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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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Time to harvest wild crops
By Will Maines

IT LOOKS LIKE this will be a bountiful year. For anyone who reaps part of the yearly harvest from Wisconsin’s North Country, the crop looks very good indeed.

Whether you pick blueberries, raspberries or blackberries; whether you put northern pike, panfish or walleye in your freezer; whether you hope to bag a deer, turkey, duck or grouse; this looks like a bonanza year.

From a personal standpoint, I have already enjoyed my fair share of the summer harvest, but what has me excited is the fact that much of the best is yet to come.

The year got off to a great start in May when I killed the first

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:15 PM
It’s good to revisit history
By Will Maines

THERE IS AN oft repeated quote used mostly by politicians and teachers that — to very loosely paraphrase — says that in order to understand where you’re going you have to occasionally look in the rearview mirror.

Last weekend I spent some time revisiting a few of the places where my personal history was made, and when my adventures were done I concluded I could repeat history and be happy that I had done so.

I have spent the better part of this summer, actually all of this summer, avoiding doing anything that requires aerobic exercise, with the end result that I am facing the beginning of hunting seasons and later on the American Birkebeiner with absolutely no body of work to

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 4:25 PM
The fire still burns fiercely
By Will Maines

THERE ARE THINGS in this world that are dead certainties, two of the most famously quoted being death and taxes.

For guys like me you can add a third; a passion for ducks and duck hunting.

I think for most duck hunters the planning, the dreaming and the waiting for next year’s season doesn’t really kick in until a few weeks before the actual opening day.

For those of us with a passion for ducks that burns

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:06 PM
Lucy the loon is a moocher
By Will Maines

IF I’VE SAID it once, I’ve probably said it a million times, yet every time I say it I am proven wrong. When I say I’ve seen everything, invariably I see something new.

Boy, was that ever the case last Sunday when I spent a few hours fishing with the grandchildren and daughter of good friends John and Dee Burlingame, whose family has owned property on Big Muskellunge Lake for 80 years, give or take a few.

Daughter, Becky, knows which end of the rod to hold

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:15 PM
A million things to do outdoors
By Will Maines

WEDDING receptions make for a good time to eat, drink and be merry, celebrate the start of a new life for a young couple and spend time talking with good friends.

Last weekend, at the outdoor wedding reception for our neighbors, Graham and Cally, I did all of the above, including talking with good friends.

With some of the guys I traded the same fishing and hunting lies we’ve been exchanging for years, all of them miraculously finding a new twist or turn.

With others I talked about flower gardens, comparing

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:38 PM

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