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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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Back in the boat again
By Will Maines

LIFE IS GOOD when people think you are crippled up.

Okay, so my major shoulder surgery is over four months in the rear view mirror, but I am finding it still comes in mighty handy in getting people to treat you with kid gloves.

When it comes to loading a boat in the truck, unloading it, doing all the rowing and doing all the other work associated with a North Woods fishing expedition, I found out last week that describing your infirmities in great detail, perhaps enhancing upon them just a bit,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:50 AM )
Such is the price of sacrifice
By Will Maines

THERE ARE TIMES when a man has to do what a man has to do. Sometimes that means doing something for the greater good of mankind, even if it poses a grave threat to one’s own manhood.

I found myself in that position last weekend, and like a true American I sacrificed myself to the altar of yuppie tourism, treating my lovely wife to a weekend in Lake Superior country, specifically the towns of Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield and La Pointe, mainly the latter two.

Not realizing it was Bay Days in Ashland and Bay Fest in Bayfield,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:38 PM
The joy really is of cooking
By Will Maines

IT IS A refrain that is unoriginal and oft repeated, but I’m going to say it again because it is a refrain well worthy of being repeated. One of the best things about hunting and fishing is the eating of the wild game and fish that comes after you bring the fish and game home.

Decades ago my dad hunted and fished to put food on the table for his young family. Sure it was a lot of fun hunting and fishing, but there was more importance attached to “bringing home the bacon” than there was oohing and aahing over the joy of the outing.

Don’t get me wrong, my dad would not have hunted

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:25 AM
87 days to reach heaven
By Will Maines

I KNOW THERE are still 87 days until the opening day of North Dakota duck season, but that doesn’t mean I have to wait 87 days to go to bed dreaming about it.

Duck season, in case you haven’t figured it out, is to my way of thinking Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, my birthday and every other holiday of the year rolled into one.

As a matter of fact, I could miss any one or all of those other holidays without so much as a tear dribbling down my cheek, but take away duck season opener and you might as well take me out behind the barn and shoot me.

It has been thus even before I took part in my very first opening

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:28 PM
Sunsets are to be treasured
By Will Maines

IT’S FUNNY HOW taking a few minutes to enjoy one thing can, with some tiny little stimulus, lead to a wandering mind and thoughts of something completely different.

The other evening I was out tidying up my flower beds, deadheading a few spent gaillardia blossoms here and pulling a weed there when I got distracted.

While I was standing a few steps back from a bed which contains a giant clump of goat’s beard in full bloom, I looked up and noticed a beautiful sunset in the making.

With a few soft, thin clouds floating above the western horizon,

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:45 AM

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