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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.


Proposed deer browsing study a joke?
This doe was caught munching on a mouthful of aspen leaves, one of their favorite browsing foods in summer.                  —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

THE AGENCY that believes deer densities shouldn’t exceed 20 deer for every 640 acres in many parts of the North Woods is proposing a 30-year study that starts with 40 deer in an 80-acre enclosure to represent a high-density population.

According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the plan is to fence 900 acres of state land just south of Palmer Lake and create interior enclosures that hold low, moderate and high deer densities.

Each of the enclosures would have varied forest

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:16 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:29 PM )
 
One last chance to stop statewide trolling
The Natural Resources Board is poised to legalize motor trolling on every lake in 2015 unless opponents can rally for a final vote on the plan at the spring hearings in every county on Monday, April 14.      —STAFF?PHOTO
By Kurt Krueger

IN?THE hard-fought battle to stop the legalization of motor trolling in Vilas and Oneida counties, we’re down to the ninth inn­ing, two outs and nobody is on base.

It will take one heck of a rally to stop the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its oversight board from shoving this regulation down the throats of its many opponents.

Even last spring’s impressive no vote at the spring hearings in Vilas,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:58 AM
 
A little memory jerker from the freezer
Dining on grouse in the dead of winter is great, but it’s even better when I can reflect on a memorable fall outing with Gracie.  —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

DIGGING around in the chest freezer the other day, the scribbler was sifting through packs of venison and pheasant breasts when I came across a thick package marked “twin cities.”
My mind instantly returned to an evening hunt in Alvin-Nelma country deep in the national forest, a day I snuck out of work an hour early because conditions seemed perfect for chasing grouse.
It was early October and the leaves were just beginning to fall from the short bushes that lined the old two-track,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:36 PM
 
Walleye slot limit not tourism-friendly

By Kurt Krueger

IT’S NO secret that many walleye anglers and fishing guides, the scribbler included, don’t like the walleye slot limit that is severely regulating hook-and-line harvest on the Eagle River Chain.

Few regulations the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ever conceived are as unpopular as a slot limit that forces anglers to throw back every walleye from 14 to 18 inches in length.

Adding fuel to the fire is the Chain’s slow-growth fishery, where virtually no male walleyes will ever reach 18 inches and be available for legal harvest above the slot. Apparently we are saving those for spearers and poachers, because law-abiding anglers have no access to them.

Anglers fishing the Three Lakes side of the 28-lake chain

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:50 PM
 
It’s a tough winter for staying active
Like snowmobilers, cross-country skiers are having a banner winter for great trail conditions with the abundant snow cover.  —Contributed Photo

By Kurt Krueger
News-Review Publisher

NEVER is the challenge of dealing with long-winter syndrome — referred to most often as  cabin fever — more difficult than in years like this.
After two months of below-average temperatures and way too many days when the mercury barely hit zero, we fell into a February with little relief in sight.
The good news is that the snowmobile and cross-country ski trails are in excellent condition, as are the resorts that offer downhill skiing. With today’s clothing and equipment, these sports can be enjoyed in the coldest of conditions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:03 PM
 
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