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Will Maines

Trails & Tales

Will Maines is a native of the North Woods and an avid outdoorsman.
He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

One week leads to the next

By Will Maines

HAVE YOU EVER had one of those days when something different seems to happen every time you turn around? Last week I had one of those weeks.

It all started on Tuesday, I think, though with my memory it could have been Monday. Whichever, that was the day we had our first snowfall of the season.

Granted, there was nothing that stayed on the ground and, in addition the actual snowfall only lasted about two minutes, but when it came down it came down heavy. You might say snow in September isn’t something we normally get, but though it may not be a daily occurrence throughout the month you can just about make book that sometime in September around here we will see our first snow.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:46 PM
The most beautiful place of all

By Will Maines

I?HAVE?AN interesting question for you. If you were asked to name the single most beautiful place in all of the United States, what place would you name?

I have to believe many people would cite the Grand Canyon, while others would surely choose the Rocky Mountains, maybe Mt. McKinley or maybe Niagara Falls.

Certainly the wildness and lore of Lake Superior would take top shelf in the minds of some people, or maybe even something like the nearly impenetrable bayous of Louisiana or Everglades Swamp of Florida would be in the mix.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5:29 PM
Fall season means good eating

By Will Maines

THIS IS THE time of year when I get excited very easily. The simple arrival of fall is enough to get me going, and when you throw in nightly dreams of ducks, turkeys, partridges and deer, the rapid transition of leaf colors to hot shades of red is matched by the heat in my heart when I think of all that I want to do in the next three fleeting months.

Hunting the above-mentioned species tops the list of things that get me excited in autumn, as does the prospect of sharing good times with good friends, but one other thing excites me just as much.

If you promise not to report me to the macho men’s society, I will tell you that figuring out new recipes to use in preparing all the critters I shoot is, if not outright exciting, at least one of the most fun parts of my outdoor life.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:16 PM
It will all be starting soon
By Will Maines

YOU COULDN’T TELL it by the gorgeous weather last week, but summer has already played the first few bars of its swan song.
If you looked around as you walked, pedaled or drove through the countryside, even as early as two weeks ago, you would have seen many ferns bent and brown along the road, maple trees sprouting an early coat of scarlet and flowers of late autumn like wild asters in full bloom.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 3:28 PM
The birth of a goose hunter
By Will Maines

THE?CANOE?SLIPPED through quiet water on an early autumn afternoon. Maple trees along the shoreline were just starting to fill out in their briefly worn coats of fire red.
In the front seat of the canoe was a young lad, small for his age, a venerable Winchester pump 20-gauge propped against the bow piece. The stern paddle was handled by his father, an identical Winchester except in 12-gauge crossways in front of him.
A cream-colored Chesapeake retriever watched with bright, alert eyes as the pair paddled the canoe toward a blunt point covered with cattails on the far side of the lake.
Nothing escaped the eye of the retriever, a veteran almost as experienced as his master in the matters of duck and goose hunting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:10 PM
Ducks and geese take planning
By Will Maines

MY LOVELY wife is a planner.
Let’s say, for instance, she is on a baby shower committee and has three weeks to plan the event. She will spend two weeks, six days, 23 hours and 59 minutes doing that planning down to the tiniest detail. Want to know who will sit next to whom for the baby names game? She’ll have a seating chart, and she’ll have a different seating chart for the name-your-least-favorite baby-food game.
She’ll have someone in charge of writing down who gave what as a gift, someone else in charge of deciding whether it’ll be Hi-C fruit punch or Very Berry punch and yet another gal in charge of writing out invitations — cursive or block letters.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:55 PM
So begins The Molly Chronicles

By Will Maines

I DOUBT THERE are many men over the age of 60 who haven’t dreamed at least a little bit about having a fling with a 21-year-old beautiful young woman.
Personally I have never harbored even the tiniest thought of doing such a thing, which makes the fact that I have spent the last month sleeping with a beautiful 21-year-old redhead that much harder to believe.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:02 PM
The mystery is, Who done it?
By Will Maines

DURING A LIFETIME of probing the mysteries of the universe I?have found many which have resisted my best and most persistent efforts to unravel.
For instance, I often wonder why Earth evolved as a planet suitable for human habitation while Saturn, for instance, did not.
I wonder, too, why the sky is blue and the grass is green. Scientists would undoubtedly tell me it has to do with pigmentations and natural processes and such, but for every scientist who tells me the sky is blue for this reason or that, I?ask why.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 5:50 PM
Fishing with Dan and Ellie
By Will Maines

AS A CERTIFIED?old curmudgeon I?am not one to suffer fools nor, for the most part, small children. As a matter of fact, I’ve always kind of subscribed to the theory that all small children left unattended for more than two hours at my house should be sentenced to 20 years’ hard labor.
That labor would include fetching a well-mixed Crown Royal highball from time to time, mowing my lawn on command, bringing my slippers and newspaper with regularity and handing me the TV?remote with alacrity whenever requested.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 3:11 PM
Time to enter our ‘golden’ years
By Will Maines

GOOD GOLLY, MISS Molly, what in the world is going on here?
Last week, as some of you may remember, I wrote about all the dogs which have been a part of my life. We lost our last one, Snuffy the Golden Wonder, a little over three years ago, and ever since have been contemplating if we would ever replace him.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:14 PM

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