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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
State landowners showing interest in deer management

Wisconsin’s new Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) has completed its first enrollment period and apparently number of  landowners are eager to work in partnership with the  Department of Natural Resources (DNR) toward a common goal — providing for healthy deer and habitat management.

DMAP is one of several new programs and changes resulting from a two-year review of Wisconsin’s deer management program.

The program will give landowners the tools and

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:31 PM