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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors

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

Cold can’t stop the deer camp tradition
The Pine River boys were happy to have one buck down in the national forest with the cold and tough hunting conditions on opening weekend. The spike-horn was taken by Mark Krueger (front center). Also pictured are Deano Radtke, Steve Moericke, Greg Radtke and Dan “Keet” Moericke.                            —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

COMBINING a late deer opener with sub-zero wind chills is far from the ideal scenario for productive hunting, but it wasn’t all bad news from the Pine River Country deep in the national forest.

Six of us staked out a claim in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in various tree stands and ground blinds. And for the first time in many years, everyone saw a deer on opening day.

Given the weather and the fact that we don’t use bait, that’s a mighty big accomplishment in and of itself. Heck, for the first time since 1989, I saw a doe with three fawns milling through the hardwoods Sunday morning — couldn’t believe my eyes.

The credit goes to a U.S. Forest Service that’s finally getting

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:29 PM
It’s hunting buddies you should fear most
Knowing where the muzzle of your gun is pointed at all times, and never at people, is the key to avoiding a hunting accident.      —STAFF?PHOTO

IF?YOU spend time worrying about the possibility that a bullet from a mysterious source will find its way through the woods and hit you this deer season, give it a rest.

It’s more likely that you’ll win a lottery prize than be injured by a bullet of unknown origin. The records show that most of the time, hunting injuries are either self-inflicted or are caused by someone you know — a hunting buddy.

Safety is something worth pondering as the grandest single sporting

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:57 PM
Quick wolf hunts fuel mixed speculation
Slow but sure, Wisconsin is moving toward a smaller but stable population of gray wolves thanks to hunters and trappers.         —Contributed Photo
By Kurt Krueger

THERE is more than one way to interpret the results of this year’s wolf hunt, including what some might consider good news for those who cherish one of Wisconsin’s largest carnivores.

We still have a very healthy wolf population, evidenced by the fact that the harvest quota was met in five of the six harvest zones in less than three weeks.

Zone 2 in this area, hardly the most populated wolf country

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:04 AM
Wetlands: steadiest of wildlife habitat

By Kurt Krueger

WETLAND habitat is one of the few natural wonders in America that is being effectively protected today, thanks to a 76-year commitment from Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its volunteers across the North American continent.

The numbers are staggering — the preservation of almost 14 million acres of wetlands and conservation influence on another 12 million acres in the United States and Canada.

It is because of that incredible turnaround since the Dust Bowl days of 1937, when duck hunters founded DU, that hunters have enjoyed 12 straight years of 60-day seasons, a six-duck daily bag limit and more than 100 days of Canada goose hunting.

The feat becomes more

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:01 PM
Older players sought for 2 hockey events
By Gary Ridderbusch

Veteran Eagle River hockey players who have been around the rink a time or two are being sought for two hockey activities this winter.

Eagle River resident Michael Eder, coordinator of the Noontime Hockey League at the Eagle River Sports Arena, said the Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships is seeking more teams for the age 60-and-over division to play in the unique outdoor tournament Feb. 7-9, 20-14.

“All of the other divisions have filled up, but they still need more teams in the 60-and-over divisions,”

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:00 PM
We hunters live for the magical moments
We who hunt and fish wait patiently for those moments when it all comes together — memories for a lifetime. Here’s Gracie with a big grouse.

By Kurt Krueger

I’VE?HAD people ask me why in the world anyone would attempt to walk all day in the grouse woods, scampering over windfalls and through heavy cover for hours on end, and the answer came to me recently.

Sweat drips freely from the face on the coldest of days because grouse country is not easy terrain, especially six hours into the hunt when legs, feet and arms begin to ache. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:16 AM
The glory days of October are slipping fast
Raccoons, ruffed grouse and even white squirrels are part of the reason I spend time in a tree stand, quietly watching.          —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

AS I STRUGGLED to choose between grouse and deer hunting with a bow late Saturday afternoon, wondering how to fill a fall turkey tag, trap a fisher and shoot some pheasants in the days ahead, the reality of time and its limits hit home.

That glorious month of October is almost gone — stolen again in what seems like the blink of an eye.

Like a glimpse of a majestic buck in heavy cover,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:11 PM
Action Team alters the czar’s bizarre plan
Deer management changes that will impact hunters on public and private lands are up for public hearing review this month.          —STAFF?PHOTO

By Kurt Krueger

MY FIRST reading of the Deer Trustee Report a year ago left me with the distinct impression that without severe modifications, effective deer management on public lands in northern Wisconsin would take a shot to the spine.

The so-called deer czar had his sights so focused on private land deer management that his report virtually disregarded the North Woods and its extensive public forests.

In fact, his suggestion that we set antlerless harvest goals

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:01 PM
Dogs make toughest bird hunting better
Bird hunting for the scribbler these days is all about watching the dog work scent and retrieve birds, as Gracie did here.         —Photos By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

FEW THINGS in the world of hunting are more difficult than chasing ruffed grouse when the forests still have a full compliment of leaves.

It’s a time of the season meant for patient gunners who don’t mind hearing a lot more flushes than the number of birds that will give them a decent look — or any look at all.

For those who choose to hunt without a dog, the early season can be even more frustrating as birds hold tight and give the hunter no clue of their presence, whether

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:14 PM
All-ages crossbow law seems inevitable
Use of the crossbow for hunting deer, a privilege that used to be reserved for aging hunters and those with disabilities, is likely to be available to anyone next fall under the latest legislation.           —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

WITH SENATE approval last month of an all-ages crossbow hunting bill, it is inevitable that one of the biggest changes in state archery deer hunting will hit Wisconsin in 2014.

Combine voice vote approval in the Senate with the 95-0 vote on a similar version of the bill in the State Assembly, and despite some amendments made by the Senate, some form of this bill is a shoe-in for passage.

The major amendment called for a review

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:16 PM

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