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Latest DNR 'Ask the Experts' chat focuses on citizen science
Human beings are naturally curious about their surroundings. We wonder at the world around us and many want to become more involved. Citizen science projects are a way to do just that. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016


Groups look for answers to CWD issues
While we know more about chronic wasting disease (CWD) now than we did when it was first found in the state in 2002, there are still differing opinions as to what should be done about the disease. There are many stakeholder groups when it comes to Wisconsin's deer herd, and several of them weighed in on the issue earlier this month. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Fishing tournaments positively impact local economies
It is no secret there are many fishing tournaments in the Northwoods over the course of the summer. They range from weeknight $5 jackpot tournaments with three or four boats to large, full-scale events with 40 or 50 boats from all over the midwest. At the bigger tournaments, whether they are bass or walleye tournaments, it is easy to see how much money anglers put into their sport. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Students create AIS posters
In a competition aimed directly at impacting invasive species, students were challenged to create a poster to stop the spread of invasive plants and animals.

Since its inception five years ago, the Oneida County AIS invasive species poster contest has grown to over 460 entries. This year, seven counties had students involved in the contest from 15 schools and 23 classes. The contest started as the brainchild of Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS coordinator. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Opening weekend, 2016
My personal routine for opening weekend changed considerably when I retired from guiding after the 2012 season. For the previous 60 fishing seasons I always had clients in my boat opening weekend and we would fish various lakes or sometimes the Wisconsin River, depending on weather conditions. Generally, a traditional shore lunch at noon at some rustic shore side campsite would be included in the day's activities. There were also times when I would be part of a large group of anglers and guides which made many opening weekends one big fun filled party. Beginning in 2013 all that changed.
Friday, May 20, 2016

the lake where you live: Can't catch this!
The late basketball coach Al McGuire had his own vocabulary. He called a close game a "white knuckler." The point when a game's outcome became clear was "tap city." An opposing team's big center was an "aircraft carrier." And a small and very quick point guard was a "water bug."
Friday, May 20, 2016

Citizen Science: Master Gardeners of the north
All gardeners are welcome

For residents interested in science and the outdoors, there are citizen-science opportunities all around the state. One of those opportunities is the Master Gardeners organization. The Master Gardeners of the North meet in Rhinelander and tend the Community Garden on Thayer Street. All of the food generated from the garden is donated to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tickets on sale now for Walleyes for Tomorrow banquet
The third annual Headwaters Basin Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow dinner banquet will be held June 9 at the White Oak Grill in Manitowish Waters. Only 225 tickets will be sold for the event. Tickets are $85 and are good for dinner as well as entry into the door prize drawings. Many prize boards will be available and there is something for everyone to win.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Wisconsin Bike Fed keeps roads safe for bicyclists
Thousands of people every year take to Wisconsin's roads and trails on bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Safety is the number one concern for many cyclists, and the Wisconsin Bike Fed does what it can to ensure the safety of bicyclists in our state. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2016

Traveling trap league celebrates 20 years
The Monday Night Traveling Trap League is celebrating its 20th year this summer. The trap league includes teams from the Boulder Junction Shooting Range, the Gateway Gun Club in Land O'Lakes, the Hodag Sportsman's Club in Rhinelander and the Minocqua Gun Club. The participants shoot three times at each of the four clubs in an attempt to earn bragging rights for their club. It is the fun competition and camaraderie that keeps shooters coming back year after year. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2016

Like water on a ducks head
A mallard emerges from the Tomahawk River with a layer of water covering its head on Saturday, April 16, in Minocqua.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Minocqua/ Kawaguesaga undergoing treatment for EWM
The Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lakes Protection Association had a state certified chemical application company on the lakes on Thursday and Friday this week to undertake chemical treatments of Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM). EWM is an invasive species that can significantly affect natural ecosystems in lakes where it is found. This undertaking will consist of 4.48 acres of EWM beds on Kawaguesaga and 5.83 acres of EWM beds on Lake Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2016

Public input sought regarding Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area master planning process
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in the process of revising its Master Plan for the management and use of Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area (PMSWA). PMSWA is located in western Vilas County, three miles south of Manitowish Waters and 10 miles north of Lac du Flambeau. PMSWA is bounded on three sides by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and by the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation on the south.
Friday, May 20, 2016

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration takes place in Three Lakes on June 3 and 4
The fourth annual International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Celebration will be held in Three Lakes on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4. Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes, the sponsoring organization, invites everyone who enjoys birds to attend one or more of the scheduled events.
Friday, May 20, 2016

54th annual U.P. Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo set for July
The U.P. Trappers association would like to announce its 2016 Convention/Outdoor Expo coming up on July 15-16, 2016 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Mich.

Hours of operation have been adjusted this year, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (All times EST).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Let's Go Fishing in search of volunteer captains and first mates
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing is holding a training session for any interested volunteers on Wednesday, May 18. Let's Go Fishing keeps a 32-foot pontoon boat on Boom Lake and offers sight seeing excursions and fishing trips to seniors, veterans and disabled residents across the Northwoods. In order to make those trips a reality, Let's Go Fishing needs volunteers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Take Me Fishing offers great information for new anglers
As with most sports and outdoor activities, it can be hard to know how to get into fishing. People ask questions all the time: What kind of stuff do I need to get started? Where can I go? What should I fish for? When we watch all the TV shows and read the fishing magazines, there are so many techniques, so many different types of rods and reels and lures. How could anyone possibly know how to get started? (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

DNR wildlife survey data is now available
Whitetail numbers

The Department of Natural Resources recently released their wildlife survey data complete with estimated deer numbers by zone and county as well as for the entire state. Whitetail deer population estimates were calculated using the Sex-Age-Kill (SAK) formula. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lakeland area ATV trails open
ATVs and UTVs are an increasingly popular form of transportation and a great way to get out and see the beauty of the Northwoods. Some area trails have been open for about a week and others are just opening.

As of today at 5 p.m., the Oneida County ATV/UTV Trail System will be open for the 2016 spring/summer/fall season. These trails include those maintained by the Oneida County ATV Association in the Town of Enterprise and the Little Rice ATV Riders club in the townships of Lynne and Little Rice. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Boom Lake and the Rhinelander Flowage
Boom Lake and the Rhinelander Flowage are some of the most-used waters in the Rhinelander area. Anglers, boaters and other watercraft users flock to the 1,372-acre lake in the summertime and many people enjoy watching the Fourth of July fireworks from the lake as well. To say the lake is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike would be a solid statement. There are multiple boat landings by which to reach the Rhinelander Flowage and Boom Lake, with the largest and most popular being the Hodag Park Boat Ramp in downtown Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

Citizen Science: Monarch Larvae monitoring project
Monarch butterflies have an incredible migration cycle, sometimes traveling up to 3,000 miles annually. Fluctuations in monarch populations are also an indicator of the health of other pollinator species populations. While many pollinators go unnoticed, the beautiful monarch butterfly is seen and enjoyed by many. Pollinators play an important role in the production of all sorts of foods we consume on a daily basis. For that reason, studying pollinators, and their relative health based on habitat and climate changes, is important to everyone. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016


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