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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors


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


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
 
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
 
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