STATEWIDE - Rifle hunters age 10-15 got a chance to shoot their first deer of the season. The weekend of October 6-7 is open for rifle hunting just for those age groups.
The Youth Deer Hunt is meant to set aside time for young hunters to learn the ropes, and tradition from an older mentor.
Each youth- accompanied by an adult 18 or older- is allowed to take one buck, plus additional antler-less deer depending on the area.
Some deer tags are free, but the memories can be priceless.
"I was really proud that it just went down right away. And then right after we pulled it I was happy to see the spikes," said Alayna Franson, a 12 year-old rifle hunter from Rhinelander.
The Wisconsin DNR stresses teaching the basics during the youth hunt: Treat every gun as if it were loaded- Always point the muzzle in a safe direction- Be sure of your target and beyond; and Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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