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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

The grouse downswing was inevitable
By Kurt Krueger

IT APPEARS the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was right on its second attempt at declaring a peak year in the ruffed grouse population cycle, as all signs now point to 2011 as the peak.

The agency was wrong with its first declaration a couple of years back, that 2009 was the best, so I’ve been ultra skeptical since last summer’s claim that grouse numbers were finally in decline.

But even an incredible grouse season last fall, due to a bumper crop of young birds, couldn’t hide the overall truth. There just weren’t as many birds in all types of cover, not like we saw during the fall of 2011.

Signs of the cyclic downturn came during several

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:05 PM )
Fast-action panfishing is meant for kids
Brother Cody Kreger was more than happy to center sister Kaylee’s head between two crappies during Guides/Kids Day.       —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

TO?BORROW and slightly revise an old saying from a classic movie that featured the ever-entertaining Tom Hanks — guiding is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

That is especially true during Guides/Kids Day in Eagle River, where last week, about 20 guides hosted some 34 kids for an afternoon of fishing. There’s nothing more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6:01 PM
If Mother Nature helps out, don’t goof it up

By Kurt Krueger

THE BOBBER landed right next to the partly submerged shoreline tree, and under it was hook, sinker and a small minnow set just a foot below the surface.

It took all of four or five seconds for the pencil bobber to pop and slowly disappear, dropping toward the tree as a fish returned to its underwater hideout. The hookset was solid and the fight was on, quite a battle trying to keep the fish from darting back into the maze of sticks and branches.

I hoisted into the boat a 12-inch crappie, a golden slab of a fish that had so much

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:10 PM
Right place, right time is about persistence

By Kurt Krueger

YOU?DON’T have to be crazy to rise before dawn and head for a camouflaged tent that was placed in the woods the previous day, next to the drumming log of a ruffed grouse.

Passionate maybe, for a good photo, but not crazy.

Getting good wildlife photos does take a commitment, but nothing more than what the average angler or hunter would do in his or her pursuit of fish and game.

You know that old saying about how the fishing is always great,

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:55 PM
Do kids a big favor — take them fishing
Alexander hoists one of dozens of bluegills and sunfish taken with worms from the shallows, a real treat for a kid.                 —Photo By The?Author

By Kurt Krueger

FEW?WORDS in the English language strike more excitement in the heart of an angler and grandfather than these: “Pappa, will you take me fishing?”

Besides those glorious words is that innocent, inquisitive face that is patiently hoping for a positive response — the kind of face that’s really hard to turn down.

The scribbler is blessed by kids who fish and now grandkids, a boy and a girl who both like time in the boat, dropping bobbers and  wiggling fish on

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:32 PM

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