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Meeting for predator hunt set at Great Escape Jan. 3

The fifth annual predator hunt will be held Jan. 3-12, beginning with a meeting at Great Escape in Phelps Friday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.

Hunting will begin immediately after the meeting and is slated to end at noon Sunday, Jan. 12. Entry forms are available at Great Escape.

The entry fee is $40 per team, plus three nonperishable items, which must be taken to the meeting.

Entry forms may be mailed to Rick Brown,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:32 AM
 
Fishing tourney set on Nokomis

Amvets Post 724 and the NCO?Club, both of Rhine­lander, will hold their sixth annual ice fishing tournament Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Highway N boat landing on Lake Nokomis. The fundraising event will sup­port troops overseas, wound­ed warriors and veterans.

Prizes will be awarded for the three longest walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fishing hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration on the lake from 7 to 9 a.m.

Registration fees cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 9 years and younger. Registration forms are available online at amvetpost724.com.

There will be a large warming tent, food, beverages, raffles, prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:31 AM
 
Peaceful scene
An angler’s track and a portable ice fishing shack made for a unique scene as the sun set on a North Woods lake one evening last week. The photo was taken by Brad Babich. There are about 12 inches of ice on most lakes.
Monday, December 23, 2013 11:52 AM
 
Officials say cougar killed in Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officials have confirmed a cougar was illegally killed last week in the Upper Peninsula’s Schoolcraft County.

Acting on a tip that a cougar had been illegally killed at a hunting camp in the county, DNR conservation officers and Special Investigations Unit detectives were able to successfully recover evidence and identify and apprehend two suspects from Bay County.

Upon completion of the DNR’s investigation,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:51 AM
 
Walleye stocking records shattered as first year of initiative ends: DNR

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocking records for large fingerling walleye were shattered last week as the last load of walleye produced in 2013 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative was delivered to Smith Lake in Sawyer County.

The lake was the 100th water body to receive the 6- to 8-inch walleye, often called large fingerlings or extended-growth walleye.

In all, 440,481 large walleye fingerlings were stocked in Wisconsin in September, October and November. That’s more than four times as many larger walleye as is typically produced and stocked in Wisconsin, and it was made possible through a two-year funding initiative

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:50 AM
 
Phelps Lions set tourney

The Phelps Lions Club recently announced that the dinner location has changed for its 28th annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament, slated for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, on Lac Vieux Desert.

The cost of $45 per person includes an evening meal at the Derby Track Loft in Eagle?River. The bar will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. Meal-only tickets will cost $15.

A briefing will begin at 8 a.m. at the west shore boat landing and the fishing will begin immediately after. The tournament is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

There will be $100 awards for the largest fish caught

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:50 AM
 
Wolf ecology workshop planned at Trees For Tomorrow Feb. 15-16

Trees For Tomorrow will hold a winter wolf ecology workshop called “Moving Beyond Recovery” Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, beginning at 9 a.m. on its campus in Eagle River.

The workshop is sponsored by the Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN), a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide education on conservation and management of the timber wolf in the wild.

TWIN’s hands-on wolf experts will discuss and demonstrate wolf physiology, ecology, behavior and predation, as well as past and present management of this iconic animal, and the human attitudes that have shaped its modern-day existence.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:57 PM
 
WTU plans banquet

The North Country Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited Inc. (WTU) will sponsor a fundraising banquet Thursday, Feb. 13, at Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River.

The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. This event will feature a dinner, auction, door prizes, sporting equipment, limited-edition wildlife and outdoor art, firearms and Whitetails Unlimited collectibles.

Tickets are $35 for a single ticket. There is a Feb. 11

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:56 PM
 
Statewide deer kill drops 7%

The Department of Natural?Resources?(DNR)?has announced this year’s preliminary harvest totals for the nine-day gun deer season indicate a total of 226,582 deer were killed, down 7% from 2012’s call-in numbers.

The nine-day gun deer season started Nov. 23 and ended Dec. 1.

The preliminary tally showed hunters harvested 97,765 bucks and 128,817 antlerless deer. This compared to 2012 call-in registration figures of 114,822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless, for a 15% decrease in the buck kill. The antlerless kill was almost exactly the same as 2012.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:48 PM
 
Wisconsin Ice Fishing Show scheduled Dec. 13-15

The Wisconsin Ice Fishing Show will be held Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Patriot Center in Rothschild, a suburb of Wausau.

The hours will be Friday,?Dec. 13, from 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event allows the lodging, tourism and ice fishing industry to showcase their products, services and information in Wisconsin.

“Changing the Way Wisconsin Looks at Winter”?is the focus of the this year’s show. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:48 PM
 
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