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Every month, managing editor Breana Roy gathers a collection of stunning wildlife images from regional photographers to select the photo for our Catchlight feature. She always has several wild birds and animals from which to choose. She keeps track of what critters have run in past issues to ensure that we don’t run the same species twice within the span of a year or two. This month, her selection included owls, grouse, whitetail bucks and a gray fox.
Even though it is November and hence deer hunting season, the trophy whitetails drew a lukewarm response from our mostly nonhunting crew. Owls are ever-popular, but we decided against running an owl photo at this time. The gray fox was the runner-up, but we held off on choosing it. In the end, as you will see on our inside back cover, we chose a ruffed grouse. This common bird is especially visible at this time of year, when the leaves disappear and it takes to the trees in late afternoon to feed. The ruffed grouse is a year-round resident of the Northern Wilds. If you are reading this issue, it is likely that you are a year-rounder too.
November is the month when the last of our seasonal migrants, both feathered and human, depart for warmer climes. What remains are those of us who are here for the duration; i.e. the coming winter. This is arguably our longest season, because we can expect the snow to arrive any day now (if it hasn’t already) and likely not go away until sometime in April…or May. That’s ok, we have plenty of ways to make use of it.
If you are wondering what folks do in the winter around here, read on. In this issue we asked our writers to offer some tips for enjoying their favorite winter activities. They delivered. Ali Juten takes us along on a snowmobiling excursion. Eric Chandler tells us how to get started in Nordic skiing. Mike Creger explains the popular, and somewhat mystifying, sport of curling. Joe Friedrichs shares some ice-fishing pointers so you can have fun without spending a fortune on new gear.
Our writers also tackled a couple of outdoor topics with medieval origins. Gord Ellis gives us the run down on the crossbow, an ancient weapon which has found new life among Ontario big game hunters. Julia Prinselaar accompanies a Thunder Bay woman who is training a red-tailed hawk to hunt, carrying on the ancient heritage of falconry. Also hearkening to the past, Elle Andra-Warner features two of our Northern Wilds staffers who are direct descendants of people who traveled to America on the Mayflower.
On a thoroughly modern note, Maren Webb explains how to make the most of meal delivery services that send all of the ingredients you need to make a great dinner. Javier Serna tastes the offerings from the new Hoops Brewing in Duluth. Amy Schmidt tackles the topic of the flu…and you.
Since November is the month when we honor all of those who served in our armed forces, please read Eric Chandler’s essay, Veteran’s Day: Pay Attention. Eric writes from experience and eloquently so. We are proud to have this contribution to our publication.
Then again, we are proud of all Northern Wilds contributors and staff who work hard to put together every issue. And we’d like to thank our readers and advertisers, who are the reason we make it happen.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt