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News from the Quad County Hawg Hunters - Muskies Inc.  
Quad County Hawg Hunters, MUSKIES, INC. – CHAPTER 17 will have their next meeting May 9 at 7:30 P.M. at the Plano American Legion

The main event will be an auction on either a 1200 yard spool valued at $110 retail or 600 yard spool valued at $60 retail depending on the crowd. Thanks to Norm Hartmann and Cortland Line for helping us out on our little fundraiser. We will also be discussing our June 14 meeting (not at the Legion) that will be on ShabbonaLake and also June 15 outing at Shabbona. We will also discuss the Shabbona rescue and many other items. We hope that you can come and visit with us.

Outdoor Woman's Workshop at Starved Rock Next Week
On May 17, 18, and 18, the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica will be offering an Outdoor Woman Workshop.   Ladies, this will be the perfect time to trade in your to-do list for a weekend for yourself and your friends.

Have you ever wanted to pull back a bow and shoot an arrow?  How about the proper way to saddle a horse?  This is a 3-day fun-filled weekend where women from all over will gather and learn untraditional skills in a nonthreatening environment. The list of things to do is quite long and you can select the skills you’d like to learn about. Workshops that will be offered:archery, basic fishing, wildflower floral arranging, backpacking, garden mosaics, geological walk of Starved Rock State Park, basic horsemanship, native tools & plants, photography, outdoor cooking, principles of fire making,  medicinal plants, women with power tools, edible plants, basket weaving, electricity.  Electricity?  That’s not outdoors.  Well, let’s say it will be a useful skill to learn about so you can spend more time outdoors.

Now here’s the fun one to consider.   On Saturday only I’m gong to be at Starved Rock Lodge to show my group how to clean and cook fish.  I’ll be covering some local fishing tips and cover the basics of fishing.   I’ll have whole fresh fish on hand so each participant can grab a fillet knife and give it a try.  Once the fish are cleaned, I’ll show you a couple ways that I like to cook fish on a camp stove.   Right now it looks like I’ll be offering a morning and afternoon session. Each will be 2 – 2 1/2 hours long.

In addition to the workshops, 6 meals and 2 nightly activities (includes zip-lining) and transportation to all workshops are included.  Advanced sign-up and registration is necessary and there is a fee for this event.

For more information please call Edna at 815-220-7386.

Minnesota Ice
Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show reports ice on Lake Mille Lacs to be still over about 2 feet thick.  As of today, ice is melting and some shores are open for several yards out.  With mild temperatures up north today, ice will go quickly.   It appears that the Minnesota Walleye Open on Mille Lacs will not happen today.

Safe Boating Week Kicks off May 18
National Safe Boating Week will be celebrated  May 18 to 24.  Wear your life jackects.   For more info visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/

Chicago's In Water Boat Show
Midwest’s Largest In-Water Boat Show Makes Waves at New 31st St. Harbor, June 13-16. After a long Chicago winter, nothing creates more excitement than warm weather and the chance to enjoy summertime on Lake Michigan. The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is the ideal event to dive into summer with hundreds of boats to browse and buy at 31st Street Harbor, Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina. The in-water boat show, in its second year, has fast become a staple to Chicago’s busy summer event lineup, offering Chicagoans food, fun and a chance to get on the water.

FREE Fishing Seminar in the Northwoods 
Boulder Junction Fishing Guides are ready to share some of their best fishing secrets with you at the free fishing seminars this season.   All seminars are free to the public.  No reservations are necessary, just come and enjoy!

Saturday, May 25 - Spring Walleye Fishing
by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at Camp Holiday

Sunday, June 16 - What You Need to Go Fishing Successfully
by Janie Harpster at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, June 23 – Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass
by Bill Sherer’s Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, June 30 – Summer Musky Fishing
by Erv Keller Guide Service & Bobby Orr’s Guide Service at Boulder Junction Motor Lodge

Sunday, July 7 – Summer Walleye & Bass
by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service at Boulder Bear Motor Lodge

Sunday, July 14 –  Row Trolling
by Pete Krueger at the Boulder Junction Community Center Pavilion

Sunday, July 21 – Summer Bass Fishing
by Marty Clauson Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, July 28 – Fishing the Northwoods
by Todd Gessner Outdoors at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, August 4 – Fishing the Back Waters
by Dave Osborn, Little Lakes Guide Service, at the Boulder Jct. Community Center

Sunday, August 18 – Musky Fly Fishing
by Bill Sherer’s Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, August 25 –  Fall Walleye
by Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service & Marty Clauson Guide Service at the Boulder Junction Community Center

Sunday, September 1 – Fall Musky Fishing
by Bobby Orr’s Guide Service & Erv Keller Guide Service at the Acorn Lodge

For more information visit www.boulderjct.org or call 715-385-2400.

Mercer Wiscosin brings 1st Annual Turtle River Canoe Challenge
Join us for the 1st Annual Turtle River Canoe Challenge!  Its a point to point pleasure race & fun for the whole family.  Canoe or kayak a 9.3mile or 6mile race. Registration fee includes entry into a sprint race class as well.  Click on the link below for more information and to register!  Early Bird Registration ends on May 31st!

Mercer Fishing Report
Lakes are opening and ready for fishermen!  Here are the latest reports on ice out:  Turtle Flambeau Flowage is not completely ice free yet, but conditions are changing rapidly. Sportsman's Landing has opened, but large ice floes continue to be blown in and out and are flowing towards the dam causing hazardous navigation. Murray's Landing is open up to Boney's Mound and to Fisherman's Landing. Fisherman's Landing is open to at least Long Island and possibly further but not quite into the Big Water yet. Lake Bastine area is breaking up but with the north wind pushing the ice in - conditions there keep changing. Lake of the Falls and Sturgeon Bay Landing are both open up to at least Pink Rock and along the main shoreline. Again, conditions are changing rapidly for the better and we will keep you posted.Cedar Lake, Catherine Lake, Mercer Lake, and Pike Lake have all reported being open.  Fisher lake is about ½ open with a big ice flow in the north end.  That is breaking up pretty fast.  Long Lake is still frozen except near the shore.

Updated posts will be on the Chamber's Facebook Page  and the Mercer Chamber website

Vote for Grand Rapids... Minnesota!  
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Please vote and encourage others to pull the lever for Grand Rapids – share like the dickens on FB, too. They’ve been a fantastic partner over the years partnering with media events. That, and many pro staffers call the area home.  YOU CAN VOTE EVERY SIX HOURS!

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