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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

Learning to cross-country ski is easy and free for community members
Striding and gliding on cross-country skis is great way to discover our forests during the winter season. Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center invites local residents to participate in the Lakeland Locals Learn to Ski for Free program, and to say goodbye to face-plants, wet gloves, and soggy attitudes about Nordic skiing.
Friday, January 29, 2016

There is still time to submit your deer hunter wildlife survey
While the deer hunting season has come to a close, state wildlife officials are reminding hunters to send in their wildlife observations. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has asked hunters to record all of their hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife sightings were made during a hunt. The observations provide biologists with an index to abundance for many wildlife species.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Influential Outdoors: Marty Kiepke
Many people have been influenced by others and introduced to the outdoors. Many of those people also pass their love of the outdoors on to others. Those people are truly influential outdoors. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Arrowhead Groomers to host show
Walker Equipment, Inc. is hosting the 19th Annual Groomer Show at 6351 Hwy. 70 East in St. Germain. Lunch will be available both days of the event, provided by the Bo-Boen snowmobile club on Feb. 3 and 4.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Feeding and baiting ban debate continues
The deer feeding and baiting ban now in effect in Oneida, Forest, and Vilas counties has caused quite a stir in the Northwoods. Some believe that the ban is unwarranted because the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that was found in Oneida County was contained within a deer farm. A second case of the disease was also said to be found on that same farm. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Push to eliminate age requirements for mentored hunting stalls in committee
There has been considerable debate recently regarding Assembly Bill 411 introduced by Representative Joel Kleefisch, a Republican from Oconomowoc. The bill seeks to change the age at which youth can participate in the mentored hunt. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Look for El Niño surprises during the Great Backyard Bird Count
With the El Niño weather phenomenon warming Pacific waters to temperatures matching the highest ever recorded, participants in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), may be in for a few surprises.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Which is more deadly: Northwoods roads or snowmobile trails?
Every year there are tragic accidents on Northwoods roads and snowmobile trails. Sadly, most of these accidents are preventable. Alcohol, speed, and inattentive driving are all contributing elements that can be avoided. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

11th annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop set for Feb. 6
On Feb. 6, District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association is hosting the 11th Midwinter Trappers Workshop for youngsters (and adults) interested in learning more about trapping.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Invasive Impacts: The Three Lakes Chain
The Three Lakes Chain, along with the Eagle River Chain, make up the largest inland chain of lakes in the world. There are 28 lakes in total. The Three Lakes Chain itself includes 20 lakes. The lakes range in size from 123 acres to 1,012 acres, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The chain has over 108 miles of shoreline as well. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

The lake where your live: Clams and mussels: Not just stationary objects
When I was a teenager, while my family was spending a week at a Northwoods lake cottage, my oldest sister got the idea to harvest some clams and make clam chowder.
Friday, January 29, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: The Bait Debate
The winter months in northern Wisconsin are normally a time when public conversations that take place in stores, street corners and watering holes are mostly about the weather, ice fishing and snowmobiling, plus politics during election years. But this winter the recent Department of Natural Resources ban on baiting and recreational feeding of deer has become the main fodder for comment and debate among many locals.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Outdoors people love outdoor living spaces
If you love the outdoors, chances are that you enjoy spending time sitting outside your home taking in the sights and sounds around you. In January, it can seem like spring and summer are a long way off, but January is actually a great time to start planning your outdoor living spaces and the changes you may want to make for next year, according to the Master Gardners of the North. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Marenisco fighting predator problem
Police chief Bruce Mahler is responsible for the safety of the residents of the city and township of Marenisco, Mich. When problems such as wolves roaming in town come up, he is the one who answers the call. For a township the size of Marenisco, 336 square miles, that can be hard. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Fish like a girl: Fishing Fitness
Fishing really doesn't seem that physically demanding, at least not on the surface. But in reality, there can be a lot more to it than meets the eye. Whether you're standing on the front of a bass boat all day, trolling for walleye through three footers on the big lake, or chucking a big musky bait for hours, it can take a toll on your body. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016


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