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 - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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