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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.


Panfish vote is great news for tourism
With walleye bag limits so dismal it is good news that anglers supported keeping the 25-fish bag limit for panfish at the fish and game hearings.
By Kurt Krueger

THOUGH the motor trolling compromise passed statewide and single-line trolling may get forced upon Vilas County, there was some good news from the spring fish and game hearings.

About two-thirds of the 5,625 sportsmen and -women who attended hearings in all 72 counties voted to keep the combined daily bag limit for panfish at 25.

With 65.5% of the vote in support,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:06 AM
 
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 )
 
Proposed deer browsing study a joke?
This doe was caught munching on a mouthful of aspen leaves, one of their favorite browsing foods in summer.                  —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

THE AGENCY that believes deer densities shouldn’t exceed 20 deer for every 640 acres in many parts of the North Woods is proposing a 30-year study that starts with 40 deer in an 80-acre enclosure to represent a high-density population.

According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the plan is to fence 900 acres of state land just south of Palmer Lake and create interior enclosures that hold low, moderate and high deer densities.

Each of the enclosures would have varied forest

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:16 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:29 PM )
 
One last chance to stop statewide trolling
The Natural Resources Board is poised to legalize motor trolling on every lake in 2015 unless opponents can rally for a final vote on the plan at the spring hearings in every county on Monday, April 14.      —STAFF?PHOTO
By Kurt Krueger

IN?THE hard-fought battle to stop the legalization of motor trolling in Vilas and Oneida counties, we’re down to the ninth inn­ing, two outs and nobody is on base.

It will take one heck of a rally to stop the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its oversight board from shoving this regulation down the throats of its many opponents.

Even last spring’s impressive no vote at the spring hearings in Vilas,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:58 AM
 
A little memory jerker from the freezer
Dining on grouse in the dead of winter is great, but it’s even better when I can reflect on a memorable fall outing with Gracie.  —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

DIGGING around in the chest freezer the other day, the scribbler was sifting through packs of venison and pheasant breasts when I came across a thick package marked “twin cities.”
My mind instantly returned to an evening hunt in Alvin-Nelma country deep in the national forest, a day I snuck out of work an hour early because conditions seemed perfect for chasing grouse.
It was early October and the leaves were just beginning to fall from the short bushes that lined the old two-track,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:36 PM
 
Walleye slot limit not tourism-friendly

By Kurt Krueger

IT’S NO secret that many walleye anglers and fishing guides, the scribbler included, don’t like the walleye slot limit that is severely regulating hook-and-line harvest on the Eagle River Chain.

Few regulations the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ever conceived are as unpopular as a slot limit that forces anglers to throw back every walleye from 14 to 18 inches in length.

Adding fuel to the fire is the Chain’s slow-growth fishery, where virtually no male walleyes will ever reach 18 inches and be available for legal harvest above the slot. Apparently we are saving those for spearers and poachers, because law-abiding anglers have no access to them.

Anglers fishing the Three Lakes side of the 28-lake chain

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:50 PM
 
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