MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board has approved sweeping new rules to reshape deer hunting in Wisconsin.
Some of the key provisions in the plan call for eliminating in-person deer registration in favor of online or phone registration, reducing the number of deer management units and creating county committees to advise the DNR on population goals.
The rules implement Texas researcher James Kroll's suggestions to improve Wisconsin deer hunting.
Gov. Scott Walker's administration hired Kroll in 2011 to review the DNR's deer management policies.
The board approved the package on a unanimous voice vote Wednesday.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, said the rules will give hunters and the public a larger role in deer management.
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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