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Registration now open for annual World Championship Musky Classic

Registration is now open for the 38th annual World Championship Musky Classic (WCMC) fishing tournament slated Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-7.
This fishing tournament is supported and sponsored by the Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters and Winchester communities.
Each community has a designated number of lakes that are available for the tournament, which is open to all anglers of all ages. Clubs and teams also are welcome.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:34 PM
Resting time
This small buck and doe were bedded in a wooded area near the Eagle River Golf Course, taking a break after a night of feeding. Antlers on bucks are developing and are in full velvet at this time.  	       —Staff Photo By ERIK BARBER
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:51 PM
Deadline is Aug. 1 for fall turkey, Canada geese, bobcat and wolf tags

A key deadline for many hunters, trappers and spearers in Wisconsin is fast approaching.

Those planning to participate in fall turkey, Canada geese, bobcat, fisher, otter, wolf or Upriver Lakes sturgeon seasons must have their permit applications submitted by noon Aug. 1.

Permit applications can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:50 PM
Hooked on fishing
Volunteers with the Eagle River Guides Association hosted a casting contest and fishing seminars at the 34th annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day in Eagle River last Thursday at the fairgrounds.                          —Staff Photo By ERIK BARBER

Guides/Kids Day attracts 38 youths, 18 guides

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Guides Association, held its 34th annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day last Thursday at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

A total of 18 guides took 31 youths ages seven to 12 fishing on an area lake, according to Kim Emerson, executive director of the chamber.

“It was a fun-filled day for all who attended,”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:49 PM
Trapper convention set at U.P. State Fairground

Expert trappers from around the country will give 25 trapping demonstrations and one predator calling demo at the National Trappers Association (NTA) Convention at the U.P. State Fairground in Escanaba, Mich., July 24-27.

Speakers will be on hand to share their methods, tips and secrets with novice and veteran trappers. This convention is an opportunity to visit in person with some of the most well-known trappers in the outdoor arena.

For a complete list of presenters and more information on the convention, visit or

“This large, family event is sure to have something for everyone,”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:48 PM
Follow the leader
This female merganzer led her ducklings along the shoreline of Franklin Lake. After the chicks leave the nest in summer, the female stays with them as they grow up while males gather in flocks.                           —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:59 PM
Car-killed deer assessments by DNR show winter tough on northern herd

Following a record-breaking harsh winter, a statewide effort to assess the condition of car-killed deer is helping researchers understand winter’s impacts on Wisconsin’s deer herd.

In general, deer populations in southern Wisconsin came through the winter in better condition than herds in the north, as indicated by fat stores, according to car-killed deer assessments conducted by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife officials.

This finding coincides with field observations from DNR

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:58 PM
Vista Lake bike trails now marked with signs
Showing off a new white arrow sign on Highway 17 at Deerskin Road were Vista Lake bike trail volunteers, from left, Abbott Wright, Duane    Heikkinen, Rollie Alger, Lorin Johnson, Mariquita Sheehan and Colin Snook. Missing from the picture was Jeff Kirschmann.                                 —Photo By Sharon Gifford

The Vista Lake bike trails —?which are part of the Phelps Trail  System — are now open and identified with signage. The project originated from the trails subcommittee of the Phelps Planning Commission  with the support of town board member Lorin Johnson and Chairman Colin Snook.

There are three trail loops in the Vista Lake Trails. All originate at a parking area east of Vista Lake. The trail loops range from 2.9 miles to 13.1 miles in length.

The trails vary from paved to gravel to hard-packed

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:55 PM
Ruffed grouse drumming counts show slight increase in North Woods

While the northern region  showed a slight increase in  ruffed grouse drumming counts this spring, state wildlife experts said the overall ruffed grouse population in Wisconsin has shown another slight decline, according to a recent roadside grouse survey.

Results from this survey help Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists monitor the cyclic population trends of ruffed grouse in the state.

“The index that Wisconsin uses to track ruffed grouse decreased 1% between 2013 and 2014,”

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:54 PM
Walleye classic
The 2014 Sugar Camp Walleye Classic recently was held at Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes. Winners included, front row from left, first place, Riley and Chad Curtis; second place, Pete Capp and Jim Santefort; back row, third place, Jared Adamovich and John Bennett;   fourth place, Jeff Anderson and George Lurvey; and fifth place, Doug Will and Gerald Parise. Event sponsors included The Bait Shop, The Beach Bar, Car Quest, Cross Country Bar & Grill, The Fishing Hole, Hodag Gun & Loan, J&J Sports, Mel’s Trading Post, Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort and Wayne’s Place.                                          —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:53 PM