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Land & Water Conservation Dept. offering forestry equipment rentals

The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, announced it has several pieces of forestry equipment to rent out to landowners and/or contractors.

Available is a portable timber bridge, tree planter, and anchor chain (aka scarifier).

The portable timber bridge is mostly used by loggers to cross a small stream or wetland. It is 25 feet in length and breaks down to fit on a trailer.  New decking has been installed and it is ready to go.

“The pull-behind tree planter is great behind an all-terrain vehicle or

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:56 PM
Marine sets open house

Eagle River Marine, located at 437 West Division St. in Eagle River, will have an open house this Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The open house will feature demonstration rides on SeaDoos, the only watercraft in the industry with a brake.

The store will have summer items on special, including life vests, wetsuits, ropes,  tubes and skis.

For more information about the marine or open house, call (715) 479-7700 or visit

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:56 PM
Trout Unlimited plans work day

The Northwoods Chapter of Trout Unlimited serving Vilas, Oneida, Forest and Florence counties will hold a work day Saturday, July 20, on Brule Creek under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The event is open to members and nonmembers of the chapter alike.

The group will remove tag alders and clear debris from some old

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:56 PM
Outdoor women plan hike, paddle

The Outdoor Women’s group will meet Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River for a 1/3-mile hike on the interpretive trail followed by a one-hour public lecture at 7 p.m.

Ecologist Sandy Gillum will deliver the lecture, titled  “Discover the Wonders of the Loon.”

Hikers should meet in front of the main building at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Bonnie Jozwowski at (715) 337-2111.

The group’s August outing is set for Sunday,

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:54 PM
Application deadline is Aug. 1 for fall turkey, wolf seasons
Those hunters interested in pursuing turkeys this fall must apply for a permit by Aug. 1. The fall season will run from Sept. 14 to Nov. 21 in Zone 7.                                —STAFF PHOTO

Those planning to participate in the fall turkey, wolf, bobcat, fisher, otter or Canada geese (Horicon Zone) seasons must have their permit applications in by midnight, Aug. 1.

In addition, sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2014 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing lottery tag.

Permit applications can be purchased from authorized

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:41 PM
Trying their luck
TRYING THEIR LUCK —?While bright, sunny skies weren’t idea­l for fishing during the long Fourth of July weekend, these trollers tried their luck on Franklin Lake in Forest County, a water body open to trolling. Trolling will be legal statewide next year,                        but only one line will be allowed for trolling in Vilas and Oneida counties.                      —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:39 PM
Musky Clubs Alliance donates nearly $30,000 to assist DNR

Anglers who fish for muskies will benefit from nearly $30,000 donated by Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin to help raise the famed fighters at state fish hatcheries.

The alliance and member clubs recently donated $21,000 to help buy forage to allow some of the muskies raised at state hatcheries to remain there longer and grow larger than what the state budget would allow.

Stocking the fish at the larger size has been shown to help improve their survival according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fishery experts.

Earlier in the year, the alliance donated $7,710 to pay

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:39 PM
Hunter education group seeking area volunteers

An area hunting enthusiast has announced his intent to organize a hunter education course in Vilas County and is seeking volunteers to get the effort off the ground.

Mike Larrabee of St. Germain said he’s working on his instructor certification through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“As we currently do not have any courses being offered in the Vilas County area, I could use some volunteers to assist me in this effort,” said Larrabee, who added he’s planning a certification class for volunteers July 20 for anyone interested in joining the team.

“Anyone with a child coming into the age group

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:39 PM
Walker signs ATV, UTV bills

Governor Scott Walker recently signed Senate Bills 29 and 32 into law at Erv’s Sales and Service in Tomahawk. The bills are related to all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility terrain vehicles (UTV).

“These bills ensure ATV and UTV riders have a voice on matters that relate to them and the recreational activity they enjoy,” said Governor Walker.  “I’m also glad more young people throughout Wisconsin will be able to enjoy ATVs and UTVs, while ensuring their safety.

“I thank Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:38 PM
Guides/Kids Day planned Thursday at fairgrounds

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, in conjunction with the Eagle River Guides Association, will host its 33rd annual Guides/Kids Day Thurs­day,  July 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Approximately 100 kids will be anxiously awaiting a chance to fish with a fishing guide or fishing enthusiast,” said Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Kim Emerson.

The event will be held at the Vilas County Fairgrounds for youths ages 7 to 12. Activities will in­clude a casting contest, fishing seminars and fishing with a guide on an area lake.

Parents and guardians can register youths from 10 to 11 a.m. at

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:38 PM