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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.

Northerns: the tastiest, most versatile fish?
Though notorious for slime and extra bones, the northern pike is an aggressive and abundant fish that when cleaned properly, provides some of the best fillets of any fish found in Wisconsin.              —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

MOST PEOPLE would see no delight in fileting a bunch of small, slimy, half-frozen northern pike after a long and rather cold day on the ice.
I’ll admit it is no picnic. There you are trying to cut fish that slide all over the cleaning table, using hands and fingers that are so numb they sting.
A lot of anglers don’t care for that part of the sport and would much prefer to either throw the fish back or talk somebody else into cleaning while they cook, grab refreshments or whatever.


Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:46 PM )
New rules: gut shot to deer management
By Kurt Krueger

THE TWO main problems the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had with its deer management system, setting goals too low and struggling to provide accurate deer population estimates, could get a lot worse now that some of the deer czar’s craziest recommendations have been adopted.

Last week, the Natural Resources Board approved a package of regulations that will reconfigure the state’s deer management units, discontinue numeric population goals and do away with in-person deer registration requirements.

They were chosen items from the recommendations of Texas researcher James Kroll, aka the deer czar, who was contracted by Gov. Scott Walker to review the system and make suggestions on how to improve deer hunting in Wisconsin.

Agency officials tossed out a lot of those suggestions,

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:29 PM
Will deadly crossbows take the sport down?

By Kurt Krueger

SOME?PEOPLE are questioning whether archery in Wisconsin, a sport acclaimed as the last bastion of genuine fair-chase hunting, will suffer some sort of long-term ethical deterioration and slowly lose its popularity now that high-tech crossbows have been legalized.

That was the gist of an article in The Economist magazine last month, a copy of which was forwarded by longtime reader Jim Flanders of Mississippi and Three Lakes.

The story made it clear that while hunter numbers are slowly dwindling in Wisconsin and across the nation, bow hunting has experienced the opposite with 10-fold increases the past 40 years.

Credited with the turnaround are many issues,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:53 AM
Rhinelander businessman sentenced in district court

John Henricks III, 43, of Amherst and formerly of Rhinelander, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to 10 years, one month in prison for using the U.S. mail to defraud several insurance companies.

Henricks pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 14.

At sentencing, Crabb found Henricks criminally responsible for using his prior business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop in Rhinelander, to defraud 19 auto insurance companies out of more than $1.3 million by staging accidents and creating false work invoices.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:50 PM
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

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