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Outdoor Women to hike Luna, White Deer lakes

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet Sunday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. to hike around Luna and White Deer lakes, which are located about 21 miles southeast of Eagle River.

Participants should meet at the Luna Lake boat landing parking lot.

The hike will take place on moderate

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:50 PM
Kids Fishing Day slated at Lost Lake Campground

The Eagle River-Florence Ranger District will hold its fourth annual Kids Fishing Day Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Che­quamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s Lost Lake Campground.

Registration for this free event begins at 10 a.m. In the event of hazardous weather, the event will be held Sunday, June 8.

Many local sponsors contributed to this event, providing all of the poles, bait and tackle. Families also may take their own equipment.

This family event is part of Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:50 PM
Muskie season opens Saturday
Muskie anglers will be pounding the water starting this weekend as the muskie fishing opener is Saturday, May 24. Anglers are reminded there is a 40-inch minimum size limit for muskies on most North Woods lakes.                                —STAFF PHOTO

DNR says it’s now ‘fish of 3,000 casts’

The northern zone muskie season opens May 24 with water temperatures warming up quickly and anglers likely to reap the benefit of more than 20 years of improvement in muskie sizes and numbers.

“We had a late ice out, but it’s warming up quickly,” said Steve Avelallemant, longtime Department of Natural Resources (DNR) northern district fisheries supervisor. “I think it will be a pretty normal

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 1:36 PM
10th annual Callie Rohr Canoe Race planned on Wisconsin River June 14-15

Jeff and Marcia Rohr, owners of Rohr’s Wilderness Tours in Conover, are preparing for the 10th annual Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, to benefit children’s brain cancer research.

The Rohrs have raised more than $111,000 over the last nine years and have funded four cancer research programs. This year’s proceeds will go to Dr. Tadanori Tomita’s research program connected with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago,

“It’s a great feeling to know that our donated monies are making a real contribution to finding a cure,” said Marcia Rohr.

Brain tumors are the No. 1 cause of medical

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 1:36 PM
June 7-8 billed as Free Fun weekend

For two days in June, Wisconsin residents and visitors alike can enjoy some of the country’s best outdoor recreation for free.

On June 7 and 8, people can fish for free anywhere in Wisconsin, hike or bike state trails for free, ride public all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails for free, and, new this year, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests on both days as well.

“Free Fun weekend is a great way for friends and

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 1:34 PM
State parks, forests and trails provide economic boost for communities: report
Wisconsin’s state parks and forests offer a variety of activities, including camping and hiking. The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Vilas and Oneida counties offers numerous campgrounds.                                             —Contributed Photo

Wisconsin’s state parks, outdoor recreation areas, forests and trails serve as important drivers of local economic vitality, according to a recent report that estimates that total spending by Wisconsin state park visitors is more than $1 billion a year.

The report also found that the State Park System conserves important environmental resource areas that are public legacies.

“Our state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas are

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:11 AM
Trout stocked in inland waters
The Wisconsin DNR has stocked trout, including some brookies, in waters in this area.                            —STAFF PHOTO

More than 316,000 catchable size trout have been stocked in dozens of inland trout waters across Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Late ice cover on the lakes and difficult conditions at the lake access delayed some of the planned stocking this year, but we still had a majority of the stocking done by the May 3 opener,”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:09 AM
Application deadline nears to sponsor disabled hunt

Sponsors and landowners interested in hosting a gun hunt for deer hunters with disabilities are reminded that the deadline to submit an application is June 1.

The 2014 disabled hunt will take place Oct. 4-12.

In 2013, 108 sponsors worked closely with landowners and made more  than 78,000 acres of land available to hunters with disabilities. These sponsors and landowners provided opportunities for about 260 disabled hunters to get out into the field and enjoy the outdoors.

“The new online application created

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:09 AM
State elk herd not ready for first hunt in ’14: DNR

After evaluating available information and taking into account the severity of this winter, the state wildlife officials and several key partners have agreed that the state’s first elk hunt in the modern era will have to wait at least one more year.

“We started the year with the birth of about 34 calves, inching us closer to a population of more than 200 animals, which is the number required before a hunt will take place,” said Kevin Wallenfang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) big game ecologist and elk management program leader.

“However, several elk were lost due to a variety of causes

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:09 AM
Muskie league to hold sign-up

The Eagle River Monday Night Muskie League will hold its 2014 sign-up and rules meeting Monday, May 19, at Club Denoyer at 7 p.m.

There will be a complimentary pizza buffet for registered teams and anglers, along with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Eagle Sports and R&M Musky Shop.

New sponsors and anglers are welcome to register.

For more information, call Adam at (715) 891-2306 or Garth at 891-0003.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:09 AM