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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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Who knew? A surprise from dad
By Will Maines

JUST WHEN YOU think you know a person they throw you a major curveball.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about my dad, but a couple weeks ago while my sister was rummaging through my dad’s odds and ends hunting and fishing drawer she found something he had done that neither of us would have ever guessed he was interested in.

One thing we did know was that my dad immensely

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:02 PM
Can’t stop North Woods folks
By Will Maines

NEITHER RAIN nor mosquitoes nor dark of night can stop North Woods country folk from having a good time in the outdoors.

I have often found this to be true, and never more so than last weekend. It has been a different spring for me, a spring in which I have not been able to do many of the things I enjoy.

It wasn’t an earth shattering moment for the rest of the world last Feb. 22, but the instant I landed on a rock hard piece of the American Birkebeiner trail, which for most of its length was soft as a marshmallow under 14 inches of new snow, the course was set for

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:12 AM
Time for a redneck war
By Will Maines

IT BEGAN AS a small skirmish. First it was a few scouts infiltrating the front lines. Then it became a few companies firing short bursts into isolated outposts looking for weak spots. It escalated into battalions rolling into position for pitched battle with the main forces.

And now, now it has become an uncontrolled conflagration, with dead and dying piling up in unspeakable numbers, with countless wounded being patched up on the battlefield only to be sent immediately back into the fight.

It is a battle of survival now, each side hoping

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:26 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:27 AM )
Join the Ducks for half price
By Will Maines

A BREEZE WAS wafting across the marsh-encircled lake, trying but mostly failing to keep hordes of mosquitoes away from the man watching quietly at water’s edge.

From well up in the north end mallard hens quacked and from an elevated perch on a truck topper the man with an affinity for all waterfowl watched the small group of mallards clustered in a half-hidden cove.

Canada geese, six of them, stood warily on a small point of the boggy shore maybe 150 yards from the watcher’s place, and every now and then one of them would lend a throaty whu-honk to the choir of waterfowl scattered across the lake.

A flock of wood ducks startled the watcher as they swooped

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:06 AM
Guess what season it is
By Will Maines

MEMORIAL DAY has come and gone which means A. the unofficial tourist season has begun, B. the unofficial barbecue season has begun and C. the official mosquito, gnat and black fly season has begun.

I found out about the gnats last week when I tried doing some weeding in my flower beds, only to be chased indoors barely a half-hour into the chore. The notion that a swarm around a flower bed might simply be an anomaly was squashed a couple days later when my wife and I, along with many friends, tried to sit outdoors at a lovely wedding reception, only to be driven inside by an even bigger and nastier horde of gnats.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how one week we can

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:51 PM

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