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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. .


It’s good news week
By Will Maines

DOES ANYONE remember a 1966 song entitled, “It’s Good News Week?” How about that unforgettable ’60s group, the inimitable Hedgehoppers Anonymous?

Ah, didn’t think so, but I thought of them this week, or at least I remembered the song. It rose to No. 3 on the Chicago charts but didn’t get anywhere on the Billboard Hot 100 as it was banned in several areas of the country. However, it did chart No. 5 on the United Kingdom, or as they were otherwise known, British charts.

Okay, ’60s music trivia lesson is now concluded. The purpose of the lesson,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:48 AM
 
Fewer birds eat more seeds
By Will Maines

SAY WHAT YOU will about the weather, but there is no doubt this winter is for the birds — in more ways than one.

Like many people of north Wisconsin, my wife and I have enjoyed feeding birds during the winter months ever since we built our house in 1980. In all that time I do not believe I have ever seen a winter when the birds at our feeders have eaten so much, so fast.

And the thing is it’s a lot fewer birds doing the eating than in a normal winter.

From what I’ve heard we’re not the only people seeing fewer birds and fewer species of birds

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:10 PM
 
We nearly killed the Rambler
By Will Maines

ALTHOUGH I HAVE  spent my entire life calling the north country of Wisconsin home, I must admit I did spend five of the best years of my life calling the campus of Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire my home away from home.

Eau Claire and the surrounding area provided me with a host of pleasant memories, with only a few exceptions like an educational psychology course and a Spanish 101 course, both of which I had to take but had no interest in whatsoever.

Many of my best memories came from prowling around the woods and waters of Eau Claire and Chippewa counties where the trout were large and both small and big game were plentiful.

Last weekend I prowled around one of my favorite areas from that time;

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:10 PM
 
Amen and pass the whiskey
By Will Maines

I AM NOT one given to complaining, but dadgum it, it is cold outside. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but it seems like 10 below is the equivalent of 35 below when I was a teenager. Whatever the case, I’m liking this below zero stuff less and less each winter.

That said, I continue to get outside doing the things I’ve always done, just with a little more complaining to go with it.

Last weekend was a nice reprieve, and I took advantage of it to get in a long ski on Saturday, about a half-Birkie, which is really good for me at this stage of winter.

This week may be a different story, at least until Saturday when things are supposed to warm up a little.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:49 AM
 
Basketball and gravy don’t mix
By Will Maines

THE DAY IS once again upon us when kids around the world will tear into brightly wrapped packages to get at the toys Santa has delivered to them for Christmas.

Very soon after all those toys are opened, if history is a guide, the kids that receive them will begin to do the darndest things with them.

I was a kid during a time in north Wisconsin when many families, including mine, were lucky to have two nickels to rub together, but still I could always count on a toy and a few other presents at Christmas.

The things I would always find under the Christmas tree

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:56 AM
 
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