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CATCH OF THE WEEK – Dylan Abbiehl landed this 42 inch northern pike on his very first trip to Canada. Abbiehl landed this beautiful fish as he and his dad were fishing on Barrington Lake.

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An email arrived a few days after November’s gun-deer season, asking if it’s true that people were filing phony deer-kill registrations to boost Waupaca County’s harvest numbers.

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Unlike most of Wisconsin’s 600,000-plus hunters watching from blinds or tree stands, Chester Marcol couldn’t care less if a big buck trots past him during the state’s annual firearms deer season.

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 Monte Morgan, 10-years-old, who is pictured with Dan Morgan, his dad and hunting mentor, shot his first deer during the Youth Deer Hunt on October 8, in Glen Flora.  It is an 8-point buck.  The weekend prior to this, he received a 100% on his WI DNR Hunter Safety Test!

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 Miranda Halter caught an 18 1/2” small mouth bass on the Flambeau River and released it so it can be caught again. Halter is the daughter of  Larry Halter and Christina Vyskocil.

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On May 7 at the DNR Building on Hwy. 27 in Ladysmith, there will be a Bird and Birding Program held with Wildlife Technician and Educator Chris Cold. During that event, which starts at 5 p.m. talk about birds, bird specimens and bird applications for phones will take place. Afterward, a bird…

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On Saturday, April 9, S.H.O.T. (Safe Hunters of Tomorrow), along with the RC Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, hosted their 11th Annual Youth Turkey Hunt. The hunt is made available to all Rusk County hunter education graduates from the previous year. Young hunters mus…

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On Tuesday, April 19 the final 2016 CDAC meeting took place at J&S Supper Club on Hwy 8 in Ladysmith. During that meeting, the final antlerless quota of 550 deer was finalized, which will mean this season will be the same as last year yielding 1,225 antlerless tags to be used on private …

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After hiking up the valley to visit his mother on the family’s land near Muscoda on March 31, Al Cornell glanced out a window and spotted a male wood duck perched in a tree about 100 feet away.

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Last week, Governor Scott Walker announced 39 elk from Kentucky arrived at their new home near Black River Falls. This is the second year of a five-year elk reintroduction program being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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If you have an opinion on antlerless harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure in your county, you are encouraged to attend your local County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) meeting to provide input.

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The final day of the 2015 Annual Hunt of a Lifetime for children with life threatening illnesses was summed up in one word, “Remarkable.” During the three day event held each year at Bill Rand’s property, cosponsored by Rusk County’s Safe Hunters of Tomorrow (S.H.O.T.), youth with life threa…

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 HAYWARD – You know it’s autumn in the Northwoods when you pause between casts to pluck red, brown and yellow leaves from your muskie bait’s treble hooks.

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Hunters and landowners in northern Wisconsin are reminded to be on the lookout for feral pigs as they head out into the woods for fall hunting seasons.  These pigs have a number negative impacts on the landscape, including disease, habitat degradation, competition with native wildlife for fo…

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Twenty-three elk were transported to Wisconsin from Kentucky as part of a plan to restore Wisconsin’s elk population. They are now free to roam the Black River State Forest in Jackson County. The gates to a seven-acre acclimation pen are open, allowing the elk to roam as they please.  

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Wisconsin’s first crossbow season for white-tailed deer helped generate a record archery buck kill of 46,201 and a record 275,417 licensed bowhunters in 2014.

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A good friend called the other day, dazed and amazed that he couldn’t find even one 50-round box of .22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition at Hayward-area stores so he could teach his grandson to shoot.

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Joel Taylor from Safe Hunters of Tomorrow presents Tom Schenk, Associate of the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation, with a check to help fund the upcoming WI Musky On A Fly outing which is on October 5-8. If you are interested in helping fund this Rusk County event for combat wounded, pur…

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At the April 21st meeting at J & S Supper Club, Hwy 8, Ladysmith, the CDAC council reviewed public feedback before making a final 500 antlerless harvest quota recommendation of to the DNR. Final recommendations will be sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May 2015.  Once a…

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Youth hunters and their fans pose with turkeys that were harvested during this year’s youth hunt. LEFT TO RIGHT: Kyle Schueller, Cassidy Emmons, Seth Snider, Alexander Cleaver, Andrew Hayden, Lauren Sturzl, and Selena Stout.

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Selina Stout bagged this 27.5 lb. tom turkey during the 2015 youth hunt. The bird had a 10.5 inch beard 1 3/8 inch spurs this is the largest bird ever bagged in the history of SHOT.

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Proposals to simplify Wisconsin’s inland trout fishing regulations and to improve panfish populations on 100 lakes statewide received overwhelming support by voters at the 2015 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every count…

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Beginning in 2005, the Wisconsin DNR began offering Learn to Hunt Bear opportunities. The Learn to Hunt Bear Program (LTHB) is an opportunity to expose novice hunters to the hunting experience and recruit new hunters into the sport. The Conservation Congress is one of the statewide conservat…

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 Brennen Gunn, 12,  Bruce is displaying the Tom turkey that he harvested during the youth hunt Saturday, April 11. The bird had a 9” beard and 3/4” spurs. It had white wings.

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A whopping 127 children registered to fish in the Hawkins 2015 Youth fishing contest on March 7 at the Hawkins Mill Pond. Every participant received a free hotdog and wax bait which were donated by Ross’s Sport Shop in Phillips. Every competitor was also entered into a drawing. Area business…

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek to maintain a three walleye daily bag limit on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory through a proposed emergency rule that will be considered by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board at its April 8 meeting.

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Illinois’ David Whitehurst was deer hunting northeast of Rice Lake on Nov. 21, 2004, when he and his friends saw ambulances race by about 1:20 p.m.

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Geary and Kay Searfoss of Ojibwa, Wis., left their trail camera up all last winter at a wildlife crossing along the Brunet River. The river flooded this spring before they had a chance to take it down. Fortunately, the rising waters did not submerge the camera, but did get within about six i…

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YOUNG EAGLE LOOKING FOR A MEAL — This young eagle was caught on trail camera by Ken Sweeney on a bear bait north of Bruce in August.

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As Dan Small finishes his 30th one-year contract as host of “Outdoor Wisconsin” on Milwaukee Public Television, he knows he could easily find enough interesting topics for another 1,300-plus weekly episodes and 30 more such contracts.

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If deer hunting is just about setting records for license sales, body counts and success rates, it’s time to declare the 1990s as Wisconsin’s golden age and move onto a new era with different standards and expectations.

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FROZEN EARS ON THIS BUCK — A 10-point buck harvested this gun season in Rusk County gave hunter Vicki Sokolowski a surprise when she got a chance to inspect him closely. The outer half of both his ears was missing, apparently due to frostbite sometime in his 3-4 year old life. This may have …

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It all started with an idea in 2005 to provide a hunting opportunity for children battling terminal and severely life altering illnesses. After 10 events it has become an annual reality for the Safe Hunters of Tomorrow and Hunt host Bill Rands.

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BIG CATS USUALLY HEAR THE SMALLEST SOUND — This cat was caught on Sarah and Terry Freiburger’s trail cam in Rusk County. Even the flick of the camera is enough for this bobcat to hear it. They are easily one of the most wary animals in the big woods.

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Wisconsin is one of the safest places in the world to hunt deer, and this is no accident, said recreational safety officials with the state Department of Natural Resources.