Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Assn.

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Here you will find listed in alphabetical order the names of the members, a little background information about them, and some basic contact information.  If any member would like to add a bio similar to the one posted below just E-mail the information to Bob Haase at flytier@milwpc.com. and it will be posted on this page.  This is a good way to let people know about you and the services you can provide.

To download a PDF file of the Membership Application Form click HERE.

To download a PDF file of the Bylaws click HERE.

2016 Membership List

Name: Ken Anderson

Address: P.O. Box 294, Eagle River, WI 54521


E-mail: glneagls@newnorth.net

Freelance journalist

Name: Randy Augustinak
Address: 8451 Old B Rd, Land O Lakes, Wsi 54540
E-mail: debandrandy@hotmail.com
Freelance writer
Name: Eric Barber
Address: 18786 State Rd. 78, Blancharville, WI 53516
E-mail: ejbarber08@gmail.com
Freelance writer/photographer/videographer; social media and communications specialist for Vortex Optics

Name: Arthur Barlow

Address: 4766 Landing Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501


E-Mail: artiebarlow@charter.net

Freelance writer, Professional fishing guide, Freelance writer

Name: Sarah Barlow
Address: 1015 Piedmont Ave., NE, Apt. C-1, Atlanta, GA 30309
E-mail: sbarlow11@hotmail.com
Biologist, educator, lecturer, freelance writer; oversees historical and natural resources; manages cultural and envrionmental programming for parks systems.

Name: Jim Baumgart

Address: 722 North 26th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081


E-Mail: jimcob@bytehead.com

Outdoor writer; weekly column "Crosshairs" Shoreline Chronicle (Sheboygan Press)

Name: Jim Bishop

Address: W7564 CTH E, Spooner, WI 54801


E-mail: iamajimbo@yahoo.com

Writer, photographer, events

Name: Ken M. Blomberg

Address: 2099 Mayflower Road, Junction City, WI 54443


E-mail: eaupleinekennels@gmail.com

Freelance writer, weekly newspaper column

Background: Ken M. Blomberg is a newspaper outdoor columnist, a freelance writer and longtime resident of the Town of Eau Pleine, northeast of Junction City, WI. He is a 1976 graduate of UWSP in Resource Managment and a past Executive Director of the Wisconsin Rural Water Association. Ken is now retired, owns a dog kennel in the country and writes full-time.  His first book, Up the Creek, was recently published by Orange Hat Publishing, Waukesha, WI. 

Name: Dean Bortz

Address: P.O. Box 2180, Woodruff, WI  54568

Phone (work):  

Phone (Mobile): 

E-mail: dean@outdoornews.com

Editor/Writer Wisconsin Outdoor News

Name: Brylyn Brecka

Address:  P.O. Box 491, Alma, WI 54610


E-mail: brilynbrecka@gmail.com

Student UW Stevens Point and 2021 WOCA Scholarship winner

Name: Sawyer Briel
Address: 717 W. Olin Ave, Unit #1, Madison, WI 53715
E-mail: Sawyer.briel@gmail.com
Marketing Communications Manager-Vortex Optics

Name: Dave Carlson

Address: 3044 Saturn Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703


E-mail: dcnorad47@live.com

Freelance writer

Name: Victoria Chanez
E-mail: victoria26@gmail.com
WOCA Scholarship recipient 2020
Name: Dave Clausen
Address: 1265 58th Ave., Amery, WI 54001
E-mail: dclausendvm@gmail.com
Veterinarian, Advocate

Name: Gene Cooper



E-mail: scooper@lakeland.ws

Name: Keith Crowley
Address: 49045 S. River Rd, Gordon, WI 54838
E-mail: kcrowley@lodgetrail.com
Writer, photographer, editor, and owner of Lodge Trail Media LLC

Name: Ed Culhane

Address: 415 S. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911


E-mail (Work): EdwardJ.Culhane@wisconsin.gov

E-mail (Home): edculhane@gmail.com

Note: DNR Public Affairs Manager NE Wisconsin

Background: Ed Culhane of Appleton, Wisconsin is a communications specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  In addition to assisting communication strategies, he helps news reporters on deadline, does on-camera or taped interviews and produces news releases.  He takes photographs and shoots video for DNR Facebook posts and other online venues.  He also contributes  photographs and feature length stories for  Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. 

