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Waterfowl surveys reflect good breeding populations
State and national waterfowl breeding surveys show that waterfowl populations are good to excellent in Wisconsin, including the local Canada goose numbers.               —STAFF PHOTO

Waterfowl breeding populations in 2014 are mostly good to excellent in Wisconsin and North America, according to recent surveys by state, federal and Canadian wildlife officials.
The surveys were conducted by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey showed the highest North American duck population estimate in the 59-year history of the survey.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:36 PM
Nearly 600 already registered for Musky Open Aug. 15-17
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin Inc., will hold the 28th annual National Championship Musky Open at the Vilas County Fairgrounds and on 72 area lakes Aug. 15-17.
A record 1,222 anglers participated in this event in 2013 and the chamber expects to top 1,000 men, women and youths again this year, according to chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson.
The National Championship Musky Open is a catch-and-release tournament for all ages and skill levels.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:39 PM )
Ottawa National Forest plans Wilderness Act celebration

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a celebration Saturday, July 26, at the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet, Mich., in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and designated the first federal wilderness areas.
Wilderness designation aims to protect some of the most pristine area in the United States for future generations.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:35 PM
Registration now open for annual World Championship Musky Classic

Registration is now open for the 38th annual World Championship Musky Classic (WCMC) fishing tournament slated Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-7.
This fishing tournament is supported and sponsored by the Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters and Winchester communities.
Each community has a designated number of lakes that are available for the tournament, which is open to all anglers of all ages. Clubs and teams also are welcome.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:34 PM
Resting time
This small buck and doe were bedded in a wooded area near the Eagle River Golf Course, taking a break after a night of feeding. Antlers on bucks are developing and are in full velvet at this time.  	       —Staff Photo By ERIK BARBER
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:51 PM
Deadline is Aug. 1 for fall turkey, Canada geese, bobcat and wolf tags

A key deadline for many hunters, trappers and spearers in Wisconsin is fast approaching.

Those planning to participate in fall turkey, Canada geese, bobcat, fisher, otter, wolf or Upriver Lakes sturgeon seasons must have their permit applications submitted by noon Aug. 1.

Permit applications can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:50 PM
Hooked on fishing
Volunteers with the Eagle River Guides Association hosted a casting contest and fishing seminars at the 34th annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day in Eagle River last Thursday at the fairgrounds.                          —Staff Photo By ERIK BARBER

Guides/Kids Day attracts 38 youths, 18 guides

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Guides Association, held its 34th annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day last Thursday at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

A total of 18 guides took 31 youths ages seven to 12 fishing on an area lake, according to Kim Emerson, executive director of the chamber.

“It was a fun-filled day for all who attended,”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:49 PM
Trapper convention set at U.P. State Fairground

Expert trappers from around the country will give 25 trapping demonstrations and one predator calling demo at the National Trappers Association (NTA) Convention at the U.P. State Fairground in Escanaba, Mich., July 24-27.

Speakers will be on hand to share their methods, tips and secrets with novice and veteran trappers. This convention is an opportunity to visit in person with some of the most well-known trappers in the outdoor arena.

For a complete list of presenters and more information on the convention, visit or

“This large, family event is sure to have something for everyone,”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:48 PM
Follow the leader
This female merganzer led her ducklings along the shoreline of Franklin Lake. After the chicks leave the nest in summer, the female stays with them as they grow up while males gather in flocks.                           —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:59 PM
Car-killed deer assessments by DNR show winter tough on northern herd

Following a record-breaking harsh winter, a statewide effort to assess the condition of car-killed deer is helping researchers understand winter’s impacts on Wisconsin’s deer herd.

In general, deer populations in southern Wisconsin came through the winter in better condition than herds in the north, as indicated by fat stores, according to car-killed deer assessments conducted by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife officials.

This finding coincides with field observations from DNR

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:58 PM