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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 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. The most notable were Whitetails of Wisconsin (WOW) and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF), both with seemingly very different views on the problem. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 21, 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)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fish like a girl: Fishing tournaments positively impact local economies
It is no secret there are many fishing tournaments in the North-woods 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)
Saturday, May 21, 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." (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 21, 2016

On Guard
A pair of sandhill cranes scan the surrounding area as their newly hatched chick sticks close to them. This picture was taken on U.S. Highway 51 outside of Tomahawk Tuesday morning.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dandelion breakfast
A little robin enjoyed a lovely morning on Wednesday picking breakfast out of a dandelion-dotted yard on Timber Drive across from Forth Floral.
Saturday, May 21, 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)
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fire risk remains elevated in Northwoods
Some scattered showers throughout the week may have momentarily quelled the threat of wildfire in the area, but experts say until more rain falls and vegetation greens up the Northland must stay vigilant to prevent unintended ignitions.

Earlier in the week the Department of Natural Resources issued red flag warnings for Douglas, Burnett and Washburn counties. The Michigan DNR issued similar warnings for much of the Upper Peninsula. (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 an understatement. 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 Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

DNR wildlife survey data now available
The Department of Natural Resources recently released its 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.

"This formula combines information on the age composition of the buck harvest with an estimate of the percentage of adult buck mortality that is due to legal hunting (buck recovery rate) to estimate the annual percentage of the adult buck population that is harvested (annual buck harvest rate)," the report stated. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Good crappie action on Boom Lake
Kendra Durkee caught several crappie, including this nice one, while fishing with her parents on Boom Lake on opening weekend.
Friday, May 13, 2016

the lake where you live: The scoop on snapping turtles
One of my son Todd's favorite fishing moments on Birch Lake had nothing to do with fish. It was the time he spotted, not too far from our boat, a huge snapping turtle, its head poking out of the water, somewhere between baseball and softball size. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

Citizen Science: Frog and Toad Survey
Citizen science projects allow people to learn more about the world around them

Many people are curious about the world around them and would like to learn more about the flora and fauna we all enjoy in Wisconsin. However, many have no idea how to get involved in the research and monitoring of different species in the state. The truth is, there are many citizen science opportunities available to anyone who would like to participate. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ready... Set... Fish!
Anglers across the state are hitting the water this weekend as the 2016 game fishing season gets underway. It is an exciting time for many anglers and the outlook for fishing is very good. There are a few changes and new items anglers should know about, as well as some reminders to have a great fishing season. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 6, 2016

Fishing for data
Walleye numbers in area lakes are of great interest to many different stakeholders - from resort owners to tourists to locals who just enjoy getting out to catch their own dinner. For that reason, the DNR, as well as several other entities, conduct fish surveys on lakes throughout the Northwoods every spring. One of those lakes is Trout Lake in Boulder Junction. This lake is usually one of the last to lose its ice in the spring and takes the longest to warm up. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 6, 2016

Fish like a girl: Launch ramp etiquette
Opening weekend of fishing means so much to so many people. To some people, it means being frustrated at the landing by people who just do not seem to understand launch ramp etiquette. Anyone who has spent half an hour waiting to launch or waiting to load their boat knows what I'm talking about. Chances are most of the people reading this column do very well at launch ramps. Chances are also good most of the people reading have experienced this frustration. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 6, 2016

DNR: U.P. survey indicates no significant change in Michigan wolf population
Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife division officials recently said the size of the state's wolf population has not changed significantly since the last survey was conducted in 2014.

DNR wildlife researchers estimate there was a minimum of 618 wolves in the Upper Peninsula this winter. The 2014 minimum population estimate was 636 wolves.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lake where you live: A guide for lake living
Many of us who live on or otherwise enjoy lakes ask ourselves: What more can we do to protect the lakes we love? James A. Brakken provides plenty of answers in his new book, "Saving Our Lakes & Streams: 101 Practical Things You Can Do Today."

Much of what he recommends many of us already know. It's nice, though, to get it all in an organized form, so we remember. One thing I wish Brakken had done is include a 101-point checklist suitable for mounting on the wall somewhere in the house or cabin - a to-do list for this and future years.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Local bat research project receives 'Wings Across the Americas' award
Bats may seem of little consequence to some, but they are in fact an important part of the food web. They are also economically important to farmers and agriculture across the country. Sadly, many species of bats are now in danger of being decimated by a fungal disease known as white nose syndrome (WNS). This fungus grows on hibernating bats and can kill large masses of the small, winged animals fairly rapidly. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Fishing for Dollars draws anglers to Three Lakes
Fishing in Three Lakes is getting an exciting twist. That twist is called Fishing for Dollars and is sponsored by the Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Association and the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The contest is open from May 30 through Sept. 5, 2016.

One hundred fish have been tagged and released into the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. They are fish of all sizes and species.

Friday, April 29, 2016


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