PRESQUE ISLE - Thousands of hunters hit the Northwoods for gun season.
That includes Governor Scott Walker.
He came North again this year for deer camp with friends.
Governor Walker made the Northwoods his hunting home again for gun season.
"I love it," Walker said.
"Just sitting out there, particularly when the sun came up this morning. When I am out each day, you're in the dark, you see the sun come up. You feel like the earth is just coming alive around you."
Walker's stop in Presque Isle was brief - hunting parts of Monday and Tuesday. He knows the nine day season is important for many people.
"It's a key part of the state's economy," Walker said.
"It's not only our heritage, but for a lot of folks in small towns across the state of Wisconsin, from one end of the state to the other, having a good harvest is important for the state's economy."
Walker hopes this year's deer hunt will be more successful by adding some new and younger hunters.
Walker hasn't seen a deer yet, but he says sometimes hunting is more than just getting a deer.
"It's the time you spend in deer camp talking to others, and having a good time," Walker said.
"Those are really the relationships. Having a good hunt, a good experience out in the field, the forest, and then coming up and continuing to have a good time with your friends and your family."
But there's no escaping Wisconsin politics, even this close to the Michigan border.
"It's simple. We want to get the economy going again," Walker said.
"Really my number one, number two, number three priority all are focused on jobs."
It all starts in January's legislative session - where Republicans have total control.
"When you talk about jobs, they're not Republican jobs, they're not Democrat jobs, they're just Wisconsin jobs," Walker insisted when asked about working with Democrats.
"To the extent that we're talking about prosperity, we're talking about job growth, a pro-growth agenda out there, I think those are the sorts of things that can bring people in both political parties together."
After hunting in Presque Isle, Walker headed to Oconto County to pick out a Christmas Tree for the Governor's conference room and then will be back in Madison Wednesday.
KENOSHA - Authorities have been searching a Kenosha County lake for a missing fisherman from Illinois.
The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported 66-year-old John Spoor of McHenry, Illinois, had not returned from his fishing trip. Sheriff's officials located the man's boat, but there was no sign of him.
Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth says the department had five boats on the water Wednesday. The search was halted Wednesday evening because of darkness, and the Kenosha News reports search teams are expected to return to the scene Thursday morning.
APPLETON - Many Wisconsin drivers who lose their driving privileges have continued to operate their vehicles and commit additional violations.
According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation data, there have been more than 57,000 convictions for operating while suspended, without a valid license or after revocation this year. That number follows last year's trend, when nearly 114,000 licensing-related convictions were reported.
During the first six months of 2014, more of the state's residents were convicted of driving with suspended licenses than speeding 11-19 mph over the limit.
TOMAHAWK - More than 50 fourth graders from Tomahawk learned about nature on Wednesday as part of long-lived education program. UW-Stevens Point staff at Treehaven host programs to teach elementary students about nature. The program has been around Tomahawk Public Schools for more than 25 years.
"We are doing a lot about the history of Tomahawk, the people that were here in the early 1800s and just a little bit about the land," explained Naturalist Rachel Anderson. "Right not we've been doing some tree identification and forestry measurements, but this morning they were learning about the voyagers and the Native Americans in this area."
The program covers more than just fall-learning, Treehaven leaders host learning programs in the spring and winter as well. You don't have to be a student to take part in some of the programs at the learning center. They include group hikes where you practice and discuss identifying plants and trees.
"We've had two this fall, and I'm hoping that is something we can continue to do in all seasons and continue to offer," said Anderson. "We've been getting a lot of positive reinforcement that it's something that the public is really interested in, so we hope to continue to offer more in the future."
Treehaven leaders regularly offer programs to the public involving nature, education, and artistry. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and events, you can follow the link listed below the article.
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