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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Crossbows: A clean kill trumps my pride
An advisory question on the hearing ballot asks whether people support lowering the age at which hunters can use a crossbow from 65 to 55. The plan could keep more aging hunters in the woods.  --Photo By The Author

In the Outdoors
By Kurt Krueger

WILDLIFE managers with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are testing the waters, so to speak, with an advisory question about lowering the age at which anyone can use a crossbow for deer hunting from 65 to 55.
Anyone can vote on that issue and dozens of others by attending a spring fish and game hearing in their county Monday evening, April 11, starting at 7. There’s a hearing in every county.
Under current law, residents and nonresidents who have reached the age of 65 can hunt with a

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:35 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:28 AM )
Some hot topics set for spring hearings
One advisory question this year asks whether all feeding and baiting should be banned 10 days before and during the nine-day gun deer season.

WHILE sportsmen and -women are about to vote on rule changes that include a 40-inch minimum size limit for muskies statewide, the issue could pale in comparison to advisory questions on baiting deer and wolf control.
It’s time to take a closer look at the agenda for the upcoming Spring Fish & Game Hearings in every Wisconsin county, because  Monday, April 11, isn’t far off.
There’s nothing more permanent than a proposed rule change, so thousands will attend to vote

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:13 PM
Is the 2010 deer hunt really our destiny?

THE FEAR of deer hunters that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would prematurely reinstate antlerless tags came to pass last week, as a biologist outlined such a plan at the annual deer status meeting in Rhinelander.
Hunters pushed for and won back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010 that were virtually buck-only hunts, the result of a major crash in the deer population. Buck registrations dropped severely for three straight seasons and finally started to rebound in 2010.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:26 PM
Courtesy, respect better than more rules
Snowmobilers who leave marked trails on lakes should know that anglers typically create snow/ice ridges around their holes.  --STAFF PHOTO

HOW IRONIC it is that the agency often blamed for interfering with the recreation of law-abiding citizens — the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) — also gets blamed for not cracking down in some situations.
Somebody asked me the other day “what’s up with the DNR” that they allow ice anglers to plow roads on lakes, cut holes and leave dangerous mounds where snowmobilers might ride, and

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 2:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:55 PM )
The two-dog experiment is really working
Katie and Gracie, old and young getting along better than ever, show their obedience to the all-important

FIFTEEN months into the two-dog experiment in the Krueger household, the verdict remains unchanged — it was a great idea.
Except for those rare moments when bills for food, shots, doggy vitamins, treats, chew toys, kennel care and whatever a puppy might destroy get me second-guessing, it’s the best of two worlds for a master and trainer (but not a master trainer by any means).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:34 PM
Senate bill should alarm hunters, anglers
A Senate bill would require that every deer hunter be consulted for economic impacts before hunt regulations could change.  --STAFF PHOTO

IT APPEARS some lawmakers want to change the way we do business in Wisconsin when it comes to setting the hunting, fishing and trapping regulations that guide our beloved outdoor traditions.
Lawmakers are proposing to mandate that an economic analysis be done on every proposed regulation change, and the bill goes so far as to require consultation with every business owner

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:07 PM
DNR loses one of its best, friendliest biologists

THE SCRIBBLER can count on one hand the number of people who retired or otherwise left the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the past 30 years that I considered a big loss, and one more can be added to that short list.
It is rare when a member of this embattled team of biologists maintains the humility and honesty that wins them public support, but Ron Eckstein of Rhinelander was such an individual.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:30 PM
Pick a sport or two, beat the winter blues
Hauling big walleyes and other fish through the ice can become addicting enough to make people long for winter.  --Photo By The Author

IF YOU SUFFER from long-winter syndrome and the depression that comes from being locked up at home for days on end, often called cabin fever, there might be a cure.
Most people have a billion excuses for why they can’t do more in winter — some very legitimate, and others without any merit at all. As with any illness, cabin fever can’t be cured unless the patient is willing.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 3:10 PM
The package read simply: 'pine plantation'
The dead of winter is a great time to reflect on the hunts of fall, especially when dining on those wild, tasty treats.  --Photo By The Author

FUMBLING through the freezer the other day, searching for some wild game suitable for an evening meal with my wife, I came across a package of ruffed grouse that contained the inscription, “pine plantation.”
Those little notes help me remember the stories that are attached to those wild goodies, though most of us bird hunters would settle for simply celebrating a meal gathered from the great

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 3:02 PM
Old friends and ice fishing: a perfect match
The boys took a moment to hold up part of a mixed bag of fish that included northern pike, walleyes, bluegills, perch and crappies. Cold north winds couldn't keep these diehards off the ice.  --Photo By The Author

A WEEKEND of glory in the great outdoors started with handshakes and hugs from old friends, as a contingent of former college basketball players converged on our normally quiet household earlier this month.
They had come from as far away as Minneapolis, Chicago and Ripon to experience fish camp once again, an annual ice-fishing adventure that began a half-dozen or more years ago.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 3:03 PM

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