Fly-in Fishing: Guide Or No Guide?

MAKOOP LAKE, Ontario — I was indeed tired. And that was the hope — to catch fish after fish after fish, to the point of exhaustion. And I did catch a lot of fish on my first-ever fly-in trip to Canada. But I had decided to go the non-guided route this first go-around. And while…
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The Call Of The Wild, Makoop Water Wolves

MAKOOP LAKE, Ontario — Esox Lucius. The Water Wolf of Makoop. The names conjure up images of a mystical creature. Make-believe, almost. But Makoop Lake’s equally-as-hard-to-believe northern pike population is very real, with a good number in that trophy range of 40 inches-plus, too. And for that, the pike have this place, this lake, to thank.…
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The Year Of The Northland

It was purely coincidental — I couldn’t have planned it any better if I had tried. Northland Outdoors’ third quarterly magazine, the fall issue, started reaching most readers the first few days of August. In 2015, also in those first few days of August, I started my job as director of content for Northland Outdoors…
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Adult Entertainment: Learning To Hunt

Off the grid. That’s where we take you in Northland Outdoors’ fall magazine, which came out in the last week. In the case of the story that goes with the cover photo, off the grid is far northern Minnesota. But, as you’ll see in the magazine, you don’t need to live off the grid to…
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For Hikers, A Small Step, But Growing Footprint

In the grand scheme of the North Country National Scenic Trail, it could be said that a soon-to-be-opened addition to this expansive trail system will be about the equivalent of a pebble on that new, small stretch of trail. But that would be to underestimate the significance of that “pebble” — and trails as a…
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