RHINELANDER - Many hunters already hit the woods for grouse, deer, bear, and other animals.
But for those who waited a bit longer, there are ways to get started.
With an abundance of state and county lands available for hunting, you have options.
The DNR gets numerous calls asking where people should hunt.
"The number one thing you have to do is scout," DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz said.
"Unfortunately there's no substitution for getting on the ground and looking at locations that you think you might be interested in."
The DNR has ruffed grouse area maps as well as forest maps on its website.
It's important to learn about the area you want to hunt.
Know the habitat, walk around, talk to property managers, and possibly set up trail cameras.
Now hunters can set trail cams on public land.
"It is legal for someone to put a trail camera on state land," Holtz said.
"But they should remember they're placing it at their own risk and at their own expense if the camera is taken."
Another reminder - the DNR wants your help with wildlife management.
If you see animals while hunting or walking through the woods - make note of what you saw, how many, and where you were.
You can submit that data to help the DNR compile its data.
"People tell us the DNR doesn't know how to count deer, or they don't know what wildlife is really out there," Holtz said.
"This is a great time of year for people to get out there and report to us what they're seeing. That information is used basically to help shore up the data we already compile. It's basically anecdotal and used to supplement the scientific data we already have."
Follow the links below for helpful places to hunt.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
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