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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Sharing boat space with Dad: a real treat
Pop Krueger hoists a couple of dandy crappies he took on minnows from deep wood structure last Saturday morning.           —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

WE WERE tossing bobbers and small minnows near shoreline trees for crappies when my fishing partner fired an errant cast toward the deep, one of those misfires where most would say oops, reel it back and try again.

I’m not sure if it was a sigh from my end of the boat or some other body language that was to blame, but he stuck with the cast as if it had a purpose sitting in deep water some 40 feet off the tree.

I was sharing boat space at the crack of dawn with my dad, Leland Krueger

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:46 PM
Turkey hunt went from bust to boom!
The prized hunt of the season came after the fourth week tag was filled and this monster tom showed for the camera.        —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

THE?TURKEY hunt went from bust to boom in a hurry earlier this month, literally, just after the scribbler penned a column about the late spring and the lack of gobbling activity in the turkey woods.

It was a whirlwind trip to central Wisconsin’s farm country near Marion, as I didn’t plan to be gone more than 24 hours. The chance at extra tags and a chance to hunt property owned by old classmates and good friends is an opportunity that’s hard to pass up.

The drive came in time for an evening hunt on my third-week tag. For the first time since the season structure was changed from a Sunday to a Tuesday ending, I would have a chance at a double.

I was back on the Dave

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:31 PM
Certainly a unique opener to remember
Daughter Melissa holds a pair of nice walleyes that fell to jig and minnow combinations on opening day last Saturday.              —Photo By The Author


By Kurt Krueger

MOST DADS can attest to the fact that you really can’t ruin an opening day when the plan calls for sharing boat space with your daughter, but Mother Nature sure tried her best to goof it up.

Daughter Melissa made it a grand event by showing up, but she added a lot more than that to a special weekend outdoors. We had agreed to be up by 4:15 a.m. Saturday, a crazy tradition that came with a plan to try some river fishing before checking the lakes for open water.

She’s a real outdoor trooper who enjoys the challenge

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:15 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:15 PM )
Wildlife galore but no early season turkey

By Kurt Krueger

SONGBIRDS were singing at 4 a.m. Friday when the alarm woke me long before sunrise, and I knew it was going to be a great morning to watch a new day come alive in the turkey woods.

If you’ve never sat in total darkness in the woods and listened as the world awakes, you have missed one of the most awesome events Mother Nature has to offer.

It was just a 10-minute drive to the Dave and Lisa Egdorf farm north of Caroline, a property surrounded by a diverse mix of fields, swamp and steep hardwood ridges. It is truly some of the best deer and turkey country Wisconsin has to offer.

Birds were tweeting in the trees as light came

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:55 PM
Anticipation for opening day still strong
The focus of opening weekend, and the challenge, will be finding a way to bring in that first legal walleye of the season.         —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

YOU WOULD think the uncertainty of a late ice-out and the lowest walleye bag limits in the history of northern Wisconsin angling would dampen a person’s enthusiasm, yet my anticipation for opening day hasn’t faded.

The fever that hits die-hard anglers prior to opening weekend can’t be cured with anything other than getting together with family and friends in the

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:20 PM

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