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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
 
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