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  • A great day, a bittersweet day, with Dad
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:11 AM
    WORD that my parents were contemplating a permanent move to Texas messed a bit with my psyche this spring, for it meant that there might be just one opportunity left to fish here with my dad.
    Readers of this column know we get but one fishing adventure a year, for the man who taught me how to fish is aging and he’s generally too busy chasing around a little white ball.
    At age 88, the stamina
  • Gathering wild things: a Wisconsin legacy
    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:46 PM
    AS I was deep-frying crappie, northern pike and walleye last Friday night as a treat on setup night for a fundraiser, the favorable comments from fellow volunteers reaffirmed one of the reasons for my fishing passions.
    The gang from Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife Improvement Association was preparing for its annual Wild Game Feed, and it’s only fitting that the workers would be fed with something truly wild.
    Wisconsin law prevents us from
  • Those lowly turtles are getting more help
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11:57 AM
    IT WILL be days, not weeks, before the first turtles appear on area roadways as they trek toward their favorite sand and gravel areas to lay eggs.
    Those days are a grand event for turtle reproduction and long-term survival, but they can be a life and death situation for many that cross highways and roads to reach their egg-laying grounds.
    The good news this year is that
  • Teaching kids to fish with no regrets
    Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:46 AM
    IF YOU teach your kids how to fish in the right way, keeping it fun and slowly planting the seed of fishing fever within them, the benefits will be many for all involved, and for many decades to come.
    That’s my conclusion after another
  • Know what’s in the lakes you jump from
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:41 AM
    THEY say variety is the spice of life, and so it is for many anglers who want to chase different species in a given day, and not always on the same lake.
    We’ve got a rich history of sport fishing in the Badger State, and the angling community has never been more mobile than it is today. The modern equipment of the information age makes it easier to study lakes thoroughly, long before you arrive.
    Add to that better 
  • Hooked on fishing takes on new meaning
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:03 AM
    THE GOOD news is that today’s small jerk baits for bass and walleye come with some incredibly tough treble hooks that are plated in black nickel and sharpened with absolute precision, a nightmare for any fish that strikes.
    The bad news is that 
  • Worst possible cold front, tough opener
    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:54 AM
    THE WORST type of cold front known to the world of fishing hit the North Woods last Friday night, and it messed with anglers in a big way on opening weekend of the walleye season.
    How bad was it?
    Some very talented, die-hard walleye chasers reported that
  • Drumming grouse: one of nature’s treasures
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:31 AM
    THERE was very little light in the eastern sky as I left the truck, camera equipment in hand, headed for a tent in the aspen where the drumming log of an active male ruffed grouse had been located.
    The old moss-covered log was about 15 minutes down a logging road and then a skid trail. I walked quietly up to the tent and was reaching for the zipper, in the darkness, when the
  • Things happen fast in the turkey woods
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:27 AM
    WHAT began as a quiet morning in the turkey woods transformed into craziness as four hens fed their way through old corn in a nearby field, just off the wooded acreage the scribbler was hunting on opening day last Wednesday.
    It was disappointing that the toms I had seen with them an hour earlier were nowhere to be seen. The hope was they would drag them along in my direction. So it was time to put a 
  • It’s time for that first outing on open water
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:32 PM
    THERE is something truly glorious about that first open-water experience of the season, that maiden voyage to test the motor, batteries and other equipment in your boat.
    It was just over a week ago, on the 
  • ATV/UTV use on state properties possible
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:50 AM
    DEPENDING on your point of view regarding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use on state forest properties, it is either a blessing or a curse that the state is initiating a new Recreation Opportunities Analysis.
    The process will help the 
  • Spring hearings: your best chance for input
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:58 AM
    PROPOSED fish and game rule changes that include more liberal motor trolling rules and increasing the muskie size limit to 50 inches on more lakes are among dozens of topics that will be up for a vote next Monday, April 10, at spring fish and game hearings in every county.
    In response to
  • Gag order: bad news for resource protection
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:28 AM
    THE STATE that once led the nation in conservation, wildlife ecology and natural resource protection has undergone some enormous changes in recent years, and not in a good way.
    A battle cry for
  • Dogs: companionship, loyalty like no other
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:24 AM
    BARGING through the basement door from the garage, in a hurry to grab some clothing and hit the ice for a late afternoon outing on the lake, my black Lab got a little excited.
    Apparently my rushed movements were a lot like
  • Hurrah to the serious fishing weekends
    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:14 AM
    THE fishing adventure didn’t begin so well last Saturday morning when below-zero wind chills kept the four-wheeler from running, made for challenging moments in securing the tent, and froze up the recoil on the auger.
    Those sorts of things are 
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 3:18 PM
    IF YOU are passionate about the northern deer herd and how it is being managed these days, let your voice be heard at a future County Deer Advisory Council meeting in your area.
    That directive was 
  • One definition of the perfect outdoor day
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 PM
    WHAT many might consider the perfect day, from the viewpoint of an outdoor nut, started well before dawn as the truck was loaded with auger, fishing rods, minnows and other gear.
    Anticipation was high because the weather forecast was ideal, with highs in the 40s, which meant great fishing regardless of whether the catching part came together as well.
    There was
  • Trolling changes, muskie limits on ballot
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 1:53 PM
    PROPOSED changes to the motor trolling rules and increasing the muskie size limit to 50 inches on Little St. Germain, Trout and North/South Twin lakes will be up for a vote at the spring fish and game hearings this spring.
    With hearings set in every county on Monday, April 10, the entire set of proposed rule changes and advisory questions is now available on the
  • Buck kill rose only 6% in Vilas, Oneida
    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:05 PM
    FOR THOSE still trying to wrap their brains around state figures that showed a 30% increase in the gun season buck kill here last November, a total kill number that is much lower might help explain things.
    If you look at the buck kill numbers in 2015 and 2016 in totality, including archery, gun and muzzleloader, you will discover that the increase was more like 6%.
    There were more bucks around for gun-toting 
  • The joy a little yellow postcard can bring
    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:23 PM
    FEW THINGS can bring a smile to my face faster on a cold, blustery winter day than discovering a yellow postcard in the mailbox from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
    The sight of that card starts a long, joyous process of planning, studying, strategizing and
  • Northern pike: a favorite target in winter
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:28 PM
    WE WERE set up on the Wisconsin River north of Rhinelander, the tip-ups scattered in various depths with shiner minnows suspended off the bottom, hoping to get into a northern or walleye on a snowy January afternoon.
    It was slow going in the early afternoon hours,
  • Birding: a popular American pastime
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:06 PM
    I’VE never really thought of myself as a birder, thinking that such a label fits those die-hard bird-watchers who hike long distances with binoculars and cameras for the sole purpose of seeing a new species.
    But according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 


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