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DNR officials report fish kills on some North Woods lakes
While an aerator is keeping the water open on a portion of Thunder Lake, the DNR reports a winter fish kill on the lake, including bluegills, walleyes and crappies.        —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With more than two feet of ice still covering some lakes in the North Woods, state fish biologists are expecting an increase in fish kills due to low oxygen levels in some shallower lakes.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fish biologist John Kubisiak in Rhinelander said he has heard reports of dead fish on Thunder Lake, Sweeney Lake and Buckskin Lake, though none of them are severe at this time.

“Thunder Lake has a big aerator and Buckskin

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00 AM
 
Hunters donate venison

Hunters, meat processors and food pantries helped the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners donate more than 90,000 pounds of venison to those in need in 2013.

“We are very proud to be part of this community-based program,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “Anytime we can have a safe, successful deer hunt and donate valuable food to our pantries it’s a win-win for Wisconsin.”

More than 2,000 deer were donated through the DNR deer donation program and processed packages of ground venison were distributed to food pantries statewide.

The number of deer donated decreased by 27%

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:59 AM
 
Hunters ask DNR questions on transporting deer, using tags
By News-Review Staff

In a new twist this year, the annual spring deer herd status meetings were also held in conjunction with the Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings in all 72 counties in the state last Monday.

The herd status meetings, held locally in Rhinelander for Oneida County residents and in St. Germain for Vilas County residents, provided an early opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the current status of the deer herd and ask other deer management questions.

In addition, local wildlife biologists presented

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:59 AM
 
Free shooting class offered for youths

The Boulder Junction Shooting Range will hold a youth shooting-instruction program Thursday evenings from May 15 through June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This program will be limited to 10 young men and women, ages 12 to 17, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will learn gun and shooting safety and practice shooting clay targets.

The program is free, and all targets,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:58 AM
 
‘First turkey’ certificates offered through DNR

More than 135,000 hunters take to the woods each year in Wisconsin to pursue the wild turkey, many for the first time.

To help preserve these memories, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will provide first-time successful turkey hunters with a free, personalized certificate if the hunters fill out an electronic form and, if they want, submit a photo of themselves with their turkey.

“It’s our little way of saying congratulations to all

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:58 AM
 
Deer status meetings added

Spring fish and wildlife hearings
planned in every county April 14

Dozens of advisory questions on hunting and fishing topics will be up for a vote at the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings next Monday, April 14, across the state.

A trolling rule change is the only proposed specific rule change to be voted on at the 2014 hearings, which will be held in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. (See story on trolling question on front page.)

The hearings in this area will be at the St. Germain Elementary School for Vilas County; at the James William Middle School in Rhinelander for Oneida County; and at Crandon High School for Forest County.

People interested in natural resources management

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:50 PM
 
Private, tribal hatcheries get grants to increase walleye production: Stepp
Private and tribal fish hatcheries will get $2 million in state grants for producing larger walleyes for stocking in Wisconsin lakes.                                                     —Contributed Photo

Six private and three tribal fish hatcheries — including the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians — will get a total of $2 million in one-time grants for projects that will increase their capacity to produce larger walleye for stocking in Wisconsin by 470,000 fish per year, state fisheries officials say.

The hatcheries are receiving the grants from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as part of a competitive grant process funded through

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:34 PM )
 
Youths turkey hunt scheduled this weekend

It couldn’t get much easier to take a youngster hunting than the spring turkey hunt for youths this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13.

Parents, guardians and mentors can take any youth ages 10 through 15, who has a tag and license, on the special turkey hunt.

The first of six regular seven-day turkey hunting seasons will start Wednesday, April 16.

The two-day spring youth hunt, initiated in 2007,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:47 PM
 
Groups can apply for tourney applications

Organizers of fishing tournaments planning events for 2015 may now apply for their permits, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

New this year, the applications will be reviewed as they come in and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, state fisheries officials said.

“We’re awarding permits on a first-come, first-served basis to improve the process for organizers and DNR biologists,” said Jon Hansen, the DNR fish biologist who works on tournament issues. “So get your applications in for both 2014 and 2015 as soon as you can to ensure your spot.”

There is a cap on the maximum amount of tournament fishing pressure allowed

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:47 PM
 
Class offered for ski patrol

Outdoor enthusiasts age 16 and older may enroll in an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course being offered at Minocqua Winter Park.

The class will meet weekly on a time and day yet to be determined. An organizational session will be held May 3 at 9 a.m.

The course will run approximately 20 weeks with sessions of three to four hours each, with additional home study required.

Instructors from area ski patrols

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:14 PM
 
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