What to do if you see a skunk

Watch for spraying signals. A startled skunk shows she is ready to spray by raising her tail, standing on her hind legs, and pounding her front legs on the ground. Should you see any of these behaviors, back slowly and quietly away.

Avoid making loud noises, moving quickly, or taking other steps that could be interpreted by the skunk as a threat.

Cross Country Skiing — Going Uphill

How do you go uphill on skis? On cross-country skis, you have three options. First, you may have skis with ‘fish-scale’ type material on the bottom. With these skis, you can ski straight up small slopes easily. If you find yourself slipping, however, you’ll need to use either the side-step or herringbone technique. The side-step is a beginner’s move, but it comes in handy in a pinch. Pivot your skis and turn so that they’re perpendicular to the slope you want to climb. Move your uphill ski up one step, then move your downhill ski up until it’s next to the other ski.

Yes! The Northwoods has Bears

Tips for avoiding a bear:

• Hike in groups — the more the merrier!

• Make noise. Bear bells, clapping, singing and general chit-chat will notify the bear of your presence allowing them ample opportunity to run away.

• Move with the wind at your back — this allows a bear to smell you.

• Always be aware of your surroundings.

• Carry a deterrent — bear spray is very effective in close-range situations.

Cross Country Skiing — Turning

Making a turn in cross-country skis can be tricky. For beginners, it’s best to come to a full stop and angle your skis to the side, step by step, taking baby steps until you make a full turn. Try not to step on one ski with the other — you’re most likely to fall down if you get your skis tangled. As you progress in your skills, you’ll learn to use your poles to make a jump turn that will spin your skis in one quick motion.

Valuables on the boat

Keep your valuables safe and dry by investing in a dry pack. You can find these at any of the local sport shops in the area. Or use a Ziploc bag! Double bag if you want to be extra safe. Easy and affordable.

Cross Country Skiing — Waxing

Make sure your ski bases are completely clean and dry before waxing.

Waxing is easiest at room temperature. If you’re just coming in from outside, give them a chance to warm before waxing.

Choose 2 or 3 grip waxes that cover the range of temperatures you’re likely to ski, and stick with them until you’re familiar with each.

Optionally, for performance across a range of temperatures, consider a universal wax.

Bald Eagles

Eagles are a regular sight over most of the lakes in St. Germain. The cold winter months of December through February are good times to find and watch bald eagles in Wisconsin.

Since lakes and rivers freeze over in winter, dams and power plants provide areas of open water in which the eagles can fish.The greatest number of bald eagles can usually be seen at open-water areas in the mornings as they fly back and forth, searching for their first meal of the day.

Musky Fishing

More world records have been landed in Wisconsin than anywhere else. The current state and world record is a tremendous 69 pounds and 11 ounces.

Figure 8s are not just in figure skating! They are also a great technique to land the ultimate predator fish.

How to get great Northwoods Photography

Keep your camera ready!

Ever wonder how to get a picture with a stunning reflection of the trees? Make sure the lake is calm, any ripple in the water will make your photo distorted. Early mornings are the best time.

Avoid direct sunlight when taking pictures. If it’s an overcast day, you are in luck! This is one of the best times for taking pictures of people outside.

If it is sunny, have your subjects stand in the brightest patch of shade you can find.


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