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The legend continues
Kay Nicklaus from Irma and 11-year-old grandson River pose for a photograph with Kay’s six point buck harvested from about 100 yards with her .308 rifle near Land O’Lakes.Contributed photograph

Kay Nicklaus from Irma and 11-year-old grandson River pose for a photograph with Kay’s six point buck harvested from about 100 yards with her .308 rifle near Land O’Lakes.
Contributed photograph

On Nov. 20, 1914, Jim Jordan shot what has come to be recognized as the highest scoring typical buck in the United States. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014


A keen eye on fishing habitat

Fishing tourism in northern Wisconsin has been threatened by lack of walleyes in the area. While fish biologists are scrambling to figure out why walleyes have been lacking, Walleyes for Tomorrow has been busy working to improve habitat for the iconic game fish. (Public access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Plaid Clad Rambler

My wife and I were dog and house sitting last weekend for my in-laws in Lake Tomahawk. Their house sits on five wooded acres next to Northern Highland American Legion State Forest land on an old logging road southwest of Big Carr Lake. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

There was a time, not so many years ago, that I would fondly look forward to after the November gun deer season.  That was when I could spend quality time with family members, friends and my beagles in quest of snowshoe hares. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Lake Where You Live

If you live on a lake, one of winter’s pleasures is walking the snow-covered ice, until the snow gets too deep, after which you can walk it on snowshoes. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Wisconsin State Park stickers now on sale

People looking for the a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year can give outdoor enthusiasts access to thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hike opportunities, dozens of beaches, and some of the most scenic areas found in Wisconsin with a 2015 Wisconsin state park admission sticker or state trail pass. (Public access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Trail conditions on Facebook
Are you looking for a way to stay informed on up-to-date trail conditions for snowmobiling and silent sports this winter? (Public access)
Friday, December 12, 2014

Outdoor gift guide

Last week, we gave you gift ideas for runners, cyclists, anglers, hikers and campers. Now we bring you ideas for hunters, paddlers and snow sports enthusiasts. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Iron County Deer Advisory Council
The public has one more opportunity to provide comments on the deer population objective recommendation for Iron County. (Public access)
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vilas County snowmobile trails open
The state funded snowmobile trail system in Vilas County will officially open for the season at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. (Public access)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Turkey permit deadline Dec. 10

Wild turkey hunters have until close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the spring 2015 hunting season. (Public access)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Deer and data

The 2014 nine-day gun-deer season has come to a close with a preliminary harvest count of 191,550, a significant reduction compared to last season’s total harvest of 342,631 deer. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Minocqua Winter Park hosts early ski season

Minocqua Winter Park was open for a special Thanksgiving weekend season. Almost 11 kilometers of trails were open for use. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

The Plaid Clad Rambler

Last year, on Dec. 16, I rolled. The irony of it was that I was biking home from the chiropractor I was visiting on a weekly basis for a previous bike accident. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

The Lake Where You Live

If you wonder what happens in your lake after the ice forms, the answer is: Not a great deal. Sure, fish still bite, some more readily than others (bass being among the reluctant). (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

As I begin work on this column at 5:30 a.m. Monday, November 24, it’s pouring rain outside and our snow depth has shrunk to about five inches. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Snowmobile safety course Dec. 20, 21

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources certified snowmobile safety course. (Public access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Outdoor gift guide

The Northwoods has no shortage of offerings for outdoor adventurers. Hikers, hunters, birders and boarders all get their kicks in this pristine, forested corner of the world. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Find the perfect holiday tree

A fresh-cut, personally selected holiday tree from your National Forest adds to the holiday season. (Public access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Wilderness First Aid Tip

Soft tissue injuries can range from a paper cut to a life-threatening laceration. Responding quickly and calmly can make a world of difference no matter how severe the injury. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

County Deer Advisory Council goals finalized at Dec. meetings

County Deer Advisory Councils will be holding their final 2014 meetings in December. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014


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