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Experimental panfish regulations eyed for 10 Vilas lakes, Three Lakes Chain
Anglers may be asked to keep fewer and smaller panfish under a DNR?proposal for 110 lakes.      —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has introduced new experimental panfish bag limits on 110 lakes statewide, including 10 lakes in Vilas County, the entire Three Lakes Chain of lakes and 16 other water bodies in Oneida County.

Steve Hewett, DNR fisheries section chief , said the goal of the changes is to improve the average size of panfish in lakes that are not achieving their potential.

He said the proposed rules follow three years of angler surveys,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:47 PM
Crossbow licenses offered for Wisconsin deer hunters

With bonus permit sales and archery and crossbow seasons just around the corner, license sales have begun to increase for the fall deer seasons.

New laws have established two kinds of deer hunting licenses applicable to archery and crossbow seasons, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials.

A crossbow license will allow hunting deer and small game with a crossbow. An archer license will only allow hunting with what is typically considered archery gear — a bow drawn and held through the effort of the person releasing it (this excludes crossbows).

Under the new law,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:46 PM
Antlerless deer tags available starting Aug. 18

Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., but no permits are available in this three-county area.

Antlerless tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day. Sales will continue until sold out or until the 2014 deer hunting season ends.

Tags will be available for

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:41 PM
Plum Creek DU to hold banquet

The Plum Creek chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) in Sayner will hold its 2014 summer banquet Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Clearview Supper Club on Big St. Germain Lake in St. Germain, and tickets are available now for the general public.

Tickets are priced at $50 per person, $90 for couples or $275 for sponsors. All tickets will be held at the door.

For those not receiving an invitation in the mail,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:40 PM
Funny Farm Fisheries offers fishing in Sayner
Funny Farm Fisheries is now offering fee fishing for rainbow trout in Sayner off Plum Lake Drive. The business will clean and pack any fish caught on location.       —Contributed Photo

Funny Farm Fisheries — a fee fishing area for rainbow trout — recently opened for business in Sayner and will hold a grand opening celebration during Colorama this fall.

The business is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 2916 Plum Lake Dr., according to CEO Russ Davis. Kerri We­berg serves as president and Todd Weberg is vice president.

Second-phase plans for the business

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:39 PM