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Trapper convention set at U.P. State Fairground

Expert trappers from around the country will give 25 trapping demonstrations and one predator calling demo at the National Trappers Association (NTA) Convention at the U.P. State Fairground in Escanaba, Mich., July 24-27.

Speakers will be on hand to share their methods, tips and secrets with novice and veteran trappers. This convention is an opportunity to visit in person with some of the most well-known trappers in the outdoor arena.

For a complete list of presenters and more information on the convention, visit or

“This large, family event is sure to have something for everyone,”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:48 PM
Follow the leader
This female merganzer led her ducklings along the shoreline of Franklin Lake. After the chicks leave the nest in summer, the female stays with them as they grow up while males gather in flocks.                           —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:59 PM
Car-killed deer assessments by DNR show winter tough on northern herd

Following a record-breaking harsh winter, a statewide effort to assess the condition of car-killed deer is helping researchers understand winter’s impacts on Wisconsin’s deer herd.

In general, deer populations in southern Wisconsin came through the winter in better condition than herds in the north, as indicated by fat stores, according to car-killed deer assessments conducted by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife officials.

This finding coincides with field observations from DNR

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:58 PM
Vista Lake bike trails now marked with signs
Showing off a new white arrow sign on Highway 17 at Deerskin Road were Vista Lake bike trail volunteers, from left, Abbott Wright, Duane    Heikkinen, Rollie Alger, Lorin Johnson, Mariquita Sheehan and Colin Snook. Missing from the picture was Jeff Kirschmann.                                 —Photo By Sharon Gifford

The Vista Lake bike trails —?which are part of the Phelps Trail  System — are now open and identified with signage. The project originated from the trails subcommittee of the Phelps Planning Commission  with the support of town board member Lorin Johnson and Chairman Colin Snook.

There are three trail loops in the Vista Lake Trails. All originate at a parking area east of Vista Lake. The trail loops range from 2.9 miles to 13.1 miles in length.

The trails vary from paved to gravel to hard-packed

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:55 PM
Ruffed grouse drumming counts show slight increase in North Woods

While the northern region  showed a slight increase in  ruffed grouse drumming counts this spring, state wildlife experts said the overall ruffed grouse population in Wisconsin has shown another slight decline, according to a recent roadside grouse survey.

Results from this survey help Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists monitor the cyclic population trends of ruffed grouse in the state.

“The index that Wisconsin uses to track ruffed grouse decreased 1% between 2013 and 2014,”

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:54 PM
Walleye classic
The 2014 Sugar Camp Walleye Classic recently was held at Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes. Winners included, front row from left, first place, Riley and Chad Curtis; second place, Pete Capp and Jim Santefort; back row, third place, Jared Adamovich and John Bennett;   fourth place, Jeff Anderson and George Lurvey; and fifth place, Doug Will and Gerald Parise. Event sponsors included The Bait Shop, The Beach Bar, Car Quest, Cross Country Bar & Grill, The Fishing Hole, Hodag Gun & Loan, J&J Sports, Mel’s Trading Post, Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort and Wayne’s Place.                                          —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:53 PM
Traffic on Chain
These young mallards were following a hen swimming across a channel on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Sunday. Boaters are reminded to watch for young ducks, geese and loons while boating this weekend.   —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:34 PM
Wolf harvest quota set at 156 for ’14 hunting, trapping season
The DNR has set the wolf harvest quota at 156 for the 2014 season, estimating the state wolf population dropped 18% from last year.                                                —Contributed Photo

The Natural Resources Board recently approved the 2014 Wisconsin wolf hunting season quota of 156 as proposed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wolf Advisory Committee.

The quota was set with the intention of continuing to reduce the state’s wolf population in accordance with the goals identified in the wolf management plan.

The DNR Wolf Advisory Committee is comprised of DNR staff,

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:33 PM
Five Purple Heart recipients awarded Phelps fishing trip
Taking part in the fishing trip were, front row from left, Purple Heart recipients Mike Young of Muskadine, Iowa, Army, Vietnam; Jon French of Chassel, Mich., Army, Afghanistan; Jonathan Lichty of Payne, Ohio, Marines, Iraq; Charlie Winnekens of Denmark, Army, Vietnam; and Tom Henderson of Lawton, Ok., Army, Vietnam; back row, guides Lyle Spurgeon, Gerald Larson, Al Gall, Steve Doyen and Colin Crawford. Missing from the photo were event coordinators Robin and Larry Vold.                                            —Photo By Sharon Gifford
By Sharon Gifford
Phelps Correspondent

Five Purple Heart recipients from five different states recently were awarded an all-expenses-paid two-day and three-night fishing event with local fishing guides on North Twin Lake.

The trip was researched, planned and devised by Scott Spurgeon, an associate of Wounded Warriors In Action (WWIA) and a Purple Heart recipient.

The trip was funded through a WWIA

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:32 PM
Carnivore conservation program set at Trees For Tomorrow campus

David MacFarland, carnivore specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will talk about managing the state’s cougars, bears and wolves during a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Trees For Tomorrow.

MacFarland’s “Conversation About Carnivores” program is free and open to the public. He will provide a brief overview and then take questions from the audience, according to Cheryl Todea, operations manager at Trees For Tomorrow.

Those who attend are welcome to

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:31 PM