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Free ice fishing event planned

Oneida County 4-H will take advantage of Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend  by hosting an ice fishing event for grades three through 12 Saturday, Jan. 18, at the boat landing off Lake Julia in Crescent.

From 1 to 3 p.m., certified 4-H leaders will provide youths with hands-on experience with tip-ups and jig poles, and help them develop the skills needed for ice fishing.

Equipment and bait will be available for those who need it. This event is free of charge and open to youths, whether or not they are enrolled in the 4-H program.

To register, call Anna at (715) 365-2750 by Jan. 15.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Eagle viewing promoted this winter

Wisconsin’s growing bald eagle population — a record number of breeding pairs and occupied nests were recorded in 2013 — and a hard, early freeze are combining to create fantastic viewing opportunities this winter for the nation’s symbol in many parts of Wisconsin, state eagle experts say.

“Eagle watchers will find plenty of opportunities at the growing number of organized eagle watching events this winter along the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Fox rivers, as well as at open water areas along other state lakes and rivers,” says Carly Lapin, conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
DNR taking input on walleye stocking

Proposed guidelines for how the state will decide which water bodies get stocked with walleye in 2014 and 2015 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are now available online and are the subject of a public comment period until Jan. 31.

“Wisconsin means good walleye fishing and it’s only going to get better with the walleye initiative,” said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We look forward to public feedback on this important part of helping direct where those fish go.”

The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is a two-year funding package to help produce and stock more of the larger walleye that can survive better in waters where natural reproduction isn’t getting the job done.

Last year, the first increased funding available

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Predator hunt
Great Escape in Phelps sponsored the fifth annual predator hunt for 18 participants who battled subzero temperatures and came up empty handed. Several nonperishable items and entry fees were donated to a Phelps family in need. Participants included, front row from left, Ray Kangas, Bodde Regenfuss and Andy Regenfuss; back row, Rick Brown, Adam Hickson, Ralph Spurgeon and Mike Myszka. 	—Contributed Photo
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:34 PM
 
Sayner-Star Lake Lions plan Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tourney

The 12th annual edition of the Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament will be hosted by the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club Saturday, Feb. 8, with $700 in cash and thousands more in merchandise prizes to be awarded, according to event organizers.

The entry fee for the tourney is $25, and tickets are now available from Lions Club members; Up North Traders,?Sayner?Mobil Express and the Sayner Pub all in Sayner; at Island City Lanes in Minocqua; and 70 West Body Shop in Eagle River.

Fishing will take place entirely on Plum Lake from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with awards and prize giveaways beginning at 4 p.m. at the Sayner Recreation Building. Fish registration will return to the lake this year at the south shore public pier access.

Cash prizes will be awarded in northern pike, walleye, perch, crappie and bluegill categories.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:34 PM
 
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