RHINELANDER - Anticipation is sky high for area deer hunters. Opening Day is Saturday. In our "Northwoods Spotlight," we take a look at how things shaping up heading into the hunt.
Over 500,000 deer hunters are expected to hit the woods in search of a trophy buck. This is the first hunt since Deer Trustie James Kroll released several recommendations for more effective management of the deer population.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says, "Instead of going with a specific quota - a number of deer per square mile, we use more of a comparative statement."
"We no longer have the 'Earn a Buck' season," adds James Jung, DNR Conservation Warden. "We not longer have the early October hunt. The traditional nine-day gun hunt is truely a traditional hunt."
Over 100,000 deer are expected to be collected during the 9-day seaon. That includes 35,800 in the Northwoods. However, the number of hunters is down from last year. As of Tuesday, over 27,000 fewer licenses were sold - compared to over 402,000 at the same time last year.
While hunters may be down, predators appear to be on the rise. During this year's deer hunt, coyote and wolf hunts will also be in progress. With the lack of snow in the Northwoods, Warden Jung advises to take a second look before firing a shot.
This weekend marks the 161st deer hunt in Wisconsin. Officials are hoping some of the changes will lead to many more successful hunting seasons to come.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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