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."
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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