GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The brutal weather of the past couple of weeks has reminded me how much easier it is these days to postpone outdoors excursions until conditions improve.
RICE LAKE — Four months after Annie Weiss passed near Rice Lake early into her 1,200-mile journey on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, the ultra trail runner returned last month to share the story of her record-breaking endeavor.
TILDEN — Chainsaws started ripping through a jungle of box elders and dozens of other trees that shaded the stream on a recent, unseasonably warm January morning.
At the end of their 80 miles, or in some cases 160 miles, walkers and bikers were reaching the end — mostly with smiles — Sunday on the Wild Rivers Trail.
When one begins a story, it’s always appropriate to start at the beginning.
MADISON — West Nile virus was detected in three of 16 ruffed grouse that were found sick or dead and submitted by the public to the state Department of Natural Resource for testing from October through December 2018.
SPOONER — Mother Nature is a lady of many moods and continuously changing seasons. Sometimes she can be angry, harsh as a biting winter wind roaring across a northern clearing. She can be as fierce as a gray November lake, her waters boiling and screaming, with snow blowing sideways.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Considering how often a just-peeking sunrise is captured in Bryan Hansel’s photographs, usually over Lake Superior, you’d just assume he was a morning person.
Wisconsin Department OF Natural Resources
SPRING GREEN — Most ice anglers do not give much thought to scouting winter fishing holes, but Buddy Hynek of the Richland County community of Lone Rock planned ahead when he relocated from La Crosse to southwest Wisconsin.
I’ve hunted pheasant in both North and South Dakota, from New Town to the north to Mitchell to the south and from the Black Hills to the west to the Red River Valley in the east. And I’ve hunted in the warm early season and in the last bitterly cold winter week.
At 11 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 21 — a day of prayer — Jeff Henry’s day was taken prey.
Man lauded for volunteer work
PEPIN — Approaching a familiar spot, Earl Black instinctively waved his right hand to signal an abrupt halt.
Photographer to talk about bears
Twelve hours out of Eau Claire, I was pointed southeast in my Honda hybrid.
Reservations price to decrease
KNAPP — Zach Mohr’s involvement with improving trout streams started when he was 12 or 13 and he happened upon a state Department of Natural Resources fish habitat crew and Trout Unlimited volunteers working on the banks of Elk Creek.
Fall color changes begin
MADISON — As deer hunting seasons begin with archery and crossbow this weekend, and state Department of Natural Resources staff remind hunters to have the deer they kill tested for chronic wasting disease.
I’m going to admit this publicly. I recently did something stupid.
STANLEY — The mowed path led through a small meadow, with goldenrods and the usual late summer flowers blooming, then into the woods where it became a narrow, slightly hilly earthen path.
FALL CREEK — For Dan and Jane Brown, the discovery of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Eau Claire County this spring was a call to action.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile-long thin ribbon through the wilderness of California, Oregon and Washington that runs from Mexico to Canada.
Heavy rains cause closures
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A melancholy Patsy Cline tune played softly on the radio while in a side room Bob Bernier looked over three fishing rods spinning slowly on an electric rotator/dryer so the varnish on them dried evenly.
Carlson honored for advocacy
Fly casting clinic scheduled
What: Welcome Back Bird Day.
Disease continues to kill more bats
Input sought at CDAC meetings
Until 2014, Wisconsin bow hunters could only use crossbows during hunting season if they were 65 or older, or if they had a note from the doctor indicating they could not draw a bow.
Fishing, wildlife hearings to occur
Citizen input sought at hearings
Of all the things that make birds so amazing, the most remarkable is their mastery of the air.
CDACs set to define permits
Speakers at Eau Claire’s first Aldo Leopold banquets years ago were frequently interrupted by rumbling overhead.
DNR names team supervisor
RICE LAKE — Though it’s a silent sport, cross-country skiing needs the whirring of whining of engines to keep skiers in stride.
The inspiration for his work comes naturally for wildlife artist Connor Severson.
KNAPP — Wood smoke drifted in the air while an 8-foot-high bonfire crackled as branches and logs were added.
Free fishing weekend set
While driving the interstate during the holidays, I spotted a strange white blob atop a road sign.
Trout streams topic of meeting
MADISON, Minn. — I have come west again, to kill a pheasant. Maybe several pheasants, should our fortune be so good.
SPOONER — Tall golden grasses poked through the deep crusted snow, bobbing in the gentle-yet-biting wind.
SPOONER — The Dead of Winter is upon us, even though officially, winter has just begun.
Carl Kringle is comfortable shooting his .44 Magnum handgun at 35 to 50 yards.
By its plumage, each wild bird is named.
Air quality better across state