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Strict regulations govern deer farms, but farmers say more needs to be done
Much has been reported about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and how it affects deer. For some, eliminating deer farms seems to be the answer. However, Rick Vojtik, president of Whitetails of Wisconsin as well as the owner of a recently depopulated deer farm in Eau Claire County, believes there are some misconceptions about deer farms.
Friday, February 5, 2016


The warm weather on Saturday, Jan. 30 did not stop anglers from coming out to enjoy Fibber's Annual Ice Fishing Tournament.
A new, 10-year panfish plan that focuses on habitat improvements, predator management and revised bag limits to boost panfish management across Wisconsin is up for public comment and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has set three meetings statewide in early February to encourage feedback.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Ice anglers enjoy a great day on the lake
The warm weather on Saturday, Jan. 30 did not stop anglers from coming out to enjoy Fibber's Annual Ice Fishing Tournament.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Traveling trails less traveled: When winter was winter
It would probably be a safe bet that winter is most folks' least favorite season, except possibly for snowbirds, those who vacate the north to spend winter in southern climates such as Florida and Arizona. I'm in the minority as I rate winter as my third favorite season, with spring coming in last.
Friday, February 5, 2016

BOW in the Snow to be held at Treehaven
The 18th annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) in the Snow will be held at Treehaven in Tomahawk Feb. 19-21. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventures for any woman looking to spend some time outdoors. The group consists of those new to outdoor sports, those with some experience but looking for more and women who just enjoy the camaraderie of being with like-minded individuals and having fun outdoors.
Friday, February 5, 2016

WinMan Trails to host WinMan Windigo
The Abominable Snowman of Looney Tunes lore was known for saying "love him and squeeze him" and a penchant for the name "George," so what's not to love about a Windigo on Valentine's Day? Snowshoes and snow monsters take the trails at the third annual WinMan Windigo 5K/10K Snowshoe Stomp.
Friday, February 5, 2016

CWD-positive white-tailed deer found on Iowa County farm
A white-tailed deer from a deer farm in Iowa County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw announced last week. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the test results, according to a Department of Natural Resources press release.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Annual Ride with the Champs to take place Feb. 13
For those who want to enjoy a day of wine sampling and shopping, don't miss the bus trip to Three Lakes. It will be a great way to spend the day by getting out and enjoying the Northwoods without getting on a snowmobile.

Registration will be at 7 a.m. at the Whitetail Inn on Highway 70 West in St. Germain. This will include a full buffet presented by the Whitetail Inn. Sleds will hit the trails at 8 a.m. From there, attendees will join celebrity riders at various locations throughout the trail system at 11:30, and then hit the trails again by 1:30 to be back to the Whitetail Inn by 4 p.m.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Horsehead Lake
Every lake has its own set of challenges and opportunities related to lake management and invasive species. Horsehead Lake in Oneida County is no different. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Bring your Valentine to the Cross Country Cruisers Valentine's Day Fest
Due to poor winter weather conditions, the Cross Country Cruisers were forced to cancel the annual Cruiserfest event. In lieu of that event, however, the club will host a Valentine's Fest at the Cruiser Barn behind the Arbor Vitae fire department near Big Arbor Vitae Lake on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program now accepting applications for 2016
Conservation-minded landowners and hunters can maximize wildlife habitat potential through Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).

DMAP promotes wildlife habitat management on properties of any size that complements land use activities like agriculture and timber management, the Department of Natural Resources said in a press release. Those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to participate in an informational live chat Thursday, Feb. 11 at noon.

Friday, February 5, 2016

TWIN returns to Trees For Tomorrow 
Trees For Tomorrow, a natural resources specialty school in Eagle River, has announced Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN) will be returning to Trees For Tomorrow for a gray wolf ecology and management workshop on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Northwoods almanac
Friday, February 5, 2016

Tickets now available for 20th annual Minocqua Gun Club Banquet
The Minocqua Gun Club is selling tickets for its 20th annual banquet, according to club president Luke Yelton. The banquet will be held on March 12 at Reuland's Conference Center attached to the AmericInn in Minocqua.
Friday, February 5, 2016

The lake where you live: It all starts with the sun
For the walleyes, bass and pike we catch from our lakes, we can thank the smaller fish they eat. For those prey fish we can thank the smaller organisms they consume (insects, animal plankton, algae).

And for all of it we can thank the sun, because that's where everything begins. Yes, the sun drives the process in our lakes that's called primary production, a fancy way to say, "making food."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Public to review remaining issues for Willow Flowage Scenic Waters master plan
The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming open house to comment on four remaining issues regarding management of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area that have emerged during previous phases of updating the master plan for the property.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has sought public and partner input over the past year to develop a revised Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area Master Plan. State rules require that all master plans approved since 1996 be reviewed every 15 years.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mushers compete at Iron Line Sled Dog race
Iron River, Mich., was the site of the Iron Line Sled Dog Race last weekend. The weather was a bit warm for the dogs, as the mercury topped over 40 degrees. The event, now in its fourth year, featured three classes: the four-dog, six-dog, and 10-dog categories. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Fish like a girl
Opinions, it is said, are like utility bills - everyone has one. Nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to topics related to the outdoors. Whether it's fishing, hunting, or trapping, it seems we all have an opinion and, at times, a rather strong one, related to what is right and wrong in the way of species management and which stakeholders' needs are more important than others. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Northern long-eared bats provide value to Wisconsin
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently introduced new protections designed to help the threatened northern long-eared bat population recover. These protections, according to the USFWS, prohibit the purposeful take of the northern long-eared bat, except in some very specific circumstances, as well as many instances of incidental take of the species. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest Feb. 4
The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department (LWCD) will host the Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest at the Courthouse in Rhinelander on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Fishing Report: J & J Sports
Jeff Smith from J & J Sports has reported that ice fishing is really picking up. He stated that there were many more ice anglers out this past weekend, and he was hearing some great reports. He also said ice conditions have improved and most lakes have good ice.
Friday, January 29, 2016


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