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Memorial shooting event planned at Boulder range

The Boulder Junction Shooting Range will host its second annual Charlie Zarter Memorial Trap Shoot Sunday, Aug. 25.

Prize money totaling $1,750 has been donated by the George and Velta Anast Charitable Foundation in honor of longtime Arbor Vitae resident Charlie Zarter.

Cash prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.

The entry fee is $65 per shooters and inlcludes lunch.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:00 PM
Master planning to begin again at Powell Marsh Wildlife Area

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public information meeting on the management of the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area Saturday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Manitowish Waters Community Center.

The DNR is resuming the master plan revision process for the approximately 4,800-acre wildlife area in Vilas County. The area lies three miles south of Manitowish Waters and is bounded on three sides by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and by the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation on the south.

Department staff have updated the draft vision,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:00 PM
DNR to boost walleye numbers with hatchery revamp: Stepp
DNR?Secretary Cathy Stepp (center) listens as DNR?Fish Technician Tracy Kusek (right) explains how hatchery personnel at the Woodruff hatchery gather fish, including walleyes, in the spring using fyke nets (foreground).                   —Photo by Dean Bortz
By Dean Bortz
Special to the News-Review

WOODRUFF — The Department of Natural Resources (DNR)?is looking to spend about $4.1 million at the Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery in Woodruff as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to improve walleye fishing in northern Wisconsin.

DNR ?Secretary Cathy Stepp stopped off at the hatchery July 26 to talk about details of the plan.

She said the $4.1 million will be split between

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:50 PM
Stack, Johnson catch two fish for Muskie Summit Open win
The team of Justin Johnson (left) and Aaron Stack caught two muskies larger than 34 inches to win the Three Lakes Chain Muskie Summit Open over the weekend. They were the only team to double up. 	—Contributed Photo

The Professional Muskie Angler Circuit (Pro-MAC) concluded its fourth qualifying tournament of the 2013 regular season at the Three Lakes Chain Muskie Summit Open over the weekend.

Although the muskie action was good with numerous muskies greater than 30 inches and under the allowed 34 inches, only nine muskies more than 34 inches were

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:49 PM
Anglers split on 25-fish bag limit, according to DNR panfish survey

Anglers are evenly split on whether to keep the current statewide bag limit of 25 panfish per day and differ significantly on whether they prefer catching fewer but bigger panfish or more but smaller fish, according to recent results from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) online and in-person surveys.

Some of the survey results included:

•?38% of the nearly 3,500 respondents said they were satisfied with the number of panfish they caught on a typical fishing trip and 40%  said it was adequate.

•?An equal proportion of anglers (about 47%) said the statewide limit of panfish should be kept at 25 per day and said the daily bag limit should “probably” or “definitely” be decreased.

•?61% said they would “definitely” or “probably” prefer to

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:49 PM
Plum Creek DU plans 32nd banquet

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.

“With Congress unwilling to agree on almost any legislation, including critical farm bill provisions such as Conservation Reserve Program and Private Lands Open to Sportsmen, DU needs the support of everyone committed to the continued preservation and conservation of wetland habitat all

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:48 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society plans banquet

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

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Individual membership and dinner tickets cost $50. There also is a membership and spouse package which includes two dinners for $75.

Junior membership and dinner tickets cost $15

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:48 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society awards puppy to Snedden of Eagle River
Lynn Kirsteatter of Northern Lights Kennel (left) presented the puppy to Great Grouse Dog Give-  away winner Brady Snedden of Eagle River, who was with his sister, Sloan.  —Contributed Photo

The Chain of Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) gave away a purebred small munsterlander hunting dog last week as part of its Great Grouse Dog Giveaway.

The puppy — donated by Lynn Kirsteatter of Northern Lights Kennel — was given to Brady Snedden of Eagle River.

This was the second puppy given away by the society this year, according to member Dan Anderson. The first was delivered in June.

“It’s a great way to get youngsters

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:37 PM
Waterfowl surveys show healthy duck numbers

With high continental total duck and wetland numbers, state waterfowl biologists expect a 60-day duck season similar to recent years but with the possibility of bag limit changes for certain species.

This information comes after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released continental duck numbers in the “Trends in Duck Breeding Populations” report July 12.

“This continental survey information is an essential piece in determining Wisconsin’s waterfowl season frameworks,” said Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “The information we are seeing is promising for the upcoming season.”

The 2013 North American total duck population

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:36 PM
Elk calves fitted with tracking collars
Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and volunteers recently collared newborn elk calves near Clam Lake. Among those in the field was Bethany Blicharz (right) of Three Lakes, a graduate assistant in wildlife in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.                                                             —Contributed Photo

Despite a very late spring and hordes of biting insects, more than 250 hardy volunteers joined Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologists to search the forests near Clam Lake for elk calves during May and June.

This effort revealed that the year has started out exceptionally well for Wisconsin’s growing elk herd.

Forty-five potentially pregnant cows were monitored this spring.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:35 PM