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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Fishing partners can make the difference
Daughter Melissa hoists some dandy male walleyes she caught fishing current on the Wisconsin River opening morning.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

IT WAS opening weather fit for a less-than-ideal spring, ice forming on every eye of the rod as we worked jig and slip bobber combinations on a frigid Wisconsin River at the crack of dawn last Saturday.
What could have been a challenging and somewhat frustrating start to the 2011 inland lakes walleye season ended up being an opening day to remember, mostly because of the fishing partner in my boat but also because the walleyes cooperated like they haven’t in years.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:00 PM
Drumming, breeding is a rite of springtime
By Kurt Krueger

SPRING is second best of the four seasons in my book, a time marked by the return of migratory wildlife, pre-nesting rituals, warm breezes, open water and one of the scribbler’s favorites — drumming grouse.
It’s the slow transformation toward green-up after more than six months of bare trees and dying vegetation that invigorates the outdoor spirit. Mowing the lawn isn’t my favorite hobby, but it beats shoveling snow any day.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 2:26 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, May 04, 2011 7:58 AM )
One simple way to buld a better deer herd
It appears wildlife managers will never allow the deer herd to grow unless overwinter population goals are slid upward.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

DEER HUNTERS are generally rejoicing over the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) plan to maintain a policy of zero antlerless permits in Units 34, 35 and 39, but many wonder why antlerless deer in other units couldn’t have been afforded similar protection.
Wildlife managers announced last week a proposal for the Natural Resources Board to reinstitute an antlerless deer harvest in three main residential-based areas here, specifically, Units 36, 37 and 38.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:39 PM
A no-gobble turkey woods isn't much fun
By Kurt Krueger

IF THE Department of Natural Resources passed you up this year on a first-season turkey tag, consider yourself among the lucky ones. You didn’t miss a thing.
In about 15 years of chasing these strutting toms around the woods in various parts of Wisconsin, I’ve never experienced anything like it. The woods of central Wisconsin were silent!
Others may have had a different experience, but for the scribbler, not one gobble was heard in the 21 hours I spent in the woods. The toms weren’t even talking in the trees before they flew

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:49 PM
40-inch muskie size limit up for vote Monday

In the Outdoors

By Kurt Krueger

IF YOU CARE about the future of fishing, hunting and trapping regulations that are enforced by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), then you need to make time for a hearing next Monday night, April 11.
At 7 p.m. in every county in the state, the agency will conduct its annual Spring Fish and Game Rules Hearings. In this area, they will be held at the St. Germain Elementary School, at James

Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:37 PM
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

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