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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Certainly a unique opener to remember
Daughter Melissa holds a pair of nice walleyes that fell to jig and minnow combinations on opening day last Saturday.              —Photo By The Author


By Kurt Krueger

MOST DADS can attest to the fact that you really can’t ruin an opening day when the plan calls for sharing boat space with your daughter, but Mother Nature sure tried her best to goof it up.

Daughter Melissa made it a grand event by showing up, but she added a lot more than that to a special weekend outdoors. We had agreed to be up by 4:15 a.m. Saturday, a crazy tradition that came with a plan to try some river fishing before checking the lakes for open water.

She’s a real outdoor trooper who enjoys the challenge

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:15 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:15 PM )
Wildlife galore but no early season turkey

By Kurt Krueger

SONGBIRDS were singing at 4 a.m. Friday when the alarm woke me long before sunrise, and I knew it was going to be a great morning to watch a new day come alive in the turkey woods.

If you’ve never sat in total darkness in the woods and listened as the world awakes, you have missed one of the most awesome events Mother Nature has to offer.

It was just a 10-minute drive to the Dave and Lisa Egdorf farm north of Caroline, a property surrounded by a diverse mix of fields, swamp and steep hardwood ridges. It is truly some of the best deer and turkey country Wisconsin has to offer.

Birds were tweeting in the trees as light came

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:55 PM
Anticipation for opening day still strong
The focus of opening weekend, and the challenge, will be finding a way to bring in that first legal walleye of the season.         —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

YOU WOULD think the uncertainty of a late ice-out and the lowest walleye bag limits in the history of northern Wisconsin angling would dampen a person’s enthusiasm, yet my anticipation for opening day hasn’t faded.

The fever that hits die-hard anglers prior to opening weekend can’t be cured with anything other than getting together with family and friends in the

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:20 PM
Time to return to age-55 crossbow plan
Now that sportspeople statewide have shot down the all-out use of crossbows for deer hunting, it’s time for the Natural Resources Board to pursue lowering the legal age from 65 to 55.                             —STAFF?PHOTO

By Kurt Krueger

THOSE who guessed that the proposal to allow anyone to use a crossbow during the archery deer season was too bold to pass, had their suspicions confirmed when the vote came back 2,479 no to 2,277 yes.

Though the margin of defeat was just 202 votes and the proposal lost in only 28 of the 72 counties last Monday, the vote should tell the Natural Resources Board that the majority disapproves of the idea.

I suppose the argument could be

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:41 PM
North to get vote on natural resources
New Natural Resources Board member Gary Zimmer of Laona will bring a career of wildlife biology, sustainable forestry and habitat improvement expertise to the board that sets policy for the DNR.        —Photo By The Author


By Kurt Kruger

I’VE BEEN so concerned with the lack of North Woods representation on the Natural Resources Board that Friday’s announcement about the appointment of Gary Zimmer was like a prayer answered.

The scribbler had gone so far as to write a pointed column for this week’s paper on the injustice of the 18-county Northern Region not having a vote on the board. I had to scrap that version.

Governor Walker appointed Zimmer, of Laona, a regional biologist with the Ruffed Grouse Society and a former biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. He’s an expert in wildlife management, especially when it comes to habitat development.

This is great news for the North Woods, and I might

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:15 PM )
Don’t miss your chance to have a voice
Many muskie anglers who use conventional techniques are opposed to the proposal to allow motor trolling statewide.                —STAFF?PHOTO

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 8.

At 7 p.m. in every county in Wisconsin, the agency will conduct its annual Spring Fish and Game Rule Hearings. In this area,

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:15 PM
DNR not giving the whole story on bass
DNR officials who claim largemouth bass haven’t been helped by the delayed harvest season the past 20 years obviously don’t fish much. —Photo By The Author


By Kurt Krueger

THE CRAZY thing about the latest plan from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to allow the harvest of largemouth bass in early May is that they aren’t telling the whole story.

It’s sort of like lying by omission that the department doesn’t mention one of its biggest concerns — that largemouth bass are slowly replacing walleyes in some lakes.

That is an issue a lot of anglers can

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:29 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:15 PM )
That panfish survey is mighty important
Anglers who want a voice in the future of panfish bag limits and size limits need to complete an online survey.                —Photo By The?Author

By Kurt Krueger

ANGLERS concerned about the future of panfish regulations that could include minimum size limits and reduced bag limits are being urged to fill out an online survey if they want their opinions considered.

The last of more than two dozen panfish meetings was held last week, part of a statewide process to help guide the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in developing a management plan.

For the first time ever, the agency that has always had plans for walleye, muskie and other game fish, wants to do something similar for crappies, perch

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:12 PM
Crossbow plan too bold to pass the state?

By Kurt Krueger

ANYONE could use a crossbow to hunt deer under an advisory proposal being floated by the Natural Resources Board, a question that will appear on the spring fish and game hearing questionnaire in every county on Monday, April 8.

The plan is far more encompassing than a Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) proposal sportsmen and -women gave the nod to two years ago, which was to lower the legal age for crossbow use from 65 to 55 years of age.

That also was an advisory vote and it passed by 500 votes statewide. But it went nowhere, probably because the change requires legislative approval. So once again, the board is merely monitoring public opinion that could be used to craft a bill.

The first question,

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:51 PM
March is time for tip-downs, panfish
About the simplest form of the tip-down a person could devise is shown above. Just drill holes around the balance point of a rod and hang the rod on a nail extending from the top of a stick.             —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

HAVING bid farewell to the game-fishing season last Sunday, its time for crappies, bluegills and perch to take center stage during the sloppy meltdown of late winter.

A lot of people don’t like the transitional period and they head to warmer climates as spring arrives just two weeks from today, but others can’t wait for the day that water is running into fishing holes on their favorite lake.

There’s probably some scientific explanation

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:53 PM

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