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Experimental panfish regulations eyed for 10 Vilas lakes, Three Lakes Chain
Anglers may be asked to keep fewer and smaller panfish under a DNR?proposal for 110 lakes.      —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has introduced new experimental panfish bag limits on 110 lakes statewide, including 10 lakes in Vilas County, the entire Three Lakes Chain of lakes and 16 other water bodies in Oneida County.

Steve Hewett, DNR fisheries section chief , said the goal of the changes is to improve the average size of panfish in lakes that are not achieving their potential.

He said the proposed rules follow three years of angler surveys,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:47 PM
 
Crossbow licenses offered for Wisconsin deer hunters

With bonus permit sales and archery and crossbow seasons just around the corner, license sales have begun to increase for the fall deer seasons.

New laws have established two kinds of deer hunting licenses applicable to archery and crossbow seasons, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials.

A crossbow license will allow hunting deer and small game with a crossbow. An archer license will only allow hunting with what is typically considered archery gear — a bow drawn and held through the effort of the person releasing it (this excludes crossbows).

Under the new law,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:46 PM
 
Antlerless deer tags available starting Aug. 18

Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., but no permits are available in this three-county area.

Antlerless tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day. Sales will continue until sold out or until the 2014 deer hunting season ends.

Tags will be available for

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:41 PM
 
Plum Creek DU to hold banquet

The Plum Creek chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) in Sayner will hold its 2014 summer banquet Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Clearview Supper Club on Big St. Germain Lake in St. Germain, and tickets are available now for the general public.

Tickets are priced at $50 per person, $90 for couples or $275 for sponsors. All tickets will be held at the door.

For those not receiving an invitation in the mail,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:40 PM
 
Funny Farm Fisheries offers fishing in Sayner
Funny Farm Fisheries is now offering fee fishing for rainbow trout in Sayner off Plum Lake Drive. The business will clean and pack any fish caught on location.       —Contributed Photo

Funny Farm Fisheries — a fee fishing area for rainbow trout — recently opened for business in Sayner and will hold a grand opening celebration during Colorama this fall.

The business is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 2916 Plum Lake Dr., according to CEO Russ Davis. Kerri We­berg serves as president and Todd Weberg is vice president.

Second-phase plans for the business

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:39 PM
 
Fall turkey permits to remain at same level in northern zones
The Department of Natural Resources has issued more than 96,000 permits for the fall turkey hunting season, including 1,000 tags in Zone 7 here. Experts said winter mortality  was localized, so the permit level was not lowered.                 —STAFF PHOTO

Fall turkey permit availability in 2014 will be equal to the number offered during the 2013 fall season, including 1,000 permits in Zone 7 for units in this region of the North Woods.

A total of 96,700 permits will be available statewide, with permits allocated to specific turkey management zones based on the amount of habitat available and relative size of turkey population.

Fall permit levels are set by the Wisconsin Department

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:39 PM
 
Public hearings will gather input on waterfowl season structure
The public can provide input on the fall waterfowl hunting season in Wisconsin. The final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board Aug. 13.     —STAFF PHOTO

The Mississippi Flyway Council was scheduled to meet in July to analyze survey data and make recommendations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on waterfowl hunting regulations.

The council includes waterfowl specialists and wildlife directors from 17 U.S. states and Canadian Provinces.

Recommendations from the council will help the U.S. Fish

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:38 PM
 
38th annual Paul’s Pro-Am slated on Chain Sept. 20-21
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The 38th annual Paul’s Memorial Pro-Am Musky Classic, set on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, is accepting entries for the catch-and-release event.

The tournament, sponsored by the Riedel family and headquartered at Club DeNoyer on Watersmeet Lake, is one of the longest-running catch-and-release muskie fishing events in the North Woods.

“We are looking forward to the 38th annual Memorial Pro-Am and

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:38 PM
 
Public input sought on ATV trail in Oneida

A public open house regarding a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) feasibility study on a proposed all-terrain vehicle (ATV)/utility-task vehicle (UTV) trail will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw.

Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the department’s analysis of the proposed trail for a portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:37 PM
 
Kayak, paddleboard races planned on Big St. Germain

All paddlers are welcome to the Woods and Water Paddle Races on Big St Germain Lake set for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. It includes both kayak and stand-up paddleboard divisions.

The 5-kilometer, or 3.1-mile, flat-water course takes paddlers on scenic Big St Germain Lake and the St Germain River. The race will start at Lynn Ann’s Campground and is an out-and-back course. This event will take place rain or shine, and will only be canceled due to severely inclement conditions.

There will be awards for first, second and third place for male and female divisions.

People are encouraged to preregister by Aug. 10

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:37 PM
 
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