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Panfish providing some action
Adam Hammes, Minocqua, caught this 14-1⁄2-inch crappie on a Minocqua area lake.Contributed photograph

Adam Hammes, Minocqua, caught this 14-1⁄2-inch crappie on a Minocqua area lake.

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Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sports Shop in Minocqua said many panfish anglers were having good success.

“Overall, crappie fishing has been close to excellent. A lot of people catching a lot of crappies,” he said.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Northwoods Almanac

As winter ebbs and we finally head toward spring green-up, the dead (“marcescent”) leaves of ironwood and oak trees, as well as beech trees in eastern Wisconsin, continue to rattle from their branches in every wind, unlike nearly all other deciduous species that dropped their leaves in the autumn.

I’ve always wondered why these species would retain their dead leaves throughout the winter.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest trail closures

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV), horse and bicycle trails are closed and will remain closed until further notice.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ski trail report
Information on cross-country ski trail conditions from the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Northwoods Almanac

In a recent analysis of almost two dozen studies and over 92,000 records, federal scientists have found that between 365 and 988 million birds are likely killed in the United States each year as a result of collisions with buildings.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Outdoors Briefs
Outdoors news, info and events.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Northwoods Almanac

The most exciting, albeit brief bird sighting so far this winter occurred on Feb. 18 when Sally Murwin spotted a loon-like bird on a patch of water kept open by a neighbor’s aerator along the south shore of Lake Minocqua. The bird was actively diving and fishing, and appeared quite healthy, but it was smaller than the common loons that frequent our area during the breeding season. 

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Outdoors Briefs
Outdoor news, info and events.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weather Forecast
According to the National Weather Service in Green Bay, the following is the forecast for the next few days ...
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Northwoods Almanac

On Sunday, Mary and I shoveled off our roof in anticipation of the warm days forecast for this week, and the depth and weight of the snow absolutely exhausted us.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Outdoors Briefs
Outdoor news, info and events calendar.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoors news, info and events
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Trail reports
Trail conditions.
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor news, info and events
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor news, info and upcoming events.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Outdoor briefs
Outdoor news and information.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Outdoor report
Outdoor news and information.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Outdoor report
Outdoor news and events.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Fishing report: Cold builds ice

The Department of Natural Resources weekly Outdoor Report indicates that ice conditions have improved on many lakes in the wake of colder weather, but noted variable weather conditions made for erratic fishing.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter backyard birding
The black-capped chickadee.The black-capped chickadee.

Many different species of birds winter in Wisconsin, making backyard bird watching a favorite pastime of many. Armed with camera and/or binoculars, the backyard enthusiast can spend enjoyable hours observing and learning. The bird watcher can even benefit the birds themselves, as long as the feed is high quality and delivered regularily and with due care.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Fishing report

Ice conditions continue to be an issue. The Department of Natural Resources weekly Outdoor Report cautions people about thin ice and potentially dangerous conditions on lakes throughout the state, saying there have been a number of reports of vehicles and anglers going through the ice.


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Friday, January 18, 2013


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