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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : outdoors May 24, 2017

Online deer hunter surveys show some similarities, some differences, to previous survey results
Once all of the harvest numbers were in after last fall's 9-day gun deer hunt, the Department of Natural Resources put out the harvest numbers as they received them. Those numbers showed a 30 percent increase in buck harvest in the Northern Forest Zone. Many hunters felt those numbers could not possibly be right. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017


Fish like a GIRL
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. TJ Dunn from Rhinelander. Many know him as a veterinarian, but he is also a scientist with a great deal of knowledge about a compound known as Triclosan. This antibacterial pesticide has been given a great deal of press in recent years for its detrimental effects, both to us and to the environment. Our discussion centered around environmental factors - more specifically, fish in our inland lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Traveling trails less traveled
I would guess there are numerous dedicated outdoors enthusiasts like myself who have a fairly long list of favorite "annual events" they truly look forward to attending. For someone like myself, who has recently entered their eighth decade on planet Earth, each of those annual events takes on a more serious and special meaning with each passing year. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

The lake where you live
Plants which grow on land have one main way of reproducing. They produce flowers that get pollinated, then grow some form of fruit containing seeds. The seeds are dispersed in many ways, some simply scattering on the ground, some taking to the air on bits of fluff, some distributed with the help of birds and animals. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Tribal walleye harvest numbers available
The harvest numbers from the 2017 spearing season recently became available, with six tribes reporting their harvest as of May 9; almost 39,000 fish were harvested through spearing by tribal members in 24 counties across northern Wisconsin. Reported musky harvest was 193 fish. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Bird Fest Celebration in Three Lakes weekend of June 2 and 3
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will host the fifth annual Bird Fest celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Application period for CDAC membership opens June 1
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats. The application period for each county is open from June 1 to July 1.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring walleye tournament slated for May 19-21
Some of the best fishing waters in northern Wisconsin await anglers registered for the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Walleye Tournament set for Friday to Sunday, May 19-21. This is the event's 26th year, and provides a wonderful start to spring and the fishing season. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lupine Junefest in Mercer on June 10
The excitement begins at the W. S. Carow Park in Mercer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, celebrating the blooming of the Lupine wild flower in the beautiful Northwoods.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Annual Northern Snow Wings Area Ladies Ducks Unlimited event on May 17
The Northern Snow Wings Area Ladies Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be holding their annual Fundraising Banquet on Wednesday, May 17 at the Oneida Village Inn in downtown Three Lakes. Funds from these banquets are used to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands for waterfowl and thousands of other species of wildlife which use the marshes and wetlands as part of their annual life cycle needs.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Free Fishing Seminars begin May 27 in Boulder Junction
Boulder Junction fishing guides are ready to share some fishing secrets at the free fishing seminars this season. All seminars begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Locations change throughout the season, so please check the schedule. No reservations are necessary.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bat disease takes its toll
A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada, killing upwards of 7 million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin according to winter hibernacula surveys.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Written comments invited on wetland general permit proposal
The Department of Natural Resources is announcing its intention to issue a statewide wetland general permit (GP) for certain wetlands that formed in depressions created as a result of grading and construction activities within uplands in Wisconsin.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Preliminary 2016-17 bobcat harvest information now available
Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season, the third year of a statewide harvest, show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats.

Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June. These preliminary figures include results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bike the Heart and win $100
The Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail spans 47 miles of paved trail through the woods and along the waters, connecting the communities of Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Sayner/Star Lake and St. Germain.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mercer Bird Festival held June 10
The Mercer Bird Festival will take place Saturday, June 10 at various locations.

On-site activities, including live bird education and displays and a bird house contest, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carow Park.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Disabled Veterans bass tournament moves to Lake Tomahawk
This will be the second annual Disabled Veterans tournament put on by Kris Hanes, a veteran himself and member of the Portage County Bass Anglers. Hanes held the inaugural tournament last year on Shawano Lake in Shawano and this year decided to move the tournament to the Northwoods. This is a team tournament with each veteran fishing with a partner. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Mixed reports on opening fishing weekend
With the high winds and cooler temperatures this past weekend, many anglers struggled to find fish. Many reports had walleyes still in the shallows in as little as three feet of water. Jeff Smith from J & J Sports in Lake Tomahawk said the reports had walleyes positioned near or just off the first breaks. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Willow Region Sportsmen's Snowmobile Club receives award
The Willow Region Sportsmen's Snowmobile Club was recently awarded the Most Improved Snowmobile Trail Award from the Oneida County Snowmobile Council. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
Last weekend brought blue skies and bone-chilling winds, but many anglers braved the conditions to get out and scratch that fishing itch. As I drove around the area, I found the Tomahawk/Minocqua chain to be fairly quiet. I expected as much, as there is a no-harvest limit on walleye on the chain in an attempt to return the fishery to its former glory as a walleye angler's destination. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Traveling trails less traveled
When it comes to discussing various methods of catching fish, rarely does one hear any mention of what is no doubt one of the oldest methods of producing a mess of fresh fish - hand lining! (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017


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