Culhane is a FEMA-certified public information officer and serves on both DNR and Wisconsin incident management teams. 

Prior to joining the DNR in 2008, Culhane spent 26 years as a newpaper reeporter, including 22 years with the Post-Crescent in Appleton.  From 1992 through May of 2006, Culhane was the newspaper's environmental reporter and outdoor writer. His Sunday outdoor column won five first-place finishes in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual competition (1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2005) and six second or third place honor in (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2006).

In February 2006, Culhane was named Communicator of the Year by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.  He was named Outstanding Conservation Journalist for 2005 by the Wisconsin State Council of Trout Unlimited.  Among other honors, he received a Scripps Howard Foundation Environmental Reporting Award in 2004 and a WNA first place for enterprise reporting in 1995.  He is frequently asked to speak to student groups and twice led seminars at UW-Madison's annual Writers Institute.

Name: Patrick Durkin  (Editor/Writer)
Address: 3013 Irene Dr., Eau Claire, WI  54701-06621
E-mail: patrickdurkin56@gmail.com
E-mail: patrickdurkin@archerytrade.org  (ata)
E-mail: pdurkin@zebrapub.com    (Zebra Publishing)
Background:  Patrick Durkin of Eau Claire, Wis., is an award-winning outdoor writer, free-lance newspaper columnist, and general outdoors reporter. He also provides free-lance editing services for books and magazines. He was named “Contributing Editor” of the Archery Trade Association in September 2001, and writes frequently for national archery and hunting magazines.

Durkin has written a weekly outdoors column for Wisconsin newspapers since 1984. His column appears in the Wisconsin Outdoor News, the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern, Barron News-Shield, Chetek Alert, Ladysmith News, Bloomer Advance, Watertown Daily Times, and Kewaunee County Times.

After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1975 through 1980, Durkin pursued a journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and graduated magna cum laude in December 1983. He spent the next eight years working as a sports reporter, education reporter, weekend editor and outdoors editor at the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern newspaper before beginning his career in hunting magazines. He edited Deer & Deer Hunting magazine from 1991 through 2001, and he also edited Whitetail Hunting Strategies from 2002 through 2003, and National Whitetail Hunter’s Journal from 2003 to 2006.

Name: Tim Eisele
Address: 129 S. Segoe Road, Madison, WI  53705-4936
E-Mail: teisele@chorus.net

Freelance writer/photographer
Background: Tim Eisele is a full time freelance outdoor writer and photographer.  He covers natural resources, the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board for Wisconsin Outdoor News.  His articles have appeared in many other publications, including The Capital Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Wisconsin State Journal.  His work has been recognized by awards from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Conservation Congress, State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Madison Audubon Society, and others.

He and his wife own and manage 100 acres in Crawford County and they were named Wild Turkey Woodland Owners of the year by the State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation in 2005.  The Crawford County Land Conservation Department recognized their work on their woodland with the Forestry Award in 2011 when they also received the District Tree Farmer of the Year Award.

Tim was invited by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to judge the 1995 Federal Duck Stamp competition, he served a six-year term on the board of The Friends of the Arboretum and a two-year term on board of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.  He is a founding member and honorary lifetime member and two-time past president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association.  He serves on the Board of Governors of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, and the Board of Visitors of Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River.  He is an instructor in the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program to help preserve the future of hunting.

Tim has two Power Point presentations that are available to organizations:  “Ding’s Darling,” about Ding Darling and the Federal Duck Stamp, and “From Weeds to Wild Flowers on Gobbler Ridge,” about his attempt to increase biodiversity and incorporate a prairie on land in Crawford County.


Name: Mary Farmiloe



E-mail: mcfarmi@aol.com


Name: Howard Fox
Address: 1000 N. Green Valley Pkwy, 440-438 Henderson]
Podcast host and producer

Name: Lisa Gaumnitz

Address: 1147 Rutledge St., Madison, WI 537203


E-mail: lisa.gaumnitz03@gmail.com

Writer, Information Officer WDNR

Lisa Gaumnitz has been writing about Wisconsin's Natural Resources for nearly 20 years, mostly as a public information officer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She recently resumed freelance writing and editing and often writes for the "Wisconsin Natural Resources" magazine.  Gaumnitz lives in Madison with her family and enjoys traveling the state to fish, camp, bike,and ski.  

