By Kurt Krueger
COMBINING a late deer opener with sub-zero wind chills is far from the ideal scenario for productive hunting, but it wasn’t all bad news from the Pine River Country deep in the national forest.
Six of us staked out a claim in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in various tree stands and ground blinds. And for the first time in many years, everyone saw a deer on opening day.
Given the weather and the fact that we don’t use bait, that’s a mighty big accomplishment in and of itself. Heck, for the first time since 1989, I saw a doe with three fawns milling through the hardwoods Sunday morning — couldn’t believe my eyes.
The credit goes to a U.S. Forest Service that’s finally getting