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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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Fish like a girl
I am not one to get out and ice fish much. I used to when I was much younger, but not any longer. That means my winters are filled with thinking about open-water fishing, planning my open-water fishing trips and organizing tackle. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Proposed walleye/bass/sunfish study causes mixed reactions
A public comment meeting regarding a proposed study on walleye recruitment and populations was held last week at the Minocqua library. The study is spearheaded by the UW-Madison Center for Limnology. The goal of the study is to remove as many bass and sunfish as is practical from an area experimental lake "with the goals of increasing the number of surviving walleye recruits and improving walleye fishing in the lake in the long term." (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Oneida County's AIS program awarded grant funding
The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program has announced it has received a $34,247 AIS Education, Prevention and Planning grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Minocqua Gun Club banquet to be held Feb. 25
The Minocqua Gun Club will hold its 21st annual fundraiser dinner at Reuland's Conference Center in Minocqua on Saturday, Feb. 25. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner starting at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are $40 per person.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bird video learning session offered by Nicolet Birding Club Feb. 20
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Demmer Memorial Library in downtown Three Lakes.

The meeting will focus on development of birding skills through birding videos and sharing of experiences among club members and visitors.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The lake where you live
The wind blew hard on this February Sunday. I worried that it would take down a tree somewhere and knock out our power, as winds often do in summer. I also wondered what it would be like down on the lake, the wind not filtered by our woods. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Northwoods Wildlife Center Photo Gala set for Feb. 18
The Northwoods Wildlife Center Photo Gala will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Campanile Center for the Arts in downtown Minocqua.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

River scene
They are hard to find but there are subtle hints around the landscape that winter will soon give way to spring. The vernal equinox is just 37 days away on March 20.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hodag sports club banquet
Hundreds of sportsmen attended the 40th annual Hodag Sports Club banquet Tuesday at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander. The club was founded in 1946 by a group of diehard fishermen to create pubic access to area lakes. From there, some of the members wanted to shoot trap and the Hodag Sports Club was born. The banquet was started as a way to raise funds for capital improvements to the various properties. Numerous firearms were raffled out over the course of the evening Tuesday. All of the guns raffled off were purchased locally, according to club leaders. Pictured: The annual banquet gives local sportsmen an opportunity to share stories; Lisa Alsteen, Linda Biegel, Maren Zahn and Danyel Hendrickson hold some of the guns; Dave Havel entertains the crowd as emcee for the evening.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Minocqua Chain to host four bass tournaments this summer
The Minocqua Chain has long been a favorite of bass anglers in northern Wisconsin. Between the deep, clear water of Lake Tomahawk and the structure-filled, cover-laden waters of Lake Minocqua, the chain offers places for every angler to fish his or her strengths. Both have access through great launch ramps and good numbers of fish. While the overall size seems to have decreased, the chain certainly has great numbers, and several anglers every tournament still find the big ones lurking in the shadows. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fish like a girl
Recently, a 73-year-old man near La Crosse was found with over 2,500 panfish in his freezer. He could be fined over $24,000 if found guilty. Apparently, DNR wardens watched him catch 22 fish on Lake Onalaska one day and return the next day to catch 25 more. They followed him to his house, where he initially refused to let them in. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Area snowmobile report
The following are the most recent snowmobile trail reports from some of the area clubs at the time of this writing. Riders should note that trail conditions will have changed by this weekend. For the most updated reports, see each club website. Clubs would like to remind riders to stay on marked trails only.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

The lake where you live
Growing up in a Lake Michigan town, my friends and I never thought of smelt as an invasive species. We looked forward to their annual spawning runs; we dip-netted them from the pier and our moms fried them up for supper. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 11, 2017

DMAP application deadline for properties over 160 acres is March 1
The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) application deadline is March 1 for properties larger than 160 acres, which may be eligible for a site visit and management plan in 2017. While applications may be submitted at any time, landowners are encouraged to apply now to receive immediate access to informational resources, including:
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Local bat conservationist Joel Knutson talks bats at Master Gardeners of the North meeting
The speaker for the January Master Gardeners of the North January meeting was local bat conservationist Joel Knutson. Knutson's interest in citizen science goes back to his childhood when he was introduced to Ranger Rick, he said. From there his love of the outdoors expanded and, in recent years, has brought him into the world of bats. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Families encouraged to attend 41st Rhinelander Lions Fisheree
The community is invited to attend the 41st Rhinelander Lions Fisheree set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 at the Hodag Park boat landing.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

NRB approves overnight placement of deer stands on department lands
The January Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting agenda included an item pertaining to the overnight placement of deer stands on department-managed lands north of Highway 64 in the state as well as a question regarding whether to reword regulations and use the word "shooting hours" rather than "hunting hours."

Both of these agenda items saw some debate with several members of the public weighing in with their opinions. (subscriber access)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fish like a girl
Until this year Minnesota officials had only one documented case of CWD in their state. That was back in 2011. However, they recently found their sixth deer with the disease during a special hunt in the southern part of the state where CWD was previously documented. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stella Fire Department predator hunt draws over 50 participants
The Stella Fire Department held its inaugural predator hunt last weekend, with 54 hunters participating in the event. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 4, 2017

The lake where you live
The kingfisher's call is more a noise than a song, a welcome noise, but a noise nevertheless. It isn't musical. When I hear it I tend to think of the sound from an engine that's not willing to start, or some machine gears grinding. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 4, 2017


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