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Deer status meetings added

Spring fish and wildlife hearings
planned in every county April 14

Dozens of advisory questions on hunting and fishing topics will be up for a vote at the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings next Monday, April 14, across the state.

A trolling rule change is the only proposed specific rule change to be voted on at the 2014 hearings, which will be held in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. (See story on trolling question on front page.)

The hearings in this area will be at the St. Germain Elementary School for Vilas County; at the James William Middle School in Rhinelander for Oneida County; and at Crandon High School for Forest County.

People interested in natural resources management

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:50 PM
 
Private, tribal hatcheries get grants to increase walleye production: Stepp
Private and tribal fish hatcheries will get $2 million in state grants for producing larger walleyes for stocking in Wisconsin lakes.                                                     —Contributed Photo

Six private and three tribal fish hatcheries — including the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians — will get a total of $2 million in one-time grants for projects that will increase their capacity to produce larger walleye for stocking in Wisconsin by 470,000 fish per year, state fisheries officials say.

The hatcheries are receiving the grants from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as part of a competitive grant process funded through

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:34 PM )
 
Youths turkey hunt scheduled this weekend

It couldn’t get much easier to take a youngster hunting than the spring turkey hunt for youths this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13.

Parents, guardians and mentors can take any youth ages 10 through 15, who has a tag and license, on the special turkey hunt.

The first of six regular seven-day turkey hunting seasons will start Wednesday, April 16.

The two-day spring youth hunt, initiated in 2007,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:47 PM
 
Groups can apply for tourney applications

Organizers of fishing tournaments planning events for 2015 may now apply for their permits, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

New this year, the applications will be reviewed as they come in and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, state fisheries officials said.

“We’re awarding permits on a first-come, first-served basis to improve the process for organizers and DNR biologists,” said Jon Hansen, the DNR fish biologist who works on tournament issues. “So get your applications in for both 2014 and 2015 as soon as you can to ensure your spot.”

There is a cap on the maximum amount of tournament fishing pressure allowed

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:47 PM
 
Class offered for ski patrol

Outdoor enthusiasts age 16 and older may enroll in an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course being offered at Minocqua Winter Park.

The class will meet weekly on a time and day yet to be determined. An organizational session will be held May 3 at 9 a.m.

The course will run approximately 20 weeks with sessions of three to four hours each, with additional home study required.

Instructors from area ski patrols

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:14 PM
 
Artist Virgil Beck to be guest at 36th Muskies Inc. banquet
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. will host its 36th annual awards banquet and fundraiser Saturday, April 12, at Eagle River Inn & Resort.

Renowned wildlife artist Virgil Beck will be a special guest at the banquet, according to chapter public relations director Scott Samuels.

Beck, a Wisconsin native,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:13 PM
 
Forest Service closes trails during spring breakup

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV), horse and bicycle trails are closed and will remain closed until further notice due to the spring breakup.

During this time period, the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals is prohibited on national forest system trails.

The temporary closure of trails during spring breakup will reduce rutting and erosion of trails which often occurs when the soil is saturated, according to Forest Service officials. They say pro­tecting recreation trails during this time period reduces the likelihood

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:08 PM
 
Musky Marathon ends 50-year run
Linda Thorp, left, chairwoman of the Vilas Tourism & Publicity Committee, presents a plaque to Sonnet Uhlenbrauck, Appleton, for her first-place 44-inch muskie.     —Photo By Wally Geist
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

Janet Christianson of the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity Department presented the 50-year history of the Vilas County Musky Mara­thon to the county board last Tuesday.

Christianson noted the 2013 Musky Marathon was the last such event in which one species of fish — the mighty muskie — would be targeted.

“The Tourism & Publicity Department is working on

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:06 PM
 
Shooting league for women sets meeting

The Eagle River chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League will meet Saturday, April 5, at The Rock Community Center in Eagle River at 9 a.m.

A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for pistol, rifle and shotgun sports.

While members are waiting for the snow to melt and shooting ranges to open back up, practice shooting with laser targets will be offered at the meeting.

A session on pistol cleaning also will be

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:06 PM
 
Wildlife biologist to speak on elk at Discovery Center

The North Lakeland Discovery Center will host Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Sam Jonas Thursday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of its Nibbles n’ Knowledge monthly lecture series.

Jonas will discuss the reintroduction and continued management of elk in Wisconsin, along with their ecology, biology and habits.

The lecture also will feature food, and participants will learn about the male elk bugle, part of the mating communication ritual.

This program will be hosted in the main lodge at

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:05 PM
 
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