RHINELANDER - Wisconsin's hunting numbers have been on the decline in recent years and now the DNR wants to find new ways to get you into the woods.
The DNR's recruitment effort focuses on non-traditional hunters to enjoy the state's outdoor sports, many for the first time.
Part of the plan begins right before the start of gun deer season so you can have a chance at bagging a buck...for only a few out of your wallet.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says, "One of the things they decided that they could try is reducing the fee. So for people that have never bought a license before or for people that have been out of hunting for at least ten years. This year they can buy a license, any kind of license for just five dollars."
This reduced price for first timers and those returning to the outdoors also includes fishing, small game and trapping for many animals.
Holtz says just because the permits are cheap, doesn't mean you can skip on the rules and regulations, "It's important to note that it's a recognition for first time hunters and it's an opportunity to save money but they still have to meet all the other legal requirements including firearms safety."
Plus current hunters or fishermen who recruit three people to purchase a permit for the first time are eligible to receive discounted permits for themselves.
These reduced rates also apply for non-residents so if you have friends or family in another state you can invite them over to try Wisconsin's great outdoors.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to get the job done.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expected even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
MINOCQUA - The Minocqua police department could have a new police chief in early May. David Jeager has been the acting chief of police since October.
He will undergo a background check, drug screening, and psychological exam before he is named the current chief of police. He would be replacing former Police Chief Andy Gee. Jeager is excited about what the future may bring.
"I'm extremely excited," says Minocqua acting Police Chief David Jeager. "I believe that this department has great potential and we have a great group of people working for this department,” says Jeager.
“We have great officers, we have great dispatchers, we have great administration.I feel that we can really provide a service to this community that's second to none,” says Jeager.
Jeager has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He's worked at the Minocqua Police Department for 6 years.
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