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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
 
Women’s group plans next trip to Maple Fest

The Outdoor Women’s Group will visit the Maple Syrup Festival Saturday, April 5, in Phelps.

The group will meet for tree-tapping demonstrations, guided bus tours of local sugarbush operations, an indoor craft show and lunch at The Maple Café.

The event is free, participation in the raffle will cost $10,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:04 PM
 
Nicolet ATV Club plans ride Saturday

The Three Lakes Nicolet ATV Club  is planning a club ride this Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to club spokesperson Mark Kirby.

The event, called the Spring Slush Run, is an effort to get ATV riders to club sponsors located off the ATV routes.

“We are being proactive and want to get to those businesses that support the club but are not accessible by the established ATV routes,” said Kirby. “So we will use the frozen lakes to access those businesses.”

Kirby said there will be ATV events at each location,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:03 PM
 
Deer herd status meetings for 2014 to be held during spring hearings
North Woods hunters will be asked to give input on the deer herd durIng the spring fish and game hearings April 14. During harsh winters, DNR wildlife experts say cutting trees late in the winter can help deer locate natural browse.       —Photo By Joe Bucher

Planning for the 2014 deer hunting season is underway and wildlife biologists with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invite anyone interested in discussing Wisconsin’s deer herd to attend deer herd status meetings.

In 2014, these meetings will be held in conjunction with DNR and Wisconsin Conservation Congress’ annual spring fish and game hearings Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:43 AM
 
Muskies Inc. sets banquet

Northwoods Muskies Inc. will hold its annual kickoff banquet at The Pointe Resort in Minocqua Saturday, April 5. The public is welcome to attend.

The fundraiser will feature a spaghetti dinner, raffles, a live auction and guest speaker Ken Jackson.

Ticket cost for the evening will be $20 for adults and $10 for children.

To register, email info@northwoodsmuskies.­com. For more information, visit northwoodsmuskies.­com.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:43 AM
 
DNR seeks angler feedback on expanding trout seasons
Anglers might be able to spend more time on streams as trout seasons might be expanded.                       —STAFF PHOTO

Moving the start of the early trout season to Jan. 1 and expanding the early season to all inland waters to provide more fishing opportunities are among the options Wisconsin anglers can weigh in on during the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings, held April 14 at sites in all Wisconsin counties.

The six advisory questions on trout topics, spring hearings questionnaire questions 22-27, are the latest step in a comprehensive review of trout fishing in Wisconsin launched in 2011.

The questions are designed to help gauge support for possible season changes,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:46 PM
 
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