Name: Sky Goode
Address: W7266 Poertner Rd, Neillsville, WI 54456
E-mail: Skyeskyegoode@gmail.com
Social media coordinator for Wisconsin Trappers Assn

Name: Ben Gruber

Address: 7515 Loy Rd., Arena, WI 53503


E-mai: bwgruber@gmail.com

Freelance writer and photographer, President, Marsh-point Kids and Mentors Outdoors

Name: Kerigan Greeson

Address: 225 Appleby Dr., Apt. #108, Athens GA 30605


E-mail: gkerigan@gmail.com

Name: Robert A. Haase
Address: W7949 Treptow Ln, Eldorado, WI 54932
E-Mail: flytier@milwpc.com

Writer and Outdoor Photographer
Background: Bob is a writer and outdoor photographer.  He was the host of "Outdoor Thursdays" radio program on KFIZ radio in Fond du Lac for many years and also wrote a news commentary for the KFIZ news department.  He is a frequent contributor to Wisconsin Trout publication with articles on fly tying tips and fly patterns. He serves as a Fond du Lac County delegate to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and is on the Trout Study Committee. Currently serving as the Angler Representative to the Wisconsin Sporting Heritage Council. Co-chair of the WDNR Fisheries Advisory Council and the Trout Management Team. Bob is also active in a number of sporting clubs such as the Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Winnebagoland Musky Club, Walleyes for Tomorrow, and the Winnebagoland Conservation Alliance. You can check out some of Bob's photography work at:


Author: "Bob's Fly Tying Tips and Techniques" which is available on Amazon

Name: Tom Hauge
Address: 1225 Sunse Circle, Prarie du Sac, Wi 53578
Wisconsin Green Fire Communications

Name: Thomas Heberlein

Address: 118 Breese Terrace, Apt. A,  Madison, WI 53726


E-mail: ta.haberlein@gmail.com

Note: Professor Emeritus, UW Madison Dept of Community and Environmental Sociology

Name: Glenn Helgeland

Address: 10459 N. Wauwatosa Rd, Mequon, WI 53097


E-mail: glenn.helgeland@gmail.com

Background: UW-Madison graduate, double major in Journalism and the biological aspects of conservation.  Has been associate editor of National Wildlife magazine, editor/associate publisher of Archery World (now Bowhunting World) magazine, founding editor-publisher of Archery Business magazine, Owned Target Communications Corp 1980-2011. Owned and produced deer & turkey hunting expos (Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee) 1985-2011. Sold the expos to Bonnier Corp (publisher of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life in 2011. Edited and published 22 books, as co-author of several. Flunked retirement.  Back to publishing books again as Target Communications Outdoor Books LLC (TCOB) and working to learn social media marketing. Details at www.targetcommbooks.com

Name: Henry Repeating Arms (Sponsor)
Representative: Tracy Ferry
Address: 107 W. Coleman St., Rice Lake,WI 54868
Address: 59 E 2st St., Bayonne, NJ 07002
E-mail: tracey@henryusa.com

Name: Steve Henry



E-mail: cstevehenry7@charter.net

Name: Steve Hill

Address: 1625 Clark St., Stevens Point, WI 54481


E-mail: Shill@uwsp.edu

Writer, Associate Professor of Communications

Name: Paul Holtan
Address: P.O. Box 446, Boulder Junction, WI 54512
E-mail: skipscoop@gmail.com
Freelance writer/reporter
Name: Trevor J. Hubbs
Address: 1321 Garfield Lane, Hartford, WI 53027
E-mail: Trevor.Hubbs.57@gmail.com
Freelance writer specializing in hunting dogs

Name: Natasha Kassulke

Address: 626 Hintze Rd., Madison, WI 53704


E-mail: Natasha.kassulke@gmail.com

Research Communications Director, UW Madison

Name: Jeff Kelm

Address: 10720 Rangeline Rd., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494


E-mail: hardwaterjeff@gmail.com

Co-host/editor Outdoors Radio; Field producer-Outdoor Wisconsin, Emcee Masters Walleye Circuit, North American Bass Circuit

Name: Jaimie Kenowski
Address: 5329 Old Middleton Rd., Madison, WI 53705
E-mail: Jamie.kenowski@wiconservation.org

