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National Musky Open draws record 1,251 anglers
The top finishers in the Musky Open included, front row from left, second, Kim Sternard; first, Shawn Kopke; back row, sixth, Jesse Bergner; fifth, Jeff Davis; fourth, John Skibbie; and third, Ryan Knapp. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

The National Championship Musky Open was once again a record-setting event, as what is likely the most popular fishing tournament in the Midwest at­tracted 1,251 anglers to 72 Eagle River area lakes last Friday through Sunday.

Shawn Kopke of Appleton was the top angler in the tournament, while Jim Tustison of Crown Point, Ind., was the luckiest ticket holder in the 29th annual tournament, headquartered at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.

A total of 197 tournament-size (34 inches and over)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:30 PM
Ducks Unlimited banquet planned in St. Germain

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, tickets can be reserved by calling Tom Reed at (715) 542-3994, Will Maines at 542-3501 or by mailing a check for the appropriate amount to Plum Creek DU, P.O. Box 5, Sayner, WI 54560.

The committee welcomes additional donations

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:30 PM
Patron license sales on increase

So far in 2014, conservation-minded individuals have continued to show a deep commitment to protecting Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Through Aug. 1, approximately 44,611 Conservation Patron licenses had been sold (compared to 43,930 through Aug. 1, 2013).

Revenue from Conservation Patron license sales is distributed amongst the fishing, wildlife and trapping programs and also helps fund fish and wildlife habitat improvement programs.

“This is a perfect example of our great state’s commitment to

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:29 PM
Waterfowl hunting seasons set
Northern Wisconsin duck hunters will have a 60-day season running from Sept. 27 to Nov. 25.                 —STAFF PHOTO

Northern Zone duck hunt slated Sept. 27-Nov. 25

Waterfowl hunting season structure for 2014, recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), was approved last week by the Natural Resources Board.

In 2014, Wisconsin will be divided into three duck hunting zones, each with 60-day seasons. There will be split seasons in the Southern and Mississippi River duck and goose zones.

Waterfowl breeding populations in 2014 are mostly good to

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:28 PM
Proposed trout regulations aim to simplify existing rules

The public will have an opportunity to provide input on proposals to simplify existing inland trout fishing regulations at 10 public meetings that will be held throughout the state beginning Sept. 3.

Beyond simplifying the rules for anglers, communities that serve as home to Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams will likely see additional economic benefits as a result of proposed extensions to the spring and fall seasons and elimination of the current five-day closure, according to Joanna Griffin, trout coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Wisconsin’s trout fishing regulations and seasons were last reviewed in 2003 and much has changed, including improved fish populations,” said Scot Stewart, DNR district fish supervisor. “Guided by public input, we’ve developed draft rules that support the continued health of

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:27 PM
Be prepared all the time

Gear upkeep vital for hooking muskies: Bucher

By Joe Bucher
Special to the News-Review

A big muskie is just as likely to strike early in the morning, when you’re fresh from a good night’s sleep and a big breakfast, as it is at the very end of the day, when you’re tired and hungry.

Even after four decades of muskie hunting, it never ceases to amaze me how sudden and unpredictable this sport can be. Muskies are apt to hit in any weather, at any time of day and on any given spot.

No matter how much you try to predict their behavior,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:56 PM
Giving back
The Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife Improvement Association staged its 14th annual Free Kids Fishing Day last Saturday on Maple Lake, where about 120 kids and their parents were treated to fishing expeditions, food and drink, and many fishing-related prizes. Above, attendees were catching bluegills off the public fishing pier on Maple while awaiting the arrival of another guided pontoon. —Staff Photo By KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:53 PM
Giving back
The Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife Improvement Association staged its 14th annual Free Kids Fishing Day last Saturday on Maple Lake, where about 120 kids and their parents were treated to fishing expeditions, food and drink, and many fishing-related prizes. Above, a father-son team found a large sunfish in the mix. —Staff Photo By KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:53 PM
Grouse society sets St. Germain banquet

The Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its eighth annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet Thursday, Aug. 28, at Whitetail Inn, located at 9083 Highway 70 West in St. Germain.

The banquet will include a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The evening will feature live and silent auctions, games, drawings and door prizes, including a selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectibles.

According to Jed Lechleitner, individual

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:50 PM
Marksmanship event scheduled Sept. 6-7

Learning proper safety and rifle marksmanship skills will be the focus of a Project Appleseed two-day event coming this Sept. 6-7 to the North Woods.

Sponsored by the Eagle River Chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League, the event will be held at the C.W. Caywood Shooting Range located in Arbor Vitae.

Project Appleseed is a program that instructs citizens on the traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:48 PM