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Plum Creek DU plans 32nd banquet

The 32nd annual Plum Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) fall banquet has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 27, and tickets are now available.

Reservations should be made early, as seating will be limited to 80 people at Clearview Supper Club in St. Germain. Tickets cost $50 per person, $90 for couples and $275 for sponsors.

“With Congress unwilling to agree on almost any legislation, including critical farm bill provisions such as Conservation Reserve Program and Private Lands Open to Sportsmen, DU needs the support of everyone committed to the continued preservation and conservation of wetland habitat all

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:48 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society plans banquet

The Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its seventh annual Conservation and Sportsmens Banquet Thursday, Aug. 29, at Whitetail Inn in St. Germain, located at 9083 Highway 70 W.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Individual membership and dinner tickets cost $50. There also is a membership and spouse package which includes two dinners for $75.

Junior membership and dinner tickets cost $15

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:48 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society awards puppy to Snedden of Eagle River
Lynn Kirsteatter of Northern Lights Kennel (left) presented the puppy to Great Grouse Dog Give-  away winner Brady Snedden of Eagle River, who was with his sister, Sloan.  —Contributed Photo

The Chain of Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) gave away a purebred small munsterlander hunting dog last week as part of its Great Grouse Dog Giveaway.

The puppy — donated by Lynn Kirsteatter of Northern Lights Kennel — was given to Brady Snedden of Eagle River.

This was the second puppy given away by the society this year, according to member Dan Anderson. The first was delivered in June.

“It’s a great way to get youngsters

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:37 PM
Waterfowl surveys show healthy duck numbers

With high continental total duck and wetland numbers, state waterfowl biologists expect a 60-day duck season similar to recent years but with the possibility of bag limit changes for certain species.

This information comes after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released continental duck numbers in the “Trends in Duck Breeding Populations” report July 12.

“This continental survey information is an essential piece in determining Wisconsin’s waterfowl season frameworks,” said Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “The information we are seeing is promising for the upcoming season.”

The 2013 North American total duck population

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:36 PM
Elk calves fitted with tracking collars
Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and volunteers recently collared newborn elk calves near Clam Lake. Among those in the field was Bethany Blicharz (right) of Three Lakes, a graduate assistant in wildlife in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.                                                             —Contributed Photo

Despite a very late spring and hordes of biting insects, more than 250 hardy volunteers joined Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologists to search the forests near Clam Lake for elk calves during May and June.

This effort revealed that the year has started out exceptionally well for Wisconsin’s growing elk herd.

Forty-five potentially pregnant cows were monitored this spring.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:35 PM