Name: Jerry Kiesow

Address: 1690 Dellwood Ct.,Grafton, WI 53024


E-mail: mrmrsprg8@wi.rr.com

Background: I bill myself as an Outdoor Communicator. I guess that’s right. I am a freelance photographer/writer, with over 10,000 outdoor images in my stock file; write for a variety of publications - local and national; teach fly fishing and fly tying; and can be convinced to do workshops on all of the above, plus how I wrote my two books - Tales of The Peshtigo Putzer and Photos, Poems, and a Little Bit of Prose and how each presented different situations when publishing. I also do workshops on other outdoor subjects: point and shoot cameras come to mind. I guess that qualifies me as an outdoor communicator. I belong to three organizations connected with my crafts: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Wisconsin Writers’ Association (WWA), and Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association (WOCA), of which I am, currently, on the board of directors. I am also vice-president of Friends of Gov. Thompson State Park, Crivitz, Wisconsin. Look for me wading streams, paddling lakes, walking, skiing or snowshoeing woods and fields, anytime of the year. Just look for a funny looking, grey bearded guy carrying a rod or gun, or gathering berries or morels or nuts, carrying a camera. Always carrying a camera.

Keep a good thought!

Name: Joe Knight

Address: 5555 Northwoods Ct., Eau Claire, WI 54703


E-mail: jmktrout@gmail.com

Freelance Writer, Former Reporter at Eau Claire Leader

Name: William Koepke
Address: 1744 Casimir Rd, Stevens Point, WI 54481
E-mail: WKOEPKE@gmail.com
Works in sports medicine and outdoor fitness; creates and produces content for farmshed local farms, BNA and other outdoor groups

Name: Mark Labarbera

Address: 2955 Kennedy Rd., Hazel Green, WI 53811


E-mail (Home): malabarb@peoplepc.com

Background: Award-winning Multimedia Content Producer. Editor, Learn the Outdoors.com online magazine. Founder, Outdoor Heritage Education Center. Outdoor Columnist, Morris Newspapers of Wisconsin. Editor/Publisher "SCI Hunters" bimonthly magazine. Producer/Videographer outdoor TV specials and online videos with Dan Small. Founder/Organizer, Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo.

Vice-chair 2019-21/Treasurer 2014-18, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Member, Wisconsin Sporting Heritage Council. Director, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Advisory Comm., "Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2019-2024.

Former Minnesota DNR Director of Communications and head of Information and Education. Past President and Chair, Outdoor Writers Association of America and Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Former President, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance, successfully advocating for Minnesota sales tax alternative funding for natural resources. Former member, National Steering Committee, Becoming and Outdoors-Woman. Former Board Member, Congressional Sportsamn Foundation, NSSF, Tread Lightly, American Sportfishing Association and others. Founding Board Member, Wildlife Forever and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. He authored Youth Conservation Congress Strategic Plan currently being implemented. Mark served at request of US Fish & Wildlife Director as Federal Duck Stamp Judge in 1995.

Name: Dick Larson
Address:N5659 Oakwood Dr., Onalaska, WI 54650
E-mail: dlarson8@hotmail.com
Freelance writer and photographer

Name: Tom Luba

Address: 419 W Jenninngs St., New London, WI 54961


E-mail: tomluba7@gmail.com

Background: Tom writes freelance articles about open-water fishing. He worked 25 years at Krause Publications in Iola as a production manager. 

Name: Howard Mead



E-mail: nmead@att.net

Name: Curtis D McAllister (TMS)

Address: 1155 Brewery Park, Suite 260, Detroit, MI 48207-2643


E-mail: curt.mcallister@toyota.com

Regional Manager, Midwest Corporate Communications, Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Name: George Meyer

Address: 201 Randolph Dr., Madison, WI 53717


E-mail: georgemeyer@tds.net

Retired Executive Director Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and former WDNR Secretary

Name:  Gary N-ski


Address: W10255 State Rd 60, Lodi, WI 53555

E-mail: garynski@frontier.com

Websites: www.garynski.com




Gary N-ski

Good Ideas Company LLC

Studio/Gallery 141 Lodi Street Studio B, W10255 State Rd. 60, Lodi, WI 53555

Co-Host, Co-Producer, & Owner - The Great Wild Radio Show

Member - AGLOW, Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers

Member - WOCA, Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association

Award Winning Gary N-ski Photography Studios

National Board Member - Fishing Has No Boundaries

Hobie Kayak Fishing Pro Team Member

Exclusive Distributor & Owner of Project Lures LLC

Wisconsin Licensed Hunting and Fishing Guide

Background: Gary N-ski is an award winning outdoors photojournalist/communicator for over 40 years.  His work has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, The Missoulian, Montana Trails Magazine, Anchorage Times, Pheasants Forever, Country Magazine and Hometown Newsgroup, Wisconsin Academy of Arts & Science, and Lodi Valley New.com ... to name a few. 

