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If you have a Northwoods outdoors story, contact the Outdoors Reporter, Ryan Matthews, rmatthews@lakelandtimes.com. 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 photos@rivernewsonline.com 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 Also, please include your phone number, which will not be published, in case we have questions about your submissions.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.


Mushers compete at Iron Line Sled Dog race
Iron River, Mich., was the site of the Iron Line Sled Dog Race last weekend. The weather was a bit warm for the dogs, as the mercury topped over 40 degrees. The event, now in its fourth year, featured three classes: the four-dog, six-dog, and 10-dog categories. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Strict regulations govern deer farms, but farmers say more needs to be done
Much has been reported about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and how it affects deer. For some, eliminating deer farms seems to be the answer. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

Public to review remaining issues for Willow Flowage Scenic Waters master plan
The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming open house to comment on four remaining issues regarding management of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area that have emerged during previous phases of updating the master plan for the property.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Fish like a girl: Opinions
Opinions, it has been said, are like utility bills - everyone has one. Never is that more evident than when it comes to topics related to the outdoors. Whether it's fishing, hunting, or trapping, it seems we all have an opinion and, at times, a rather strong one, related to what is right and wrong in the way of species management and which stakeholders' needs are more important than others. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 5, 2016

the lake where you live: It all starts with the sun
For the walleyes, bass and pike we catch from our lakes, we can thank the smaller fish they eat. For those prey fish we can thank the smaller organisms they consume (insects, animal plankton, algae).
Friday, February 5, 2016

The Lake Where You Live: Clams and mussels: Not just stationary objects
When I was a teenager, while my family was spending a week at a Northwoods lake cottage, my oldest sister got the idea to harvest some clams and make clam chowder.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Fish like a girl: Fishing Fitness
Fishing really doesn't seem that physically demanding, at least on the surface. But in reality, there can be a lot more to it than meets the eye. Whether you're standing on the front of a bass boat all day, trolling for walleye through three footers on the big lake, or chucking a big musky bait for hours, it can take a toll on your body. Many of us joke that when musky fishermen get old they just become bass fishermen because our lures are so much smaller. It's not easy throwing those big lures all day, every day. But it can be just as difficult pitching a jig or bouncing around in the waves all day, if you're not physically prepared to do so.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Influential Outdoors: Marty Kiepke
Many outdoor enthusiasts have been influenced by others. Many of those people also pass their love of the outdoors on to others. Those people are truly influential outdoors.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Push to eliminate age requirement for mentored hunting stalls in committee
There has been considerable debate recently regarding Assembly Bill 411 introduced by Representative Joel Kleefisch, a Republican from Oconomowoc. The bill seeks to change the age at which youth can participate in the mentored hunt. As the law now sits, youth ages 10-11 can participate in a hunt with a mentor. The mentor must remain within arm's length of the youth, can only mentor one youth at a time, and only one weapon may be carried between the youth and the mentor. This bill seeks to do away with not only the age limit but also the number of weapons that may be carried. The bill's supporters believe that parents know best when their child is ready to safely handle a weapon and they should be the ones to make the decision as to when their children are mature enough to begin hunting.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Feeding and baiting ban debate continues
The deer feeding and baiting ban now in effect in Oneida, Forest, and Vilas counties has caused quite a stir. Some believe that the ban is unwarranted because the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that was found in Oneida County was contained within a deer farm. A second case of the disease was also said to be found on that same farm.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Willow Flowage
The Willow Flowage has been described by many as "almost Canada" due to its pristine nature and largely undeveloped shoreline. With 4,217 acres of flowage and 106 islands, the fishing, camping, hunting, trapping and hiking possibilities seem limitless. The fishing pressure on the Willow is quite high year-round, but according to Ben Niffenegger, senior environmental specialist with the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company (WVIC), the number of invasive species found in the Willow is not as large as one might think. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 22, 2016

Oneida still needs more snow for optimal riding
While the bitter cold and almost daily flurries have signified the true - albeit tardy - start of winter in the Northwoods, snowmobilers and ice anglers aren't rejoicing just yet. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 22, 2016

Annual United Way Fishing Jamboree to be held Feb. 6
The Northwoods United Way, supported by UPS, will hold its 11th Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on Feb. 6. This year's event will be held at Stacks Bay in Minocqua.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Learn to Hunt programs promote more than hunting
Want to help those looking to improve health in the new year and promote conservation at the same time? Plan your spring Learn to Hunt Turkey event now.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Fish like a girl: Using a fishing log
For me, winter is a great time to look back on past fishing seasons, get gear ready for next season, and, in general, just think about what went well and what went poorly last year. If I were smart, I'd be looking at my fishing logs from years past. Then again, if I were smart, I would have kept complete fishing logs from years past. It seems hard to do for some reason.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Lake where you live: Mercury in our lakes
Not all pollutants that get into our lakes are carried in runoff water, flushed down toilets or discharged into waterways by industrial facilities. Some fall out of the sky. Mercury is a notable example.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Local bar donates to injured veterans
Caroll Levanetz, owner of the Sunset Junction bar on Rives Street in Rhinelander, recently presented Dick Busha of Little Lakes Memories, LLC deer ranch with a check for $1,222 on behalf of herself, the bar, and her patrons. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016

What to do if you fall through the ice
A fun day out on the lake in the winter can turn tragic quickly if a person is not well prepared. This year, as in most years, people have gone through the early ice while snowmobiling and ice fishing. For some winter enthusiasts, the temptation to get out on the ice is too great. Even later in the winter, however, there can still be unsafe ice. As the saying goes, "no ice is safe ice," but there are a few things people can do to help ensure a mishap doesn't turn into a tragedy. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016

What does the baiting and feeding ban mean?
As reported previously in The Northwoods River News, due to the discovery of a Chronic Wasting Disease-positive deer at a game farm in Three Lakes, Oneida, Forest, and Vilas counties are subject to a ban on the baiting and feeding of deer. That ban went into effect on Jan. 11. Many residents are confused as to what the ban means. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016

Fish like a girl: Using Google Earth and Fishidy
The offseason gives anglers a chance to do some research on their favorite lakes and find new lakes to try. Two of the best tools I've found for that are Google Earth and an app called Fishidy. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016


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