MINOCQUA - The ultimate goal for many hunters is to bring home a trophy buck. Across the Midwest, that happens the most in Wisconsin.
Scientists from UW-Madison believe that's actually because Wisconsin harvests a lot of antlerless deer.
They say doe harvesting relates to the number of trophy bucks hunters get in a season.
Tim Van Deelen, Wildlife Ecologist at UW-Madison, says those high hunting numbers mean you'll see fewer deer in the woods thorugh the winter.
"We could be like Michigan and Minnesota, but what we would do is we would carry more deer through the winters over the years," Van Deelen said. "And more deer means more plant impact."
Plants are Don Waller's specialty. He's a botanist at U-W Madison.
Studies by his students in the Apostle Islands say deer population effects the makeup of the woods more than many other animals.
"The effects the deer are having in our woods now are not just effecting the woods for a short period of time," Waller said. "They are effecting our woods for half a century or perhaps a century or more into the future."
According to the DNR, more than 245,000 deer were harvested in Wisconsin during last year's gun season.
The 2013, nine day gun season begins November 23rd.
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
MADISON - The Senate judiciary committee is set to vote on four bills that would impose tougher drunken driving penalties.
The Republican proposals would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.
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