- 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."
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
MILWAUKEE - Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County.
Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a ``running gun battle'' on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
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