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Wisconsin gun deer hunting season beginsSubmitted: 11/18/2017

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NORTHWOODS - "We got up before daylight and went out in the woods," said Sierra Endel, who is from Hazelhurst. 

Hunters all across the Northwoods were ready to go for the start this year's gun deer hunt.

"Opening day has been okay, we got two bucks on the pole right now so it's a good start," said Justin Pitlik from Eagle River. 


For some, this year's opening day was pretty normal.

"We've seen deer this morning, weather was beautiful, other than that, the same as every year," said Arnie Andersen, who traveled to Lake Tomahawk from Racine County.

For others, this year's opening day will be one to remember.

"This is my biggest," said Endel, referring to the 10-point buck she got. 
 
While hunting is a big tradition for many Northwoods families, this year's hunting season saw a big change. Wisconsin's minimum hunting age was dropped, meaning kids nine and under can now hunt with an adult or "mentor" hunter.

Endel, who is 14 years old, has no problem with the change.

"I think that's pretty good they just have to be responsible about it, parents too," said Endel.

Pitlik agrees that dropping the minimum hunting age is a good thing.

"It them with a presents a greater opportunity so they can learn how to be more responsible hunters when they get older," said Pitlik. 
 
Others, like Andersen, disagree.

"Anything under nine no, that's too dangerous for everybody, it's just the state trying to make more money that's all, from selling licenses. I don't want my 7-year-old Grandson out there with a rifle," said Andersen. 

At whatever age families decide to let their kids start hunting, many of them will continue passing on their hunting traditions.

"We really love doing this every year and we're going to keep it going all the way through our children, through their children," said Pitlik.



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EAGLE RIVER - For people who don't like to hunt, an event held tonight gave them another option. The first ever Widow's Wine Walk took place in downtown Eagle River.

Women could sample up to 15 of 24 different wines at 12 participating businesses. Along with the wine tastings, women who paid the $20 ticket also got coupons for each shop.

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TOMAHAWK - Thirty-two-year-old Eric Lee Moen of Wausau is charged with shooting and killing his friend of four and a half years, Charles K. Ramp with a long gun. Moen is currently in Lincoln County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. 

On Friday morning, Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins held a press conference to explain what police think led up to the shooting.

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RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way.  That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.

Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day.  On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses.  On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.

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TOMAHAWK - The rain didn't stop a big crowd from going to an event that's become tradition.
The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce hosted its 52nd Venison Feed.

 It kicks off the gun deer hunting season which starts tomorrow. 
 
You'll find grill master Gregg Albert at the same spot this year as he has for decades.

"From what we know it's one of the last in the country that even exist.

If I had to say one word it would be tradition," said Albert. 

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce's 52nd Venison Feed brought out some old timers and some newbies to kick off the start of the deer hunting season. 

Albert's grilled for about 33 years. 

I found Rhinelander's Steve Norman's on his sixth free venison burger. 

"Sweet it's good. I'm on my last one," said Norman.

He's not a hunter.

"I just fish like heck," said Norman. 

However, Norman still gets a lot out of the celebration. 

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