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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors


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


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
 
Walleye limits, deer, logging on wish list

By Kurt Krueger

IN THE HEART of the Christmas season, it is time once again to formulate a “wish list” in regard to some of the nagging issues that impact those of us who live to spend time in the great outdoors.

It’s the season of miracles and as we celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever known, it can’t hurt to ponder how we might help improve the future of Wisconsin’s outdoor traditions.

Part of that improvement might be a change in personal responsibility, for each of us plays a role in resource conservation. We can all strive to join more habitat groups and write more letters to public land managers.

The scribbler has more

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:52 AM
 
It was a surprisingly grand grouse season
By Kurt Krueger

SNUBBED fairly abruptly on favorable weather for chasing birds, grouse hunters got no more than two months of decent conditions this fall but found surprisingly good numbers in the second year of a downswing in the population cycle.

What a difference a year makes.

Last fall we hunted birds into mid-December with little or no snow on the ground,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:09 PM
 
Hunters deserve a better northern herd
The capacity of does to rekindle the northern deer herd is stripped away every time the state sells hundreds of antlerless deer tags to both archers and gun hunters, trying to maintain low goals.      —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

IF?YOU support keeping a fairly pathetic deer herd in the?North Woods, then the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is performing beyond expectations — right on the money.

Though the deer herd hadn’t recovered much beyond the pitiful goals of 25 deer per square mile in Unit 36 and 20 deer per square mile in Unit 35, those units went from buck-only to what the department calls a limited antlerless harvest this fall.

Even a lingering winter that had biologists concerned about stress, winterkill

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:56 PM
 
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