The cold air and snow didn't stop the Mills Fleet Farm parking lot from filling up in Antigo.
Everyone in line couldn't wait to get one of these, a new blaze orange hat.
They went to the first 500 customers through the door.
"It's just a great time," says Greg Trunk, Manager at Mills Fleet Farm. "Even with the lines backed up, nobody's pushing or shoving telling deer hunting stories. It's a great time."
"It's a busy week for us. They buy everything. It's not really hard to merchandise. They want everything they get everything," says Trunk.
Customers loaded carts full of the merchandise. Anticipating the gun deer season, which starts Saturday.
"Hunting is just being out in the woods out in nature spending time just outside if I get a deer that's a bonus if not we're still outside spending time with friends family, nature," says Roger Taylor.
Spending time with friends is just one of many reasons why people go hunting.
"It's just great to be out there you're sitting out in the stands its quiet camaraderie of the other hunters, and then the thrill of when the deer comes in," says Trunk.
"Even if you don't get one you just see them out in the wild it's just a great time out there," says Trunk.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
WAUSAU - In the midst of a national push to prescribe fewer painkillers, a new Wisconsin proposal appeared that would let chiropractors prescribe prescription drugs, including painkillers.
After speaking with one of the bill's authors, that notion is not at all true.
John Murray, the executive director of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, which supports the bill, said the bill was never intended to cover narcotics, or any drugs not related to neuro-muscular skeletal healing. The bill is in its early stages, having had a co-sponsor hearing on Tuesday, and future drafts of the bill will feature more specific language.
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
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