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

To submit a hunting or fishing photo, email and we will publish your trophy. Please include "outdoors" in the subject line and be sure to state your full name, town where you reside, area the trophy was caught or harvested (optional), and details on size/weight, etc. Also, please include your phone number, which will not be published, in case we have questions about your submissions. Thank you.

Gun deer season off to a quiet start
Not every hunter in the Northwoods saw deer on opening weekend, but some were able to bag a buck to kick off the nine-day gun deer season. (subscriber access)
Monday, November 23, 2015

Aiming for antlers
While deer numbers have been on a downward trend of late, Jeremy Holtz, Department of Natural Resources biologist for Oneida County, remains somewhat optimistic about the gun deer season ahead.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Electronic registration for the 2015 deer hunt
One of the changes to the traditional gun deer hunt this year is the advent of e-registration. According to the Department of Natural Resources, hunters will no longer need to leave the woods in order to register their deer.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Hunter's safety
Whether a hunter is new to the sport this year, or has been hunting for years, it never hurts to brush up on some safety, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Tips from a taxidermist
Some hunters will be lucky enough to harvest a trophy buck this season. Some youth hunters will harvest the first buck of their lifetime. Many of these hunters will want to have a mount made to help preserve that memory.
Friday, November 20, 2015

The lake where you live: Fishermen's friend
The weeds in your lake have surely died back by now as the water cools toward freezing. That doesn't mean we can't learn about them now.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Fish like a girl: Hunting stories
Nothing brings back memories for an outdoor enthusiast like the gun-deer hunting season in the Northwoods. It's hard to find a hunter who doesn't have at least one great hunting story from either out in the woods or at the shack. For me, spending time in the woods with family or friends is therapeutic and a great getaway. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 20, 2015

NRB accepts new 2015-25 beaver management plan
Department of Natural Resources Furbearer Ecologist John Olson presented a new beaver management plan to the Natural Resources Board at its October meeting. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

November is the time to prune your trees
For people who love to be outdoors, a healthy and well-maintained yard is important. Pruning at the proper time of year is essential in maintaining your trees and keeping them healthy. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

Fish like a girl: REI opts for the outdoors
To any outdoors lover passing on a love of the outdoors is of the highest importance. It is a wonderful thing to pass the love of hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, or skiing on to the next generation, or even to friends and family who haven't had an opportunity to enjoy these sports before. My passion is fishing, although I do take part in other outdoor sports as well. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

How to take possession of a vehicle-killed animal
With the deer rut starting in the fall of the year, vehicle-deer collisions become more prevalent, according the DNR. Deer are moving quite a bit more at this time of year, and when they move, they often cross highways and other roads, to the dismay of many unsuspecting drivers in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 13, 2015

the lake where you live: 180.5 acres
I like to say I live on 180.5 acres. The .5 is the land where the house stands. The 180 is Birch Lake. Of course I don't own the 180, but I treasure it and use it freely.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Youth and disabled hunts provide opportunities to experience outdoors
Two special deer hunting opportunities continue to provide an excellent opportunity for youth and disabled hunters to experience the outdoors, learn from mentors, and create lasting relationships with landowners and friends throughout the state, the Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Preliminary black bear harvest report
A stable black bear population and continued desire from many hunters to secure a harvest permit has helped Wisconsin remain an excellent destination for bear hunting, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Let's Go Fishing is looking for volunteer board members
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing is looking for a secretary and other board members. This organization was started by Joe Holm in Minnesota in 2002. There are currently 27 chapters throughout Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.
Monday, November 9, 2015

traveling trails less traveled: Rest in peace my friend
On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Northwoods lost one of its genuine legendary icons. Vernon DeWitt Jr. fondly known simply as "Junior or JR", passed away at age 83, leaving this world while peacefully sleeping. Among other things, he was one of my very close, dear friends. (subscriber access)
Monday, November 9, 2015

The lake where you live Water quality: What is it exactly?
How good is your lake's water quality? The answer isn't as simple as it might seem. While it's true that you judge water quality reasonably well just by looking, a full assessment requires looking much deeper. (subscriber access)
Monday, November 9, 2015

Invasive Impacts: Crescent Lake
Invasive species, both plants and animals, are making their way into lakes across the Northwoods. Humans are more often than not the cause of introduction of invasives to area lakes. Many people do not know how to help the stop the spread of invasive species, however, and even more do not understand how they change a lake environment. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 6, 2015

Fish like a girl: The blaze pink debate
Several people have asked my opinion on the blaze pink situation mostly, I suppose, because I am a woman and I enjoy hunting and fishing. Personally, I'm neither offended or encouraged by it. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 6, 2015

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area Management Plan approved by NRB
The Woodboro Wildlife Management Master Plan was brought before the Natural Resources Board on Wednesday, Oct. 28. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 6, 2015

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