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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
 
Dock fishing
?Fishing from piers and shore was the norm opening day as most lakes were still covered by ice. With his boat not ready for the water, Nick Stemper and his son, Patrick, fished off of the T-docks in Eagle River.                      —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:50 PM
 
Wolf count estimated at minimum of 658

The preliminary 2014 Wisconsin late-winter wolf count indicates there are a minimum of 658 to 687 wolves distributed across the state, according to Department of Natural Resources officials (DNR).

The preliminary numbers equate to a 19% decline in the late winter population compared to last year, as predicted by scientific models considered by the Wolf Advisory Committee and Natural Resources Board prior to establishing 2013 quotas.

“The population is within the range predicted

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:49 PM
 
Muskie league plans meeting

The Three Lakes Wednesday Night Muskie League will have an organizational meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming season.

The meeting will be in the downstairs meeting room at the American Legion Bar in Three Lakes. Any teams and anglers are invited to attend. The 2014 rules will be discussed.

Those who would like further information can contact Chris Blicharz at (715) 493-4640.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:49 PM
 
Ugly sight
Due to the thick ice and deep snow this winter, there has been a fish kill on 1,700-acre Thunder Lake just west of Three Lakes. This was the scene along the south shore of Thunder Lake Friday, with only about one-quarter of the lake free of ice. The dead fish included thousands of bluegills (above), as well as some crappies, walleyes, bass and northerns. The Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Improvement Association operates an aerator on the lake, but due to the extreme conditIons this year a fish kill still resulted. Winterkill is a natural process occurring when fish don't have enough oxygen, according to the DNR. In ice-capped winters, most oxygen in the water comes from aquatic plants. However, when the ice and snow cover is thick, plants cannot get the sunlight needed, and instead of producing oxygen, they die back and decompose.                          —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:48 PM
 
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