WOODRUFF - You should report dead deer that you find on your property.
That helps the DNR get a better understanding of winter's impact on deer.
This also helps them track the spread of chronic wasting disease among herds.
People that find dead deer can report it to the local DNR station or wildlife biologist.
"We certainly will expect to see some deer dying this year because of the extreme weather," said Wildlife Biologist Michele Woodford. "We'll certainly look to see if they're diseased from something else, but we'll probably expect to see some of it caused by starvation as well."
It's too early to get a full impact of deer deaths, deer experts say most tend to die in early Spring.
Anterless deer tags could be more limited next hunting season.
"Deer tend to congregate in conifer areas or places where there's thermal cover," said Woodford. "So they're going to be in the pines or places where it's warm and out of the wind. What we might see is die-offs in those areas and those we would certainly like to be reported to the DNR, myself, and the other local biologists just so we can go out and assess those deer."
There have been few reports of dead deer in Northern Wisconsin so far this year.
RHINELANDER - Nicolet College's Motorcycle Basic Rider Course teaches folks to safely hit the road on their bike.
The class is in full swing for the season.
Nicolet College Rider Coach Mike Murray says even experienced riders can use a "safety brush-up" this time of year.
Riders should always wear their helmet, long pants and shirts, gloves, and boots.
It's also important to keep your eyes moving for critters that come out of the woods,especially deer.
"If you know you're going to hit it: let off your brakes, hit it with your handle bars straight ahead looking straight ahead so that your bike stays straight up," says rider coach Mike Murray.
The course covers the basics about motorcycles and riding techniques.
It's meant to build confidence when you ride, so that you're prepared for emergencies on the road.
"I've been a rider for a long time. When I completed the class, I had to look back and say man there is a lot of stuff I learned here and a lot of things I was doing the wrong way," says program coordinator Mark England.
You have until October to sign up for the Basic Rider Course at Nicolet.
ANTIGO - Shaughn Novy figured the perfect place to make a big announcement would be, literally, on her high horse. On a brown horse, Wenesday Novy announced a significant grant to help promote a rodeo dedicated to Antigo's rich equestrian history.
Novy and her family recently opened the non-profit Black Hawk Hill Horse Park in Antigo. It focuses on teambuilding and leadership, using horses to teach those skills.
MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging Republican senators to reject a Medicaid expansion he turned down but that most states accepted under the health care law passed by former President Barack Obama.
Walker said in a statement Wednesday that there are "no excuses" for Republicans in Congress not to repeal the law and not allow the Medicaid expansion to grow.
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