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Producer Jack Abrams Launches 27th Season

December 15, 2010


Producer Jack Abrams Launches 27th Season

Producer Jack Abrams Launches 27th Season of Longest Running MPTV Production--OUTDOOR WISCONSIN

Milwaukee, WI - Award-winning Producer Jack Abrams (pictured left with host Dan Small) is kicking off his 27th season of MPTV's OUTDOOR WISCONSIN on Thurs., Jan. 13, 2011, at 8 p.m., on Channel 10.1 HD. OUTDOOR WISCONSIN is the longest running locally produced MPTV production with 1176 episodes since 1984. It repeats each Saturday at 9 a.m. and is also available for viewing at www.mptv.org/video. Links and outdoor resource information is located at http://www.mptv.org/local_shows/?s=1, and it has its own Outdoor Wisconsin Facebook page.

During the 27th season, OUTDOOR WISCONSIN will show viewers year-round techniques for finding and catching numerous species of fish, including bass, walleye, northern, and pan fish, on open water and hard water. "In addition to fishing experiences," Abrams says, "we will also take viewers on a snowmobile ride through Glacial Hills State Park in the Holy Hill area; demonstrate how to become an urban bee keeper; explore Norskedalen, a nature and heritage center in Coon Valley; visit Lakeshore State Park along the Milwaukee shoreline; join a DNR and citizen volunteer group as it conducts a water quality study of a trout stream in Vernon County; and take a look at the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School's new photovoltaic project, where students are learning and experiencing the science and technology of `going green.' We will also revisit some of our award-winning, favorite, and requested segments that have aired over the years."

According to Abrams, two MPTV engineers and outdoor enthusiasts had the idea for a weekly show on fishing and hunting. Abrams expanded on the idea to produce a weekly magazine-style series that appeals to a broader audience--backyard bird enthusiasts, snow golfers, ice fisherman, deer hunters, rifle collectors, outdoor gear designers, children, 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 27 shows in January and February follow.

Fall Walleyes/Fall Pan fish/North Country Trail #2701
January 13, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
January 15, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Tom Newbauer fishes on the Fox River for fall walleyes with Sal Marchese. Judy Nugent fishes for fall pan fish with Tim Shurson on a lake in Kenosha County. Dan Small hikes the North Country Trail with trail administrator Tom Gilbert and volunteers.

Sturgeon Bay/Middle Eau Claire Lake/Kites on Ice # 2702
January 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
January 22, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Dan Small fishes for walleyes on Sturgeon Bay with guide Steve Miljat. Dan gets some tips for fall muskie, on Middle Eau Claire Lake in Bayfield County, from Musky Hunter Magazine publisher Jim Saric. Dan attends the annual Kites on Ice Festival on Lake Mendota in Madison.

Milford Hills/Fall Northern/Hibernating Bears #2703
January 27, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
January 29, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Dan Small hunts pheasants at Milford Hills with OW Banquet high bidders Gary and Cathy Steele. Judy Nugent fishes for fall northern with Tim Shurson on a lake in Kenosha County. Dan Small joins Bear researcher Bruce Prentice as he puts a radio collar on a hibernating black bear.

Fox Lake/Wolf Pack/Lake Michigan/Sport fishing Charters #2704
February 3, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
February 5, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Dan Small ice fishes for crappies on Fox Lake with guide Pat Kalmerton of Wolf Pack Adventures. Dan fishes for salmon on Lake Michigan with Dumper Dan Sport fishing Charters of Sheboygan and MPTV Great TV Auction high bidder Robert Scaman and his sons. Debby Wolniak visits with ice boating enthusiasts Buddy Melges and Burly Brillenthin and learns about the equipment, history and racing of ice boats on Lake Geneva.

Edgerton Hunt Club/Dog Training/Muskies/Pewaukee Lake/Granite Peak #2705
February 10, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
February 12, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Judy Nugent hunts pheasants at the Exclusive Hunt Club in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and learns what it takes to prepare and train your dog to hunt pheasants. Tom Newbauer fishes for muskies on Pewaukee Lake with guide Gordon Linde. Former producer Tess Gallun takes a look at how the Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain has used the diverse terrain to expand and open up more ski runs.

Snowmobile Operation/Smallmouth Bass/Oconomowoc Lake/Snowboarding #2706
February 17, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
February 19, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Dan Small looks at equipment and the proper procedures for safe snowmobile operation before he rides the trail in the Holy Hill area. Tom Newbauer and guide Dennis Radloff fish for smallmouth bass on Oconomowoc Lake. Debby Wolniak takes a look at equipment needed and techniques for snowboarding before giving it a try herself.

Long Lake/Lakeshore State Park, Lake Michigan/A.T.V. Wench #2707
February 24, 2011 / 8:00 p.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
February 26, 2011 / 9:00 a.m. / MPTV 10.1 HD
Dan Small gets some ice fishing tips for catching northern pike on Long Lake from Steve Wiedmeyer and Tom Gruenwald. Debby Wolniak learns about Lakeshore State Park, along the shore of Lake Michigan, from Tom Kroeger and what recreational opportunities and amenities the park has added to the urban environment. Dan gets a tip on how to safely use and operate a winch on an ATV. Dan Small joins a coast guard ice cutter in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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