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DNR sleeping on winter muskie spearing


By Kurt Krueger

THE?BLOOD pressure of many a muskie angler has heated up in recent weeks as photos surfaced on the Internet of dead muskies lined up on tables, supposedly the result of a winter spearing contest by members of Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes.

The tribes have a right to spear muskies or any fish they can effectively take in winter, as you might know, so that isn’t the issue on the table today. The problem is, who is keeping track?

It has been years since the scribbler tackled this subject. On the last round, I learned that the federal courts determined that winter muskie spearing would be considered a low-efficiency harvest — pretty much in the same category as sport angling.

Therefore, tribal members

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:17 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:24 PM


-1 #1 2013-02-23 20:01
Oh my gosh... I was truly enlightened with your story! I am new to the north and did not realize what the 'native americans' can do without any significant supervision! WOW... where is the DNR... caught with their heads up their... (well, you know where). I am really surprised with the fact that they allegedly consume those boney 'Esox masquinongy'... do they really eat them?

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