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A paddle for paws: Kayaker raising money for American Cancer Society

Vince Lofquist will be kayaking the entire 430 miles — and portaging over 26 dams — from July 25 to Aug. 9 to raise money for Bark For Life, an American Cancer Society program that honors the relationship between cancer survivors and their canine companions. (Subscriber access)

Friday, July 24, 2015

UW Trout Lake Station open house Friday, July 31
Grab a cone of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s famous Babcock Hall ice cream and get a “behind toe scenes” look at the world-class research being conducted right here in the Northwoods at the annual Trout Lake Station open house and ice cream social 1-5 p.m. (Public access)
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Women in the Outdoors

The National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a three-day weekend full of outdoor activities for women ages 14 and older Aug. 21-23 at Crescent Lake Camp in Rhinelander. (Subscriber access)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Miller and Krelle win Mercury Marine Summer Challenge

The second leg of the 2015 Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT), “Mercury Marine’s Summer Challenge” took place on June 27 and 28 at the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. (Public access)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Up in the Air

On June 29, 1915 Jack Vilas lifted off from Trout Lake in his hydroaeroplane with Wisconsin’s first chief forester, Edward Griffin, on the first aerial forest fire patrol flight. This week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources celebrated the centennial of airborne fire patrols. (Subscriber access)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cruisin' Wisconsin's great outdoors

Surrounded by thousands of Northwoods lakes, Julian Crews said the hardest part was deciding where to fish. Crews was in the Lakeland area last week while shooting footage for his WGN-TV travel series called “Cruisin’ Wisconsin” that will be broadcast in the Chicago area. (Subscriber access)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled
It goes without saying the sport of recreational fishing in the Northwoods has undergone many changes over time and has also supplied writers and story tellers with countless “fish tales.” But I would suggest the long gone era of shooting muskies created a very extensive list of incredible stories that, when recounted to modern day anglers, must for them seem like science fiction. (Subscriber access)
Friday, July 3, 2015

Trapper education instructor of the year

The Wisconsin Trapper’s Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recognized Mike Kortenhof and Macey Loka for their contributions to trapper education at the association’s 2015 spring banquet. (Public access)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Walleyes for Tomorrow celebrates a successful year

Walleyes for Tomorrow Chairman Mike Arrowood stood to address a crowd of more than 200 anglers at the Headwaters Basin Chapter’s second annual banquet at the Chippewa Retreat Resort in Manitowish Waters last week, acknowledging the work of the group in promoting walleye conservation in the area. (Subscriber access)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Large Purple Bladderwort youth lake study

UW-Extension Oneida County Youth Development is seeking interested middle school or high school youth to participate in a two-day lake study on Velvet Lake in the town of Newbold. (Public access)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DECA: Locals value Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lakes Protection Association

Minocqua and Kawaguesaga lakes comprise 2,008 acres and almost 27 miles of shoreline, 22 miles of which has been developed. In all, the lakes hold 14.1 billion gallons of water surrounding the island of Minocqua in the heart of the Northwoods. (Subscriber access)

Friday, June 5, 2015

June officially 'Great Outdoors Month' in Wisconsin

The month of June is officially Great Outdoors Month in Wisconsin, under a proclamation signed by Gov. Scott Walker. (Public access)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler
Sunday begins a season-long project that I have been mentally constructing since snow first fell in October. Some of my previous columns have discussed ideas of what is natural and what is manmade, the pursuit of silence and simple living. (Subscriber access)
Friday, May 29, 2015

Hunters spend $2.6 billion annually in Wisconsin

Hunters spend $2.6 billion annually in Wisconsin, according to Hunting Works for Wisconsin, a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) funded organization. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Science on Tap: 'Hook, Line and Thinker'

A healthy crowd packed Minocqua Brewing Company’s Divano Lounge April 3 for Science on Tap. The topic was fisheries. “Hook, Line and Thinker! The Science Behind the Future of Recreational Fishing in the Northwoods,” was the presentation.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Treed on the trailside

Brothers Steve and Mike Seiwert, of Park Ridge and Arlington Heights, Ill. got a special surprise while cruising the trail between Phillips and Hazelhurst Feb. 23. 

The Seiwerts came upon a handful of parked snowmobilers watching a small black bear in a tree.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Northwoods northern tops 40 inches
Charlie Allen.Charlie Allen.

Charlie Allen recently laid claim to a trophy few are able to boast. The 16-year-old LUHS student hauled in a Northwoods pike over 40 inches in length.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Getting through the winter: It's somewhat of a mystery
The gray tree frogThe gray tree frog

Animals do many different things to get through the winter.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Discussing human impact on the Northwoods
Tim Kratz (left) and Tom Steele.Tim Kratz (left) and Tom Steele.

Minocqua Brewing Company was the site of some lively discussion the evening of Feb. 6. A large crowd filled the barroom for “Science on Tap” – a new community outreach effort.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Huck hauls hefty walleye from Manitowish Chain
Gary Huck.Gary Huck.

A full moon weekend saw an afternoon bite on the Manitowish Chain that led to one angler’s biggest walleye to date. And a bit of deja vu all over again.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Minocqua racer was youngest Eagle River World Championship qualifier

Matt Ritchie and his team put up a good fight to get in with snowmobile racing’s big boys.

Ritchie, at 17, qualified for the world championship race at the Amsoil Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby Jan. 20.

Friday, February 1, 2013

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