- Clayton Hahn and Jackson Nelson didn't mind the early wake up call on Sunday.
The 13-year olds, armed with 20 gauges... hunkered down in a duck blind to take a crack at waterfowl hunting.
Jackson says, "I think the adrenaline rush the whole time just made us go."
Clayton adds, "I was tapping my foot for probably an hour straight just waiting for more ducks to come in."
"Probably the best part about the youth hunt is getting to watch birds work really well," Jeff Van Remortel (WDH Guide Service) explains. "And getting to watch young excited shooters pound on them at close range."
Clayton's dad Dan Hahn was just as excited to watch his son succeed in the hunt. "We thought it'd be a great opportunity to get the boys into hunting. To give them an opportunity to get out in the field and get their feet wet."
The youth waterfowl hunt gives kids from 10-15 the chance to come out and give it a try with a mentor, the weekend before the regular season begins.
Clayton felt prepared before the hunt.
"I did a lot of research on duck hunting and we ended up getting 10," said a proud Clayton. "It was pretty cool."
The boys had a great time, but they were also taught valuable lessons.
"Jeff stressed safety a lot which was very important," Jackson explained.
One of the goals of the program is recruitment, and after this trip, it's clear Jackson and Clayton will remain avid hunters.
Clayton says, "It's probably the most fun I've had all year."
Jackson adds, "This was definitely one of the best hunting trips I've ever been on. I'll remember it for the rest of my life."
STEVENS POINT - A former Portage County doctor could go to prison for sexually assaulting his patients. Wilton Calderon pled guilty to three felonies Friday.
Calderon was a caregiver at the Plover Family Practice until leaving it in 2015. He then moved to Connecticut.
At least seven women accused Calderon of sexually assaulted them during appointments. Some patients said Calderon placed his genitals in their hands and performed unwanted gynecological exams by penetrating them with his fingers.
SUGAR CAMP - Update Feb. 17, 2017 10:20 p.m. -- The woman who runs an Oneida County animal rescue could face animal mistreatment charges.
Oneida County Deputies booked Stephanie Schneider on Thursday. She is due in court on Feb. 27.
Last week, deputies removed 39 dogs from Schneider's "It Matters to One" in Sugar Camp and put them at the Oneida County Humane Society.
Police are recommending charges to the district attorney, which include failing to provide food and water, mistreating animals, and obstructing officers.
People who know Schneider say they can't believe this is happening.
"I'm just heartsick about this, and I'm sick at heart for her," said LynnAnn Thomas, a Sugar Camp resident who says she's friends with Stephanie Schneider.
"Those are her children. She would never, ever , ever mistreat them," Thomas said.
But that's exactly what police believe Schneider did. Last week they removed the dogs from the facility after a weeks-long investigation that was prompted by complaints and concerns from several people.
"People that had worked or volunteered there were concerned about the conditions that the dogs were in and the fact that they were not receiving food or water," said Oneida County Sheriff's Capt. Terri Hook.
Those accusations baffle Thomas.
"I been over there several times, it's always been meticulously clean, happy dogs," Thomas said.
Thomas believes whatever condition the dogs were in, they came to Schneider that way.
"She does get some really, really, really desperate cases, and I imagine that they take a long time to heal," Thomas said.
Thomas added she got her own dog from It Matters To One a few years ago.
"I got my little Hankey, he came in in really bad shape, and she wouldn't let me have him until he was nursed back to health," Thomas said.
Since the dogs were removed, It Matters to One posted certificates of veterinary inspections on its Facebook page for most of the 39 dogs. The Sheriff's Office has seen those and is including them in its investigation, which is ongoing and may not end soon.
"Just to ensure that all the dogs are healed and make sure they've received all the care they need," Hook said.
Newswatch 12 has reached out to It Matters to One and has been communicating with the rescue via email.
The state Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is helping the sheriff's office with its investigation and will decide if the rescue can keep its license.
Newswatch 12 also reached out to the veterinarian who conducted the inspections for the rescue, but has not yet heard back.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Once landfills run out of space, the county must decide where the garbage will go. At a meeting on Monday, it was announced that the Vilas County landfill has about 10 years left before it will have to find a new location to dispose of trash. Oneida County had a similar decision to make years ago.
Fifteen years ago, the Oneida County landfill was capped.
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