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Revised fishing tournament rules to be topic of DNR public hearings

Draft changes to fishing tournament rules aimed at increasing tournament angler satisfaction while addressing concerns about crowding at boat ramps and fish mortality potentially associated with tournaments are the topic of public hearings in late October and early November.

The current fishing tournament rules have been in effect for more than three years and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has taken a look at the rules to identify areas for improvement, according to DNR Fisheries Director Mike Staggs.

“The rules have generally worked well since they went into effect in 2011,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:17 PM
Snomo safety class planned

The Frosty Snowmobile Club Inc. of Land O’ Lakes will conduct its 14th annual snowmobile safety class Dec. 27-28.

Classes will be taught by Mike Keintz, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified snowmobile safety instructor, and assisted by several club members.

All students are required to have a DNR customer identification number, which may be obtained by calling DNR Customer Service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1-(888) 936-7463.

Students must be at least 12 years old and will receive their safety certificate from the DNR

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:16 PM
Whitetails sets banquet Nov. 16

Whitetails Unlimited (WU) will sponsor a banquet Saturday, Nov. 16, at Gateway Lodge, located at 4103 Highway B in Land O’ Lakes.

The event will feature a buffet dinner, auction and a wide array of prizes including firearms, artwork and collectibles.

A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45 each, $25 for a spouse or $25 for youths 15 and younger. The ticket order deadline is Nov. 9. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

To order tickets, call Mike and Regina Trollan at (715) 545-2114 evenings, WU’s national headquarters at 1-(800) 274-5471, or visit

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:15 PM
Phelps Chamber of Commerce holds its 33rd Musky Classic
The Muskie Classic recently presented a $1,000 check and a free mount from Lax Taxidermy and the Phelps Chamber of Commerce to winners of the 33rd annual event. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, event coordinator Don Crass, first-place winner Jacob Munes of Kaukana with a 473?4-inch muskie and last year’s champion, Brian Fons of East Troy, with his winning mount of a 46-inch fish. Other winners included Andy Derks in second place and Norm Baldwin in third place. Ninety-seven anglers entered the tournament on North and South Twin, Lac Vieux Desert and Big Sand lakes. 	—Photo By Sharon Gifford

The Phelps Chamber of Commerce recently held its 33th annual Midwest Musky Classic Tournament in Phelps.

Anglers from all over the state came and competed to catch the largest muskie for a prize of $1,000. More than 80 fishermen participated in the event on four local lakes.

An awards ceremony luncheon was served following

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:14 PM
Listening session slated for Powell Marsh plans

The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming listening session to share their views on the future direction for the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area in Vilas County with Department of Natural Resources (DNR)?administrators and Natural Resources Board members.

The session is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Manitowish Waters Town Hall, located at Highway 51 and Airport Road in Manitowish Waters.

The process of revising the master plan for this 4,800-acre wildlife area near Manitowish Waters was initiated in August with the release of preliminary vision and goals and four conceptual management alternatives.

During this initial public input step, a public open house

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:13 PM
Jays eight-man team falls to Oneida Nation
By News-Review Staff

Oneida Nation defeated Three Lakes 62-14 Saturday in Great 8 North eight-man football action.

The first half was all Oneida Nation, as the team held a 26-0 lead going into halftime.

The Three Lakes Bluejays fared better in the second half of the game.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:19 PM
Buettell, Eggleston win fifth Fall Classic tourney
Local anglers John Eggleston (left) and Matt Buetell won the fifth annual Fall Classic of Champions fishing tournament. Among their catches was this 423?4-inch muskie.	—Contributed Photo

Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. and the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of the fifth annual Fall Classic of Champions.

The event was held on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes, and, despite inclement weather, more than 30 anglers participated.

The fish were in a cooperative mood

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:04 PM
Bull moose sighted near city
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Several people reported seeing a bull moose just north of the city of Eagle River last week, an animal that likely wandered down from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Butch Simac of Eagle River said he saw the bull moose, with about  40-inch-wide antlers, near the  Northern Lakes Concrete plant off of Silver Lake Road last Wednesday.

David Olson emailed a note to the News-Review Saturday that he had a trail camera photograph of a bull moose, likely the same animal, at 3945 Eagle Pines Road at 7:15 a.m. last Thursday. Eagle Pines Road is on the north side of Eagle Lake.

“My parents

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:03 PM
Oneida to offer ATV course

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Oneida County ATV Association will sponsor a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety course.

The course costs $10 and will be held at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center located at 2000 East Winnebago Street in Rhine­lander.

The class is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 and

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:03 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:06 PM )
Jovanovic took wolf in first hunt
Conover taxidermist Ron Lax, left, and Mike Jovanovic kneel next to the wolf Lax mounted for Jovanovic, who shot the wolf during last year’s wolf hunt. This year’s wolf season starts next Tuesday, Oct. 15.                      —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDDERBUSCH

Second Wisconsin wolf season starts Oct. 15

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Mike Jovanovic of Con­over was one of the first Wisconsin hunters to harvest a wolf in the state’s first modern day wolf season last year.

Jovanovic called in and shot a 64-pound wolf on the first morning of the 2013 season.

“It was a different feeling, a different emotion,” said Jovanovic about shooting a wolf. “They are a beautiful, majestic animal and it’s something you are not going to eat.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:25 PM