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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Long-term turtle survival depends on people
By Kurt Krueger

A SMALL painted turtle was just crossing to my side of the centerline when I drove past and, with little traffic on the road, my first thought was to let it continue the course on its own. But a half-mile later, when one car passed going in the opposite direction, I decided to go back and help that turtle get safely across the road. No other cars had passed me going in my direction. Imagine my shock and anger upon getting back to the spot, only to find that the turtle had been crushed by a car tire about three feet from where I had seen it last — in the same lane. Did that lone car really cross the centerline to take out a turtle?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 2:21 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:48 PM )
Lake jumping comes with big responsibilities
By Kurt Krueger

LET’S SAY you hit the Eagle River Chain early for walleyes, head to Boot Lake for some crappie action, and then finish up the day catching the rest of your daily walleye limit on  Kentuck Lake.
Sounds like a plan. Similar scenarios are played out again and again this time of year as anglers make the most of their days.
It’s called lake jumping, and it’s an inseparable part of Wisconsin’s fishing tradition. But at no time in history has the practice become more controversial, or more dangerous, because of the increased chance of spreading aquatic invasive species to uninfested waters.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:25 PM
Fish with Dad if you still have the chance
Dad was back in familiar territory last Friday night, catching brown trout on slip bobbers, one of his frying pan favorites.  --Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

THE SLIP bobber hadn’t been floating with the waves more than a minute or two when it laid perfectly flat, the kind of strike you come to expect from brown trout that race out of the depths to hit a minnow and continue upward, taking all the weight off the bobber.
It was a special “bite” because the bobber was attached to the rod being held by my dad, Leland Krueger of Marion, who had made yet another fishing trek to the North Woods that he’s been visiting for almost 50 years.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:37 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:43 AM )
Playing peekaboo with a tom turkey?
This 21-pound tom came running to the call and hun around for the decoy, though it knew something wasn't right.  --Photo By Diane Wojtech
By Kurt Krueger

THE BEAUTY of this sport we call hunting is that, on any given day, you never know where the chase will take you — what bizarre or even first-time things might be waiting in the woods for those who seek adventure.
This is my story.
It was the final hour of a one-morning turkey hunt last Friday as I headed for the north side of the farm, having heard a couple of gobbles in the distance as the fog and light rain gave way to

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:32 PM
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 )

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