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Fishing tourney seeking judges

Paul’s Pro Am is seeking judge boats to verify fish on the Eagle River Chain Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22.

Judges may fish for species other than muskie during the tournament.

Judges will be paid $125 and given a free meal Sunday after the tournament.

Hours will be from 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:24 PM
Anglers encouraged to register muskies in 50th annual Marathon
Dick Albers of Green Bay caught this 44-inch muskie on a Vilas County lake Aug. 2. The well-marked fish was caught on a nightcrawler and 6-pound test line.                 —Contributed Photo

The 2013 Vilas County Musky Marathon has registered some nice fish to celebrate its 50th year, according to Janet Christianson of the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity Department.

“We encourage any angler releasing a muskie caught in Vilas County waters to be a part of the 50th year of this very special event,” said Christensen.

The Vilas County Musky Marathon,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:02 PM
DNR proposes stocking increase for pheasants

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to release 75,000 pheasants on 92 public properties across the state in 2013.

These stocking levels are up from 54,000 pheasants released on 70 public properties in 2012.

“The additional properties stocked this year will allow hunters to explore and find success on properties they may not have hunted in the past,” said Bob Nack, DNR Poynette game farm manager. “There’s certainly something special about a fall pheasant hunt, and being able

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:02 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society to host banquet Thursday

The Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its seventh annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet this Thursday, Aug. 29, at Whitetail Inn, located at 9083 Highway 70 West in St. Germain.

The banquet will include a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

According to Jed Lechleitner, individual membership and

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:02 PM
More walleyes on target for lake stocking this fall

State fish hatcheries have finished stocking the first of two waves of walleye to go out this year and the number of fish stocked far surpassed original estimates, state fisheries officials say.

Four state fish hatcheries equipped to grow cool-water fish such as walleye and muskie sent more than 2.3 million walleye out the door earlier this summer, 560,000 fish more than originally expected.

These fish were 1 to 3 inches long when they were transferred into their new homes. They are the small fingerlings that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has traditionally stocked the most of because growing the fish to the “large fingerling” size of 4 to 7 inches would cost significantly

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:01 PM
Operation Deer Watch under way across state
The public is being asked to report daily deer sightings to the DNR in an effort to monitor the deer herd.     —STAFF PHOTO

In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin’s deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is continuing its annual citizen-science survey Operation Deer Watch.

This collaboration of data from the public, along with deer observations collected by DNR staff, provides insight on the reproductive status of Wisconsin’s deer herd in 2013. The number of does,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:00 PM
Early Canada goose season opens Sept. 1
Hunters will take to the fields, marshes and lakes starting this Sunday for the early Canada goose hunt.                                                            —STAFF PHOTO

With cooler nights and Labor Day approaching, hunters may be thinking about the first fall hunting seasons, including early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.

The early Canada goose season in Wisconsin runs Sept. 1-15 statewide. The dove season runs Sept. 1 to Nov. 9 statewide.

The early Canada goose season, with a more liberal bag limit than the regular season, is allowed by federal rules due to the growth of local giant Canada goose populations.

During the spring waterfowl survey, Wisconsin’s resident breeding goose population estimate was 138,925.

The early season harvest last fall was estimated at 21,302 and makes up roughly one-third of the total annual Canada goose harvest in Wisconsin.

“The early season provides additional recreational opportunities for our goose hunters and directs harvest pressure toward these locally nesting geese,” said Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The early season daily bag limit is five birds.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:59 PM
Raley, Osfar take first in Autumn Muskie Classic
Nate Osfar (left) and Matt Raley hold their 46-inch muskie, which they caught in the final seconds of the tournament Sunday to take the first-place win.                —Contributed Photo

The Professional Muskie Angler Circuit (PMAC) recently concluded the 2013 season with the Eagle River Autumn Muskie Classic with an exciting finish in the final seconds of the tournament.

Nine muskies more than 34 inches were registered for the event on the opening day of competition Saturday, with 11 more muskies captured Sunday.

The 20th fish decided the outcome

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:57 PM
Outdoor women to hold pickleball outing Sept. 15

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet at the Burnside Park Tennis Courts Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1:30 p.m. to learn to play pickleball.

All equipment will be available at no charge. Participants are welcome to walk or bike the Three Eagle Trail near the park also.

Attendees should take along a snack to share with the group at the covered pavilion after the activities.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (715) 477-1984.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:57 PM
Gun show set at Sports Arena

The Eagle River Gun Show will be held at the Eagle River Sports Arena Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

The show will feature the buying, selling and trading of guns, knives, ammunition and sporting collectibles.

Hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Sports Arena is located on Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:57 PM