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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
Open attracts record 1,222 anglers
The top finishers in the Musky Open included, front row from left, Michelle Peplinski, first; Steve Klesmith, second; Shawn Kopke, third; and back row, Airin Jensen, fourth; Joshua Larson, fifth; and Steven Tilque, sixth.            —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

Peplinski becomes first female to win event

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The National Championship Musky Open was once again a record-setting event, as what is likely the most popular fishing tournament in the Midwest at­tracted 1,,222 anglers to 72 Eagle River area lakes last Friday through Sunday.
Michelle Peplinski of Bear Creek was the top angler and the first female to win the tournament, while Aaron Lang of Marshfield was the luckiest ticket holder in the 28th annual tournament, headquartered at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.
A total of 219 tournament-size (34 inches and over) muskies were registered in the three-day event, another record. The previous record was 195 fish established in 2012. While most anglers fished just Saturday and Sunday, fishing on

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:54 PM | Updated ( Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:50 PM )
DNR sets 60-day duck season
The 2013 Wisconsin waterfowl season includes a 60-day duck hunt starting Sept. 21 in the Northern Zone.   —STAFF PHOTO

The state Natural Resources Board has set the 2013 waterfowl seasons, which includes a 60-day duck season starting Sept. 21 in the Northern Zone and a six- bird total bag limit.
“With strong total duck populations and improved water conditions from last year, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters can expect a good season,” said Kent Van Horn, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) waterfowl ecologist. “Waterfowl hunting is a blend of traditions, friendships and memorable days on the marsh. We wish you a successful hunt and leave you with a reminder to be safe. As always, hunters who take the time to scout preseason are going to be the ones

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:53 PM
Rozanski, Johannes take first at Manitowish Chain tourney
Joey Rozanski (left) and John Johannes proudly displayed their trophies after taking first place in the recent Manitowish Chain R.A.M.M. Cup Open Championship. The event was a Professional Muskie Angler Circuit qualifier tournament.  —Contributed Photo

The Professional Muskie Angler Circuit  (Pro-MAC) recently hosted its fifth qualifying event of the 2013 season on the Manitowish Chain with the R.A.M.M. Cup Open Championship.
The chain produced 21 muskies more than 34 inches, with 10 muskies more than 40 inches and three topping the 47-inch mark.
The team of Joey Rozan- ski and John Johannes took first place, followed by Neil Barnett and Bill Hill in second and Tim and Tom Mathu in third.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:50 PM
Deadline nears to sign up for deer hunt

Hunters who plan to participate in the annual gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities are reminded to sign up with hunt sponsors no later than Sept. 1.
To participate in the disabled deer hunt, hunters should contact a participating sponsor directly and ask for permission to participate in their hunt. Interested hunters can find a list of sponsors at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website,, and search keywords “disabled deer hunt.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:50 PM
Permit drawing held for over 2,500 wolf tags

The permit drawing for the more than 2,500 available tags for the 2013 Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season was held Aug. 15, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials.
“This is Wisconsin’s second state-managed wolf hunt, and a continued testament to the recovery of wolves in Wisconsin,” said Dave MacFarland, DNR carnivore specialist. “As we did for the inaugural hunt, we are entering this second season cautiously and will continue to learn valuable information for updating the state’s wolf management plan and adopting permanent wolf hunting rules. We are anticipating another successful, safe season.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:50 PM