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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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Hizzoner would be proud of us
By Will Maines

THERE?IS nothing better to see on an early autumn morning than a young duck hunter grinning ear to ear while holding a nice mixed bag of ducks taken with unerring aim a scarce two hours into the season’s first day.

Okay, so technically last Saturday would still qualify as late summer and the unerring aim part might be just a bit of an exaggeration, but the wide grin on the face of a young hunter is still as good a sight to an old duck hunter as ever there has been.

Saturday marked the opening of the two-day youth duck hunt in Wisconsin, and well before the 6:06 opening minute my young partner, Nate, and I were securely ensconced in a blind built at the end of a balsam point a week earlier.

Two goose decoys had been placed by Nate according to the old hunter’s instructions

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:24 PM
 
Time to segue into fall
By Will Maines

IF THERE’S ANYTHING  a writer appreciates, it’s a good segue. Now and then I have been known to come up with a fairly good segue, but last weekend I was reminded that no one does it better than Mother Nature.

The weekend began Friday with a summerlike fishing expedition on a small lake less than 15 miles from my house where swarms of walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass have been known to swallow small dogs and children whole.

Now and then, it has been reported, eight-point whitetail bucks trying to get a drink in the shallows have been pulled deep into the lake where schools of oversized crappie and bluegill have taken turns chewing them down to the bone, though personally I tend to disbelieve that;

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:03 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:04 PM )
 
A rightful place and time
By Will Maines

THE SCENE WAS set, the time was right.

The old duck hunter was in his rightful place and, as he sat there slowly scanning the distant sky from north to east to south and back, the ducks came.

At first they were just black dots a half-mile distant, but to eyes that had been doing the same job for more than 50 years, they were unmistakably ducks; ducks on the way.

It took another 30 seconds or so, but gradually

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:57 PM
 
There is much treasure to be had
By Will Maines

THIS IS THE season to harvest the treasures of the North Woods.

Granted, many of us have been gathering and eating and storing treasures like walleye, perch and bluegill for several months, and for the most part blueberry and raspberry pickers have done their thing as well.

But the real harvesting of the treasures is just beginning, starting with what looks to be a bumper crop of blackberries.

I say a bumper crop, even though my honey

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:10 PM
 
Almost a great Christmas
By Will Maines

IT WAS ALMOST a spectacular early Christmas present, but only almost.

My wonderful, favorite, and only daughter did her best, but apparently the fates conspired against her in her quest to land what might have been one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received, or at least the most humorous.

Last week Friday at noon, tickets went on sale for

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:43 PM
 
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