He was the Photography Coordinator for UW-LaCrosse, Mass Communications Dept.

Photography Instructor for the University of Alaska, Madison Area Technical College, and the Glacier Conservatory of Music and Fine Arts-Whitefish, Montana.

Gary and his wife Deb of 32 years, own the Good Ideas Company LLC.

Gary was co-founder of Ultimate Outdoors Radio Show

Gary was co-founder and director of marketing for The Big Wild Radio Show

Gary is found, co-host & owner of the Great Wild Radio Show 

Since 1975 Gary has won dozens of State and National photojournalism awards.

Gary is also a founding member of the Arts Tribe.  A visual arts collective based in Madison, Wisconsin.  He recently exhibited at the Commonwealth Gallery, Pyle Center and the Overture Center in Madison.

He has been a member of the National Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Media Photographers, and currently the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers-AGLOW, and the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association - WOCA.

AGLOW 2014 President's Award Winner, AGLOW 2015 Chevy Trucks Best of Show - The Pet Czura Award

Name: Kevin Naze

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 233, Algoma, WI 54201-0233

Physical Address: E5912 Hwy 54, Algoma, WI


E-mail: gofishwisconsin@gmail.com

Freelance writer, photographer, guide, marketing specialist and K/D Salmon Tournament Coordinator

Name: National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (Sponsor)
Address: 11 Mile Hill Rd., Newtown, CT 06470

Name: Bruce Neeb

Address: 2027 Eighth St.


E-mail: goldenpineco@charter.net

Website: www.goldenpineco.com

Background: Bruce Neeb of Eau Claire was the Government Outreach/Grants and Loans Team Leader for Wisconsin's DNR West Central and Northwestern regions prior to his retirement in 2017.  During his 20 years with the DNR in Eau Claire, Bruce also administered environmental and recreational grant programs and served as the region's Waterway Access Coordinator.  He served as a Senior Public Affairs Manager with the Department's Bureau of Communications and Education in Madison for seven years before moving back to Eau Claire. Bruce graduated from U.W. Eau Claire in 1981 with a double major in Journalism and Speech (Broadcast and Film emphasis). In college he worked as a reporter and morning drive newscaster with WAXX-FM/WAYY-AM. Upon graduation, he moved to Madison and worked with WKOW-TV as a reporter, anchor, and assignment editor before joining the DNR.  Now, semi-retired, Bruce serves as a consultant in waterways access discontinuance, grant applications and administration, and communications planning and production through his firm, Golden Pine Co. (www.goldenpineco.com). He also serves on the Communications Committee for Wisconsin's Green Fire (https://wigreenfire.org/).

Name: Judy Nugent

Address: 3168 N. Hamposhire Ln, Waukegan, IL 60087


E-mail: mnugent847@comcast.net

Background:  Judy Nugent has been writing for several years.  Her work can be found in Wisconsin Outdoor News, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Wisconsin Sportsman, Midwest Outdoors, Fly Fisherman Magazine, and Snowshoe Magazine among others.  She is also on the TV show Outdoor Wisconsin.  She has a Mater's Degree in Education. 


