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Registration now open for Fall Classic tourney

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 a one day event, said Samuels.

“This gives our out-of-town participants more of the weekend

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:16 PM
 
Raptor Education Group to begin deer heart drive

The Raptor Education Group Inc. (REGI), a non-profit 501(c)(3) raptor rehabilitation facility in Antigo, will soon begin its annual deer heart drive.

Gun deer season offers an opportunity for hunters to help REGI by donating their deer hearts, which offer a natural, low-fat, high protein food source for the hawks, eagles, owls and falcons at REGI.

“Hunters, instead of leaving your deer heart in the woods, place it in a bag and drop it off at one of REGI’s donation sites,”

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:16 PM
 
Piantek, Wallace catch two muskies to win 37th annual Paul’s Pro-Am
Receiving awards in the 37th annual Paul’s Memorial Pro-Am Musky Classic were, from left, third-place finishers Jeremy Bur­ger and Jared Adamovich, tournament coordinator Paul Riedel Jr., first-place finishers Tony Piantek and Jeff Wallace, assistant tournament coordinator Bob Kaczkowski, and second-place finishers Chad Popp and Andy Popp.                        —Contributed Photo
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The team of Tony Piantek and Jeff Wallace caught two fish Saturday and hung on to win the 37th annual Paul’s Memorial Pro-Am Musky Classic on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes last weekend.

Piantek and Wallace, both of Shawano, beat out 62 other teams and were in the winner’s circle Sunday, collecting the $5,000 first-place prize.

“They caught both fish on Saturday and that held up,” said

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:14 PM
 
Sylvania road system to be under construction

District Ranger Norman Nass recently announced that the road system in and around the Sylvania Recreation Area — including Crooked Lake boat landing, Clark Lake boat landing and the Clark Lake campground and day-use area — will be under construction throughout the 2013-’14 fall and winter season.

Additionally, work on the Clark Lake day-use building will be initiated this fall, according to Nass.

“These projects will address road and facility maintenance in the Sylvania Recreation Area,”

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:14 PM
 
Outdoor Women to hike Cathedral Point Trail

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet to hike the Cathedral Point Trail south of Boulder Junction on Trout Lake Sunday, Oct. 13.

Hikers may use the south entrance into the State Forest Headquarters off Highway M to meet at 1:30 p.m. for the outing.

The hike will be followed by a social time, and participants may take their own water, hiking poles, and a treat to share with the group.

All new and former participants are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Norma at (715) 477-1984.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:14 PM
 
Christman wins two awards for bear entry in WTA contest
St. Germain taxidermist Cindi Christman won two awards for her bear entries at the Wisconsin Taxidermists Association’s annual state competition.         —Contributed Photo

Cindi Christman, owner of Beartooth Taxidermy in St. Germain, won two awards with her bear entry in the 2013 Wisconsin Taxidermists Association’s (WTA) annual state competition.

Her black bear entry received a first place in the Master’s Division large mammal category and was also the highest scoring bear at the show, earning her the President’s?Challenge Award.

Each year, the WTA hosts a taxidermy competition

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:12 PM
 
Deer hunter wildlife survey begins

The opening of the archery deer season Sept. 14 marked the beginning of the 2013 deer hunter wildlife survey.

“Deer hunters often ask if there is a way they can tell state wildlife officials what they are or are not seeing from their deer stand,” said Jay Watson, wildlife survey technician with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “This survey provides them with the means to do that.”

With the Deer Trustee report recommending more input from the

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:11 PM
 
DNR program rewards hunters who recruit new people to sport

Hunters who are able to recruit three new people into hunting would be eligible for a half price license the following year, under a new Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program that seeks to encourage active hunters to introduce new people to hunting.

“Becoming a mentor may take a year to accomplish. However, it comes with immediate — as well as lifetime — rewards,” said Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator.

Warnke says if three new hunters list a mentor as their “recruiter,” the mentor

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:11 PM
 
Pro-Am set this weekend
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The 37th annual Paul’s Memorial Pro-Am Musky Classic, set on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, is still accepting entries for the catch-and-release event.

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

“We are looking forward to the 37th annual Memorial Pro-Am and seeing all of the great sportsmen and -women who helped make my father’s tournament the success it has become,” said tournament coordinator Paul Riedel Jr. of Eagle River.

A field of 300 anglers (150 teams) will be

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:33 PM
 
Duck season starts Saturday

Hunters looking forward to the opening of Wisconsin’s 2013 duck season in the North and the Mississippi River zones starting Saturday, Sept. 21, should find good numbers of ducks, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials.

“Although a few areas have been seeing lowering water levels, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters should have a good season,” said Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist. “Continental breeding surveys that have been ongoing for 58 years reported near record numbers of ducks this spring. However, even with excellent continental breeding indications, local water

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:33 PM
 
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