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  • Wojtusik-Hahn win Fall Classic with four fish in one-day event
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:15 PM
    The temperatures may have dropped, but fishing was still good last weekend as the 32nd annual Fall Classic Muskie Tournament took place on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. 
    According to tournament codirector Scott Samuels, registration was strong with 63 anglers taking part. Despite tough conditions, they managed to register 10 fish of 34 inches or more.
    Teams who caught fish were well rewarded for their efforts, according to co-director Lionel Kliss.
    “The Fall Classic pays out cash for every registered fish,” said Kliss. “This year, teams received
  • Lewandowski wins Midwest Musky Classic
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:14 PM
    With a 47 1⁄2-inch fish netted on Big Sand Lake outside of Phelps, West Bend resident Brandon Lewandowski was announced the winner of the 37th annual Phelps Midwest Musky Classic this past weekend.
    A total of 119 registered fishermen took part in the event held on four area lake systems.
    “What an awesome weekend for chasing muskies,” said Phelps Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Celeste Hendrickson. “Most participants call Wisconsin home, but three other states sent fishermen to Phelps, including Georgia, Illinois and Indiana.
    “We 
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:13 PM
    CONOVER — The Vilas County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) confirmed splitting the county into three deer management units (DMUs) and changed the deer herd recommendation for one zone at its meeting last week in Conover.

    The council also failed to agree on a recommendation if the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rejects the three-zone proposal and supports the current county line boundary.

    Only four citizens were present to find out what the Vilas CDAC would do after making preliminary recommendations last month. Those recommendations were to
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:12 PM
    The public will have an opportunity to provide input on a draft chapter of a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA) and begin the process of examining opportunities in northwest Wisconsin,

    The ROA is examining existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation opportunities in eight regions throughout Wisconsin.

    The initial drafts identify recreation opportunities in the Great Northwest (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Polk, Barron and Rusk counties) and the potential role of DNR-managed properties in helping to meet these opportunities.

    In August, the department held open house meetings asking
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:11 PM
    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will present a master plan amendment for the Northern Highland-American Legion (NHAL) State Forest to the Natural Resources Board at its Oct. 25 meeting in Madison. 

    The amendment on recreational opportunities was revised based on public comments received during the Aug. 17 to Sept. 17 input period.

    The more notable proposed changes to the master plan include:

    — Converting four rustic campgrounds to more modern facilities;

    — Designating two rustic campgrounds as
  • Muskie League
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:10 PM
    The Sayner-St. Germain Thursday Night Musky League recently held its eighth annual banquet at Pub and Prime in St. Germain, with 31 anglers attending. Fibber’s swept the first three places. The big fish award went to Jim Edwards and the most points award went to Dan Lennon. Award winners include, from left, league chairman Dale “Musky Pete” Peterson; Rob Manthei, Fibber’s 1, second place; Tanner Davids and Dan Lennon, Fibber’s 3, first place; and Jeff vanRemortel and Ed Ehorn, Fibber’s 2, third place. —Contributed Photo
  • Tagging deer, turkey, geese no longer required for hunters
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:28 PM

    DNR changes tagging rules for this season

    The 2017-’19 biennial budget recently signed by Gov. Scott Walker includes changes in deer and turkey tagging that are going into effect immediately.
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently implementing changes involving the use of deer and turkey carcass tags and hopes to clarify any confusion the

  • First bear
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:27 PM
    Jack Klessig harvested his first black bear recently while hunting in the northern Wisconsin area. He was guided by his uncle, Don Klessig. —Contributed Photo
  • Bobcat numbers growing: DNR
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:26 PM
    The state’s bobcat population is robust and growing, according to two specialists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who recently briefed the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on the elusive creature.
    “Bobcats are a conservation success story,” said Nathan Roberts, furbearer and carnivore research scientist. “A conservation success story that’s been seen across the country, and especially visible here in Wisconsin.
    “They are common and doing well in Wisconsin,” he said.
    Roberts said
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:25 PM
    The longtime and popular tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin will take center stage when the fall 2017 pheasant hunting season opens statewide this Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m.
    The season will run through Dec. 31, with the possibility of being extended until Jan. 7, 2018.
    “Pheasant hunting offers a fantastic means to experience the outdoors and it complements the other upland bird hunting opportunities in Wisconsin very well,” said Mark Witecha, upland wildlife ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Pheasant hunting offers the chance to explore landscapes and
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