The gun deer season is here and it's time to get out in the woods and bag the biggest buck!

Enter our 2021 Big Buck Contest and you could win more than just bragging rights. Every entrant has a chance to win!

Two ways to win:


  1. Biggest Buck: $50 Fleet Farm gift card
  2. Wild Card: $25 Fleet Farm gift card (One winner will be randomly selected from all eligible contest entries.)

To enter our contest:
1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.

2. Bag your buck and post a picture on our Facebook page by 11:59 pm CST on November 29, 2021.
All photos submitted must be bucks taken during the 2021 Wisconsin rifle season and shot in one of the following counties: Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Shawano, Menominee, Forest, Oconto, Portage, or Waupaca. No other submissions will be accepted.

3. With your submission, include your score. We are using the honor system. To determine your score: 
 1 point per inch of inside spread + 1 point per “point” number of antlers 1” and longer = Total Points.

An example:
Inside spread = 15 inches
Eight 1-inch “points”
15+8 = Total score of 23.

Kretz Lumber Company reserves the right to disqualify any entries suspected of cheating.

Winners will be announced on our Facebook page the week of November 29th.

Good luck and have a safe hunt!

Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:29

Emerald Ash Borer is Here - What You Need to Know

We knew it was only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer (EAB) made its way to our area and the reality today is that it’s here. I am beginning to see it in the counties I work in (Shawano, Waupaca, Southern Marathon, and Wood Counties) here in Wisconsin. EAB was also recently found in Langlade County and is well established in the UP as well.

The insect works quickly, starting at the top of the tree and working towards its base. It kills the tree by eating its tissues under the bark and essentially choking the tree off from its water supply. The DNR estimates it is going to kill 99% of the species. It doesn’t discriminate on the size of trees it attacks and has been found in sapling 1” in diameter. And at this time, there is no good way to stop it.

Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:17

2021 Fall Photo Facebook Contest

Submit your best Wisconsin fall photo!

Get outside and share with us your best fall photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our fall Facebook photo contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on October 17, 2021.

    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. We’ll add all eligible submissions to a Facebook photo album on October 18, 2021. Kretz Lumber Company Facebook fans can then vote by liking their favorite image in the official album through October 24, 2021. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on October 24, 2021 will win one $25 Mill’s Fleet Farm gift card.
  4. Enjoy the outdoors and good luck!
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 11:21

Uneven Aged Forest Management

In the article I wrote in the last newsletter, I discussed how a forester knows which trees to mark in a forest’s hardwood stand. One of my main points was that we manage a hardwood stand similar to that of a backyard garden. We mark trees for harvest that are the weed trees, allowing the good quality, healthiest and best formed trees, which forester’s call crop trees (or the vegetables in this example), to grow at their fastest rates over the life of the tree. Growing trees at their fastest rates is an important part of forestry and economics. The above actions are what most people call thinning a woodlot.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 11:00

2021 Summer Photo Facebook Contest

Submit your best Wisconsin summer photo!

Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page
  2. Post your photo submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on August 15, 2021.

    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal image and cannot be purchased, copyrighted, or taken off the internet. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin by the individual submitting it.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on August 16, 2021 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through August 22, 2021. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on August 22, 2021 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.
Monday, 19 April 2021 15:13

2021 Wisconsin Spring Photo Contest

Submit your best Wisconsin spring photo!

Get outside and share with us your best Wisconsin spring scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CDT on April 30, 2021.
    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.
  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on May 1, 2021 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through May 6, 2021. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CDT on May 6, 2021 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.

Contest Rules

I have been assisting landowners with the management of their woodlots for over 25 years. As foresters at Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., we spend most of our time within northern hardwood stands marking timber for harvest and setting up timber sales for the landowners we serve. We do this while producing timber products that are used in our industry as well as sawlogs for our hardwood sawmill located in Antigo, WI. We also harvest other timber types but for the context of this article, I am going to keep the focus on northern hardwood thinnings.


In my initial meeting with woodland owners I have been asked many times, “How do you know which trees to mark for harvest within a thinning of a woodlot?” I answer this by first asking them, what are your objectives and goals for your woodlot? Is it good forest management, wildlife viewing, hunting wildlife, income, recreation, or something else? By knowing the landowner’s goals, I am able to gel these goals within the setup of the timber sale and what trees to mark or not mark.

Monday, 01 February 2021 16:48

2021 Winter Photo Facebook Contest

It's time to get outside and take some pictures of Wisconsin's winter scenery!

Share your best winter-in-Wisconsin picture with us by uploading one of your photos (photo must have been taken by you in Wisconsin) to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period takes home the top prize of a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card. 

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on February 14, 2021.
    Only one photo/submission per person. Any photo submitted must be your personal image and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.
  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album February 15, 2021 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through February 21, 2021. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on February 21, 2021 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.
  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!
Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:53

Winter Logging Update

It has been an interesting winter given we haven’t had the below zero cold temperatures we are generally accustomed to seeing by this time of the year. (Sounds like that may be changing later this week though.) With the weather we’ve had, we don’t have enough frost to do a lot of our winter logging just yet. Lack of snow has been great because it has made it easy to get through the woods, but now we need some cold to push the frost down into the ground.

Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:00

Meet the Forester: Blake Persha

Get to know our new Forester, Blake Persha!

Q: What made you want to become a forester?


I love the outdoors and have always been interested in anything related to it, so forestry seemed like a natural fit. Plus, my Dad has been in the industry my entire life so I was introduced to forestry at a young age. As a child, it had always been a job I was interested in having when I got older. 

Q: When did you start working at Kretz Lumber Company? What is one aspect of your job you really like?


I started in mid-December and I have to say I really enjoy meeting and working with landowners. I also love getting to explore the forests around here. No two woodlots are the same and it’s always interesting to talk with landowners and learn about the history of their land.

Q: What is a common question you often receive from landowners? How do you answer it?

A lot of people ask me about what what I would do to manage a property best for deer hunting. The answer really varies based on the property, but a few common strategies I generally recommend are: 1) encourage oak regeneration; 2) create bedding habitat and travel corridors; and 3) ensure good food sources are available. Being a hunter myself, I understand the passion a lot of these landowners have. Ultimately, the individual should create a land management plan of some sort and then work with a forester to implement the plan to best meet the landowner’s goals.

If you have forestry related questions you'd like to ask Blake personally, you can reach him by phone at 1-800-352-1438 or contact him using this form

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