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Bear permits jump in Zone D as hunting season set to start
With bear populations growing in northern Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources increased permits in Zone D. The bear season starts Sept. 3.                       —STAFF PHOTO

In an effort to help address human-bear conflicts in an area of northwestern Wisconsin that has had serious conflicts in recent years, state wildlife officials significantly increased the number of bear harvest permits in that area for the upcoming bear hunting season.

The bear hunting season opens next Wednesday, Sept. 3, with bait hunters going first.

The goal is to reduce the bear population in an area designated as bear Zone D in response to a high level of bear related complaints from residents last year,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:38 PM
Trout group schedules 40th banquet

The Northwoods Chapter of Trout Unlimited (Vilas, Oneida, Forest and Florence counties) will hold its 40th annual conservation banquet Thursday, Sept. 18, at Chef Rene’s at Timber Ridge in Minocqua.

The banquet is the main fundraising event for the chapter, which uses money raised at this banquet to help restore and maintain trout fishing in the North Woods area.

In the past year, the chapter has worked and funded many projects, including habitat improvement on the Deerskin River, Elvoy Creek, Brule Creek and Oconto River.

The chapter also worked with wounded

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:37 PM
Gun show set this weekend

The Eagle River Gun Show will be held at the Eagle River Sports Arena this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31.

The show will feature the buying, selling and trading of guns, knives, ammunition and sporting collectibles.

Hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Sports Arena is located on Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:37 PM )
Registration now open for Fall Muskie Classic

While summer may be winding down, fishing in the North Woods is just starting to heat up, as registration is now open for the annual Fall Classic Muskie Tournament slated for Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes.

The one-day catch-and-release tournament will present cash awards for top finishers and for every registered fish, according to Co-Director Scott Samuels.

“Also, those who do not catch a fish will be eligible for special drawings,”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:36 PM
National Musky Open draws record 1,251 anglers
The top finishers in the Musky Open included, front row from left, second, Kim Sternard; first, Shawn Kopke; back row, sixth, Jesse Bergner; fifth, Jeff Davis; fourth, John Skibbie; and third, Ryan Knapp. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

The National Championship Musky Open was once again a record-setting event, as what is likely the most popular fishing tournament in the Midwest at­tracted 1,251 anglers to 72 Eagle River area lakes last Friday through Sunday.

Shawn Kopke of Appleton was the top angler in the tournament, while Jim Tustison of Crown Point, Ind., was the luckiest ticket holder in the 29th annual tournament, headquartered at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.

A total of 197 tournament-size (34 inches and over)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:30 PM
Ducks Unlimited banquet planned in St. Germain

The Plum Creek chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) in Sayner will hold its 2014 summer banquet Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Clearview Supper Club on Big St. Germain Lake in St. Germain, and tickets are available now for the general public.

Tickets are priced at $50 per person, $90 for couples or $275 for sponsors. All tickets will be held at the door.

For those not receiving an invitation in the mail, tickets can be reserved by calling Tom Reed at (715) 542-3994, Will Maines at 542-3501 or by mailing a check for the appropriate amount to Plum Creek DU, P.O. Box 5, Sayner, WI 54560.

The committee welcomes additional donations

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:30 PM
Patron license sales on increase

So far in 2014, conservation-minded individuals have continued to show a deep commitment to protecting Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Through Aug. 1, approximately 44,611 Conservation Patron licenses had been sold (compared to 43,930 through Aug. 1, 2013).

Revenue from Conservation Patron license sales is distributed amongst the fishing, wildlife and trapping programs and also helps fund fish and wildlife habitat improvement programs.

“This is a perfect example of our great state’s commitment to

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:29 PM
Waterfowl hunting seasons set
Northern Wisconsin duck hunters will have a 60-day season running from Sept. 27 to Nov. 25.                 —STAFF PHOTO

Northern Zone duck hunt slated Sept. 27-Nov. 25

Waterfowl hunting season structure for 2014, recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), was approved last week by the Natural Resources Board.

In 2014, Wisconsin will be divided into three duck hunting zones, each with 60-day seasons. There will be split seasons in the Southern and Mississippi River duck and goose zones.

Waterfowl breeding populations in 2014 are mostly good to

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:28 PM
Proposed trout regulations aim to simplify existing rules

The public will have an opportunity to provide input on proposals to simplify existing inland trout fishing regulations at 10 public meetings that will be held throughout the state beginning Sept. 3.

Beyond simplifying the rules for anglers, communities that serve as home to Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams will likely see additional economic benefits as a result of proposed extensions to the spring and fall seasons and elimination of the current five-day closure, according to Joanna Griffin, trout coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Wisconsin’s trout fishing regulations and seasons were last reviewed in 2003 and much has changed, including improved fish populations,” said Scot Stewart, DNR district fish supervisor. “Guided by public input, we’ve developed draft rules that support the continued health of

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:27 PM
Be prepared all the time

Gear upkeep vital for hooking muskies: Bucher

By Joe Bucher
Special to the News-Review

A big muskie is just as likely to strike early in the morning, when you’re fresh from a good night’s sleep and a big breakfast, as it is at the very end of the day, when you’re tired and hungry.

Even after four decades of muskie hunting, it never ceases to amaze me how sudden and unpredictable this sport can be. Muskies are apt to hit in any weather, at any time of day and on any given spot.

No matter how much you try to predict their behavior,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:56 PM