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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.

Sylvania’s wilds make for a great escape

By Kurt Krueger

ONLY THE sound of a trolling motor and the screech of an eagle broke the still morning air as we slowly floated our way into the Sylvania Wilderness just north of the border.
It was?pegged as a day to escape to a wild and tranquil place with the hope of catching some fish and taking in some of the best scenery the North Woods has to offer.
The scribbler was taking his turn at some informal guiding for the guy who led me to years of great pheasant hunting in the fields of South Dakota, avid outdoorsman Jon Olsen.
Now a Florida resident and seasonal visitor to Three Lakes, Olsen is an active retiree who is always ready for a new adventure as long as it involves fishing rods, guns, hunting dogs or golf clubs.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 3:32 PM
Ducks Unlimited: the legacy continues

By Kurt Krueger

NOT?MANY charitable conservation groups can say they’ve experienced double-digit growth in back-to-back years during this recession, but then, there’s something exceptional about the commitment of Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its volunteers to preserving wetland habitat.
DU fundraising efforts grew by well over 10% in each of the past two years, a testament to the organization’s reputation for frugality, employing the best science and producing results on the ground.
Much has changed since the drought-plagued Dust Bowl threatened waterfowl populations in 1937, but DU has remained up to the challenges — one of the few groups that puts more than 80% of its revenues directly into habitat projects.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:30 PM
Time to support the grouse habitat experts
By Kurt Krueger

GROUSE and the young forest habitat this elusive game bird needs to survive will get a boost next week as the organization that does so much for bird hunters holds its sixth annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Whitetail Inn in St. Germain.
The continued resurgence of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) in Wisconsin can be seen on several fronts these days and, locally, it’s the Chain O’ Lakes Chapter that keeps the effort moving forward.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 3:26 PM
The glory days of autumn are coming fast
Gracie’s favorite water exercise is plowing through a foot or two of water on a sandy beach, even if only to retrieve a stick. She’s a speed demon with only one gear. The anticipation is high for her third season in the grouse woods. After two incredible years, it’s hard to imagine she can get any better.   —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

AUGUST visitors probably deserved some warmer weather than what they got last week, but the cooler temperatures were a blessing to some.
There are hunters living among us, you see, who cherish those first 40-degree nights of late summer as a sign of grand things to come.
It was hard to comprehend that suddenly, after months of hot, dry weather, there was good reason to put on a long-sleeved shirt or

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:49 PM
Gouging on wolf fees should be overturned
There is no reason why the DNR?needs another $300,000 in annual revenue from the new wolf hunt, which starts this fall.    —Contributed Photo

By Kurt Krueger

EVERYTHING about the state’s new wolf hunt and enhanced population control plan makes sense, except the part about gouging Wisconsin hunters and trappers with outrageous fees for licenses and permit applications.
If you think $24 is too much to pay for a deer license or $12 is too much for an extra antlerless deer tag, what about $100 for a wolf license or $10 every year just to make application for a wolf tag?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 6:29 PM
Welcome to the land of eagles, ospreys
By Kurt Krueger

A COUPLE of panfish were splashing on the surface about 30 minutes into the fishing trip, mostly rock bass that took the hook deep and apparently were struggling to survive.
I was fishing with a couple of kids and there’s always the chance of killing a fish or two with delayed hook sets and whatever; but then, nothing in nature is really wasted.
We were anchored and staying put because they were catching some nice crappies and bluegills. Little did we know the show was about to begin.
A bald eagle caught our attention by casting a shadow right over the boat as it circled above us. It too had noticed the struggling fish that were occasionally darting and splashing.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:01 PM
Deer czar doesn’t know state’s tradition
There’s little hope for better deer management on public lands if the DNR?listens to the alleged deer czar from Texas.       —Photo By Bob Baldwin
By Kurt Krueger

THAT OLD adage about throwing the baby out with the bathwater comes to mind as I read the deer management recommendations of Texan James Kroll, the alleged deer czar hired by Gov. Scott Walker to assess Wisconsin’s program.
He suggests that we abolish local deer population goals and that the number of deer management units (DMUs) be significantly reduced by consolidating units, both of which have some merit if done right.
He also suggests that the state turn its annual antlerless harvest goals into a three- to five-year process — not based on science, but to get away from negative media coverage.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:39 PM
Kids and fishing make a great combination
Aaron McDonald of Utah and Ryan Walker of Eagle River hoist some of the crappies they caught while on a Guides/Kids Day outing with the scribbler last Thursday afternoon. The smiles tell it all.    —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

TEACHING the basics of fishing was the focus of the day last Thursday as the scribbler joined two young anglers on the water during Guides/Kids Fishing Day in Eagle River.
There is nothing better in the scribbler’s view than teaming up with a couple kids who don’t fish much; who need to learn basic skills such as casting and hook setting.
The two names I picked from the hat included 9-year-old Ryan Walker of Eagle River, an Iowa native, and 12-year-old Aaron McDonald of Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:01 PM
Right place, right time is about persistence
By Kurt Krueger

WE HAD just found cooperative walleyes on a deep weed edge, my fishing partners coming up with the first double of the night, when two loons came swimming past at close range.
There was a tiny, young-of-the-year chick between them, one small enough to be less than a week old. They headed for the wooded shoreline, the sun illuminating those brilliant red eyes.
To the disdain of my fishing partners, I apologized and said the walleyes would have to wait. I couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity, or at least an attempt to see how close they’d let me get.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:59 PM
The grouse downturn doesn’t make sense
This grouse was drumming on his favorite log in early May just east of Three Lakes, hoping to attract hens for breeding.   —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

THINGS just don’t add up properly in the 2012 Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey that was released last month by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), so it’s time once again to discuss my favorite bird.
DNR biologists are comfortable with drumming count results that showed a 26% drop in the northern forest region which, quite frankly, makes no sense at all when you read the rest of the report.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:12 PM

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