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Lake chains, cranes and butterflies
The Vilas County Spring Hearing with representatives from the DNR and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Seated from left: DNR Conservation Warden Rich Thole, DNR Wildlife Biologist Michele Woodford, DNR Fisheries Biologist Stephen Gilbert, DNR Conservation Warden Tim Price, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Delegate Kurt Justice, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Delegate Ron Waller, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Delegate Steve Budnik and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Chair Ken Anderson.Ryan Matthews/Lakeland Times

The Vilas County Spring Hearing with representatives from the DNR and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Seated from left: DNR Conservation Warden Rich Thole, DNR Wildlife Biologist Michele Woodford, DNR Fisheries Biologist Stephen Gilbert, DNR Conservation Warden Tim Price, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Delegate Kurt Justice, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Delegate Ron Waller, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Delegate Steve Budnik and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Vilas County Chair Ken Anderson.
Ryan Matthews/Lakeland Times

The results from the April 13 spring hearing questions have been tallied and posted, giving insight into the priorities and opinions of Wisconsin citizens. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015


One fish, two fish

Biologists were busy last week making baseline population estimates of walleye and other gamefish in Kawaguesaga, Minocqua and Tomahawk lakes while the fish are spawning near shore. The population estimates will serve as a starting point in a 10-year study of the Minocqua chain of lakes walleye fishery. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Ice-out? Hit it!

It takes a special blend of crazy devotion to the sport to don a neoprene wetsuit and go water skiing when there is still ice spotting the lake. Tom Teichmiller, Gregg Lindner and Andrew Alesauskas decided that they had what it takes and grabbed some early season wake on April 12 on Squirrel Lake. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

Say what you will about football parties, March Madness brackets, the World Cup and Le Tour, but baseball is unquestionably the most romantic professional sport in the world. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

It appears that the most consistent thing about April, 2015 is its inconsistency. However, personally looking back over my past seven plus decades of experiencing April in northern Wisconsin, inconsistency is a word that fits most Aprils. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

I think of spring frogs more as a band than a choir because, to my ear anyway, their calls sound more like instruments than voices. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Bat monitoring gears up for spring

As spring returns to the Northwoods, a group of people are gearing up to monitor local Bats. Volunteers monitor bats just after sunset on the lakes and through the woods of Vilas County. (Public access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Outdoors Calendar, April 25-May 2
What's good in the woods? (Public access)
Friday, April 24, 2015

Natural Resources Board retains authority

The Joint Committee on Finance removed a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget that would have stripped the Natural Resources Board of its policymaking and rule-making authority. (Subscriber access)

 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Walleyes, turkey and accountability

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on April 8 approved an emergency rule changing the agency’s approach to walleye management in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Ice out across the state

April has come and, as Paul Simon wrote, streams are ripe and swell with rain. Almost all inland waters across the state are opening up, including those in northcentral, northeast and northwestern Wisconsin, signaling a frenzy of activity by both animals and humans taking advantage of the thaw. (Subscriber access) 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Campers with disabilities follow outdoor passions at Wisconsin Lions Camp

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Lakeland Times has been sharing stories about how Northwoods residents offer support and care to individuals and families affected by the condition. One such community is the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

“I feel physically uncomfortable out of the trees,” I said. It has come to this, as I feel my shoulders relax driving north into our canopied corner of the world. My wife, Elisabeth, looks at me bewildered with an expression that screams, I’ve created a monster! (Subscriber access) 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

As I begin this column, the date is April 4, and spring continues to slowly stumble its way into the Northwoods, seemingly unable to decide if it should arrive or continue to leave Old Man Winter in control of the weather! However, having lived up-north in Vilas County for nearly eight decades, what we are experiencing weather-wise is not all that unusual for early April. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

One thing the winter ice is good for is making sure we don’t take our lakes for granted. The opening of the water is like a reunion with a beloved friend. And the official welcome is the putting in of the pier. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Summer in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Unplug and reconnect to the largest expanse of public lands under one ownership in northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Timber Breeze Resort to hold inaugural walleye tournament

Timber Breeze Resort will host its first annual walleye tournament June 6-7 on Butternut Lake. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Local man named Wildlife Specialist of the Year

Jeremy Irish was awarded the Eastern Region Wildlife Specialist of the Year Award for 2014. Irish is a local Wildlife Specialist with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services (WS). (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Wisconsin Youth Conservation Camp student opportunities

The 10th annual Sand Lake Conservation Camp will be held June 24-26 at Camp Bird in Marinette County for those entering sixth, seventh and eight grades living in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Outdoors Calendar, April 18-25
What's happening in the great outdoors. (Public access)
Friday, April 17, 2015

Extreme fire danger across Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this week issued red flag warnings for most of the state as warm, dry weather and high winds swept across areas in central and southwestern Wisconsin. (Public access)
Thursday, April 16, 2015


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