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Big turnout
More than 140 sportsmen and -women attended the annual Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) banquet at Whitetail Inn this year, a fundraiser for an organization dedicated to promoting forest management and the young forest habitat needed by grouse, American woodcock and many other species.Volunteer Jean Drew and avid RGS?supporter Roger?Brown hold one of many guns that were raffled. —Staff?Photo By?KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:31 PM
 
Fall wild turkey hunt opens this Saturday
Fall turkey hunters can take to the woods and fields of the North Woods for the turkey season starting this Saturday. Hunters can take hens or toms in the fall season.                                —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have noticed a large increase this year in the number of applications for the fall turkey hunt.

One likely factor is that those individuals who purchased a conservation patron license were able apply online and were not required to file a paper application as in the past.

However, there has also been a significant increase

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:20 PM
 
Angler instructors can attend workshop

A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) angler education instructor workshop will be held in Eagle River Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Hi-Pines Campground.

The workshop, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m., is designed for teachers, informal educators, camp staff, guides and fishing club members who want to include fishing and aquatic education in their classroom or program.

Jim Heffner, a certified  instructor from Eagle River, said participants will learn how to effectively teach young people and adults about the sport of fishing.

“Area guides and fishing enthusiasts who participate in our

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:19 PM
 
Wildlife stamp winners named

Close to 30 pieces of wildlife artwork were on display for the combined judging of the designs to be featured on the 2014 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamps.

The judging took place Aug. 24 at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo. There were eight entries for the wild turkey stamp, seven for the pheasant stamp and 13 for the waterfowl stamp, all submitted by artists from around the state of Wisconsin.

A woodland scene of a strutting gobbler,

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:25 PM
 
Ottawa center changes hours for fall, winter

The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center of  Watersmeet, Mich., recently began its fall/winter operating schedule.

The visitor center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  and is closed on weekends.

The Ottawa Visitor Center provides a source of information about the local area and recreation opportunities.  The visitor center also serves customer-service needs by offering fuelwood permits, bough permits, and Christmas tree permits.

This expanded service allows

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:25 PM
 
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
 
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