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."
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
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