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Third annual snowshoe event to celebrate new Tara Lila trail
Experienced and novice snowshoe enthusiasts are invited to attend the Snowshoe Celebration at the Tara Lila trail off of Sundstein Road near Eagle River Feb. 1.               —STAFF PHOTO

The third annual Snowshoe Celebration will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Tara Lila trail off Sundstein Road in Eagle River.

The event will honor the new Red Tara Trail south of Sundstein Road, the fifth snowshoe/hiking trail to be added on the property in the past three years.

The free family event will include guided snowshoe tours, snowshoe demos, youth activities,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:42 PM
 
Fishing tourney slated Saturday

The Phelps Lions Club recently announced that the dinner location has changed for its 28th annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament, slated for this Saturday, Jan. 25, on Lac Vieux Desert.

The registration cost of $50 at the event includes an evening meal at the Derby Track Loft in Eagle?River. A cash bar will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. Meal-only tickets will cost $15.

A briefing will begin at 8 a.m. at the west shore boat landing and the fishing will begin immediately after. The tournament is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

There will be $100 awards

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:40 PM
 
Fishing event set in Minocqua

The ninth annual Northwoods United Way Ice Fishing Jamboree will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, on Lake Minocqua at Stack’s Bay off Brunswick Road.

Registration costs $25 for adults and $5 for children and will take place on site at 7 a.m. followed by fishing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest walleye, northern pike, bass, perch, bluegill and crappie.

There also will be a $1,500 prize for catching a marked fish.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:40 PM
 
Winter Free Fishing Weekend set Jan. 18-19 across state
The Winter Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, is a perfect time to take someone new out fishing and introduce them to the sport.                             —STAFF PHOTO

Wisconsin residents and visitors alike can fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a fishing license this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19, during the second annual winter Free Fishing Weekend.

“It will be a great time to discover what ice fishing is all about — fun, friends, family and, of course, the fish,” said Theresa Stabo, Wisconsin’s angler education director.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:37 PM
 
Hunters kill 257 wolves

While Wisconsin wolf hunters reached the state goal of killing more than 250 wolves during the recent Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season, wolf hunters in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan fell short of their goal by 20 animals.

In Wisconsin, the 2013 season ended with a statewide kill of 257, six more than the 251-wolf quota the DNR set with input from University of Wisconsin biologists. The 2012 hunt ended with a kill of 117, one more than the quota.

The higher number in 2013 upset many animal protection groups and some scientists,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM
 
Trapping event planned Feb. 1

The ninth annual trapping workshop will be held at the Hermansville, Mich. Community Center Saturday, Feb. 1.

Youths will get instruction on how to successfully harvest furbearers, instruction on properly handling furs for market, and free magazines and trapping supplies to get them started, according to spokesperson Mike Lewis.

Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call Lewis at (906) 774-3592 or visit uptrappers.com.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM )
 
Free ice fishing event planned

Oneida County 4-H will take advantage of Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend  by hosting an ice fishing event for grades three through 12 Saturday, Jan. 18, at the boat landing off Lake Julia in Crescent.

From 1 to 3 p.m., certified 4-H leaders will provide youths with hands-on experience with tip-ups and jig poles, and help them develop the skills needed for ice fishing.

Equipment and bait will be available for those who need it. This event is free of charge and open to youths, whether or not they are enrolled in the 4-H program.

To register, call Anna at (715) 365-2750 by Jan. 15.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Eagle viewing promoted this winter

Wisconsin’s growing bald eagle population — a record number of breeding pairs and occupied nests were recorded in 2013 — and a hard, early freeze are combining to create fantastic viewing opportunities this winter for the nation’s symbol in many parts of Wisconsin, state eagle experts say.

“Eagle watchers will find plenty of opportunities at the growing number of organized eagle watching events this winter along the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Fox rivers, as well as at open water areas along other state lakes and rivers,” says Carly Lapin, conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
DNR taking input on walleye stocking

Proposed guidelines for how the state will decide which water bodies get stocked with walleye in 2014 and 2015 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are now available online and are the subject of a public comment period until Jan. 31.

“Wisconsin means good walleye fishing and it’s only going to get better with the walleye initiative,” said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We look forward to public feedback on this important part of helping direct where those fish go.”

The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is a two-year funding package to help produce and stock more of the larger walleye that can survive better in waters where natural reproduction isn’t getting the job done.

Last year, the first increased funding available

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Predator hunt
Great Escape in Phelps sponsored the fifth annual predator hunt for 18 participants who battled subzero temperatures and came up empty handed. Several nonperishable items and entry fees were donated to a Phelps family in need. Participants included, front row from left, Ray Kangas, Bodde Regenfuss and Andy Regenfuss; back row, Rick Brown, Adam Hickson, Ralph Spurgeon and Mike Myszka. 	—Contributed Photo
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:34 PM
 
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