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Public hearings will gather input on waterfowl season structure
The public can provide input on the fall waterfowl hunting season in Wisconsin. The final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board Aug. 13.     —STAFF PHOTO

The Mississippi Flyway Council was scheduled to meet in July to analyze survey data and make recommendations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on waterfowl hunting regulations.

The council includes waterfowl specialists and wildlife directors from 17 U.S. states and Canadian Provinces.

Recommendations from the council will help the U.S. Fish

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:38 PM
38th annual Paul’s Pro-Am slated on Chain Sept. 20-21
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The 38th annual Paul’s Memorial Pro-Am Musky Classic, set on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, is accepting entries for the catch-and-release event.

The tournament, sponsored by the Riedel family and headquartered at Club DeNoyer on Watersmeet Lake, is one of the longest-running catch-and-release muskie fishing events in the North Woods.

“We are looking forward to the 38th annual Memorial Pro-Am and

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:38 PM
Public input sought on ATV trail in Oneida

A public open house regarding a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) feasibility study on a proposed all-terrain vehicle (ATV)/utility-task vehicle (UTV) trail will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw.

Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the department’s analysis of the proposed trail for a portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:37 PM
Kayak, paddleboard races planned on Big St. Germain

All paddlers are welcome to the Woods and Water Paddle Races on Big St Germain Lake set for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. It includes both kayak and stand-up paddleboard divisions.

The 5-kilometer, or 3.1-mile, flat-water course takes paddlers on scenic Big St Germain Lake and the St Germain River. The race will start at Lynn Ann’s Campground and is an out-and-back course. This event will take place rain or shine, and will only be canceled due to severely inclement conditions.

There will be awards for first, second and third place for male and female divisions.

People are encouraged to preregister by Aug. 10

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:37 PM
Survey to help DNR develop future trout fishing regulations

Results from the most comprehensive survey ever of Wisconsin trout anglers provide a clearer picture of the people who pursue the wily trout, the fishing methods and baits they use, their opinions of fishing regulations, and the kind of fishing experience they’re looking for, state researchers say.

“What we found is that there is no single profile of a trout angler in Wisconsin, and that trout fishing in Wisconsin may not fit the popular image often portrayed in the media,” said Jordan Petchenik, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) resource sociologist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:42 PM
Vilas seeking photos for fishing sweepstakes

Vilas County Tourism & Publicity has announced its Catch the Action Kids’ Fishing Sweepstakes, which will run through Sept. 15.

Entrants could win a family fishing vacation in Vilas County by entering for the sweepstakes online at and sharing a photo of a child’s catch, along with where and when the fish was caught.

There’s no better place to take your family on a fishing trip than Vilas County, according to Vilas County Tourism & Publicity Director Cindy Burzinski.

“With more than 1,300 lakes — as well as numerous family-friendly?hotels,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:42 PM
Outdoor women plan canoe, kayak outing

The Outdoor Women’s Group will hold a canoe/kayak outing on the Wisconsin river Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 1:15 p.m.

The group will meet at the put-in and take-out location at the Oldfield Park landing at the corner of Highway G and Adams Road northwest of Eagle River.

Participants should take along a treat to share following the paddle. Paddlers should also take along their own water and a personal flotation device.

Anyone needing a canoe paddling partner may call Norma Yaeger at (715) 477-1984 by Aug. 1. All new and former participants are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:11 PM )
Waterfowl surveys reflect good breeding populations
State and national waterfowl breeding surveys show that waterfowl populations are good to excellent in Wisconsin, including the local Canada goose numbers.               —STAFF PHOTO

Waterfowl breeding populations in 2014 are mostly good to excellent in Wisconsin and North America, according to recent surveys by state, federal and Canadian wildlife officials.
The surveys were conducted by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey showed the highest North American duck population estimate in the 59-year history of the survey.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:36 PM
Nearly 600 already registered for Musky Open Aug. 15-17
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin Inc., will hold the 28th annual National Championship Musky Open at the Vilas County Fairgrounds and on 72 area lakes Aug. 15-17.
A record 1,222 anglers participated in this event in 2013 and the chamber expects to top 1,000 men, women and youths again this year, according to chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson.
The National Championship Musky Open is a catch-and-release tournament for all ages and skill levels.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:39 PM )
Ottawa National Forest plans Wilderness Act celebration

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a celebration Saturday, July 26, at the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet, Mich., in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and designated the first federal wilderness areas.
Wilderness designation aims to protect some of the most pristine area in the United States for future generations.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:35 PM