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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors


Kurt Krueger can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


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
 
Celebrating America’s greatest sports
Passing knowledge and passion for the sport of hunting to new generations is a big deal in Wisconsin, and it’s something to focus on as we celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday.      —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

THERE?WILL be a moment this Saturday, maybe during a break from hunting grouse or after catching a walleye, that I’ll think about how appropriate it is that we have a National Hunting and Fishing Day.

That’s what we will celebrate on Sept. 28, a tribute to sports that allow anyone to walk in the footsteps of America’s first environmentalists — the very people who established the conservation ethic of the nation.

This week, we are again running a two-page spread to promote

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:30 PM
 
Great exercise, tough going on the opener
Gracie holds one of the few birds that gave us a glimpse of feathers on opening day of the 2013 grouse season.               —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

THOSE of you who didn’t put on the miles chasing grouse on opening day missed a lot of exercise and forest scenery, but not much else.

The foliage was thick, the mosquitos were on a rampage and you could tell grouse numbers are way off from last year, when a phenomenal spring hatch meant big broods.

That didn’t stop the scribbler and his sidekick, a 4-year-old Lab named Gracie, from walking various trail systems on county, national and industrial forest lands

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:31 PM
 
Swim jigs: new weapon in the pike arsenal
The scribbler and grandson Alexander show off a 32-inch northern pike that slammed a swim jig in heavy weeds.          —Photo By Steve Krueger

By Kurt Krueger

IT?WAS the final hour before dark, our window of fishing opportunity, and we took it on an evening over the Labor Day weekend because the grandson was itching for some boat time.

Alexander is making the slow transition from bobbers and bait for panfish to some casting for game fish, or at least that was the plan for this short trip. Attached to his 3-foot rod was a small topwater bait with no hooks on it — for everyone’s protection.

That’s not to say that son Steve and

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:16 PM
 
Tribes not entitled to nighttime deer hunting

By Kurt Krueger

IT?ALWAYS amazes me that Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes want to take advantage of special hunting privileges on the argument that somebody else is allowed to do it, even if it is an apples to oranges comparison.

Most noteworthy were those early court cases in which able-bodied tribal hunters were trying to get the same road-hunting privileges as non-Indian hunters who had a disability permit.

The tribes argued that giving anyone a right to shoot from a vehicle or from a roadway means that tribal members should also have a right to do it — disability or not.

Today, the six Ojibwe tribes are seeking

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:23 PM
 
Time to support the grouse habitat experts
It takes active timber management, especially clear-cutting, to regenerate aspen stands because the species requires full sunlight to sprout.

By Kurt Krueger

GROUSE?FEVER is in the air this week, less than three weeks from opening day of the fall hunt and the  traditional time for the Ruffed Grouse Society’s (RGS) fund-raising banquet in St. Germain.

Local volunteers, many of them avid upland hunters, will stage the Chain O’ Lakes Chapter’s seventh annual Sportsmen’s Banquet this

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:59 PM
 
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