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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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Molly has her own day off

FERRIS BUELLER had the most famous one. You and I, the working folks of America, usually get at least one of them a week.
But dogs, dogs never get a day off. Dogs never get a chance to rest from their labors. Take my dog, Molly, the wonder golden.
Her labors never cease. There are chipmunks and squirrels to chase. There is virtually every part of her anatomy to scratch daily, especially with wood ticks out.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:19 PM
Another camping season is here
By Will Maines

RIGHT NOW if you asked someone what season it is, they would likely say spring.

If not, they might say wood tick season, which, after picking off nine of the little buggers yesterday after an hour of working in my flower beds, I would certainly attest to.

Mainly, I would tell you it is now officially camping season. There was ample evidence of that over Memorial Day weekend as almost all the state campgrounds in my neck of the woods were chock full of people.

I won’t be far behind them, as my lovely wife and I,

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:03 PM
It’s late, but spring is here

By Will Maines

JUST WHEN WE thought it might never happen, spring finally sprung.

In all manner, shape and form, spring has arrived with warm temperatures, a little rain, greening grass and a markedly better mental outlook for nearly everyone who lives or plays in the North Woods.

It was different last weekend to see so many fishermen coming north for the first time this spring, treating their expedition as though it were the opening weekend of fishing season, which as we all know opened with every lake still ice-covered May 4.

But as they say, all good things come to those who wait, and for those of

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:38 PM
The hare loses again

By Will Maines

IN LIFE YOU meet slowpokes and speedsters, dawdlers and racehorses, tortoises and hares.

Last week I met a hare, perhaps the fastest one on earth, and as was the case in the old fable it did not end well for the hare. The introductions were rather lengthy, taking a good 45 minutes to complete, but once completed our relationship was cemented in a matter of just two or three minutes.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on whose point of view you look at, our relationship ended abruptly at the conclusion of those two or three minutes.

I must say I am pleased that it ended quite happily

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:07 PM
Beautiful is the trout stream

By Will Maines

THERE IS PERHAPS no more pleasing sound than that of a trout stream roistering its way over rocks and around logs in early spring.

I must confess I have gotten away from trout fishing on the few area streams which harbor native brook trout in my own bailiwick, but given that there was no available fishing on any lake for 40 miles around for this year’s opening weekend, I found myself back in the water where I cut my fishing teeth, that of Plum Creek.

I failed to fish for even a minute on opening day, but Sunday evening, unable to stand it

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 4:17 PM

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