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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Deer study plan ignores artificial feeding
By Kurt Krueger

IT APPEARS that opposition to a proposed deer browsing study on 900 acres of public land near Palmer Lake isn’t unusual, at least according to a state-published book on the subject.

The book was found by Mike Duew of Land O’ Lakes, who is not too keen on the plan to lock up public forest acreage for this study. It was written by biologists Burton Dahlberg and Ralph Guettinger.

Back in the 1940’s, the Wisconsin Conservation Department employed 23 enclosures in northern and central counties for the purpose of studying deer range carrying capacity.

The predecessor to the Department

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:20 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:34 PM )
An outdoor tradition that will never end
Mike and Matt Krueger of Winneconne show some of the crappies they took using the deep hole theory last weekend.       —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger


WE HADN’T set out three panfish rigs over deep water on the Eagle Chain when the first rod, a tip-down, popped once and headed for the hole.

It was the first crappie hit of the day for Mike Krueger of Winneconne, a cousin and longtime friend who trekked north with his son Matt for their annual hard-water fishing adventure.

He slid the rod off the stand and

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:41 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:35 PM )
Night crawlers can damage forest health
The mightest of earthworms, the night crawler, can consume 10 pounds of organic material from the forest floor every year. They are invasives.

By Kurt Krueger

DID YOU know that earthworms in Wisconsin, including the mighty night crawler used by thousands of anglers, are invasive species that can damage the health of forests?

The scribbler learned that and a lot more recently when Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Bernadette Williams spoke to the Eagle River Rotary Club.

“Opening a can of worms” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to our forests, which evolved without invasive earthworms that were

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:59 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:35 PM )
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

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