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Bear hunt permits due

Wisconsin black bear hunters have until next Tuesday, Dec. 10, to apply for a fall of 2014 harvest permit.

Bear hunters are reminded that harvest permits are strictly limited and hunters must apply for several years before receiving a permit.

Harvest numbers from the 2013 black bear season are not finalized, but hunters harvested more than 3,800 bears during the season. Meanwhile, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff and the bear advisory committee are in the process of determining 2014 quotas.

In Zone B in northeastern Wisconsin for the 2013 year,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:00 PM
Deadline is Dec. 10 for spring turkey
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Wild turkey hunters have until next Tuesday, Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2014 hunting season, with preliminary permit levels set at the same level as in 2013.

Final permit levels are not set until after the close of the fall turkey season, but will likely not differ significantly from preliminary permit levels, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

For Zone 7 in this area, 3,600 permits were available for the 2013 hunt — with 3,216 issued through the preference drawing and 382 issued over the counter. In the spring of 2013, hunter success rate for Zone 7 was 12.4% compared to the statewide succuss rate of 17.9%.

Zone 7 includes all of Vilas and Iron counties,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:59 PM
Women’s shooting league plans December meeting

The Eagle River Chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League will hold its December meeting Saturday, Dec. 14, at Eagle River Inn.

Coffee and treats will be served starting at 9 a.m., and information on gun safety will be the focus of this meeting.

To practice shooting, participants may travel to the Vilas County shooting range following the meeting.

In celebration of the holiday season,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:59 PM
Snomo safety course set Dec. 21-22

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office will sponsor a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified snowmobile safety course Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22.

The class — held in conjunction with the New-Tom Snow Fleas Snowmobile Club — will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days at the Sloan Community Center at 7246 Main St. in Lake Tomahawk.

Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1985 and at least 12 years old must have snowmobile safety certification to operate in public areas.

Students are now required to obtain a DNR customer identification number for any recreational safety class they attend.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:07 PM
Wind and cold challenge opening day deer hunters
Granville Drew, 87, of Glencoe, Minn., shot this eight-point buck the Sunday of opening weekend while hunting in the Sayner area. Drew, who also shot an eight-pointer last year, said this will likely be his last deer hunt in Wisconsin.  —Contributed Photo

Temperatures dipping down to near zero at sunrise and winds gusting to more than 25 miles per hour made for challenging conditions for the opening of the 2013 Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season Saturday.

“The predawn cold and winds made it clear that opening morning was going to test the will of deer hunters,” said Tom Hauge, wildlife management director for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:29 PM
Outdoor women plan hike at Seven Mile Lake

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet at Seven Mile Lake Campground for its annual hike and chocolate fondue over a campfire Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m.

The campground is located about 15 miles southeast of Eagle River.

Participants should take something to dip in fondue or cook over the fire, a treat to share, their own water, and walking sticks, if preferred.

To carpool from Eagle River,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:29 PM
DNR report offers information on deer harvest, accidents, more
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

A detailed report of the deer harvest, deer hunting accidents and hunter recruitment is published every year by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Bureau of Integrated Science Services.

Coordinated by Brian Dhuey and other staff, the report offers hunters and general readers a summary of harvest statistics by DNR regions and by deer management unit, by county, by gun, by archery and by muzzleloader.

The publication, called the 2012 Wisconsin Big Game Hunting Summary,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:28 PM
Bo-Boen club sets snomo safety class

The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club’s snowmobile safety education class will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28.

To register for the Bo-Boen class, contact Peggy Ausloos at (715) 542-3548 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All students are required to obtain a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) customer identification number as part of the criteria to graduate from any recreational safety class and provide that number to their instructor.

Students can obtain a number from St. Germain Sport Marine

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:28 PM
Gun deer hunt starts Saturday
Gun deer hunters will take to the forests of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties starting this Saturday, Nov. 23. Little tracking snow is in the forecast for this week, though there are predictions of snow and cold for opening day.                                 —STAFF PHOTO

Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites and visiting nonresidents eagerly await the arrival of the 2013 nine-day gun deer season, which runs from this Saturday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Dec. 1.

“Nearly 10% of Wisconsin residents will take to the field for the annual hunt, along with thousands more who will participate by providing food, lodging and other services.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:56 PM
Five of six wolf zones closed
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed five of the six wolf harvest zones to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m.

As of Monday, Nov. 18, hunters and trappers have harvested 210 wolves in the states. The statewide quota is 251 wolves.

The only zone that remains open is Zone 3 with a quota of 71 wolves; just 28 have been harvested. Zone 3 is a narrow band of counties in northwest Wisconsin stretching from Taylor County to Burnett County.

Zone 2 in northeast Wisconsin includes most of Vilas, Oneida, Forest,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:55 PM