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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors


Kurt Krueger can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


No better place to find eagles, ospreys
By Kurt Krueger

MY?DOG growled and took off running in the middle of a frozen lake the other day, which seemed bizarre until a glance at the sky revealed a bald eagle gliding in circles around our fishing spot.

Gracie took chase but little did she know how imposing that eagle would be face to face — and fortunately she never found out. It wasn’t long before she stopped jumping and hoping it might fall from the sky.

It’s been a tough winter on most wildlife and the eagles that spent the winter here have to be mighty hungry. That probably explains why that bird was hovering above, looking for any fish we might have laid on the ice.

According to the 2013 Wisconsin Bald Eagle and Osprey Survey,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:55 PM
 
Don’t miss your chance to have a voice
The scribbler’s concern is that muskie anglers who like to troll, and therefore don’t fish here now, will target this area.                —STAFF?PHOTO
By Kurt Krueger

IF YOU CARE about the future of fishing, hunting and trapping regulations that are enforced by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), then you need to make time for a hearing next Monday night, April 14.

At 7 p.m. in every county in Wisconsin, the agency will conduct its annual Spring Fish and Game Rule Hearings. In this area, they will be at the St. Germain Elementary School, James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander and at the Crandon High School auditorium.

This is your chance to make a comment if you’d like,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:48 AM
 
Deer study plan ignores artificial feeding
By Kurt Krueger

IT APPEARS that opposition to a proposed deer browsing study on 900 acres of public land near Palmer Lake isn’t unusual, at least according to a state-published book on the subject.

The book was found by Mike Duew of Land O’ Lakes, who is not too keen on the plan to lock up public forest acreage for this study. It was written by biologists Burton Dahlberg and Ralph Guettinger.

Back in the 1940’s, the Wisconsin Conservation Department employed 23 enclosures in northern and central counties for the purpose of studying deer range carrying capacity.

The predecessor to the Department

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:20 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:34 PM )
 
An outdoor tradition that will never end
Mike and Matt Krueger of Winneconne show some of the crappies they took using the deep hole theory last weekend.       —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

 

WE HADN’T set out three panfish rigs over deep water on the Eagle Chain when the first rod, a tip-down, popped once and headed for the hole.

It was the first crappie hit of the day for Mike Krueger of Winneconne, a cousin and longtime friend who trekked north with his son Matt for their annual hard-water fishing adventure.

He slid the rod off the stand and

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:41 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:35 PM )
 
Night crawlers can damage forest health
The mightest of earthworms, the night crawler, can consume 10 pounds of organic material from the forest floor every year. They are invasives.

By Kurt Krueger

DID YOU know that earthworms in Wisconsin, including the mighty night crawler used by thousands of anglers, are invasive species that can damage the health of forests?

The scribbler learned that and a lot more recently when Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Bernadette Williams spoke to the Eagle River Rotary Club.

“Opening a can of worms” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to our forests, which evolved without invasive earthworms that were

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:59 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:35 PM )
 
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