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Minocqua Gun Club Youth Program shooters finish successful year
Contributed photographMembers of the 2014 Minocqua Gun Club Youth Program are (back row, from the left) Terry Priebe, coach; Michael Schrom; Issac Metzger; Jerry Brost, coach; Sam Fuhrman; Wyatt Hunter; Jameson Schultz; Ryan Rucinski; Parker Schultz and Todd Rucinski; (front row) Andrea Kohl; Maddi Quamme; Kyle Wuestenhagen; Mikala Grube and Patrick Rucinski.
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Members of the 2014 Minocqua Gun Club Youth Program are (back row, from the left) Terry Priebe, coach; Michael Schrom; Issac Metzger; Jerry Brost, coach; Sam Fuhrman; Wyatt Hunter; Jameson Schultz; Ryan Rucinski; Parker Schultz and Todd Rucinski; (front row) Andrea Kohl; Maddi Quamme; Kyle Wuestenhagen; Mikala Grube and Patrick Rucinski.
The Minocqua Gun Club Youth Program provides safety training, coaching, free use of the trap range, free ammunition and free use of the gun club's shotguns to 11- to 18-year-old students. All of the 47 students this year attend Lakeland Union High School. (Public access)
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Local angler lands once-in-a-lifetime tiger musky
Jim Vandergriff had never caught a musky before. but that all changed on Aug. 4 when he landed a 30-pound, 49-inch tiger musky in Vilas County. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 14, 2015

Local guide petitions for PFD use
There were 621 boating accidents reported between 2009 and 2014 and 102 fatalities. Most of the deaths were determined to be caused by drowning. Last year, only 22 percent of the operators involved in boating accidents were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) at the time of the accident. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 7, 2015

Wisconsin Bike Fed: Growing local
Wisconsin Bike Fed Executive Director Dave Cieslewicz paid a visit to the Northwoods last week as part of an annual effort to meet with Bike Fed ambassadors throughout the state. (Subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2015

'Tree Stand Murders'
Ten years ago this September, Chai Soua Vang was convicted of murdering six people and wounding two more in a case that shook the Midwestern hunting community to its core. (Subscriber access)
Friday, July 31, 2015

MacFarland receives Wildlife Conservation Excellence Award
David MacFarland received the Wildlife Management's 2014 Wildlife Conservation Excellence Award at their annual statewide meeting. (Public access)
Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

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