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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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Maybe spring is springing

By Will Maines

THERE’S AN OLD saying about better late than never, and never has that been truer than this spring.

I was among the lucky of the North Woods this April, at least getting to experience spring for five days in Kentucky where I hunted turkeys on days when the temperature went as high as 83 degrees.

That said, the weather we enjoyed here over the past weekend, while late in coming, was a welcome reprieve from weather that has been, with no better words to describe it, plain, awful drudgery.

Even though there is still a ton of snow piled up in the woods,

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:03 PM
In the end, revenge is sweet

By Will Maines

IF THIS STORY were a novel, it would have all the elements of a real potboiler.

There would be ecstasy, despair, elder abuse, revenge, redemption and even a few high jinks thrown in for good measure.

However, since it is a simple story I am forced to tell it as succinctly as possible while trying to include as many of the best highlights as possible.

The story begins with this reporter

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:16 PM
Something new, blue or old

By Will Maines

FISHERMEN FACE A never-ending question.

Do you go with the tried and true, or do you set sail for uncharted territory in hopes the reward will be much greater than the risk?

Hoping to strike it rich, they might be inclined to head out for the great unknown in search of greener pastures, or bluer lakes as it were, searching for the new honey hole that will fill their creels and stringers with fish beyond their wildest imagination.

Or, maybe not. When

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:25 PM
It’s all music, just different


By Will Maines

MY WIFE AND I do not always make good traveling partners on road trips.

We both enjoy listening to music, which is a good thing, but it is also the source of our traveling battles. In much the same way as we approach our walks in the woods, we enjoy our music differently, and that is where the problem sometimes comes in.

When it comes to walks, I prefer to mosey along slowly, seeing with my ears as much as with my eyes. While I may see a ruffed grouse sitting in a tree with my eyes, I oftentimes see it first when it tells me with a few alarm peeps that it is there.

My wife, hopelessly gregarious,

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:14 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:36 PM )
Let the obsession continue

By Will Maines

I HAVEN’T BEEN this excited in a long, long time. I haven’t been this excited since, well, last September when I was counting down the days until I could head for North Dakota and my annual date with duck camp.

Shoot, six months qualifies as a long, long time, doesn’t it?

Regardless of your thoughts on that, there is good reason for me being excited. No, it’s not time for duck camp again, nor even spring snow goose hunt camp, but it is time for turkey camp, and that is always reason enough for excitement.

This year, as I may have sorta mentioned off-handedly a time

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:09 PM

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