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December 13, 2017

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If you have a Northwoods outdoors story, contact the Outdoors Reporter, Beckie Joki, You may also call the River News office at (715) 365-6397 or the Lakeland Times office at (715) 356-5236.

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Fish like a GIRL
I suppose I am finally old enough to say things like "kids these days." As anglers we often marvel at how "easy" kids have it today in the sport of fishing. (Subscriber Access)
Saturday, December 9, 2017

little hunters
Just days before the nine-day gun-deer hunt in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a provision that did away with the age requirement for mentored hunts. Previously, a youth had to be 10 years old in order to participate in a mentored hunt.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowmobile safety class to be held later this month
The Oneida County sheriff's office is sponsoring a Wisconsin DNR-certified snowmobile safety course in conjunction with the New-Tom Sno Fleas Snowmobile Club, Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

BOW in the Snow set for February
This winter marks the 20th annual BOW in the Snow. The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) winter workshop will be held at Treehaven Field Station in Tomahawk on Feb. 16-18, 2018.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wolf ecology class provides pieces to the puzzle
In a recent column I talked a bit about the carnivore tracking class I attended, put on by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). (Subscriber Access)
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Right place, right time
While preliminary opening weekend harvest numbers were up in the Northern Forest Zone, for many hunters it still depended on being at the right place at the right time. Overall, though, most sport shops and processors said hunters they have talked to felt fairly positive about the deer populations in the Northwoods. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fish like a girl
The first gun-deer season with the new mentored hunting rules in place has come and gone. No three-year-olds killed people with a 30-06. No one reported a kid wandering in the woods alone not knowing how to get back to the truck or hunting shack. The world did not come to an end. What did happen? (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Oneida County ATV Trail System official closing
Segments of the Oneida County ATV Trail System (as administered by the Oneida County Forestry, Land, & Recreation Department) will officially close for the 2017 spring/summer/fall season effective 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4.
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Youth hunter JJ Albee reviews his deer season
As reported before the nine-day gun-deer hunt, 13-year-old youth hunter JJ Albee felt very positive about his chances of bagging a good buck this year.

He hunts with his dad on his family's land where they have a food plot.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Bring home a Christmas tree from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Add to holiday celebrations a fresh-cut, personally selected Christmas tree from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fish like a girl
Earlier this month 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)
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Successful first hunt
Lily LaPorte, 12, of Wausau, shot this doe in Oneida County on Oct. 8, 2017 with her Opa. It was her first time deer hunting.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

DNR assessed lakes and rivers remain healthy
The majority of Wisconsin's lakes and rivers recently assessed by the Department of Natural Resources received a good bill of health, continuing a trend of improved surface water quality across the state.
Saturday, November 25, 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)
Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 deer season comes with some changes
Droves of hunters in blaze orange will take to the woods this weekend looking to fill a freezer or take down a wall-mounter.

Those ready to make the annual fall pilgrimage should be aware of some changes to the hunting season structure this year. (subscriber access)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another year, another hunt
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. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 deer season structure
Only Vilas, Iron and Ashland counties remain buck only. Other counties in the Northwoods had a limited number of antlerless tags on sale earlier this year.

Saturday, November 18, 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.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Courthouse pollinator garden part of Bayer grant
The plight of the pollinators is becoming more widely known and pollinator gardens are cropping up across the landscape. But still more can be done to help this critically important part of the ecosystem. (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

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