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County forest, Ruffed Grouse Society team up to improve wildlife openings
Volunteers with the Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society and employees with the Vilas County Forest teamed up last week to improve 10 wildlife openings on the county forest. The group picked rock prior to seeding.            —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Vilas County For­est­ry, Recreation & Land De­partment, in cooperation with the Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, renovated 10 wildlife openings on the Vilas County Forest last Wednesday.

The wildlife openings, located in the town of Conover, average one to one and one-quarter acres, ac­cording to Vilas County Forest­er Larry Stevens.

“The last time the wildlife openings were renovated

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:54 PM
Plum Creek DU sets 33rd annual dinner

The Plum Creek Ducks Unlimited (DU) Chapter of Sayner will hold its 33rd annual spring dinner Tuesday, June 10, at Sayner Pub in Sayner with tickets priced at $20 per person.

The dinner will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet including Sayner Pub’s famed pizza, spaghetti and mostaccioli, along with salads, garlic bread and desserts.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. with major raffles, blue-light specials and a silent auction running throughout the evening.

Among the major raffle items will be the 2014 DU rifle of the year,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:51 PM
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