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Stella's repeat
Stella Budnik caught this 18-plus-inch bass off her grandparents’ dock in Harshaw. Last year, she caught a 19.5-inch bass there. She is pictured with her grandfather and helper, Dave Zych.Contributed photograph

Stella Budnik caught this 18-plus-inch bass off her grandparents’ dock in Harshaw. Last year, she caught a 19.5-inch bass there. She is pictured with her grandfather and helper, Dave Zych.

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Stella Budnik continues to be enthusiastic about fishing with her grandfather.  Last summer while visiting her grandparents, David and Patty Zych, in Harshaw she had the good fortune to land a 19.5-inch largemouth with her 4-foot Zebco rod.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Reader photos
Pileated woodpeckers, wolves.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reader photos

Al Denninger, Rhinelander, photographed this 350-pound black bear.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cieslica boats 45-incher
For years, James Cieslica, of Plato Center, Ill., has enjoyed time spent at his aunt and uncle Nancy and Frank Wackerlin’s cabin on a Vilas County lake.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NLDC Bird Club completes chimney swift project

It’s all to help a little bird that can’t perch like a normal bird. That’s why North Lakeland Discovery Center Bird Club got together to build a vertical home for the chimney swift. (Subscriber access)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A nest full

Patti Rozinski, of Appleton, was on an Arbor Vitae area lake June 21 when she spotted and photographed a nest full of eaglets.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Doebler recalls successful wolf season

For 16-year-old Megan Doebler, it was a chance she appreciates because she knows it’s a fairly rare one. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kayak fishing group seeks members, sponsors

One area group seeks to enjoy and promote a quiet water sport and is looking for others who are interested in the same.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A fish story with picture to prove it

Now, dear reader, I am aware most fisherman are notorious liars, or at least great exaggerators. However, the story you are about to encounter is true; I have pictures to prove it.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

Mercer School Senior Class Ice Fishing Tournament is a success

The Mercer School senior class hosted its second annual Mercer School Senior Class Ice Fishing Tournament Jan. 12 on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.

Contestants competed in four different categories – walleye, northern, crappie and perch – and had youth (10 and younger) and adult divisions.


Friday, February 1, 2013

AMVETS ice fishing tournament benefits military members

A sloppy start didn’t keep anglers away form the ice of Lake Nokomis and the AMVETS Post 724 and NCO Club Ice Fishing Tournament last Saturday.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Bullion family enjoys several generations of ice fishing
Sawyer Bullion caught this 32-1⁄2-inch northern.Sawyer Bullion caught this 32-1⁄2-inch northern.

The Bullions of Hazelhurst have been ice fishing for decades. Kieth Bullion said his love for ice fishing was spawned by a move to the Northwoods.

“We moved up here in 1963. We bought the Log Cabin Inn – a resort on Garth Lake,” Kieth recalled. “It became a tradition –­ ice fishing. Well, fishing in general – fishing and hunting.”


Friday, January 11, 2013

Eagle River youth hunter bags opening day deer
Brock Walkowski, 11, took this buck.Brock Walkowski, 11, took this buck.

Opening day of gun season is a special time in the Northwoods for those that take to the deer woods. For 11-year-old hunter Brock Walkowski of Eagle River, the special day would end early and end well. He would put a tag on his first deer.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Fifield-Park Falls 48th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count held
A pine grosbeak (female).A pine grosbeak (female).

Local bird watchers conducted the 48th annual Fifield-Park Falls Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Dec. 15, counting all birds seen or heard within a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Fifield Post Office. 



Friday, January 4, 2013


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