RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin DNR held one of its 35 public meetings to discuss changes to the state's deer hunting rules in Rhinlander Wednesday.
The Wisconsin DNR wants to make deer hunting rules simpler. They also want to keep the deer population strong in the state. That's why the department had an independent review of the state's deer management by Dr. James Kroll in 2011.
The report offered 62 recommendations. One proposal would expand the Dec. 24- Jan. 4 Holiday hunt in the three geographic southern zones of Wisconsin. The hunting would be allowed in those zones including all areas south of HWY 64.
But some snowmobile riders worry owners wont open their trials because they want to keep it quite for hunting.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz doesn't think the layered seasons won't conflict.
"In this case, we're not anticipating that," Holtz said. "Everything I have seen looks like its going to keep it in that southern part of the state where typically snow doesn't fall or doesn't make quality trails for much of that time."
The plan also proposes a Deer Management Assistance program. For a small fee, DNR biologists and foresters would evaluate your land and create a localized deer management plan.
"I think this is a great opportunity to get folks more invested in land management on their own properties and try to provide some resources that are already available through the department," Holtz said.
There are more possible changes from the report including deer management unit reduction and the formation of county base deer management committees.
The proposal is in public comment period until Nov. 8. The final rule package will be presented to the Natural Resources Board on Dec. 10-11.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change.
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