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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

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
Dogs make toughest bird hunting better
Bird hunting for the scribbler these days is all about watching the dog work scent and retrieve birds, as Gracie did here.         —Photos By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

FEW THINGS in the world of hunting are more difficult than chasing ruffed grouse when the forests still have a full compliment of leaves.

It’s a time of the season meant for patient gunners who don’t mind hearing a lot more flushes than the number of birds that will give them a decent look — or any look at all.

For those who choose to hunt without a dog, the early season can be even more frustrating as birds hold tight and give the hunter no clue of their presence, whether

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:14 PM
All-ages crossbow law seems inevitable
Use of the crossbow for hunting deer, a privilege that used to be reserved for aging hunters and those with disabilities, is likely to be available to anyone next fall under the latest legislation.           —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

WITH SENATE approval last month of an all-ages crossbow hunting bill, it is inevitable that one of the biggest changes in state archery deer hunting will hit Wisconsin in 2014.

Combine voice vote approval in the Senate with the 95-0 vote on a similar version of the bill in the State Assembly, and despite some amendments made by the Senate, some form of this bill is a shoe-in for passage.

The major amendment called for a review

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:16 PM

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