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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
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