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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.

New DNR secretary talking nothing but jobs
The hope is that when Stepp is done talking jobs, that she'll focus on resource priorities like controlling invasive milfoil.  --Photo By The Author

IMAGINE my excitement in reading of Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to appoint Cathy Stepp, a former state senator with no expertise in environmental science, as secretary of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Maybe I’m asking for too much, but the hope was that the person in charge of this crucial state agency would come to the table with not only a passion for protecting Wisconsin’s resources, but

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:52 PM
Don't take the northern lifestyle for granted
A limit of trout before work in the morning, from a stream 12 minutes from Eagle River, is part of the North Woods lifestyle.  --Photo By The Author

THERE ARE scores of sportsmen and -women lurking in concrete jungles scattered throughout the Midwest who would love to live, work and play — if they could afford it — in Wisconsin’s North Woods.
That’s no secret, of course, and the desire to recreate in this resource-blessed land of woods, water and wildlife is what fuels the tourism industry and the entire economy, including the real

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 3:27 PM
Wolves: congressional relief requires caution

MAYBE YOU’VE read by now that bills have been introduced in Congress, with verbal support from the Obama administration, that would remove the gray wolf from the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
The unprecedented legislation is already sparking fierce resistance from the Defenders of Wildlife and other metro-based groups, which would then be powerless to use the federal courts to

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:59 PM
A Christmas season 'wish list'

IN THE HEART of the Christmas season, it is time once again to formulate a “wish list” in regard to some of the nagging issues that impact those of us who live to spend time in the great outdoors.
It’s the season of miracles and, as we celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever known, it can’t hurt to ponder how we might help improve the future of Wisconsin’s outdoor traditions.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:18 PM
Hardy winter grouse deserve some respect

LESS THAN ideal conditions for grouse hunting don’t always keep bird hunters out of the woods, especially when a young dog that’s in peak shape after the fall season is bouncing off the walls hoping to release some energy.
That’s the predicament I found myself in last Sunday afternoon on a cold, windy day with snow flurries in the air. My black Lab, Gracie, was restless to the point of nearly grabbing me by the

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:57 PM
Special moments with a very special dog
It started with a short walk to get Katie a flush and retrieve, ever mindful that it might be her last.  --Photo By The Author

THE LAST bird outing of the year was planned to include my 13-year-old Lab, Katie, who still has the heart to chase down grouse and pheasant despite signs of aging that limit her abilities.
It was a brisk morning with a light breeze carrying scent across the grass as she turned her white muzzle into the wind, so excited to be on the hunt that there was a youthful skip to her steps.
Just knowing Katie might not be with me when the next season comes around brings a tear to my

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 2:14 PM
It's time deer hunters get some assurances
Another dismal deer hunt for most hunting groups should mean another ban on shooting antlerless deer in 2011.--Photo By The Author

THE STATE of the deer herd in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties is still so bleak that, in some ways, the future of deer hunting needs protection from — not by — the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its big-game management system.
That thought popped into my head last week as stories poured into the News-Review office about entire hunting camps that hadn’t harvested a buck.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:30 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:54 PM )
Scouting, a change in plan just paid off
A gamble in new national forest territory afer finding some decent sign the previous weekend spelled opening morning success for the scribbler.

IT WAS opening morning in the national forest, the scribbler peering into the hardwoods from a ground blind constructed within a wind-felled balsam, tucked back some 30 yards into the swamp.
A traditional hunt. No bait, but doe-in-heat scent strips placed on branches in the open woods. Though obviously unplanned, the wind was perfect for carrying scent down the edge, eventually

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:10 PM
Each hunter is his or her worst safety threat
Hunter safety includes keeping solid control of your firearm at all times, especially when walking slippery terrain or using tree stands.

AS THE GRANDEST single sporting event in Wisconsin history gets under way this Saturday, Nov. 20, it is hoped that hunters will be as safe as a year ago, when only eight people were injured — one of the safest gun deer seasons on record.
That’s an awesome safety record when you consider there are nearly 630,000 orange-clad hunters going afield on opening day, or at any time during the nine-day hunt.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 2:37 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 17, 2010 2:43 PM )
A cure for pheasant fever close to home
Assistant Editor Gary Ridderbusch and son, Taylor, show the results of a morning of chasing rooster pheasants at Heritage Hunt Club in Laona, a sport enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of hunters.  --Photo By The Author

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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:20 AM

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