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Bear permits jump in Zone D as hunting season set to start
With bear populations growing in northern Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources increased permits in Zone D. The bear season starts Sept. 3.                       —STAFF PHOTO

In an effort to help address human-bear conflicts in an area of northwestern Wisconsin that has had serious conflicts in recent years, state wildlife officials significantly increased the number of bear harvest permits in that area for the upcoming bear hunting season.

The bear hunting season opens next Wednesday, Sept. 3, with bait hunters going first.

The goal is to reduce the bear population in an area designated as bear Zone D in response to a high level of bear related complaints from residents last year,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:38 PM
Trout group schedules 40th banquet

The Northwoods Chapter of Trout Unlimited (Vilas, Oneida, Forest and Florence counties) will hold its 40th annual conservation banquet Thursday, Sept. 18, at Chef Rene’s at Timber Ridge in Minocqua.

The banquet is the main fundraising event for the chapter, which uses money raised at this banquet to help restore and maintain trout fishing in the North Woods area.

In the past year, the chapter has worked and funded many projects, including habitat improvement on the Deerskin River, Elvoy Creek, Brule Creek and Oconto River.

The chapter also worked with wounded

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:37 PM
Gun show set this weekend

The Eagle River Gun Show will be held at the Eagle River Sports Arena this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31.

The show will feature the buying, selling and trading of guns, knives, ammunition and sporting collectibles.

Hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Sports Arena is located on Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:37 PM )
Registration now open for Fall Muskie Classic

While summer may be winding down, fishing in the North Woods is just starting to heat up, as registration is now open for the annual Fall Classic Muskie Tournament slated for Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes.

The one-day catch-and-release tournament will present cash awards for top finishers and for every registered fish, according to Co-Director Scott Samuels.

“Also, those who do not catch a fish will be eligible for special drawings,”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:36 PM
National Musky Open draws record 1,251 anglers
The top finishers in the Musky Open included, front row from left, second, Kim Sternard; first, Shawn Kopke; back row, sixth, Jesse Bergner; fifth, Jeff Davis; fourth, John Skibbie; and third, Ryan Knapp. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

The National Championship Musky Open was once again a record-setting event, as what is likely the most popular fishing tournament in the Midwest at­tracted 1,251 anglers to 72 Eagle River area lakes last Friday through Sunday.

Shawn Kopke of Appleton was the top angler in the tournament, while Jim Tustison of Crown Point, Ind., was the luckiest ticket holder in the 29th annual tournament, headquartered at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.

A total of 197 tournament-size (34 inches and over)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:30 PM