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26th Season of OUTDOOR WISCONSIN Launches

January 7, 2010


Producer Abrams Launches 26th Season of OUTDOOR WISCONSIN

Milwaukee, WI - Award-winning Producer Jack Abrams (pictured) is kicking off his 26th season of MPTV's OUTDOOR WISCONSIN on Thursday, Jan.14, at 8 p.m., on Channel 10.1 HD. OUTDOOR WISCONSIN is the longest running locally produced MPTV production with 1150 episodes since 1984. It repeats each Saturday at 9 a.m. and is also available for viewing at www.mptv.org

According to Abrams, two MPTV engineers and outdoor enthusiasts had the idea for a weekly show on fish and hunting. Abrams expanded on the idea to produce a weekly magazine-style series that would appeal to a broader audience, including backyard bird enthusiasts to snow golfers, ice fisherman to deer hunters, rifle collectors to outdoor gear designers, children to senior citizens, males and females. He credits the success of the show to the variety of segments produced. What he enjoys most is the opportunity to teach viewers how to use, enjoy, share, and conserve Wisconsin's natural resources. Show Host Dan Small has been working with Abrams since the show's inception in 1984. Highlights for season 26 shows in January and February follow.

JANUARY 14th & 16th SHOW # 2601
Dan Small takes a tour of a portion of the Illinois River near Havana, Illinois a small town south of Peoria, with Kevin Irons, a biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, and Dr. Greg Sass, who directs the Illinois River Biological Station. They were in search of the invasive silver Asian carp which are not only a physical hazard to recreational boaters, but they present an environmental problem as well. Debby Wolniak explores the caves at Ledgeview Nature Center with naturalist Ron Zahring. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1984, Dan and Tom Newbauer take their sons fishing on a pond in Waukesha County.

JANUARY 21st & 23th Show # 2602
Dan Small hunts doves with Wisconsin Dove Hunters Association founders Jim Weix and Rob Kieckhefer and others at Milford Hills Hunt Club. Judy Nugent fishes for smallmouth bass with Bill Schultz near Lancaster, Wisconsin. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1985, former producer Ron Anderson takes us on an ice dive.

JANUARY 28th & 30th SHOW # 2603
Dan and Debby Wolniak hunt chukar partridge at The Highlands Hunt Club with Outdoor Wisconsin banquet high bidder Mike Hupy and guest Adam Wegner. Dan fishes on Lake Michigan, for salmon and trout, from the Sheboygan harbor with Captain Randy Even of Sorry Charlie Charters, and the 2008 Banquet high bidder, Chris Powell and guests. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1986, former producer Nancy Frank shows us how to feed and indentify birds in the winter.

FEBRUARY 4th & 6th SHOW # 2604
Dan Small looks at a wetlands restoration project near Lake Mills with Charlie Killian of the DNR and Alice Klink of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Tom Newbauer ice fishes on Pewaukee Lake with Jeff Anson. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1987, former producer Larry Bandy learns about snowboarding gear and techniques, then hits the hill to give it a try.

FEBRUARY 11th & 13th SHOW # 2605
Dan enjoys a winter pheasant hunt at Milford Hills Hunt Club with Mike Keegan, Jr., Tim Balcerzak and guide Chris Cantrell. Dan fly fishes for muskies on the Flambeau River with his brother Mike and guides Roger LaPenter and Steve Cervenka. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1988, Dan fly fishes for salmon in Alaska with the Thompson family at Fox Bay Lodge.

FEBRUARY 18th & 20th SHOW # 2606
Dan ice fishes for perch on Lake Winnebago with Joel Taylor. Dan concludes his fly fishing trip for muskies on the Flambeau River with his brother Mike and guides Roger LaPenter and Steve Cervenka. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1989, Dan explores the ice caves at Squaw Bay in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with Todd Kessler and naturalist Neil Howk.

FEBRUARY 25th & 27th SHOW # 2607
Dan ice fishes for panfish on Crystal Lake in Sheboygan County with Pete and Jeff Kelm. Debby Wolniak visits with bike enthusiast Phil Cianciola to learn how he got into biking and about the workout and training he goes through all year. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1990, Tom Newbauer ice fishes on Okauchee Lake with Don Gliniecki.

For more information on Wisconsin's abundant recreational opportunities and natural environmental stewardship, check the links on the OUTDOOR WISCONSIN web site http://www.mptv.org/outdoor_wisconsin/index.php

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