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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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Northwoods Invasive Species Poster Contest winners announced
The land and water departments of Oneida, Vilas, Iron, Price and Bayfield counties, in conjunction with Lumberjack RC&D Council, the Timberland Invasive Partnership (TIP), the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP) and the Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area (NCWMA) recently held their sixth annual Invasive Species Poster Contest.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fish like a girl
We all hear a great deal about aquatic invasive plants in the lakes and rivers. I know I talk about them often, but there are other invasive plants causing just as many problems on dry land. Luckily, there is an organization dedicated to dealing specifically with those plants and helping land owners to rid themselves of invasive pests. Like aquatic invasives, terrestrial (growing on dry land) invasives will also outcompete native species and can take over large areas quickly. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mighty musky awaits anglers in northern Wisconsin
Plenty of big fish - including a 55-inch monster in Sawyer County - await anglers planning to fish the northern musky opener May 27, based on spring netting surveys in 2017 and angler reports from recent years.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Let's Go Fishing kicks off season with fish fry, meat raffle
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing kicked off its 2017 season by serving fish fries to patrons of Rocky's Roadhouse in Rhinelander May 19. This was the fourth fundraiser Let's Go Fishing held at Rocky's Roadhouse, and plans have already begun for next year's event.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Admire from afar during the fawn season
Outdoor enthusiasts fortunate enough to see one of Wisconsin's whitetail deer fawns, born between late April and July, are reminded by state wildlife officials to enjoy the wildlife view from afar for the fawn's safety.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

The lake where you live
We know the different trees in our woods by their bark, by their shape, but mainly by their leaves (or needles). It's also the leaves which help us the most to identify the many pondweeds in our lakes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 27, 2017

New equipment for local bat monitors available
Thanks to the Wisconsin Bat Conservation Fund, eastern Vilas County now has new Acoustic Bat Monitoring equipment to collect even more data on summer bats in Vilas County.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Online deer hunter surveys show some similarities, some differences, to previous survey results
Once all of the harvest numbers were in after last fall's gun deer hunt, the Department of Natural Resources released the harvest numbers. Those numbers showed a 30 percent increase in buck harvest in the Northern Forest Zone. Many hunters felt those numbers could not possibly be right. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fish like a girl
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. TJ Dunn from Rhinelander. Many know him as a veterinarian, but he is also a scientist with a great deal of knowledge about a compound known as Triclosan. This antibacterial pesticide has received a great deal of press in recent years for its detrimental effects, both to us and to the environment. Our discussion centered around environmental factors - more specifically, fish in our inland lakes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Call to report surviving bats this summer
A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada, killing upwards of 7 million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin according to winter hibernacula surveys.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tribal walleye harvest numbers available
The harvest numbers from the 2017 spearing season recently became available, with six tribes reporting their harvest as of May 9. Almost 39,000 fish were harvested through spearing by tribal members in 24 counties across northern Wisconsin. The reported musky harvest was 193 fish. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bird Fest Celebration in Three Lakes June 2, 3
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will host the fifth annual Bird Fest celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Preliminary 2016-17 bobcat harvest information now available
Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season, the third year of a statewide harvest, show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats.

Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June. These preliminary figures include results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The lake where you live
Plants which grow on land have one main way of reproducing. They produce flowers that get pollinated, then grow some form of fruit containing seeds. The seeds are dispersed in many ways, some simply scattering on the ground, some taking to the air on bits of fluff, some distributed with the help of birds and animals. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mixed reports on opening fishing weekend
With the high winds and cooler temperatures this past weekend, many anglers struggled to find fish. Many reports had walleyes still in the shallows in as little as 3 feet of water. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fish like a girl
Last weekend brought blue skies and bone-chilling winds, but many anglers braved the conditions to scratch that fishing itch. As I drove around the area, I found the Tomahawk/Minocqua chain to be fairly quiet. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Survey shows buck kill up, hunters still unsatisfied
The buck harvest numbers released by the Department of Natural Resources after the nine-day gun deer season last year showed the buck kill was up by 30 percent in the Northern Forest Region. Still, most hunters said their hunting experience in the Northwoods was poor to extremely poor. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Disabled Veterans bass tournament moves to Lake Tomahawk
The second annual Disabled Veterans tournament hosted on by Kris Hanes, himself a veteran and a member of the Portage County Bass Anglers, is set for July.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Become a Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspector
Why do watercraft inspections?

With the growing concern over the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) to Wisconsin's inland lakes, many lake association members and other concerned citizens are looking for ways to get involved.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Willow Region Sportsmen's Snowmobile Club receives award
The Willow Region Sportsmen's Snowmobile Club was recently received the Most Improved Snowmobile Trail Award from the Oneida County Snowmobile Council.

"I think what people like about our trails is that we keep them rustic," club president Travis Behnke said. "Some clubs have big, wide trails like highways. But we keep ours rustic and that makes a nice ride through the woods and people like that."

Saturday, May 13, 2017


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