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Operation Deer Watch under way across state
The public is being asked to report daily deer sightings to the DNR in an effort to monitor the deer herd.     —STAFF PHOTO

In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin’s deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is continuing its annual citizen-science survey Operation Deer Watch.

This collaboration of data from the public, along with deer observations collected by DNR staff, provides insight on the reproductive status of Wisconsin’s deer herd in 2013. The number of does,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:00 PM
Early Canada goose season opens Sept. 1
Hunters will take to the fields, marshes and lakes starting this Sunday for the early Canada goose hunt.                                                            —STAFF PHOTO

With cooler nights and Labor Day approaching, hunters may be thinking about the first fall hunting seasons, including early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.

The early Canada goose season in Wisconsin runs Sept. 1-15 statewide. The dove season runs Sept. 1 to Nov. 9 statewide.

The early Canada goose season, with a more liberal bag limit than the regular season, is allowed by federal rules due to the growth of local giant Canada goose populations.

During the spring waterfowl survey, Wisconsin’s resident breeding goose population estimate was 138,925.

The early season harvest last fall was estimated at 21,302 and makes up roughly one-third of the total annual Canada goose harvest in Wisconsin.

“The early season provides additional recreational opportunities for our goose hunters and directs harvest pressure toward these locally nesting geese,” said Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The early season daily bag limit is five birds.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:59 PM
Raley, Osfar take first in Autumn Muskie Classic
Nate Osfar (left) and Matt Raley hold their 46-inch muskie, which they caught in the final seconds of the tournament Sunday to take the first-place win.                —Contributed Photo

The Professional Muskie Angler Circuit (PMAC) recently concluded the 2013 season with the Eagle River Autumn Muskie Classic with an exciting finish in the final seconds of the tournament.

Nine muskies more than 34 inches were registered for the event on the opening day of competition Saturday, with 11 more muskies captured Sunday.

The 20th fish decided the outcome

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:57 PM
Outdoor women to hold pickleball outing Sept. 15

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet at the Burnside Park Tennis Courts Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1:30 p.m. to learn to play pickleball.

All equipment will be available at no charge. Participants are welcome to walk or bike the Three Eagle Trail near the park also.

Attendees should take along a snack to share with the group at the covered pavilion after the activities.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (715) 477-1984.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:57 PM
Gun show set at Sports Arena

The Eagle River Gun Show will be held at the Eagle River Sports Arena Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

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 27, 2013 2:57 PM