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Paul’s Pro Am set Sept. 21-22 on Chain

The 37th annual Paul’s Pro-Am Musky Classic will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

The prizes will include cash payouts for the top 10 teams, plus a 37th anniversary payout of $1,000, according to tournament coordinator Paul Riedel Jr.

“Any team to catch and successfully release a legal muskie, but does not finish in the top 10, will be entered in a $1,000 drawing,” said Riedel. “There will be two teams that are winners of $500 each.”

The entry fee for the tournament is $350 per two-person team.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:34 PM
Presentation on amphibians set at Cloverland Town Hall

Dr. Richard Howard of Purdue University will give a presentation on amphibians — including fighting bullfrogs — at the Cloverland Town Hall this Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.

The public is welcome to attend the presentation.

In “Amphibians of Vilas County” Howard will talk about species including bullfrogs, tree frogs, peepers and salamanders.

The hour-long presentation is sponsored by the

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:34 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:34 PM )
Muskie Country Tournament Circuit holds two qualifiers over weekend
Ben Peterson held up his team’s second fish of the day, a 38-inch muskie, giving his team the win at Eagle River this past weekend. 			      —Contributed Photo

The Muskie Country Tournament Circuit (MCTC) hosted two qualifying tournaments over the weekend with the Eagle River Chain event Saturday and the Sand/Dam Lake Chain tourney Sunday.

While the area experienced record cold air temperatures for both tournaments, the extreme cold fronts didn’t deter either the competing anglers or the resident muskies.

The events features big averages and plenty of action to go around for the field of competitors, according to organizers.

Eight muskies more than 34 inches were

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:32 PM
Big bass
Haley Siegworth of Green Bay recently caught this 19-inch largemouth bass using a plastic worm on a Land O’ Lakes area lake. 	—Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:34 PM
Input sought for waterfowl hunting season

People can learn about and provide input on the 2013 Wisconsin waterfowl hunting seasons at a series of meetings and public hearings that begin Aug. 3.

The meetings are an opportunity to hear the latest on waterfowl management and population status. After a review, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will use public input to inform the proposed waterfowl hunting season that will be recommended to the Natural Resources Board in mid-August.

“As we do each year during this time, we request that those with a stake in waterfowl hunting provide

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:33 PM
Chamber plans 28th annual Musky Open in Eagle River

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin Inc., will hold the National Championship Musky Open at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River Aug. 16-18.

More than 1,100 anglers participated in this event in 2012 and the chamber expects that many again this year, according to Events Coordinator Kim Emerson.

The National Championship Musky Open is a catch-and-release tournament for all ages and skill levels.

“In 2012, we had 56 youth anglers and 72 husband-and--wife

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:33 PM
Muskie Country fishing tourneys planned

The Muskie Country Tournament Circuit (MCTC) will host two qualifying tournaments on the final weekend of July with an Eagle River Chain event Saturday, July 27, followed by a Sand/Dam Lake Chain tourney Sunday, July 28.

The events will mark the 201st and 202nd tournament that the World Muskie Tournament (WMT) Series has hosted since its inaugural season in 2001.

During the 13 seasons of the WMT Series, the Eagle River Chain and the Sand/Dam Lake Chain have played important roles for the tournament competitors and for the tournament series, as both locations have hosted the season-ending Invitational Championship

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:32 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:33 PM )
Aug. 1 application deadline nears for wolf hunting and trapping permit
Wisconsin will see its second modern day wolf hunting and trapping season this fall.                         —Contributed Photo

Those interested in obtaining a wolf hunting or trapping license or a preference point for the 2013 season must apply by Thursday, Aug. 1.

The season is set to begin Oct. 15 and will run in each zone until the zone is closed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or the last day of February, whichever occurs first. The department has the authority to close hunting zones when quotas are met or earlier if deemed

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:29 PM
Guides/Kids Day a big hit
Youths attending the 33rd annual Guides/Kids Day at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River last Thursday had an opportunity to get fishing tips from the best in the business — real North Woods fishing guides.       —Staff Photo By COURTNEY BOLTE

Sixteen guides take 29 youths on the water

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Guides Association, held its 33rd annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day last Thursday at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

It was a fun-filled day for all who attended, according to Kim Emerson,

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:59 PM
Deer Trustee action team proposals to be meeting topic this Saturday

The public is invited to attend — in person or online — a meeting this Saturday, July 20, to discuss the Deer Trustee Report action teams’ implementation proposals.

“Four action teams have been hard at work since March, reviewing the report recommendations, discussing research materials and background data to build the framework for their implementation proposals,” said Eric Lobner, Deer Trustee Report implementation coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Some of the recommendations include:

— limit the use of sex-age-kill accounting style models to monitoring deer population size and trends at the state and regional levels; reduce the number of deer management units;

— resolve the baiting and feeding issue outside CWD affected areas;

— continue to conduct research on

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:59 PM )