- On Monday, a state-wide votes was held among by the Wisconsin DNR. The biggest question was if anglers and others who enjoy the outdoors would allow trolling of one line regardless of where they are in the state.
The answer was yes.
7,053 people in 72 counties voted ont he measure. State-wide more than 3600 people supported the idea. 2250 were against it.
Monday's Oneida County meeting was held in Rhinelander. It also passed by a 92-77 count.
Other counties supporting the trolling proposal include Lincoln, Florence, Price, and Marinette counties.
Vilas, Marathon, and Iron Counties were among 11 counties in the state rejecting it.
The measure still needs to be approved by the state legislature and signed by the Governor. The earliest state-wide trolling could go into effect would be in July of 2015.
Last year, a similar proposal which would have allowed up to three lines per angler was ultimately rejected.
To find both state and county results, click on the links below.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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