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November 20, 2017

another year, another hunt
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JJ Albee had a successful hunt last year and expects this year to be no different.
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JJ Albee had a successful hunt last year and expects this year to be no different.
For 13-year-old JJ Albee, this will be his third year of the gun-deer hunt. He hunts on family land with his dad.
Friday, November 17, 2017


Don't forget to register for the Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge
The Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge runs through Dec. 15. Area youth, hunting in Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Lincoln, Price and Iron counties, ages 10-17, are eligible to enter. Youth must also be a full-time resident of Vilas, Oneida or Iron County and must possess a Hunter Education certificate and have been issued a valid state license by the DNR for the appropriate season category.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Vilas County Boat Patrol keeps lakes safe and healthy
Those who have spent any time of the Eagle River Chain may have noticed the presence of a boat that looks a little more official than the standard craft.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Deer baiting/feeding still banned in northern counties
Hunters and wildlife observers in three northern Wisconsin counties - Forest, Vilas and Oneida - are reminded deer baiting and feeding activities are prohibited, Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officials said.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
Last weekend the DNR held two classes, one on carnivore tracking and one on wolf ecology. Both classes took up the majority of the day and, I have to say, I did not go into the classes with the expectation that I would sign up for a survey block, but that is exactly what happened. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 17, 2017

traveling trails less traveled
All across the state deer hunters are getting ready to head out into the woods early tomorrow morning and be part of a very long standing tradition: Wisconsin's traditional November gun deer season. And the "getting ready" aspect of this event has for many of the hunters, been taking place for days and even weeks. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 17, 2017

the lake where you live
It's been cold, seriously cold, for about two weeks, and the forecast calls for at least another week of high temperatures below or just above freezing. As I write this (on Nov. 7) it time to watch the progress of ice formation on Birch Lake, where I live. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 17, 2017

Minocqua Gun Club Winter Tough League to start Jan. 4
The Minocqua Gun Club's Winter Tough League starts on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 and runs every Thursday for 10 weeks.
Friday, November 17, 2017

U.S. Forest Service map prices set to increase Jan. 1 for first time in 10 years
For the first time in nearly a decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service plans to increase the price of its Forest Visitor Maps. Beginning Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, the forest service will charge $14 for the printed forest maps. This change is the result of increasing costs for production, printing, and distribution.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Trees for Tomorrow receives Green Gift from Cellcom for advancing careers in natural resources
Trees for Tomorrow has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $2,000 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its career exploration workshop.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Master Gardeners host Leslie Byrne
Master Gardeners of the North will sponsor international humanitarian Leslie Byrne, who will present "A Global Perspective on Building Sustainable Food Systems through Local Communities" at UWSP Treehaven on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Wild Wisconsin episodes answer deer hunting questions
Wild Wisconsin looks to help hunters prepare for the season. Wild Wisconsin is a series of videos, available from the DNR website, that covers everything from buying a license to processing a deer once it is harvested.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Hunting through the years
1834: Lafayette County - first reported crop damage by deer.

1851: First closed season for deer, Feb. 1 through June 30; Native Americans permitted to hunt anytime.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Vilas County Lakes Partners hear about zoning regulations
At the end of last month, as reported in last week's Outdoors section, the Vilas County Lakes Partners held a meeting in Boulder Junction. Several lake associations and districts from throughout the county were present to hear informational speakers and exchange best practices. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

Boulder Junction Area Boat Landing Improvement Fund gives toward purchase of New Mann Lake Dock
Boulder Junction Chamber Board members presented the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources a check in the amount $2,500 toward the purchase of new roll-in dock at Mann Lake.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Courthouse pollinator garden part of Bayer grant
The plight of the pollinators, and their decline, is becoming more widely known and pollinator gardens are cropping up here and there across the landscape. But still more can be done. Just last week, students from Lakeland Union High School helped break ground for a new pollinator garden at the Oneida County Courthouse. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

Fish like a girl
The thought of having small children in the woods with weapons strikes fear into the hearts of some. For others, the ability to bring their younger children out in the woods for a chance to harvest an animal of their own is exciting. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

traveling trails less traveled
In my recent series of articles, "My Top Ten Lakes," I highlighted a few of my memories from times I fished Escanaba Lake, which was a whopping 275 times. But besides being one of my favorite fishing lakes, Escanaba was for many years one of my favorite late season duck hunting lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

the lake where you live
For most of us, fishing isn't top of mind during these in-between days before the ice firms up. Meanwhile, the fish in our lakes are half a year from spawning, but let's explore one interesting facet of that behavior, anyway. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

A beautiful night
Tom Haight captured this photograph of the Northern Lights over Perch Lake on Oct. 13.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Northland Pines Farm to School receives Green Gift from Cellcom
Northland Pines Farm to School has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $900 Green Gift from Cellcom to expand its school garden program through the winter months.
Friday, November 10, 2017


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