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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.

Time to support the grouse habitat experts
It is moments like this that we grouse hunters appreciate what the Ruffed Grouse Society does to promote young forest habitat and active forest management on both public and private land.      —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

THE?VOICE of forest wildlife like no other organization in America, the small but effective Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is stronger today than at any time in its 52-year history.

Grouse fever is about to hit the North Woods. It’s less than four weeks from opening day of the fall hunt and it’s the traditional time of the annual fund-raising banquet of the Chain O’ Lakes Chapter.

Next Thursday at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:08 AM
DNR eyes severe panfish bag restrictions
Brennan Ranheim of Raleigh, N.C., probably would disagree with the DNR that panfish numbers and sizes aren’t great on the Three Lakes Chain. This photo was taken two weeks ago.          —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

PANFISH enthusiasts will want to check out the latest from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), for the agency is proposing species-specific bag limits as low as five a day on some of the best lakes in the North Woods.

You read that right. The agency is proposing to treat panfish as if they are game fish — a real kick in the teeth when you consider the reduced walleye bag limits that continue to slam the sportfishing industry here.

Only three public hearings are scheduled across the state

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:58 AM
Saving wildlife: the pro-wilderness lies
By Kurt Krueger

I?WAS thinking the other day about the wilderness areas located in or close to Vilas and Oneida counties, trying to be fair to a subject that has taken some controversial hits in this space over the years.

After 36 years of watching wilderness proposals and roadless area studies come and go on national forest lands to our east, I believe we struck a respectable balance between the need for unmanaged wilderness and the many types of managed forest.

Managed forest alone is a complex monster where land managers attempt,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:41 PM
Some of the wildest places in Wisconsin
A fat brook trout is a bonus on a trip to trout country, one of the most tranquil, remote places Wisconsin has to offer.          —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

ONE OF the strangest summers for weather and bugs has altered fishing patterns for several species, and that’s my excuse for not hitting the trout stream until reports subsided of large mosquitos carrying off small animals.

Maybe the scribbler is getting wimpy as the years pass, but the bugs were so plentiful around residential areas in May and June that I couldn’t imagine what they’d be like in trout country — where you better have some bug spray along.

The story I’m sticking with is that the mayfly hatches were really late this year and that I rely on that  frenzy-producing period to take some nice brook trout

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:52 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:10 PM )
Grouse numbers better than expected
By Kurt Krueger

IT’S ALWAYS a pleasure to see a ruffed grouse picking gravel from a roadside shoulder, an item it must have for a hard-working gizzard that breaks down seeds and other foods for digestion.

Last week I spotted a grouse while traveling 55 mph on a county highway, as you could hardly miss the dark form against the lighter gravel.

And like usual, I pulled off a distance ahead,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:41 PM

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