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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
Muskie league
The Monday Night Muskie League crowned this year’s winners recently at Holiday Lodge in Phelps. This year’s champions were Denoyer’s Destroyers, second went to Lumpy’s Bar & Grill and third was Holiday Lodge. Team Denoyer’s Destroyers team members included, above from left, Brent Kiedrowski, Al Shroeder, John Wroblewski, Lindsey Adamovich and Jared Adamovich. Not pictured is John Bennett.      —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:53 PM
Snomo class set Dec. 6-7 in Eagle River

A snowmobile safety education class sponsored by the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club will be held at the Derby Track on Highway 45 in Eagle River Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7.

The course will be taught by Scott Linn and Chris Kloiber, both Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified snowmobile safety instructors. Sno-Eagles Club members will assist.

Course times will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Students are required to obtain a DNR customer

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:52 PM
Muskies Inc. plans banquet at Whitetail

The Northwoods Chapter 61 of Muskies Inc. will hold its inaugural Christmas banquet Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Whitetail Inn, located at 9038 Highway 70 W. in St. Germain.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the banquet is muskie angler and television personality Joe Bucher.

This banquet is the club’s major fundraising event for the year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:51 PM
Nack named first DMAP leader

Bob Nack has been appointed as the Department  of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and Big Game Section Chief.

Nack, 36, of Fall River, previously served as supervisor of the DNR State Game Farm in Poynette.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Nack as our DMAP and Big Game Section Leader,” said Tom Hauge, director of the DNR’s wildlife management program. “Nack is an avid outdoorsman and he understands and respects the passion Wisconsin has for our forests and big game populations.”

Nack will focus on developing and delivering the DMAP program to Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:51 PM