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State landowners showing interest in deer management

Wisconsin’s new Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) has completed its first enrollment period and apparently number of  landowners are eager to work in partnership with the  Department of Natural Resources (DNR) toward a common goal — providing for healthy deer and habitat management.

DMAP is one of several new programs and changes resulting from a two-year review of Wisconsin’s deer management program.

The program will give landowners the tools and

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:31 PM
Six area teams finish in top 10 in PMTT tourney on Eagle Chain
A?total of 109 teams participated in the Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT) event on the Eagle River Chain Saturday and Sunday. This was the scene as boats lined up for the start Saturday morning.        —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT) visited the Eagle River Chain of Lakes last weekend, with several local teams placing in the top 10.

First place in the PMTT went to Nate Osfar of Marathon and Matt Raley of Arbor Vitae. They won the tournament by catching three muskies of 34 inches, 36 inches and 41¾ inches, all on bucktails.

With their win in the Eagle River PMTT

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:37 PM )
Northland Pines trapshooters take third at conference meet
The Northland Pines High School trap team brought home third place overall at the Northern Wisconsin Clay Target Con-  ference shootout in Antigo June 14. They were joined by seven other northern Wisconsin schools at the inaugural event. —Contributed Photo

The Northland Pines High School trap team recently competed at its inaugural conference shoot-off at the Langlade County Trap Club in Antigo.

The school recently formed the trapshooting team along with the Langlade County Falcon Youth team and started shooting competitively with several schools in northeastern Wisconsin.

Since then five area teams have been recruited

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:46 PM
Guides/Kids day planned July 10
Glenn Matula, left, of the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., presented a $500 check to Bill Hassey, Guides/Kids Day coor-dinator, to support the fishing program.         —STAFF PHOTO

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Guides Association, will host the 34th annual Guides/Kids Day Thursday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Youths age 7 to 12 may register at the Vilas County Fairgrounds from 10 to 11 a.m. to fish with a North Woods guide or at the trout hatchery in Watersmeet, Mich.

Parents are asked to stay with their children until they

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:45 PM
Boating class starts June 30 in Eagle River

The Department of Natural Resources will offer a boating safety class at Northland Pines High School from June 30 to July 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Successful completion of the program will result in certification allowing participants to operate a motorboat or a personal watercraft upon reaching 12 years of age.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1989,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:45 PM
Turkey harvest increases 10%

Despite a long and severe winter, Wisconsin turkey hunters registered a total of 41,815 birds during the 2014 spring turkey hunting season — a 10.7% increase from the 2013 spring season.

“I think many hunters were pleasantly surprised by the number of birds they were seeing in the field, given the prolonged winter weather,” said Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “It certainly appears that impacts were localized, with winter flocks inhabiting areas without access to food likely seeing the greatest impacts.”

Zone 1 produced the highest overall turkey harvest at 12,188 birds,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:44 PM
Oneida platbooks available for sale

The recently published 2014 Oneida County Platbook, the sale of which is sponsored by the Oneida County 4-H Leaders Association, is now available for a cost of $35.

The hardcopy of county land ownership maps may be purchased at the UW-Extension office located in the basement of the Oneida County Airport or at the Oneida County Clerk’s office at the courthouse.

Platbook sales have been the primary fundraiser

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:43 PM
Boat landing donation
 The Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. recently donated $2,000 to the town of Lincoln for a new roll-out pier at the Braywood landing on Catfish Lake. The 50-foot aluminum pier is 4 feet wide, has boat bumpers and an 8-foot handicapped-accessible approach and features a non-skid surface. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, Lincoln Town Chairman Dick Stoegbauer, Bob Jacobs of Muskies Inc., and Bill Hassey, town of Lincoln supervisor.       —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:36 PM )
Wolf trapper classes planned this fall

The Wisconsin Trappers Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will partner to offer a series of advanced wolf trapper education courses in September and October 2014.

These courses will cover a number of topics, including basic season framework, wolf ecology, trapper ethics and responsibility and hands-on trap set demonstrations.

Five training sessions will be offered throughout the state:

—?Saturday, Sept. 13, at

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:41 PM
Wardens to target impaired boaters during state operation June 27-29

“Get smart, be skilled and stay sober enjoying Wisconsin’s waters.”

That’s the state theme for June 27-29 when Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation wardens will join local boat patrols for Operation Dry Water, the annual national boating safety campaign dedicated to increasing public awareness about sober boat operation by removing impaired drivers.

Roy Zellmer, DNR boating safety administrator and conservation warden,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:41 PM