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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
Hodag Musky Challenge scheduled Sept. 20-22

Plans are underway for the 2013 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge, which is set to take place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, with headquarters at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
Registrations are limited to 200 teams. Lake groups this year include Boom Lake and the Wisconsin River, Moen Chain, Crescent Lake and Lake Julia, Oneida Lake and Lake Hancock and Lake George and Lake Thompson.
The registration cost is $250 and prize payouts are more than 70% of registration fees, according to Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lara Reed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:49 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society sets 7th annual banquet

The Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its seventh annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet  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 dinner tickets are $50. There also is a membership and spouse package which includes two dinners for $75. Junior membership and dinner tickets are $15 each. Banquet,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:49 PM
Ducks Unlimited banquet set at Clearview Aug. 27

The 32nd annual Plum Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) fall banquet has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 27, and tickets are now available.
Reservations should be made early, as seating will be limited to 80 people at Clearview Supper Club in St. Germain. Tickets cost $50 per person, $90 for couples and $275 for sponsors.
This year’s dinner will feature a silent auction and raffles, with top prizes including the 2013 DU rifle of the year, a Remington ADL bolt action .270, “Pitching into Cypress,” the David Maass 2013 DU print of the year, and a gadwall drake

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:47 PM
Antlerless deer tags go on sale Aug. 17

All available 2013 antlerless deer permits and will be available starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17, including a limited supply of tags in five units in this area.

Three deer management zones here, Unit 39, Unit 34 and Unit 29B will be buck only this fall and no antlerless permits will be available.

In this area, the unit and permits available are as follows:?Unit 35, 1,350 permits; Unit 36, 1,425 permits; Unit 37, 1,425 permits; Unit 38, 1,350 permits; and Unit 31, 275 permits.

Tags can be purchased at the rate of one permit,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:01 PM
Tourneys set in Manitowish Waters, Eagle River

The Professional Muskie Angler Circuit (Pro-MAC) will finish its 2013 six tournament season with two Vilas County qualifying events.

The first of the two will be hosted on the Manitowish Chain Aug. 17-18, while the second is slated on the Eagle River Chain Aug. 24-25.

Both tournaments should play an important role as to who will qualify for the World Muskie Tournament (WMT)?Series Invitational Championship, according to event organizers.

“Hundreds of muskie tournament anglers have competed

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:01 PM