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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Mentored hunting is about family bonding
With encouragement from Grandpa Warren Volk and her dad, Charlie Volk, Charlie Volk, Carlie shot her first buck at age 10 in 2010. Since then, she has harvested five more bucks in Wisconsin and Michigan.

THERE IS ample proof that Wisconsin’s hunting families have taken advantage of the state’s new mentored hunting program the past two years, and some of the most glaring success stories can be found right here in the North Woods.
The Badger State was the 29th  to allow anyone age 10 or older to go into the woods with a parent or other adult, without a hunter’s safety certificate, to find out what hunting is all about.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:38 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:44 PM )
Two brothers, two bucks in the national forest
They weren't trophies, a spike and a fork-horn, but the Krueger brothers scored on bucks with a traditional hunt in the national forest Saturday.


By Kurt Krueger

OPENING day found me sitting in a ground blind within the “Twin Cities” area — Alvin and Nelma in Forest County, that is — and the weather started as one of the most comfortable openers on record.

For the second straight year, I was looking at an entirely unfamiliar landscape when daylight arrived shortly before 6:30. The change is about making use of the scouting that was done with a shotgun in hand and a black dog out in front since mid-September.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:44 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:05 PM )
Buck fever takes over as the big hunt arrives
Heavy-antlered bucks with large, 'rutiful' necks are what hunters are dreaming about this week as the gun season opens Saturday.
By Kurt Krueger

OUTSIDERS not familiar with Wisconsin’s deer hunting tradition would probably be shocked to learn of the time and effort that goes into preparations for the nine-day deer hunt that opens this Saturday, Nov. 19.
Why, they would ask, do hundreds of thousands of hunters coordinate everything from scouting and stand construction to fulfilling their shopping list, planning pre-hunt parties, clearing their work schedules and getting permission to miss school or other previous commitments?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:49 PM
Doubles on grouse are worth recording
Good double opportunities are rare in the grouse woods and connecting is even more difficult, but  magic happened Sunday.  --Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

WE LEFT the truck just before 7 a.m. Sunday, a stiff and somewhat damp breeze already developing out of the southwest under overcast skies that were supposed to produce light rain later in the morning.
Gracie, my black Lab, was leading the way on an old hardwoods two-track as we struck out in search of ruffed grouse. Anticipation rules the moment on November mornings without snow, but there’s no sure way of knowing how the weather will impact bird movement until the first ones are found.
The hardwood thickets and berry brush we had to pass through to get to decent habitat usually

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 7:56 PM
Legislators gutting state's conservation ethic
Changes to fishing regulations, such as largemouth and smallmouth bass rules, will take twice as long under Act. 21.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

POLITICAL maneuvering intended to slow conservation efforts of the Natural Resources Board because it might interfere with economic growth is already causing fallout that will adversely affect the state’s outdoor community.
One measure passed by Republicans who now control Wisconsin government is Act 21, which gives the governor unprecedented power over administrative rules.
By requiring an economic review and scoping before rules can be implemented, it is expected to double the time it takes to change an administrative rule — even simple rules that affect hunting,

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:57 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:05 PM )
A cure for pheasant fever close to home
Son Brian hoists some rooster pheasants at Heritage Hunt Club as nearly 2-year-old Gracie, the workhorse, stands ready.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

FEW THINGS in God’s great creation rival the beauty of a ring-necked pheasant, the monster of upland game birds that was transplanted into America long ago.
The rooster pheasant may not be as hardy or as quick in flight as the ruffed grouse, but they excel in many other ways. Their colors are stunning, from the red/green head and white-ringed neck to a body full of some of the most unique feather colors and patterns on the face of the Earth. Whether standing tall on the ground or in flight, the rooster’s long tail really  makes it a spectacle to see.
As a game bird, the pheasant is the king of open cover. Their ability to outrun hunters and dogs is


Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5:37 PM )
Special hunts put youths in the spotlight
What a thrill for 10-year-old Gavin Adamovich of Eagle River, who harvested his first buck during this year's youth hunt while sitting with his father, Clint Adamovich. He used a .243 rifle for the 50-yard shot.
By Kurt Krueger

THE FUTURE of hunting is being protected through the special youth hunts that have been instituted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), allowing kids an exclusive shot at turkeys, ducks and deer prior to the regular season openers.
Every year, the scribbler hears stories from more parent-child  teams who participate, and the excitement in their voices tells me that putting young hunters in the spotlight is doing some good.
The beauty of the plan, you see, is that only the young hunters can possess a firearm during those special hunts — meaning the parent or guardian can’t compete and will be giving 100%

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 2:08 PM
Short hunts can be productive times afield
Gracie on the retrieve with a big male grouse, one of three she found on a short after-work outing on an evening last week.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

SOME SAY it’s against the rules, and even good judgment, to put in 40 minutes of round-trip driving just to get an hour in the grouse woods on an evening after a full workday.
The theory, according to one of my brothers-in-law, is that you have to hunt or fish for at least twice the driving time or it’s a bad idea. And that’s just the bare minimum, he claims, so more time in the great outdoors is obviously better.
But I broke the rule on an evening last week because that funny yellow thing in the sky was showing, something it hasn’t done for much of the ruffed grouse season that started in

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:58 PM
Satran was a great writer, conservationist
I believe Dan Satran took this photo of daughter, Jone, in one of his favorite places, Whispering Lake in the Blackjack Springs Wilderness Area.

ONE OF Wisconsin’s great journalists and conservationists, Dan Satran Sr., passed on last week to what he might call the happy hunting grounds at the age of 86.
The scribbler is writing about ol’ Danny Boy this week because of fond and numerous memories from my first six years with the News-Review, serving as reporter and then news editor for Dan and brother Bob before they sold the newspaper in 1985.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 2:10 PM | Updated ( Friday, October 07, 2011 10:27 AM )
Public lands bill good for hunters, anglers
A bill has been introduced in Congress that would direct federal officials to manage lands with hunters and anglers in mind.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

LANDMARK legislation that would prevent the federal government from locking hunters and anglers out of more than 440 million acres of public lands has come to life in the U.S. House of Representatives.
HR 2834 is being called a critical bill for the future of these outdoor sports because it would stop the rising animal rights lobby in its attempt to stop hunting on some public lands where hunting has traditionally occurred.
The “Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act” was introduced earlier

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:08 PM

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