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Will Maines

Trails & Tales

Will Maines is a native of the North Woods and an avid outdoorsman.
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Wild really is beautiful
By Will Maines

TO PUT IT mildly, this will be an unusual spring and summer for me.

Normally I would have had my first walleyes, trout and bluegills in the frying pan by now, would have had turkey hunts in Kentucky and Wisconsin under my belt and, most likely, would be coming up on 100 miles or so ridden on my bicycle.

I would be planning camping trips, paddling my canoe and doing all the rest of the stuff I normally do from ice-out to ice-on.

Instead I am idling my time away lazing

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:42 AM
Good friends make the weekend
By Will Maines

I FORGET WHERE the quote comes from, but somewhere along the way in some movie it was said that a man is judged by the friends he makes during his time on Earth.

Just as I’m not sure of the quote’s origin, so too am I not sure of the exact quote, but the above pretty much gets to the gist of it.

The important thing is, if I were to be judged by the friends I have made, the friends I spent time with last weekend would make my life look pretty good.

My lovely wife and I took the weekend

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:52 AM
Freedom is finally here
By Will Maines

AS THIS LONG winter finally winds to an end, albeit grudgingly so, I have at last experienced the longed for freedom that can only come from the complete melting of snow pack which has held everyone in the North Woods captive for too many months.

One of the first things I do to celebrate snow melt each year is to start hiking cross-country wherever my boots want to take me. These old hiking boots of mine generally point to backwoods retreats long held out of reach by winter, most of which carry with them wonderful memories of days gone by.

This spring it has been especially meaningful

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:27 AM
Catching is only half the fun
By Will Maines

THERE ARE FEW things in this world that give me more pleasure than fishing.

My fishing career began at a very early age, not unusual for most people lucky enough to be born and raised in this great north Wisconsin country of ours.

I have often recounted the story of my first trout caught out of Plum Creek when I was five, but I am not sure if that was my first fish period.

I’d like to believe that I was hoisting panfish into my dad’s rowboat

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:32 AM
Say hello to old friends
By Will Maines

IT SEEMS LIKE forever, but really it was just a few months ago that I said goodbye to a bunch of good friends. Now, one by one, several of them have begun dropping by to renew acquaintances for another year.

The friends who excite me most swung by, or to be precise swung over at the most unexpected time, just one day after the monster snowstorm we had last week.

What four beautiful Canada geese were doing flying over my house last week is beyond me, but I strongly suspect they were looking for a patch of open water, any open water, in the neighborhood.

I knew they had met up with

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:31 AM

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