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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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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

The lake where you live
Last Saturday was the fishing season opener. I stayed off the water. The day dawned late-March cold with a stiff northeast wind and a crystal sky, about the worst conditions for walleye fishing one can imagine. So I didn't go out. No law says I have to. I'm no more obligated to fish on opening day than to drink to excess on New Year's Eve. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Angling again: Opening weekend of fishing is a long-awaited tradition
While many consider the official start of summer to be Memorial Day Weekend, or the last day of school, to anglers across the state, summer really starts on the opening weekend of fishing. This Saturday marks the opening of the game fish season in the state.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fish like a girl
It is that special time of year again, the weekend anglers across the state most look forward to. Many lose sleep and toss and turn restlessly as visions of hooking into "the big one" bounce in their minds. We envision the fight at the end of the line and the victorious high fives as we boat our personal bests - all on the first trip of the year. We may hurriedly swallow down our breakfasts without so much as tasting them, or we may skip it all together and opt instead to simply fill a thermos and head out the door. We uncover the boat and finish getting our tackle into it, then head off to the lake. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Let's Go Fishing kicks off season with fish fry
Let's Go Fishing will kick off its fifth year of serving residents of the Northwoods in just a few weeks.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Public opinion helps shape CDAC recommendations in deer herd management
For the last three years, the County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) have been charged with determining deer herd objectives for their respective counties. Once those objectives have been determined, the CDAC then uses the limited tools currently available to them to attempt to reach those objectives. For both Oneida and Vilas counties, the objective for the past three years has been to increase the deer herd. While this remains the objective for both counties for the 2017 deer hunt season, their CDACs have decided to approach achieving this goal in different manners. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lake groups from northern counties to meet June 9
"Doing the Right Thing for Our Lakes and Rivers" is the theme for a meeting of lake group leaders and members from seven northern Wisconsin counties set for Friday, June 9.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Charlie Baker Memorial Musky Tournament donates to Moen Lake Associationv
The Charlie Baker Memorial Musky Tournament has been taking place on the Moen Lake Chain for just under 30 years. The tournament was started as the Moen Lake Musky Tournament and the second year, after Baker passed away, was renamed in his honor. Many anglers wait for this tournament all year long, and the organizers usually see a full field of 50 boats. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 6, 2017


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