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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.


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 )
 
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
 
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