Name: Erin O'Brien
Address: 2221 Lake Point Dr., Madison, WI 53713
E-mail: Policy@WisconsinWetlands.org
Writer, public speaker, Policy Programs Director for WWA

Name: Lynda O'Connor

Address: 333 Warwick Rd., Lake Forest, IL 66045


E-mail: lyndao@oconnorpr

Book and author publicist, event planner, creator of press materials, organizer of book tours, PR consultant,

Name: Dave Otto
E-mail: smorleyotto@sbcglobal.net

Name: Bill Pivar

Address: 78112 Kensington Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92211


E-mail: pivarfish621@hotmail.com


Name: Joshua Raley
Address: 925 Keenan Lane. Stoughton, WI 53589
E-mail: raley.joshua@gmail.com
Name: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Sponsor)
Address: 5705 Grant Creek Rd., Missoula, MT 59808
E-mail: mholyoak@rmef.org
Rocky Mountain Elk is a conservation organization with the mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat, and our hunting heritage.
Name: Dave Roll
Address: 14534 E. 290th St., New Auburn, WI 54757
Videographer, OHEC-TV Specials, Writer-Outdoor News
Name: Collen Russell (Sponsor for Nikon)
Address:3 Centerpoint Dr., Suite 200, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
Phone: 503-639-9190

Name: Roger Sabota



E-mail: saborog@newnorth.net

Name: Benjamin Schwister
Address: W4211 Kropp Rd., Black Creek, WI 54106
E-mail: Benjamin.schwister@gmail.com
Attending North American School of Outdoor Writing under Roger Brunt

Name: Jennifer Sereno

Address: 4946 Lake Mendota Dr., Madison, WI 53705


E-mail: serino.jennifer@gmail.com

Communications Director for Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Name: Joe Shead
Address: 1517 Hwy 61, Two Harbors, MN 55616
E-mail: shedhunter@gmail.com
Freelance writer specializing in deer, duck, and shed antler hunting and fishing on the Great Lakes and inland waters

Name: Dan Small

Address: E8562 Gilbertson Rd., Westby, WI 54667


E-mail (Work): dan@dansmalloutdoors.com

Background: 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 series.

He is past president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association and past board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Association Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.  He has served on the boards of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation, Friends of Milwaukee River's and the Milwaukee 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 his 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 communications from the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters.  He holds a PhD from Rice University.

Name: Jeff Soellner
Address: 1402 Wyldhaven Ave., Monona, WI 53716
E-mail: jsoellner@sbcglobal.net

Name: Christine Thomas (The Little Cabin in the Woods, LLC
Address: 2120 Elm St., Plover, WI 54467
E-mail: christinelynnthomas@gmail.com
Writer, speaker, photographer

Name: Laurel F. Steffes

Address: 33 Stacy Lane, Madison, WI 53716


E-mail: Laurel.Steffes@gmail.com

Retired WDNR Information and Education Director

Background: Laurel was one of the Daily Cardinal editors at the height of the war-protest years (yes, THAT Daily Cardinal), wrote an educational column syndicated in 26 daily Canadian newspapers and classroom educational materials, and managed five scholarly journals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate school. She joined the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 1977 as promotion and production manager for the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine, eventually taking the reins of all DNR's communications and educational programs as director.

Her experience includes managing law-enforcement communications during spearfishing unrest; managing state crisis situations such as the fatal northern Wisconsin fatal plane crash and high profile murder investigation; orchestrating events for recreational land acquisitions, park dedications, and environmental cleanups; and front line communications for spills, fires, the discovery of CWD, and more. 

Name: John Sullivan

Address:  E6628 Patcin Rd., Pardeeville, WI 53954


E-mail: sullijr53@gmail.com

Retired research director WDNR

Name: Steve Suman

Address: P.O. Box 746, Hayward, WI 54843-0746


E-mail: ssuman@cheqnet.net

Name: Leslie Sundahl   (Traditions Media) 

Address: 5115 Excelsior Blvd, P.O. Box 440, St. Louis Park, MN 55416


E-mail (Work): leslie@traditionsmedia.com

Background: Traditions Media is a progressive-public-relations, media communications, influencer marketing and social media group exclusively serving the outdoors industry.  Our unique team is built of professional writers and communicators who also have understandings of the business-of-the-business.  Our partners include Humminbird, Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe Kayak, St. Croix Rod, Frabill, Plano, Tactical, Tenzing, Avian-X, Ameristep, Evovled Habitats, Flextone, Ground EFX, Halo, Wildgame INnovations, ZINK, Aqua-Vu, Custom Jigs & Spins, Rippin Lips and Fin-Wing.

