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  • Bass time
    Debbie Meiners of Elgin, Ill., caught and released this largemouth bass while fishing on a Vilas County lake recently. The bass was caught on a plastic frog. Largemouth bass are in shallow water, usually around weeds. —Contributed Photo
  • The public has an opportunity to submit comments on a proposal to open 35 miles of existing roads in the Northern Highland-American Legion (NHAL) State Forest to motorized access from Sept. 1 to the last day of the December four-day antlerless gun deer season to provide additional access for fall hunting opportunities.
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking comment on an “Implementation Plan for Motorized Access for Fall Hunting.” The public comment period opened Monday and will run through July 23.
    The state Natural Resources Board amended the NHAL master plan in October 2017 to include
  • Vilas walleye
    Sarah Guenther recently caught this 25-inch walleye while fishing on a Vilas County lake. Walleyes have moved to deeper water due to the heat. —Contributed Photo
  • ESCANABA, MICH. — The 59th annual National Trappers Association (NTA) Convention and Outdoor Expo will be held on the grounds of the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) State Fair in Escanaba, Mich., July 26-28, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT). Admission is $10 per day or $20 for a three-day pass. Children younger than 12 are admitted at no charge.

    Nick Beder will be the keynote presenter. He has taught trapper education, fur handling and trap placement/selection and setting.

    Beder will join 22 other trapping and outdoor experts who will be presenting at this event. For a complete listing of them along with the hundreds of vendors, food vendors and
  • Due to the detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a captive whitetail deer, Marinette County is now listed as a CWD-affected county and a baiting and feeding prohibition is in effect. 

    This represents Marinette County’s first known occurrence of the disease, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife experts.

    Florence County is within a 10-mile radius of the breeding farm on which this positive deer was found. State law requires that the DNR enact a ban on feeding and
  • The Rhinelander Area Friends of the National Rifle Association will host a gun-o-rama Tuesday, July 31, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Hodag Sports Club, located on Highway C.
    Cost of the event ticket is $100. For every 10 tickets sold, a winning ticket will be drawn. The winner can then choose from the 30 to 40 guns posted on the wall. The goal is to sell 200 tickets, meaning a $100 ticket purchase will have 20 chances to win on the Wall of Guns. Multiple winners are possible.
    Cost includes a barbecue dinner prepared by award-win­ning chefs Jack and Ed, who have been competing in the national barbecue cooking contest known as
  • Guides For Grades
    Northland Pines Middle School recently held its annual Guides for Grades event. The program, started by fishing guide Yukon Jack, is now being coordinated by “Musky Bob” Jacobs. The program awards eligible students who had a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher or increased their GPA throughout the school year. Area guides volunteer their time to take two students fishing for a half-day on the water. This year, Jacobs also gave away two fishing rods in addition to the guided fishing trips. Students drawn to fish with a guide included, front row from left, Sam Gremban, Seth Hobbick, Brady Beyer and Mason Thomas; back row, Deanna Delgado-Jones, Elvis Russell, Kelty Neff, Hope Felli, Madison Stebbeds, Matthew Szafranski, Samantha Haiduk, Greta Liermann, Lauren Reese, Gabe Smith, Gaige Marien, Madison Nyman, Natalie Retzleff, Skyler Fox and
  • The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. and the Eagle River Guides Association, will host the 38th annual Eagle River Fishing Day for Kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. 

    This free event is for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old, according to Natalie Spiess, chamber events coordinator. Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.

    “Young anglers can experience the outdoors while learning the fundamentals of fishing with the area’s top North Woods guides and fishing enthusiasts,” said
    Warm temperatures, calm winds and plenty of high, blue skies made for some...
  • Boaters and paddlers enjoying Wisconsin’s waters June 29 to July 1 could see more state conservation wardens and local boat patrols on the water during the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water.

    Lt. Adam Hanna of the Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills section of the Department of Natural Resources said wardens will be on the water with one mission: to keep the waters safe for all to enjoy.

    “We intend to stop and remove intoxicated boaters from our lakes and rivers. We also will take the time to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of boating under the influence,” said Hanna. “Alcohol is
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