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Hearing set Oct. 22 in Eagle River on proposed rules from deer report
Proposed rules relating to the Deer Trustee Report will be addressed at 35 upcoming public hearings.  —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The state Natural Resources Board has scheduled public hearings to be held by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife experts on proposed rules relating to implementation of the Deer Trustee Report.

From Oct. 22 to Oct. 31, the DNR will host public hearings on the proposed Deer Trustee Report rules at 35 locations statewide.

In this area, the hearings will be held in Eagle River

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:24 PM
Rifles OK’d for hunting statewide

Three years after the idea was first proposed in a citizen resolution during voting at Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring meetings, rifles will be allowed statewide for firearm deer hunting as of Nov. 1, unless a local municipality has enacted a more restrictive ordinance.

“Hunters are strongly urged to check with local officials to see if rifles will be allowed for the November nine-day gun-deer hunt,” Scott Gunderson, assistant deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said of the law change which will not be in effect when the youth

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:23 PM
DNR sets public hearing to discuss walleye initiative

Public meetings are set for mid-October in Rhinelander, Hayward and Ocono­mo­woc to discuss Wisconsin’s walleye fisheries and get people’s opinions on what considerations the state should use in coming years to decide how to allocate the increased number of large walleyes for stocking made possible under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative.

“There are a lot of lakes that can really benefit from the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative,” said Steve Avelallemant, longtime lead fish supervisor in northern Wisconsin for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “We want to know what considerations we should use to decide where to stock these larger walleye.”

The public meetings are among the initial efforts by DNR’s fisheries management program

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:23 PM
Whitetails Unlimited 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, outfitter packages, hunting- and outdoor-related equipment, artwork and collectibles available only at WU events.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward local projects that uphold WU’s mission.

A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:22 PM
Vojta harvests possible state record black bear
John Vojta of St. Germain harvested this black bear Sept. 13. The skull had a green score measurement of 24.
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

John Vojta of St. Germain harvested a 586-pound black bear Friday, Sept. 13, while hunting over bait on private land about five miles west of Port Wing in Bayfield County.

A taxidermist measured the skull and determined its green score at 24 inches. While there will be some shrinkage, the skull measurement could put the bear in the state record book.

The current record is 235?16 for a bear skull

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:13 PM
Fall Classic set Saturday in Three Lakes

The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. in conjunction with the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce will host the Fall Classic of Champions on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes Saturday, Oct. 5.

Registration for this year’s catch-and-release tournament will take place Friday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northernaire Resort in Three Lakes, which also serves as tournament headquarters.

According to Chapter Public Relations Director Scott Samu­els, the Fall Classic will see several changes designed to make the event more appealing to anglers and guests.

The tournament is now

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:13 PM
Grouse groups to host dinner

The Chain O’ Lakes Chapter and Rib Mountain Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) have teamed up to host a Hunt for Habitat Dinner at Gooch’s A-One Bar and Grill Saturday, Oct. 5.

Gooch’s is located at 6215 Highway M?in Boulder Junction. A social hour at 5 p.m. will kick off the event, and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Registration costs $20 and all proceeds from the event will benefit Wisconsin Drummer Fund habitat projects.

For more information or to register, contact Zuiker at (715) 892-8479 ot visit the RGS website at

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:13 PM
Northwoods Muskies Inc. plans fishing event Oct. 5

The Northwoods Chapter of Muskies Inc. will hold an outing Saturday, Oct. 5, as the Presque Isle Yacht Club will be the host venue for a day of fishing four lakes in the area.

A big fish contest will be the highlight of the event, and live bait will be allowed.

Following the fishing, attendees will convene at the Yacht Club for awards and a meeting with a seminar presented by chapter member Howie Meyer, a long-time guide in Presque Isle.

Registration for the event costs $25 per angler.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:12 PM
Fall muskie crankin’ 101
Joe Bucher caught this fall monster using one of his favorite crankbait techniques, casting floating deep divers for free-roaming, cruising or suspended fish.                 —Contributed Photo

Bucher recommends casting floating deep divers

By Joe Bucher
Special to the News-Review

Once the water cools and the lakes turnover in the fall, muskies move deeper. Working deeper breaklines with diving crankbaits now becomes a top technique for anglers.

However, the vast majority of muskie anglers do not even attempt to fish this fantastic fall lure. All I can say to this is — they are missing the boat.

Fall crankbait casting is actually quite simple. Once you master it,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:18 PM
State fish stocking trucks rolling with walleyes funded by initiative
Department of Natural Resources personnel used nets to remove large walleye fingerlings from the Art Oehmcke Hatchery in Woodruff to be stocked in lakes across the North Woods where there is poor natural reproduction.              —Contributed Photos

State stocking trucks headed out on the highways last week with the first loads of larger walleyes to be delivered to lakes under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, a funding package aimed at increasing populations of the popular game fish.

Over the next few weeks, state fish hatcheries are expected to stock out 300,000 to 400,000 of the 4- to 7-inch walleyes, more than four times as many as normal.

The two-year, $13 million Wisconsin Walleye Initiative

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:17 PM