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Officials say cougar killed in Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officials have confirmed a cougar was illegally killed last week in the Upper Peninsula’s Schoolcraft County.

Acting on a tip that a cougar had been illegally killed at a hunting camp in the county, DNR conservation officers and Special Investigations Unit detectives were able to successfully recover evidence and identify and apprehend two suspects from Bay County.

Upon completion of the DNR’s investigation,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:51 AM
 
Walleye stocking records shattered as first year of initiative ends: DNR

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocking records for large fingerling walleye were shattered last week as the last load of walleye produced in 2013 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative was delivered to Smith Lake in Sawyer County.

The lake was the 100th water body to receive the 6- to 8-inch walleye, often called large fingerlings or extended-growth walleye.

In all, 440,481 large walleye fingerlings were stocked in Wisconsin in September, October and November. That’s more than four times as many larger walleye as is typically produced and stocked in Wisconsin, and it was made possible through a two-year funding initiative

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:50 AM
 
Phelps Lions set tourney

The Phelps Lions Club recently announced that the dinner location has changed for its 28th annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament, slated for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, on Lac Vieux Desert.

The cost of $45 per person includes an evening meal at the Derby Track Loft in Eagle?River. The bar will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. Meal-only tickets will cost $15.

A briefing will begin at 8 a.m. at the west shore boat landing and the fishing will begin immediately after. The tournament is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

There will be $100 awards for the largest fish caught

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:50 AM
 
Wolf ecology workshop planned at Trees For Tomorrow Feb. 15-16

Trees For Tomorrow will hold a winter wolf ecology workshop called “Moving Beyond Recovery” Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, beginning at 9 a.m. on its campus in Eagle River.

The workshop is sponsored by the Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN), a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide education on conservation and management of the timber wolf in the wild.

TWIN’s hands-on wolf experts will discuss and demonstrate wolf physiology, ecology, behavior and predation, as well as past and present management of this iconic animal, and the human attitudes that have shaped its modern-day existence.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:57 PM
 
WTU plans banquet

The North Country Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited Inc. (WTU) will sponsor a fundraising banquet Thursday, Feb. 13, at Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River.

The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. This event will feature a dinner, auction, door prizes, sporting equipment, limited-edition wildlife and outdoor art, firearms and Whitetails Unlimited collectibles.

Tickets are $35 for a single ticket. There is a Feb. 11

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:56 PM
 
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