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  • Beenken wins sculpting awards at World Taxidermy competition
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:06 PM
    Jim Beenken, owner of Wildlife Expressions in Eagle River, a full-service taxidermy studio, won the Carl E. Akeley Award/Best in World for live taxidermy sculpture at the World Taxidermy Championships held earlier this year in Peoria, Ill.
    Taxidermists from around the world attended and competed in the competition.
    Beenken has owned Wildlife Expressions for the past 15 years. The studio is located at 804 E. Wall St. in Eagle River.
    At the competition, Beenken won First Place/Best in Category in the presculpted category. He sculpted a mountain lion from clay that could be used as a form by
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:05 PM
    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Reforestation Program began its annual tree seedling and shrub sales earlier this fall.
    The orders will be distributed in April and early May, and can be picked up at the state nurseries located in Boscobel, Hayward or Wisconsin Rapids or delivered to a central location designated by the local DNR forester.
    Tree and shrub seedlings are available to all Wisconsin landowners interested in planting for conservation purposes such as forest products, wildlife habitat and erosion control. Landowners can get information on seedling availability, species information, tips on how to prepare a site for tree planting and ordering instructions at
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 10:06 AM
    Wild turkey and black bear hunters are reminded to submit their applications before midnight this Sunday, Dec. 10. Applications for permit drawings can be purchased through Go Wild or at authorized license agents.
    Spring turkey tags are issued through a preference-based drawing system where Wisconsin residents have preference over nonresidents and landowners have preference over non-landowners. 
    Applicants may choose up to two time period and 
  • Buck harvest increases 13% in Vilas, Oneida and Forest
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:26 PM
    Preliminary registration figures for the nine-day gun deer hunting season show the buck harvest was up 13% in the tri-county area, according to figures released last week by the Wisconsin Department of Natural ReĀ­sources (DNR).
    The buck harvest in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties was 3,483 during the season that ended Sunday, Nov. 26. Last year’s buck harvest for the nine days was 3,030.
    Similar to 2016, northern counties again showed the most significant increases in buck and antlerless harvest.
    The Vilas County buck harvest jumped 20.7%, from 855 last year to
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:25 PM
    The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club in St. Germain will have a snowmobile safety class Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27 and 28, at the Community United Church of Christ in St. Germain.
    The class will be a full-day class on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch provided by the club) and about a half day on Thursday. 
    Preregistration is required  by calling Peggy Ausloos at (715) 542-3548. Space will be limited, so it is suggested to register early. A DNR customer ID number is required.
    Beginning Jan. 1, 2001, any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, and who has reached the age of
  • Opening weekend buck harvest drops 1.9% in tri-county area
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:03 PM
    The opening weekend buck kill dropped slightly in the tri-county region, with 2,000 bucks registered, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) preliminary registration numbers.
    Last year on opening weekend, the DNR reported that 2,039 bucks were registered. That means the buck kill dropped 1.9% this year. Last year, the opening weekend buck kill increased 33% in the tri-county area of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties.
    There were 631 bucks registered in Vilas County this year on opening weekend, compared to 606 in 2016, a 4.1% increase.
    In Oneida County, there were
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:02 PM
    The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club in St. Germain will have a snowmobile safety class Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27 and 28, at the Community United Church of Christ in St. Germain.
    Anyone 11 1⁄2 years of age or older is eligible to take the class and receive a safety education certificate.
    The class will be a full-day class on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch provided by the club) and about a half day on Thursday. 
    Preregistration is required  by calling Peggy Ausloos at (715) 542-3548. Space will be limited, so it is suggested to register early. A DNR customer ID number is required.
  • Trophy buck
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:01 PM
    Scott Anderson of Eagle River got this 13-pointer in Adams County on opening weekend. Three additional points had been broken off while fighting. —Contributed Photo
  • Real holiday tree can benefit economy and environment
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:00 PM
    Besides creating memories and family traditions, cutting a real Christmas tree benefits the economy and environment, according to tree farm officials.

    “A real Christmas tree is an environmentally friendly option that also supports local Christmas tree growers,” said Sarah Marketon, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s director of communications. “With many consumers showing a preference for local products, the tradition of celebrating Christmas with a real tree is a great option.”

    Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases, and in turn emit oxygen. For every real Christmas tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted. Tree farms also
  • Nice eight
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:59 AM
    Dan Biertzer of Arbor Vitae harvested this buck recently while hunting public land in Vilas County. —Contributed Photo
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