.billymollsadventures.com.

Seminar topics:

Hunting Alaska DIY- A DIY big game hunt in Alaska is perhaps the ultimate North American adventure. Learn the keys to safety and success from Billy Molls. A 20-year veteran Alaskan guide, Molls’ expertise can make your dream hunt a reality.

Alaska Hunting Adventures-   Experience all the excitement and danger big game hunting in the wilds of Alaska has to offer. A renowned storyteller, Billy Molls will leave hunters and non-hunters of all ages on the edge of their seats as he shares his most riveting adventures from “The Last Frontier”.

 

Chuck Munnings has been Fly fishing northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania for over 40 years, and has been guiding the same waters for over ten years. He specializes in fly fishing for Lake Erie run steelhead on small feeder creeks. National Pro staff for Grandt Rods, National Pro staff for Maxxon outfitters, other proud sponsors J&K sunglasses, Dan Gapen and bobber Anne, which are used exclusively for all of his hand tied flies.

 

 

Gary Nault is a Fishing guide in the Sturgeon Bay/Door County area since 1988, specializing in Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Perch. 

Pro-staff for Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Off-Shore Tackle, Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine, Lowrance Electronics, St. Croix Rods, Quantum Reels, Pure Fishing, Bait Rigs, H3O sunglasses, and Venom Lures.

• Tournament Director and founder of the Annual Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament.

• President of the Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association of Door County.

• Founder of the longest running Annual Father’s Day Kid’s Fishing Derby (32 years).

 

Jim O’Brien – Mercury Pro Jim O’Brien owns and operates Dancing with Walleyes Fishing Guide Service in Southeast Wisconsin. 

Jim competes in several Walleye tournaments each year with his to best partners’ sons Jimmy and Chris. “There is no better feeling than walking across the stage with your sons collecting several top 10 finishes and Father/Son team of the year awards”.

Jim takes great pride in passing on fishing skills learned to anglers young and old. His guide service operates year round from open water to ice fishing. “When guiding my customers, the main focus is teaching them how to find fish, catch fish and most of all have fun.” During Seminars, Outdoor writing and Radio shows, Jim stresses that fishing is a great way to get family’s spending time together and build memories that will last forever. Jim’s motto is “Quit Wishing and Just Go Fishing”.

 

Eric Paulsen has a knack for chattin’: Between trekking the state as one of the hosts of Discover Wisconsin, playing “Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” from on 95.7 BIG FM and hosting “The Morning Rewind” on Rewind 92.1 in Madison every morning, he keeps busy while entertaining the masses. He’s also pretty obsessed with Wisconsin’s highways and rustic roads.

(Go ahead…quiz him!) In fact, he manages his own Wisconsin road trip website, StateTrunkTour.com. Catch Eric on Discover Wisconsin every Saturdaymorning at 10 on FSN Wisconsin’s outdoor block or Sunday mornings at 10 on FOX6. (Twitter: @ericpinmke)

 

Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin, WI. Since catching his first smallmouth bass in 1994, he has caught and released 21,500. 

Bill’s popular talks at sports shows and fishing events have turned thousands onto the tremendous opportunities and excitement of fishing for smallmouth bass on lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin.

He has spent over 300 days on the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay/Door County, and, over 350 days on Wisconsin Rivers.

Bill is also a contributing writer for a number of top web sites and magazines. He is on the Pro Staffs for Mercury Marine, Crestliner Boats, St. Croix Rods, Jackson Kayak, Aqua-Bound/Bending Branches Paddles, Kalin’s Lunker Grubs, Z-Man Fishing, RAM Mounts, Cedar Lake Sales and Malone Auto Racks.

 

Dan Small has been host/producer of Milwaukee Public Television’s OUTDOOR WISCONSIN since its premiere in November 1984. He also produces and hosts a weekly radio show, OUTDOORS RADIO WITH DAN SMALL, which airs on broadcast stations throughout Wisconsin and on numerous websites. 
He is also contributing editor of WISCONSIN OUTDOOR NEWS, a bi-weekly newspaper that covers outdoor activities, environmental concerns and other items of interest to Wisconsin’s sportsmen and women.
Dan is the author of Fish Wisconsin and co-author of The Official Outdoor Wisconsin Cookbook and Wild Harvest Cookbook. He also hosted the Field to Feast series of instructional hunting, fishing and cooking videos.

He is past president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association and past board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. He has served on the boards of the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers and the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council.

He is an avid outdoorsman and a widely published writer/photographer with credits in national and regional magazines. His writing and broadcast efforts have won more than 100 awards in regional and national competition. He was named Conservation Communicator of the Year in 1986 by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, and in 1990 received the Gordon MacQuarrie Award for excellence in environmental communication from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was honored twice as Outdoor Writer of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, most recently in 2016. He holds a PhD from Rice University.

