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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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Yuppies and camo, a bad mix
By Will Maines

I READ IN a newspaper article a week or so ago that camouflage clothing is all the rage in upscale clothing stores across the United States. Sales have gone through the roof, but not necessarily in rural areas where you would expect it. In fact, the great boost in sales has been fueled by big city shoppers.

Having read the article the thought came to mind that there are two kinds of people who wear camo clothing; longtime hunters like myself and yuppies who wear it because, well, because it is the latest hot yuppie fad.

I can remember as a kid that there was virtually no camo clothing available, even in north Wisconsin where hunting was, and for some of us still is, a way of life.

If I wanted to wear camo hunting clothes I had to make them myself.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:17 PM
Forget the calendar, it’s winter
By Will Maines

IN CASE YOU haven’t yet, you may want to take a peek out your window and take note that autumn in the North Woods is all but over.

The calendar and certain meteorologists may say that autumn won’t end until Dec. 21, five weeks from now, but for all intents and purposes it is about over.

Sure, it might tease us for a day or two for a little while yet, but for those of us who have lived in this part of the country for a long time know the cold, hard facts are that autumn gives way to winter sometime in mid-November more years than not.

That said, there is still much autumn stuff to get done,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:59 AM
Chocolates are like turkeys
By Will Maines

Turkey hunting is a lot like a box of chocolates; you open up the box, you never know what you’ll get.

A guy named Forrest uttered that line before, or at least a reasonable facsimile of it, and though Mr. Gump never hunted turkeys I’ll bet he would agree with me on my version had he accompanied me last weekend on a fall turkey hunt in Eau Claire County.

My Saturday morning hunt began at the gentleman’s hour of 7:16;

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:58 AM
Only 23 days to go
By Will Maines

YOU COULD SAY that my days as a fanatical, gung-ho deer hunter have come and gone, and you would be right.

If you got right down to it, you could now call me a casual fair-weather deer hunter, and you would pretty well hit the nail right on the head.

What you wouldn’t be able to say is that I no longer am a deer hunter at all. The truth is I still very much enjoy deer hunting in Wisconsin’s November woods, just with a little less zeal than 50 or 40 or even 10 years ago.

If for no other reason, the memories of 50 years of deer hunting in the North Woods will be enough to put me on a stand come opening morning this November,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:09 AM
Verdict is in, it was swatted
By Will Maines

IT WAS IN part an exercise in futility, but mostly it was a ceremonial rite, a continuation of a path first taken some 52 years ago.

During the last 52 years, my career as a partridge hunter has gone from wide-eyed neophyte crazy for the hunt to dedicated partridge devotee to semi-serious pursuer of partridges to an outing a year guy who has no real expectations of bringing home a bird.

What partridge hunting has come to be for me

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:58 PM

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