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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
 
Ski races planned at Razorback Ridges

Cross-country ski racing will return to Razorback Ridges Ski and Mountain Bike Trails in Sayner Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, as the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club will host the Retro RidgeRunner.

The classic-style 15-kilometer and 7.5-kilometer races are slated to begin at 10 a.m.

According to race director Will Maines, the race will be a return to the old days in the 1980s and ’90s when the RidgeRunner was a part of the now defunct Northern Highland Ski Race Series.

The January race will include 15-kilometer and 7.5-kilometer races for skiers 18 and older, with a 7.5-kilometer race for high school skiers, a 3.2-kilometer race for youths 10-13 years old and a 0.75-kilometer race for children age 7 and younger.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:48 PM
 
Deer from Marathon County tests positive for CWD: state

For the first time in five years, a white-tailed deer on a hunting preserve in Wisconsin has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw announced Monday.

The latest case was found in Marathon County in central Wisconsin.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, reported the final test results back to the state. The animal was a 5-year-old male and was one of about 370 deer in the 351-acre preserve.

The deer was killed Nov. 4. Samples were taken Nov. 7 in accordance with Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:47 PM
 
Yadro, 94 years young, harvests 6-point buck
Nick Yadro, 94, of Eagle River proudly displays the six-point buck he harvested during the gun hunt.    —Contributed Photo
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

There was excitement in the deer woods when Nick Yadro tagged and registered his buck during the recently completed nine-day Wisconsin gun deer season.

It wasn’t because it was his first buck and it wasn’t because it was a great running shot. It was because Yadro is 94 years old.

Yadro, who hunts out of the Kuca Kraj Vode hunting camp on Anvil Lake, said it was special to harvest a six-point buck with a 50-yard shot opening weekend.

“It made me real happy. At my age,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:00 PM
 
Bear hunt permits due

Wisconsin black bear hunters have until next Tuesday, Dec. 10, to apply for a fall of 2014 harvest permit.

Bear hunters are reminded that harvest permits are strictly limited and hunters must apply for several years before receiving a permit.

Harvest numbers from the 2013 black bear season are not finalized, but hunters harvested more than 3,800 bears during the season. Meanwhile, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff and the bear advisory committee are in the process of determining 2014 quotas.

In Zone B in northeastern Wisconsin for the 2013 year,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:00 PM
 
Deadline is Dec. 10 for spring turkey
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Wild turkey hunters have until next Tuesday, Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2014 hunting season, with preliminary permit levels set at the same level as in 2013.

Final permit levels are not set until after the close of the fall turkey season, but will likely not differ significantly from preliminary permit levels, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

For Zone 7 in this area, 3,600 permits were available for the 2013 hunt — with 3,216 issued through the preference drawing and 382 issued over the counter. In the spring of 2013, hunter success rate for Zone 7 was 12.4% compared to the statewide succuss rate of 17.9%.

Zone 7 includes all of Vilas and Iron counties,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:59 PM
 
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