 

Paul Smith is a Wisconsin native who has lived and fished along the Lake Michigan shore for more the 40 years. 

He has worked as an outdoors writer since 1994 and has been outdoors editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 2008. His work has won more than 100 national, regional and state awards.

 

 

Hall of Fame Angler, Captain Dale Stroschein – Perhaps Door County’s most recognized fisherman, Captain Dale Stroschein has been guiding the waters of Green Bay and the Door Peninsula for over 30 years. 

His unparalleled experience and enthusiasm for the sport of fishing is second to none. Much a perfectionist, Dale’s attention to small details has helped him to become the successful angler he is today. 15 years on the Walleye Tournament circuit and his induction into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame put him at the very top tier of professional fishing guides.

 

 

Dave Van Oss is on the Mercury pro-staff. 

Fished professional tournaments for 20+ years and has been a Tournament Winner 4 times ( 2-P.W.T. tournaments / 2-Team tournaments) with numerous top ten finishes. 

 

 

 

 

Loren Voss has been Turkey hunting for close to 50 years across many states. 

Making wing bone calls, taking out new young –challenged –veterans – and creating various videos. Voss is a Winnebago Lutheran graduate who has always lived in Fond du Lac. Voss has harvested over 105 turkeys hunting with a gun and bow, including a season-best eight birds in 2015. The year before that, he got five tom turkeys in spring and another in fall. And in ’11, Voss got three bird types in three days: a jake on a Wednesday, a tom on Thursday and a bearded hen on Friday.

 

 

 

 

Adrian P. Wydeven grew up in NE Wisconsin and obtained a BS in Biology and Wildlife Management at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1976, and a MS degree in Wildlife Ecology from Iowa State University at Ames in 1979. From 1980 through 

1982, he worked as an assistant wildlife area manager in Missouri. In 1982 Adrian joined the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife manager, working at stations in Oshkosh, Appleton, and Shawano. In 1990 Adrian began work as a mammal ecologist in Park Falls, heading up the state wolf recovery program, and other programs on mammals. Along with the state wolf program, Adrian has been involved with monitoring and management of American martens, surveys for lynx, investigations of cougar observations, surveys of other carnivores, and serving on various state and federal wildlife advisory committees. He has published many articles in scientific and poplar literature, and co-edited and co-authored a book on wolf recovery in the Great Lakes region. In February 2013, Adrian became a Forest Wildlife Specialists with WDNR. He retired from the DNR on January 3, 2015. From September 16, 2015 through June 2, 2017 he worked as the coordinator for the Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) with the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Currently he is retired but continues to volunteer and consult with TWA, and volunteers on DNR wolf surveys. Adrian lives with his wife Sarah Boles near Cable, Wisconsin.

Mark LaBarbera is founder of OHEC, Treasurer of National Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, past president of Writers Association of America, and former Chief of Information and Education of the Minnesota DNR. Award winning photographer, writer, editor, and TV producer. Mark has spent in conservation and media, connecting people to the outdoors. 

 

Bryan Muche’s earliest memories of adventure and outdoor lore were found at the feet of the old duck hunters in their lively accounts of hunting the great marsh, Horicon.

 Influenced by those mentors he embraced their belief that “the means is greater than the end” in outdoor sport.  Having hunted all game species in Wisconsin, Bryan most enjoys the journey along which the quest for waterfowl takes him.

 Preferring vintage gear and watercraft more than a half-century old, he believes “taking up the ways of the old duck hunters” enhances the experience and brings a closer personal connection to the outdoors.  A simpler style of hunting that celebrates our waterfowling heritage and exemplifies the waterfowler’s readiness towards challenging whatever tomorrow’s wind may bring.

 While time has changed the clothing and watercraft taken by hunters into the chase of the fall migration, the heart & soul of the duck hunter from the late 1800’s, the 1950’s and through to today are very much the same.

Sharing the tradition and the joys of outdoor sport with those new to waterfowling brings Bryan great satisfaction. He is active as a WI DNR Wingshooting for Migratory Birds Instructor, a leader and organizer with the WI DNR Learn to Hunt Waterfowl for Food Program, a WI DNR Learn to Hunt Mentor and also serves as a director on the board of the Friends of the Horicon Marsh.

Bio pic: Us old duck hunters seldom crack a smile, perhaps it’s because our smoothbores kick like a mule, our rubber waders leak most at the crotch and our darn hunting jackets weigh 30lbs empty and allow about as much free movement as our wives, top that off with a dog that thinks he should be shooting and me retrieving. – no smile & don’t ask about the bags under my eyes, its hunting season…

Capt. Eric Moltzan has been a professional waterfowl guide on the Mississippi River for 10 years. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with fellow waterfowlers.