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Muskies Inc. plans banquet at Whitetail

The Northwoods Chapter 61 of Muskies Inc. will hold its inaugural Christmas banquet Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Whitetail Inn, located at 9038 Highway 70 W. in St. Germain.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the banquet is muskie angler and television personality Joe Bucher.

This banquet is the club’s major fundraising event for the year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:51 PM
Nack named first DMAP leader

Bob Nack has been appointed as the Department  of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and Big Game Section Chief.

Nack, 36, of Fall River, previously served as supervisor of the DNR State Game Farm in Poynette.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Nack as our DMAP and Big Game Section Leader,” said Tom Hauge, director of the DNR’s wildlife management program. “Nack is an avid outdoorsman and he understands and respects the passion Wisconsin has for our forests and big game populations.”

Nack will focus on developing and delivering the DMAP program to Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:51 PM
DNR survey to help shape walleye stocking strategy
The Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on its walleye stocking strategy now that $13 million has been set aside to upgrade facilities.                               —STAFF PHOTO

Walleye anglers and others interested in walleye management are invited to take an online survey to help shape the state’s future stocking strategy for walleye now that a $13 million investment to upgrade facilities and increase operating funds is expected to significantly boost the number of larger walleye stocked in Wisconsin.

“The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative has the capacity to increase seven, eight, even 10 times the number of larger walleye for stocking in Wisconsin waters where natural reproduction isn’t getting the job done,”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:45 PM
Snomo class set Dec. 6-7 in Eagle River

A snowmobile safety education class sponsored by the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club will be held at the Derby Track on Highway 45 in Eagle River Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7.

The course will be taught by Scott Linn and Chris Kloiber, both Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified snowmobile safety instructors.  Sno-Eagles Club members will assist.

Course times will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

All snowmobilers younger than 16 must obtain certification

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:44 PM
Ruffed Grouse Society dedicates management area in Forest County

The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) recently dedicated a new management area in honor of David V. Uihlein Sr. on 2,045 acres of the Forest County Forest in northeast Wisconsin.

The David V. Uihlein Sr. Ruffed Grouse Management Area will aim to use timber management, especially aspen harvests, to promote habitat for ruffed grouse and American woodcock.

In addition, the area is managed for multiple uses including a hunter walking area and a snowmobile trail through the northern portion.

Uihlein was an ardent naturalist and outdoorsman who passed away Jan. 29,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:44 PM
Volunteers are needed for wolf study

People interested in volunteering to locate wolves and other medium to large carnivores this winter can learn how to track during a series of upcoming training sessions.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started a volunteer carnivore-tracking program in 1995 to help monitor the state’s wolf population, as well as look for signs of other medium- to large-size carnivores.

Last winter, 150 volunteers conducted nearly 8,000 miles of snow track surveys in search of wolves and other carnivores. Data they gathered was compiled with other monitoring data to aid DNR biologists in evaluating wolf populations.

The Wisconsin DNR is again asking

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:43 PM
Rewards, license deals offered for gun deer hunt

Seasoned hunters who share their enthusiasm and expertise about Wisconsin’s gun-deer hunt may be eligible to earn a discounted license for their next seasons while their first-time hunter ap­prentice may be eligible for a $5 license.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting and shooting sport coordinator Keith Warnke says this is a way to earn some financial rewards while helping a friend or family member learn about Wisconsin’s hunting traditions first-hand.

“Hunters who are able to recruit three new people

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:43 PM
One in three hunters will fall from tree stand

One in every three hunters who hunt from a tree stand will fall at some point in their hunting career and of those, 75% to 80% occurs while ascending or descending the tree.

A recent study by the International Hunter Education Association showed that nationally, 300 to 500 hunters are killed annually in tree stand accidents and another 6,000 will have tree stand-related injuries.

Wisconsin has had three reported fatal tree stand falls already this year, according to Jon King, hunter education administrator for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Tree stand incidents are one of the leading causes

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:42 PM
Data shows more does, bucks being harvested on private land
While some hunters believe more deer hunters head to public land to shoot antlerless deer rather than harvesting them on private land, data from five units in this area shows more does are being harvested on private land.                     —STAFF PHOTO
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

There is a conception that landowners with antlerless permits fill them on public lands rather than their own private property, thereby presenting an obstacle to re­cruitment and herd growth on public forests.

While some of that belief is discussed around the tables at deer camps across the North Woods, the overall data for three years show more adult does and antlered bucks are harvested

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:21 PM
Zone 4 closed to wolf harvest
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed wolf harvest Zone 4 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. The zone, located in southeastern Oneida County, eastern Lincoln County and much of Langlade County, is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-’14 wolf harvest season. With this closure, a total of four wolf harvest zones — including Zone 2 in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties — have closed this season.

Wolf hunters and trappers are advised that they can currently continue to pursue wolves in Zone 3 and 6.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:20 PM