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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.


Fishing: a great tradition worth sharing
By Kurt Krueger

BRILLIANT would be an appropriate word to describe the first anglers who invited friends and family to the North Woods to spend time on the water.

The people who started that tradition did an enormous favor for those of us who love the great outdoors, providing the perfect excuse for an escape from work and the routine of daily life.

So it was last weekend on our annual post-New Year’s ice fishing adventure with son Steve and his old basketball buddies from UW-Stout, a group of 30-something youngsters who cherish time with the boys.

Some came a day early to take advantage of the warm-up but by Friday evening,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:12 PM
 
Walleye plan needs more than two years

By Kurt Krueger

DON’T BUY that extra chest freezer just yet, even though the state’s new Walleye Initiative promises to improve walleye populations in many lakes where natural reproduction has failed or is far below sustainable levels.

Despite what might be a 10-fold increase in the stocking of large walleye fingerlings that are 6 to 8 inches in length and a significant improvement in survival rates, there is no telling whether the program will be funded beyond its current two-year stint.

The budget-bill initiative provided an extra $870,000 in funding for 2013 and an added $1.3 million for next year’s stocking efforts. It allows the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to buy minnows for the walleye to eat and allows them to put more pounds into fingerling production.

With short notice, the agency went from the production of

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:14 PM
 
Anglers welcomed brief holiday warmup
By Kurt Krueger

IT?SEEMED like an eternity trying to drop a crappie minnow, hook and tiny split shot down a slushy hole into 30 feet of water, the wind stinging the back of wet hands all the way.

And finally, when the slack line all disappeared and the bobber reached the water, the darn thing kept going as if cracked or water-logged. What kind of luck on the first panfish outing of the winter?

But then I saw the submerged bobber stop, and pop a couple of times, indicating it might be a fish messing with me. So I set the hook. Fish on!

After what again seemed like forever,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:56 AM
 
Walleye limits, deer, logging on wish list

By Kurt Krueger

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.

Part of that improvement might be a change in personal responsibility, for each of us plays a role in resource conservation. We can all strive to join more habitat groups and write more letters to public land managers.

The scribbler has more

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:52 AM
 
It was a surprisingly grand grouse season
By Kurt Krueger

SNUBBED fairly abruptly on favorable weather for chasing birds, grouse hunters got no more than two months of decent conditions this fall but found surprisingly good numbers in the second year of a downswing in the population cycle.

What a difference a year makes.

Last fall we hunted birds into mid-December with little or no snow on the ground,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:09 PM
 
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