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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.


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
 
Cover didn't keep Gracie from finding birds
By Kurt Krueger

FROST WAS covering a mix of green and brown ferns as we opened the 2011 ruffed grouse season just after dawn last Saturday, the scribbler following the nose of his 1-year-old black Lab named Gracie.
After an unproductive first stop on a system of trails, I decided to head for a young aspen cutting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to “beat the brush” along various swamp and pine plantation edges.
Some of the ferns were chest-high and they often hid a tangle of fallen trees that made for great

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:47 AM
 
Ducks Unlimited: a conservation legacy
By Kurt Krueger

MUCH HAS changed since the drought-plagued Dust Bowl threatened waterfowl populations in 1937, but what hasn’t changed the past 75 years is the commitment of Ducks Unlimited (DU) to preserving wetland habitat.
It’s an appropriate topic for the dog days of summer, which have continued into early September with dry, unseasonably warm weather. It’s also a time of year when duck hunters and other conservationists stage fundraising banquets in some communities.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:02 PM
 
Escape the tension zone in Sylvania's wilds
By Kurt Krueger

WE WERE watching a sea of floating bobbers as they danced lazily on small waves, hoping to find some panfish in the remote wilds of the Sylvania Wilderness  north of here.
Our not-so-productive fishing was suddenly interrupted by the sharp chirping of an osprey and, before we knew it, the bird had fallen from the sky and grabbed a wounded fish not too far from where we were anchored.
The scribbler schedules a canoe trip into the wilderness area every year, for it offers some of the largest, navigable undeveloped lakes that can be found within easy driving distance. It’s located

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 2:24 PM
 
The glory days of autumn are coming fast
By Kurt Krueger

AS WE TURN the calendar to September and usher in cooler nights with lows in the 40s, I’m finally getting an intense itch for fall hunting seasons that will start in less than three weeks.
People who live with six months of winter shouldn’t complain about these things, but many days this summer were too hot for anything except hitting the lakes. Some projects didn’t get done and now it will be a rush to complete the list before fall arrives.
The challenge will be meeting those responsibilities while continuing to sharpen the shooting eye with bow and shotgun. Practice makes perfect and some preseason shooting is essential for

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:08 AM
 
Studies show woody debris is good for lakes
By Kurt Krueger

THE JIG and leech landed right next to the partly submerged shoreline tree, falling toward the bottom in what I guessed would be a maze of sticks and branches.
Slowly lifting the tip to pull the bait through the snag, the move was met with a single tap — a bite — that was so aggressive you could have felt it on a broomstick-sized muskie rod.
I responded with a hook-set and the fight was on. Though the fish got hooked up on a branch for a moment, out of the tree came a fat 18-inch walleye. The fiesty summer fish was all over the

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:19 PM
 
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 )
 
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