RHINELANDER - The annual DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Meetings were held Monday night. A meeting in all 72 counties. In Oneida County, the meeting was at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.
Around 70 people were at the meeting...
One of the big issues up for debate and vote tonight - a proposed new rule which would allow motor trolling state-wide. Each angler would have up to three lines.
Supporters say the method allows more opportunities for anglers.
Opponents say the lakes are already under too much pressure. Also 3 fishing lines per person is too many.
"It's not so much a fish-harvest issue," says DNR fisheries biologist John Kubisiak. "We looked pretty hard at the data. We haven't found any major differences in fish caught per hour between trolling and other means."
One other fishing proposal of note - is the proposal of remaoving the Northern Bass early catch and release season.
Hunting proposals included one simplifing firearm regulations. Another would allow portable stands remaining on DNR owned and managed lands.
Results of the voting will released on the DNR Web site on Wednesday night.
We'll have more in this Wednesday night's "Northwoods Spotlight."
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
MADISON - The Senate judiciary committee is set to vote on four bills that would impose tougher drunken driving penalties.
The Republican proposals would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.
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