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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
Fall Classic planned Oct. 5

The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., in association with the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, will host the Fall Classic of Champions on the Three Lakes Chain.

This year’s catch-and-release tournament will be a one-day event taking place Saturday, Oct. 5. Registration will be held Friday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Northernaire Resort and Spa in Three Lakes, which also will serve as tournament headquarters.

According to chapter public relations director Scott Samuels,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:32 PM
Prospects good for grouse hunters, but good habitat will be key: DNR
Upland bird hunters will be taking to the forests of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties in search of ruffed grouse starting this Saturday, Sept. 14. Wildlife experts say finding quality habitat — generally younger forests — will be the key to locating birds.                       —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Prospects are good for the ruffed grouse season, which opens with the start of shooting hours this Saturday, Sept. 14, for hunters willing to search out the best habit.

The grouse season in zone A in northern Wisconsin runs through Jan. 31, 2014. Hunters interested in pursuing grouse in southeastern Wisconsin, in Zone B, have a short

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:37 PM
Archery deer hunt starts Saturday
For Wisconsin archery deer hunters, there may be a chance of harvesting a buck in velvet when the archery deer season opens this Saturday, Sept. 14.                   —STAFF PHOTO

A?hint of color change and cooler evening temperatures are a signal to many bow hunters that the opening of Wisconsin’s archery deer season is just around the corner.

The archery deer season is set for start at dawn this Saturday, Sept. 14.

“For those of us who love to bow hunt, it’s an exciting time of the year

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:36 PM
Youth waterfowl hunt set this weekend

Regular goose season starts Sept. 16 in North

The popular two-day youth waterfowl hunt will take place this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, followed by the regular Canada goose hunting season in the Exterior and Horicon zones, which kicks off Monday, Sept. 16.

The youth waterfowl hunt offers youth age 12 to 15 — or those 10 and over hunting under the mentored hunting law — the opportunity to learn skills from an adult without some of the pressure that might be encountered during the regular season.

Normal season bag limits apply. All license and stamp requirements

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:35 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society to host fundraiser dinner in Boulder

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.

Drummer Fund projects are designed to benefit habitat for ruffed grouse,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:32 PM