RHINELANDER - The DNR gave out a lot of tags for Rhinelander's city deer hunt this season.
But hunters didn't bag many deer.
The bow hunt within city limits ends Thursday.
Hunters have harvested just 10 deer in the hunt so far.
It started in mid-September.
This year will be the lowest total for a full season of hunting in the city hunt's history.
Hunters took 10 deer this year.
But 53 were shot in both 2006 and 2007, the first two years of the hunt.
This year's number is much lower, even though the city and the DNR's Jeremy Holtz gave out more tags than average.
"I guess I wasn't too surprised when people showed interest early, but I did expect a higher harvest rate with the tags that were requested," says Holtz.
The hunt started seven years ago when deer nuisance complaints were high.
People didn't like the number of deer eating their gardens or crossing the road in the city.
The number of those complaints has dropped.
But so has the deer harvest numbers.
"I think there are probably two reasons. There are fewer deer around and I think deer are getting more accustomed to people on top of stands, hunting them," says Blaine Oborn, the Rhinelander City Administrator.
So it seems like the hunt worked.
But Holtz says the reasons for fewer deer might be more complicated.
The drop could also be related to climate during a particular season.
Unusually warm or unusually cold winters (the Northwoods has had at least one of each in the past decade) can also impact deer population.
The city plans to work with Holtz and the DNR to figure out what's best for years to come.
"Maybe we'll take off 2013 next year, or maybe we'll decide to do it again and take off the following year. We'll just continue to evaluate that on a year-to-year basis," says Oborn.
Rhinelander is one of a very few places in Wisconsin with a city deer hunt.
The city will review its deer hunting rules in August.
APPLETON - Many Wisconsin drivers who lose their driving privileges have continued to operate their vehicles and commit additional violations.
According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation data, there have been more than 57,000 convictions for operating while suspended, without a valid license or after revocation this year. That number follows last year's trend, when nearly 114,000 licensing-related convictions were reported.
During the first six months of 2014, more of the state's residents were convicted of driving with suspended licenses than speeding 11-19 mph over the limit.
TOMAHAWK - More than 50 fourth graders from Tomahawk learned about nature on Wednesday as part of long-lived education program. UW-Stevens Point staff at Treehaven host programs to teach elementary students about nature. The program has been around Tomahawk Public Schools for more than 25 years.
"We are doing a lot about the history of Tomahawk, the people that were here in the early 1800s and just a little bit about the land," explained Naturalist Rachel Anderson. "Right not we've been doing some tree identification and forestry measurements, but this morning they were learning about the voyagers and the Native Americans in this area."
The program covers more than just fall-learning, Treehaven leaders host learning programs in the spring and winter as well. You don't have to be a student to take part in some of the programs at the learning center. They include group hikes where you practice and discuss identifying plants and trees.
"We've had two this fall, and I'm hoping that is something we can continue to do in all seasons and continue to offer," said Anderson. "We've been getting a lot of positive reinforcement that it's something that the public is really interested in, so we hope to continue to offer more in the future."
Treehaven leaders regularly offer programs to the public involving nature, education, and artistry. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and events, you can follow the link listed below the article.
KENOSHA - Authorities have been searching a Kenosha County lake for a missing fisherman from Illinois.
The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported 66-year-old John Spoor of McHenry, Illinois, had not returned from his fishing trip. Sheriff's officials located the man's boat, but there was no sign of him.
Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth says the department had five boats on the water Wednesday. The search was halted Wednesday evening because of darkness, and the Kenosha News reports search teams are expected to return to the scene Thursday morning.
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