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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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DNR Spring Hearings coming April 10
The Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings will be held April 10 in every county across the state. The Oneida County meeting will be held at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. The Vilas County meeting will be held at the St. Germain Community Center. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fish like a girl: Funding uncertain for many area lake organizations
Almost every lake association struggles with funding.

They all have projects they want to get completed on their lakes, but funding, or lack thereof, oftentimes is the driver that decides what does and does not get done. (subscriber access)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Several environmental questions posed on Spring Hearings questionnaire
This year the Department of Natural Resources' annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual Spring County Conservation Meeting, which is held yearly in April, contains several questions not related to fish and wildlife, but to environmental issues. These questions are put forth to stakeholders in the state by the environmental committee. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 18, 2017

LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE: Meet the muskrat
It's been a long time since I have seen a clump of green foliage slowly swimming its way across the surface of Birch Lake.

The foliage of course was being carried in the jaws of a muskrat, and we don't seem to have those critters on our lake anymore.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Record number of extended growth walleye stocked in 2016 with more to come in 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stocked a record number of extended growth walleye fingerlings in key Wisconsin waters in 2016, even as fish from the initial year of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are expected to begin reaching harvest size this year.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hunkering honkers
A pair of trumpeter swans hunker down while buffeted by strong winds Wednesday March 8, on the Minocqua Thoroughfare in Woodruff.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

DNR spring hearings scheduled for April 10
The Department of Natural Resources annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual Spring County Conservation meetings will take place on April 10. There will be a meeting in each county in the state at 7 p.m. The meeting for Oneida County will take place at the James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. The Vilas County meeting will be held at the St. Germain Elementary School in St. Germain. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fish like a girl
With the coming of spring comes a wealth of opportunities for those looking to get involved in citizen science. Many of the opportunities require no special training, and others will train anyone interested in learning more. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Learn to Hunt turkey program slated for April
Since the Learn to Hunt program rolled out several years ago, many aspiring hunters have enrolled in classes for the species of their choice. There have been Learn to Trap classes as well as Learn to Hunt classes for bear, turkey and deer. These classes are aimed at introducing new hunters, both adults and children over 10. The classes are designed to help new hunters get the basics down and to possibly even harvest their first animal.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

NRB approves changes to carcass tag validation
The WDNR Natural Resources Board met March 1 to discuss and take action on a number of issues. One of those was a proposed change to how carcass tags are validated. Last year, with a move to the new Go Wild system, gone were the back tags with which most hunters are familiar and have been using for years. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 11, 2017

The future of wolf management to be discussed at Wisconsin Wolf Summit II
It is possible Wisconsin will regain management authority for wolves in 2017. A bill to delist wolves is moving through Congress at this time. Wolf Summit II-Focus on Wisconsin, is provided to help the public and policy makers learn more about wolf management.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE
So, what happens to the lead sinker that slips off your fishing line, or the worn-out lead split shot that you (heaven forbid) casually toss into the lake? (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Anglers urged to pull ice fishing shelters before deadlines - or ice gives way
Winter's recent string of spring temperatures and thinning ice has state recreational safety specialists encouraging anglers to remove their ice fishing shelters prior to the official deadlines.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wisconsin Wolf Facts to hold wolf summit in Sugar Camp
Wisconsin Wolf Facts, a collaborative effort involving wildlife and farm groups, will sponsor Wolf Summit II-Focus on Wisconsin, on Saturday, April 8. The event will run from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. at the Sugar Camp Town Hall, located 10 miles north of Rhinelander just west of State Highway 17.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

New-Tom Sno Fleas Vintage Show and Ride draws sleds from across the state
Vintage sled fans dusted off the old snowmobile suit and got their vintage sleds out of the barn last weekend for the New-Tom Sno Fleas annual Vintage Show and Ride.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Master Gardeners meeting focuses on hummingbirds
Last week's Master Gardeners of the North meeting featured Michael and Kathi Rock, hummingbird aficionados from Madison. The couple started with a simple feeder or two, simply to see if they could attract the small, vibrant birds into the city of Madison. Today they have 100 or more hummingbird plants and 20 feeders scattered around their urban property. Michael stated they have had as many as 20 hummingbirds in their yard shortly before the fall migration. The couple also hosts a garden tour at their home every year during the migration season. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fish like a girl
The 2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention will be held April 5-7 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. The lineup of learning sessions and workshops looks to be awesome. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 4, 2017

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE
Imagine an afternoon on your lake, peacefully kicking along with flippers and snorkel, hovering over a tangle of logs and branches, hoping to see walleyes lurking there, when suddenly you're staring into the toothy jaws of a musky, just a few feet ahead. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Outdoor Women's Group to meet March 5
The next Outdoor Women's Group Outing will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. Meet at North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters.

The group will be cross country skiing or snowshoeing (hike if snow conditions are poor).

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fish like a girl
The DNR Spring Hearings are held every April in each county in the state. The date this year is April 10. In Oneida County, the meeting will be held at the James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. In Vilas County, it will be held at the Saint Germain Elementary School. The Iron County meeting will be held at the Mercer Community Center. Forest County's meeting will be at the Crandon High School. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 25, 2017


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