MADISON - The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would dramatically increase penalties for poaching trophy deer.
Current state law allows judges to impose a $43 surcharge on top of poaching fines if they choose. The Republican bill would require judges to impose surcharges ranging from $43 to $10,000 according to antler spread and forbid anyone convicted of poaching deer from holding a hunting, fishing or trapping license for three years.
The idea for the bill came from the Taylor County Sportsmen's Club. The club's members were angry that someone illegally shot a buck with a 175-inch spread at night two weeks before the 2012 gun deer season opener.
The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. It now goes to the state Senate.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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