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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
 
Giving back
The Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife Improvement Association staged its 14th annual Free Kids Fishing Day last Saturday on Maple Lake, where about 120 kids and their parents were treated to fishing expeditions, food and drink, and many fishing-related prizes. Above, attendees were catching bluegills off the public fishing pier on Maple while awaiting the arrival of another guided pontoon. —Staff Photo By KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:53 PM
 
Giving back
The Three Lakes Fish & Wildlife Improvement Association staged its 14th annual Free Kids Fishing Day last Saturday on Maple Lake, where about 120 kids and their parents were treated to fishing expeditions, food and drink, and many fishing-related prizes. Above, a father-son team found a large sunfish in the mix. —Staff Photo By KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:53 PM
 
Grouse society sets St. Germain banquet

The Chain O’ Lakes Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its eighth annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet Thursday, Aug. 28, at Whitetail Inn, located at 9083 Highway 70 West in St. Germain.

The banquet will include a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The evening will feature live and silent auctions, games, drawings and door prizes, including a selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectibles.

According to Jed Lechleitner, individual

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:50 PM
 
Marksmanship event scheduled Sept. 6-7

Learning proper safety and rifle marksmanship skills will be the focus of a Project Appleseed two-day event coming this Sept. 6-7 to the North Woods.

Sponsored by the Eagle River Chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League, the event will be held at the C.W. Caywood Shooting Range located in Arbor Vitae.

Project Appleseed is a program that instructs citizens on the traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:48 PM
 
Experimental panfish regulations eyed for 10 Vilas lakes, Three Lakes Chain
Anglers may be asked to keep fewer and smaller panfish under a DNR?proposal for 110 lakes.      —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has introduced new experimental panfish bag limits on 110 lakes statewide, including 10 lakes in Vilas County, the entire Three Lakes Chain of lakes and 16 other water bodies in Oneida County.

Steve Hewett, DNR fisheries section chief , said the goal of the changes is to improve the average size of panfish in lakes that are not achieving their potential.

He said the proposed rules follow three years of angler surveys,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:47 PM
 
Crossbow licenses offered for Wisconsin deer hunters

With bonus permit sales and archery and crossbow seasons just around the corner, license sales have begun to increase for the fall deer seasons.

New laws have established two kinds of deer hunting licenses applicable to archery and crossbow seasons, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials.

A crossbow license will allow hunting deer and small game with a crossbow. An archer license will only allow hunting with what is typically considered archery gear — a bow drawn and held through the effort of the person releasing it (this excludes crossbows).

Under the new law,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:46 PM
 
Antlerless deer tags available starting Aug. 18

Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., but no permits are available in this three-county area.

Antlerless tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day. Sales will continue until sold out or until the 2014 deer hunting season ends.

Tags will be available for

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:41 PM
 
Plum Creek DU to hold banquet

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,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:40 PM
 
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