Name: James Swanson
Address: 1331 Mathews St., Menomonie, WI 54751
E-mail: wisconservationed@wwt.net
Editor, writer, speaker
Name: Braxton Vander Loft
Address: 303 E. Ethel St., St. Joseph, IL 61873
E-mail: Braxton_VLO@comcast.net
Writer and Photographer

Name: Jeffrey Vander Logt

Address: 303 E. Ethel St., Saint Joseph, IL 61873


E-mail: vloutdoors@comcast.com

Writer, photographer, and webmaster of VL Outdoors Media

Name: Roger Vander Logt

Address: 617 Oak St., Mishicot, WI 54228-9756

Phone :

E-mail: roger@saxonburgproperties.com

E-mail: Roger@VLoutdoormedia.com

CUB  Radio Sport Fishing; writer, photographer, owner of VL Outdoor Media LLC

Name: Nick Vander Puy

Address: 631 Crestview Lane, Apt. 210, Mellen, WI 54546


E-mail: nickvanderpuy@gmail.com

Writer, Radio Producer, speaker

Background: Nick "Fishhawk" Vander Puy was an up and coming fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Eagle River, Wisconsin, during the 1980's, when the Walleye War started... After hearing sportsmen scream "Timber Nigger" and "Save a walleye, spear a pregnant squaw" at the landings Vander Puy moved away from sport fishing, under the tutoring of Anishinaabeg elders, to become a public radio journalist and subsistence hunter and gatherer. Vander Puy went onto produce many public radio features, including "The Day the Bear Died" which ran on the NPR's flagship show "All Things Considered" and was heard by millions. While living on Madeline Island

(Moningwanakauning Minis) Vander Puy received a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to produce an hour long radio feature, "Manoominike: Wild Rice, Tom Vennum Jr, Fred Ackley Jr, and the Ojibway People" which is available on Sound Cloud. Vander Puy enjoys ricing, hunting deer, netting cisco, snaring rabbits, ice fishing, making maple sugar and gathering plants. He's working on a book "Our Life in the Forest" about infusion in indigenous culture, leading to occupying the Penokees during the 2013-2014 Polar Vortex and stopping the mine.

Name: Ron Weber

Address: Weyerhaeuser, WI


E-mail: ronw2492@yahoo.com

Background: Ron Weber is a former high school science teacher turned forester with the WDNR who has always been a writer at heart. He has degrees in Forestry and Biology with a minor in Resource Management from UW-Stevens Point. Ron has written many guest commentaries for several newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Capital Times, and the Wisconsin Outdoor News.  He frequently writes articles for Wisconsin Natural Resources and Badger Sportsman magazines. 

A self confessed disciple of Aldo Leopold, Weber is a Land Ethic Leader who puts on events in local communities near his home in Weyerhaeuser to spread the message of Leopold. He can also be heard reading selections of his writings on Wisconsin Life segments on Wisconsin Public Radio. 

Name: Bob Wilberscheid

Address: W1094 CTH HH, New Holstein, WI 53061


E-mail: rcwbdob@tcei.com

Writer, speaker

Name: David Zeug

Address: 911 South Lake Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871


E-mail: djzeug@charter.net

Retired WDNR Conservation Warden Freelance Writer

Background: Although Dave Zeug calls Shell Lake, WI home, he and his wife spend much of their time at the cabin and short term rental property on the Brule River.  Zeug was a Wisconsin Conservation Warden for 26 years, beginning his career as a Field Warden in 1974, before becoming a Warden Supervisor in Horizon and Black River Falls.  He retired as the DNR's 18 county Northern Region's Enforcement and Science Leader fro the Northern Region Office in Spooner.

After retirement, Zeug worked as an Investigator for a law firm, them become Mayor of the City of Shell Lake while continuing with his writing career.  He's done work for Outdoor Life, Fur-Fish-Game, Wildfowl, Predator Nation, Trout Unlimited and Wisconsin Outdoor News, publications and Outdoor Life On-Line also.  He's also been a presenter at various outdoor events dedicated to the protection of Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. 

Zeug enjoys many outdoor activities, but finds waterfowl hunting and trout fishing, especially on the Brule River most captivating. 

Name: Kyle Zeug

Address: 133 S. Yellowstone Dr., Madison, WI 53705


E-mail: kyle.zeug@gmail.com


Name: Carrie Zylka

Address: 2129 Harris Island Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188


E-mail: CZylka@gmail.com

Website: www.TheWildWorldof CarrieZ.com

Wisconsin podcaster and blogger on hunting, fishing and adventures to get people outdoors