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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

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Fish like a GIRL
Spring is the time many of us start to put some real thought into our outdoor living spaces. We strive for a certain look and feel to our yards, we think about hosting summer gatherings and we remember how hot the sun made the house last summer as it streamed through the windows. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 31, 2017


Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop schedule announced
Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) is a program used by many lake associations to help get the word out about, and stop the spread of, invasive species in our lakes and rivers. It is a statewide program, manned mostly by volunteers. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 31, 2017

traveling trails less traveled
This week I'm continuing my nine-part series, "Anglers All," designed to honor a random sampling of our local area's most loyal, repeat visitors, who help a great deal in keeping the North's economy green.
Friday, March 31, 2017

the lake where you live
If you look out at your lake now, it's probably white (if covered with snow) or gray (if bare ice). In a month or so, from your windows, it will be blue. But what color is your lake really? Actually, that depends - on from where you look at it, what's happening with the weather, and what's in the water.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Fish like a girl
Almost every lake association struggles with funding. They all have projects they want to get completed on their lakes, but funding, or lack thereof, oftentimes is the driver that decides what does and does not get done. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

The lake where you live
It's been a long time since I have seen a clump of green foliage slowly swimming its way across the surface of Birch Lake.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Fish like a girl
With the coming of spring comes a wealth of opportunities for those looking to get involved in citizen science. Many of the opportunities require no special training, and others will train anyone interested in learning more. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 10, 2017

Tori Brigham bags first bear
Ten-year-old Tori Brigham comes from a family of hunters. It is no surprise, then, that she decided she wanted to learn to hunt, too. That is just what she did, through the Learn to Hunt Bear program, put on by the DNR. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Northwoods crew competes in Harvest Moon Regatta

Four area residents found themselves braving the elements of the Gulf of Mexico during the 26th annual Harvest Moon Regatta, held Oct. 25-26 off the coast of Texas. They’d make a strong showing.


Friday, December 28, 2012


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