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If you have a Northwoods outdoors story, contact the Outdoors Reporter, Beckie Joki, bjoki@lakelandtimes.com. 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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Nearly 100 anglers celebrate 40th anniversary of 'Dads and Kids Fishing Day'
Dads and kids gathered at Holiday Acres in Rhinelander June 16 to spend some quality time together and hopefully catch a few fish. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Upper Midwest Bass Challenge anglers take on finicky Boom Lake
Neither the post-spawn, post-front conditions or the wind and rain could keep over 70 anglers from the Upper Midwest Bass Challenge (UMBCS) from the water June 18 as they took on Boom Lake, perennially known as a finicky fishery at best. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fish like a girl
A Recreational Opportunities Analysis (ROA) has been going on across the Northwoods with public input to help the Department of Natural Resources determine best fits for state lands and various recreational purposes. According to DNR Trails and Capital Development coordinator Cameron Bump, the department has heard from stakeholders regarding the way they use state lands and where opportunities may lie for the future. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bass tournament for disabled veterans moves to Lake Tomahawk
The second annual Disabled Veterans tournament is set for July 23 on Lake Tomahawk. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Heavy rains fuel safety reminder for water conditions
Recent storms packing torrential downpours have fueled floods and strong fast currents, prompting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to remind the public to think safety when planning water trips by first checking local conditions and to always wear a life jacket on the water.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE
Fishing friends and I have a name for those slender, tube-shaped plants that spike up in clusters in shallow water along lakeshores. We call them pencil reeds. And we're wrong. They are really not reeds at all but rushes of various kinds, in many cases hardstem or softstem bulrushes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate an increase in breeding grouse
Roadside ruffed grouse surveys completed in spring 2017 showed statewide drumming activity increased 17 percent from 2016, based on data collected to monitor breeding grouse activity.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Roadside Pollinator Program going strong in Three Lakes
Interest in pollinators and creating pollinator gardens has increased in recent years as more evidence shows declining populations of many species of bees and butterflies pollinating the plants from which we harvest food. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Healing trail will be first of its kind in the country
Considerable research has been conducted regarding the healing powers of nature. In Japan, doctors write prescriptions giving a patient 15 minutes of time in the outdoors each day to help them heal from major afflictions. Other research points to a healing rate up to 30 percent quicker in individuals who spend time outdoors. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wolf population estimate shows 6 percent increase for 2017
The Department of Natural Resources recently updated its wolf population estimates, which show populations around the state are still rising. With the rise in wolves has also come a rise in indemnification for attacks on livestock, pets and hunting dogs. In 2016, the DNR reported just over $200,000 was paid out due to depredation and injury to those animals by wolves. So far, only halfway through 2017, that number has already climbed over the $196,000 mark. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Anglers boat 30 fish during 37th annual Spring Muskie Classic
The 37th annual Spring Muskie Classic was held last weekend on the Eagle River Chain. It was hosted by the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc. Funds from the Spring Classic are used for projects on area lakes such as the new restroom on Eagle Lake at the landing as well as improvements to the launch ramp itself such as pouring of concrete pads at the ramp and the pier. The Headwaters Chapter also helped to make improvements at the Catfish Lake landing. The group prides itself on helping improve launch ramps and being stewards of the waters they love to fish in the Northwoods.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

June is Invasive Species Awareness Month
Not only is June a glorious month to explore the richness of Oneida County's natural resources, work in the garden, and observe wildlife, but June is also Invasive Species Awareness Month. Anyone who spends time outside is affected by invasive species. Increasing public awareness and empowering citizens to take simple steps to help prevent the introduction and spread of terrestrial, aquatic and wetland invasive species is more critical than ever before.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Clean Boats Clean Waters training held at Crescent Lake
Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) is a program with which most anglers and boaters are familiar. The program includes volunteers and interns from UW-Oshkosh who man boat landings all over the state to talk to boaters about invasive species. Almost anyone who has launched a boat at a public landing in the last few years has, at some point, encountered a CBCW volunteer. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fish like a girl
Many people have heard of Snapshot Wisconsin. It is a form of citizen science where normal residents like you and me host trail cameras supplied by the DNR, and upload photos from those trail cameras to the DNR website. From there all of the photos go on to another website called Zooniverse. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Deer hunters weigh in on last year's hunt
Shortly after the 2016 nine-day gun-deer season, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its findings, reporting the buck harvest in the Northern Forest Zone to be up by 30 percent. Some hunters in the Northwoods doubted that could be the case. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

The lake where you live
Our lake property faces northwest, which means we get to see sunsets. The flip side of that is to face east and be able to catch sunrises. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Invite pollinators into your yard
Now that we can finally get into our gardens after a cold, rainy spring, secretary Ben Brancel of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says we should keep our pollinators in mind.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Draining livewells can stop invasive species and help Wisconsin's waters
One place some of Wisconsin's worst invasive species, like spiny water fleas, can hitch rides to new waters is in undrained livewells. That is why part of the mantra to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) is to drain your livewell, buckets, bilge, motor and other places water can enter.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Entries sought for Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contests
Wisconsin artists have until July 20 to submit artwork for the 2018 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Let's Go Fishing holds captain and first mate training
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing held its second session of captain and first mate training last week. Despite the wind and on-and-off rain, several interested volunteers came out to take the safety training needed in order to operate Let's Go Fishing's 32-foot pontoon boat. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 3, 2017


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