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Hunters try wolf trapping for first timeSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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LITTLE RICE - Everyone doesn't agree with Wisconsin's wolf hunt. However the state is in the middle of its third wolf season.

It started Wednesday. Since then, trappers have found major success, quickly in the Northwoods.

Four of the six wolf zones are already closed. Zones 3 and 6 are still open.


Little Rice's Scott Kuharske and John Trainter have been hunting since they were kids, but this was their first time wolf trapping.

"I've been extremely excited about taking on a new endeavor outdoors and having a new chance of doing something different in the woods," said Kuharske.

As a novice in wolf trapping, they needed to understand plenty before the season kicked off.

"Getting ready for the season, nothing like I've done in any of my outdoor experiences," Kuharske said. "Learning taking classes for trapper safety. Doing the reading of the trapping, learning the art of it."

Trappers say the sport isn't as easy as it may seem. It can be overwhelming to the beginner.

"The way they make their sets and the technical things to get the animals in to get an animal to come within an inch and a half circle of your property to step on your trap is incredible," said Kuharske.

Trappers use preserved meat bait to attract wolves. They rub it in a bait hole right above the trap in hopes of luring the wolf in.

The wolf has to set off the trap, which leaves it out of the hands of the hunter.

"Deer within a 100 yards of you your safe with duck hunting, call a duck in within 30 yards I've got my query, now I've got to put my animals within an inch and a half to get it into a trap," Kuharske said. "It's truly an experience."

Scott's partner nearly had a painful experience. While putting a trap together, it went off but luckily only got his glove.

"I was warned about how sensitive the traps can be," Trainter said. "I was trying to brush off the trap a little bit and I got a little too close, too heavy on the trap I was lucky that I only got caught on the glove."

The two weren't able to trap a wolf before zone two closed at noon on Saturday but Kuharske said the two had a great time enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful fall weather.



Story By: Nolan Blair

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Area Regional Volleyball Scores Submitted: 10/21/2014

NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander 3 Northland Pines 1

Florence 3 Phelps 0

Phillips 3 Ladysmith 0

Mosinee 3 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 1

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Lakeland cross country sibling bond Submitted: 10/21/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland cross country team hopes to run well at cross country sectionals this weekend.

The boys team is ranked 3rd in the state. The girls are 15th in Division Two standings.

Each team's best runners share a number of athletic qualities with the other.

You could credit their family connection.

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Northland Pines finally hires boys basketball coachSubmitted: 10/20/2014

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But it finally has a new coach.

Less than one month before practice starts, the school selected Rick Mai to coach the Eagles.

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Mai will be the third coach in three years for Pines, following Ryan Clark and Brent Luebke.

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Alayna Franson is a strong freshman runnerSubmitted: 10/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - High school runners will take on sectionals this weekend.

Every school from the Great Northern Conference, except Medford, will compete in Tomahawk.

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GNC volleyball tournament kicks offSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - Great Northern Conference volleyball teams made the trip to Rhinelander today for the conference tournament.

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They swept the Lakeland T-Birds in 3 sets in round 2 after sitting the first round out.

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Great Northern Conference Holds Conference Cross Country ChampionshipSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Great Northern conference held their cross country championship meet Saturday.

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Minocqua Winter Park was the site of Saturday's meet.

Lakeland's Andrew Schilling set the pace early on.

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Area Football Scores Submitted: 10/17/2014

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ACROSS THE NORTHWODS - Northland Pines won close one over L'Anse 35-34 Friday night.

The Eagles are headed to the playoffs.


Another close one in Iron Mountain, they win over Hurley 35-34.


A big matchup for #3 ranked division 6 team Athens.

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Edgar Finishes Season Undefeated Submitted: 10/17/2014

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PRENTICE - The undefeated and #1 ranked Edgar Wildcats beat the Rib Lake/Prentice Hawks 41-0 on Friday.

Prentice moved the ball on their first drive. Tyler Engel took the handoff and he's off to the races.

But the Hawks couldn't capitalize.

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Rhinelander falls to Mosinee 49-14Submitted: 10/17/2014

MOSINEE - Mosinee played host to Rhinelander.

The Hodags traveled down on a windy night looking for one more win for their seniors.

Rhinelander's defense had a couple of good plays to open the game.

The very first play the Indians try the swing pass to Ben Fochs.

But he's taken down instantly by Kody Blacyki.

A few plays later.

QB Landon Stepan looks over the middle.

But Ryan Frahm does his JJ Watt impression and bats the ball down at the line.

Hodags hold the Indians until 4th and 3.

Mosinee will go for the first down.

The handoff goes to Chris Tomski up the middle.

And he take it all the way in almost untouched.

And that would break the game wide open for Mosinee.

They had only one drive that didn't end in a touchdown.

And they win this one 49-14.

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Merrill defeats Lakeland 35-6Submitted: 10/17/2014

MERRILL - The Blue Jays hosted the Lakeland T-Birds.

Lakeland looked to clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight.

But it was a tough going away from home for the T-Birds.

They fell down 21-0 at halftime.

Then Merrill got the second half kickoff.

And they marched right down the field.

QB Chaz Mootz pitches to Mason Reinhardt who carried three times on the drive for a pair of first downs.

Then they took to the air.

Mootz hits Reinhardt again who picks up another 20 yards.

And they punch it in a few plays later.

Mootz finds Lucas Lee for a short TD pass.

And that squanders Lakeland's playoff hopes.

Merrill wins this one 35-6.

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