MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says his executive budget will implement a number of deer hunting changes, including new mini-hunts, money for mapping technology and new funding for chronic wasting disease surveillance.
The plans stem from Texas researcher James Kroll's recommendations on how to improve Wisconsin deer management.
Walker issued a statement Friday saying his budget will authorize the Department of Natural Resources to start a deer management assistance program, which allows landowners and hunting clubs to run hunts on their property after consulting with DNR biologists.
The spending plan also will provide investments for new satellite imagery technology and implement fees for antlerless tags in CWD counties to help fund disease surveillance.
The statement didn't include any other details. A Walker spokesman had no immediate comment.
RHINELANDER - Nicolet College's Motorcycle Basic Rider Course teaches folks to safely hit the road on their bike.
The class is in full swing for the season.
Nicolet College Rider Coach Mike Murray says even experienced riders can use a "safety brush-up" this time of year.
Riders should always wear their helmet, long pants and shirts, gloves, and boots.
It's also important to keep your eyes moving for critters that come out of the woods,especially deer.
"If you know you're going to hit it: let off your brakes, hit it with your handle bars straight ahead looking straight ahead so that your bike stays straight up," says rider coach Mike Murray.
The course covers the basics about motorcycles and riding techniques.
It's meant to build confidence when you ride, so that you're prepared for emergencies on the road.
"I've been a rider for a long time. When I completed the class, I had to look back and say man there is a lot of stuff I learned here and a lot of things I was doing the wrong way," says program coordinator Mark England.
You have until October to sign up for the Basic Rider Course at Nicolet.
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