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Forest Service closes trails during spring breakup

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV), horse and bicycle trails are closed and will remain closed until further notice due to the spring breakup.

During this time period, the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals is prohibited on national forest system trails.

The temporary closure of trails during spring breakup will reduce rutting and erosion of trails which often occurs when the soil is saturated, according to Forest Service officials. They say pro­tecting recreation trails during this time period reduces the likelihood

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:08 PM
 
Musky Marathon ends 50-year run
Linda Thorp, left, chairwoman of the Vilas Tourism & Publicity Committee, presents a plaque to Sonnet Uhlenbrauck, Appleton, for her first-place 44-inch muskie.     —Photo By Wally Geist
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

Janet Christianson of the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity Department presented the 50-year history of the Vilas County Musky Mara­thon to the county board last Tuesday.

Christianson noted the 2013 Musky Marathon was the last such event in which one species of fish — the mighty muskie — would be targeted.

“The Tourism & Publicity Department is working on

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:06 PM
 
Shooting league for women sets meeting

The Eagle River chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League will meet Saturday, April 5, at The Rock Community Center in Eagle River at 9 a.m.

A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for pistol, rifle and shotgun sports.

While members are waiting for the snow to melt and shooting ranges to open back up, practice shooting with laser targets will be offered at the meeting.

A session on pistol cleaning also will be

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:06 PM
 
Wildlife biologist to speak on elk at Discovery Center

The North Lakeland Discovery Center will host Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Sam Jonas Thursday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of its Nibbles n’ Knowledge monthly lecture series.

Jonas will discuss the reintroduction and continued management of elk in Wisconsin, along with their ecology, biology and habits.

The lecture also will feature food, and participants will learn about the male elk bugle, part of the mating communication ritual.

This program will be hosted in the main lodge at

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:05 PM
 
Women’s group plans next trip to Maple Fest

The Outdoor Women’s Group will visit the Maple Syrup Festival Saturday, April 5, in Phelps.

The group will meet for tree-tapping demonstrations, guided bus tours of local sugarbush operations, an indoor craft show and lunch at The Maple Café.

The event is free, participation in the raffle will cost $10,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:04 PM
 
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