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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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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
But only if you have to
By Will Maines

LEGEND HAS IT that George Washington once said, after he had cut down a cherry tree, that he could not tell a lie. If George said that, then I submit George Washington never was a fisherman or a hunter during his otherwise distinguished lifetime.

I don’t believe any book of statutes officially condones it, and I know the Good Book does not, but I do know for a fact that it is the inalienable right of every fisherman and hunter to tell justifiable fibs and even, on occasion, bald-faced lies — and they do.

Actually there are several kinds of liars within the hunting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:03 AM
We slugged it out, we did
By Will Maines

EVER SO SLOWLY we here in the North Woods are inching toward spring. So far it has been a battle between a winter which seems determined to stay and a spring arguing that it should take over. History tells us that eventually spring will be the victor.

In the meantime it is time to dream of the things we’ll do when spring is finally sprung, and to get all the gear ready we’ll need for our outdoor pursuits.

Normally I would be laying in heavy loads of No. 4 turkey shot, sifting through hunting clothes, cleaning and re-cleaning my 12 gauge and finding all the sundry other things I would need for turkey hunting.

I would be putting new four-pound

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:47 AM

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