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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.


State's top eagle, osprey territory right here

ALL WAS quiet in the bay as I searched for panfish, bobbers suspending plastic baits near the break and weed line, when suddenly an osprey started chirping excitedly overhead.
It apparently had spotted a wounded fish further down the bay, and it made the grab on one mighty swoop far out of photo range. But then it swung back with its catch, and flew right over me, the fish grasped tightly in its talons.
Little did I know, but the show was about to begin. An eagle streamed in over the tree line,

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 2:06 PM
 
Summer tips on boat landing etiquette
Busy summer lakes make it especially important for boat owners to be efficient and courteous at the landings.  --STAFF PHOTO
By Kurt Krueger

WHILE WE’RE still in the heart of the summer boating season, some tips on boat landing etiquette are timely and most appropriate.
The goal here is to educate without bashing anyone, for it goes without saying that not everyone has the experience and skills needed to quickly launch or load a boat. But it is something every boat owner needs to work on.
Nothing can dampen a good day on the water like a long, frustrating wait at the boat landing when it could easily have been avoided. It’s not about being slow, which is understandable, but more

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:41 AM | Updated ( Thursday, August 04, 2011 11:40 AM )
 
A puppy can keep an aging dog more active
By Kurt Krueger

WATER-BASED exercise has been the key to early season training with the scorching weather of recent weeks, and it’s a natural activity when it comes to most hunting breeds — especially Labs.
It’s a good idea to be clear of the stairs and doorway entrance any time I declare to Katie and Gracie that it’s “time to go.” Even dogs without an extensive vocabulary don’t miss that one.
And when the word “lake” gets added in there, let’s just say you’d better be serious about opening the door. Spelling the word out, as my wife sometimes does while trying to trick the dogs, brings the same reaction.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:40 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 26, 2011 2:09 PM )
 
Don't forget to keep fishing adventures fun
By Kurt Krueger

CATCHING FISH is just part of what kids love about a fishing trip, and it’s important that fishing mentors make “having fun” the top priority.
The fun part is more critical than anything else because you’ll never keep a child interested in the sport long enough to learn the ins and outs, if they turn up their nose the next time you try to plan an outing.
The scribbler was reminded of that age-old theory on how to share the sport while hosting a couple of grade-schoolers during Guides/Kids Fishing Day last Thursday.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:56 AM
 
Antlerless tag numbers seem mighty high
By Kurt Krueger

EARS HAD to be ringing in offices of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as news of this year’s antlerless deer-tag numbers was slowly leaked last week, because the talk in hunting circles here was mighty wild.
For the record, the department is going to issue 4,000 antlerless tags in Unit 38 to kill its quota for that management area, which is 1,200 does and fawns. They also are going to issue a whopping 7,975 antlerless tags in Unit 36 and another 3,775 tags in Unit 37.
Several people who called, e-mailed or hit me up on the street were forecasting a massive

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 2:05 PM
 
Patience, persistence will get you that shot!
By Kurt Krueger

WE HAD just found a group of crappies in shallow weeds, catching three in three casts, when a bald eagle let out some of those screeching chirps from a nearby shoreline.
The eagle was sitting on a low perch, strattling the top of a dead white birch just 15 feet above the water. Filtered light coming through a thin veil of clouds accentuated the bird’s brown body and contrasting white head.
To the disdain of my fishing partner, I apologized, tossed out a marker, and pulled up anchor. The

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:58 AM
 
A moment to think
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Suddenly the lights went out through the entire house. Almost simultaneously sirens started and, over the next few minutes, eight emergency vehicles went past our home. My Web developer was just leaving and we both looked at each other, knowing the two events were related and that something bad had happened.
It does not take long, in a small town, to learn about the cause of the power outage. A one-car accident had occurred up on the highway. The 83-year-old driver apparently fell asleep and hit a

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:51 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:55 AM )
 
Loons: symbols of the state's wildest country
By Kurt Krueger

THE SCRIBBLER’S concentra-tion was on floating bobbers when the loon surfaced within two feet of the outboard, a startling yet stunning sight with its black-and-white body gleaming in the sunlight as water ran from its well-oiled feathers.
It’s hard to appreciate the impressive size of the common loon — 2 feet in length with a 58-inch wingspan — until they are swimming so close that you can see the multicolored neck feathers change from green to blue and back again, depending on the angle of view.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:17 AM
 
Boost in grouse drumming no surprise here
By Kurt Krueger

STATE wildlife biologists have just confirmed what many of us grouse hunters suspected a year ago, that Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse may still be headed toward the peak of their population cycle.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported a year ago that grouse populations reached their cyclic peak in 2009, and were likely on the downswing. They based that on a 6% drop in spring drumming counts in 2010.
My July 21 column of last summer, titled “Don’t write off the grouse peak just yet,” explained in

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:38 AM
 
Ring ceremony brings back Super Bowl XLV memories
By Gary Ridderbusch

For many Green Bay Packers fans, the memory of the Green and Gold winning Super Bowl XLV last February has been put on the back burner for the summer months.
But that memory was temporarily revitalized last Thursday when the members of the Green Bay Packers organization received their Super Bowl XLV world championship rings at a celebration in the Lambeau Field atrium.
The rings, symbolic of the team’s 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:34 AM
 
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