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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Wetlands: steadiest of wildlife habitat

By Kurt Krueger

WETLAND habitat is one of the few natural wonders in America that is being effectively protected today, thanks to a 76-year commitment from Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its volunteers across the North American continent.

The numbers are staggering — the preservation of almost 14 million acres of wetlands and conservation influence on another 12 million acres in the United States and Canada.

It is because of that incredible turnaround since the Dust Bowl days of 1937, when duck hunters founded DU, that hunters have enjoyed 12 straight years of 60-day seasons, a six-duck daily bag limit and more than 100 days of Canada goose hunting.

The feat becomes more

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:01 PM
Older players sought for 2 hockey events
By Gary Ridderbusch

Veteran Eagle River hockey players who have been around the rink a time or two are being sought for two hockey activities this winter.

Eagle River resident Michael Eder, coordinator of the Noontime Hockey League at the Eagle River Sports Arena, said the Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships is seeking more teams for the age 60-and-over division to play in the unique outdoor tournament Feb. 7-9, 20-14.

“All of the other divisions have filled up, but they still need more teams in the 60-and-over divisions,”

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:00 PM
We hunters live for the magical moments
We who hunt and fish wait patiently for those moments when it all comes together — memories for a lifetime. Here’s Gracie with a big grouse.

By Kurt Krueger

I’VE?HAD people ask me why in the world anyone would attempt to walk all day in the grouse woods, scampering over windfalls and through heavy cover for hours on end, and the answer came to me recently.

Sweat drips freely from the face on the coldest of days because grouse country is not easy terrain, especially six hours into the hunt when legs, feet and arms begin to ache. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:16 AM
The glory days of October are slipping fast
Raccoons, ruffed grouse and even white squirrels are part of the reason I spend time in a tree stand, quietly watching.          —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

AS I STRUGGLED to choose between grouse and deer hunting with a bow late Saturday afternoon, wondering how to fill a fall turkey tag, trap a fisher and shoot some pheasants in the days ahead, the reality of time and its limits hit home.

That glorious month of October is almost gone — stolen again in what seems like the blink of an eye.

Like a glimpse of a majestic buck in heavy cover,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:11 PM
Action Team alters the czar’s bizarre plan
Deer management changes that will impact hunters on public and private lands are up for public hearing review this month.          —STAFF?PHOTO

By Kurt Krueger

MY FIRST reading of the Deer Trustee Report a year ago left me with the distinct impression that without severe modifications, effective deer management on public lands in northern Wisconsin would take a shot to the spine.

The so-called deer czar had his sights so focused on private land deer management that his report virtually disregarded the North Woods and its extensive public forests.

In fact, his suggestion that we set antlerless harvest goals

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:01 PM

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