NORTHWOODS - More hunters will get to use crossbows than in previous years during the upcoming bow season.
The Natural Resource Board approved the new season last week. It will run at the same time as the archery season, which runs from Sept. 13 - Jan. 4, 2015.
Businesses are seeing more people looking at crossbows as the season approaches.
"We've seen a definite spike in interest in this past year, and especially more now with the season in place for the fall," says Mitch Mode of Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander.
Before the board's approval of this new season, only hunters with disabilities and people 65 or older could hunt with a crossbow. Those groups can still hunt with crossbows. They'll only need to get a crossbow license.
The new season also allows anyone legally old enough and physically able to use a crossbow.
"It's a very efficient way to shoot an arrow," Mode said. "The arrow doesn't drop as much. Its accuracy is improved, and power delivered to the arrow is significantly increased over the compound--and of course way over the traditional bows."
Hunters must get a crossbow hunting license, which includes a statewide buck tag and a Farmland Zone antlerless tag. If you have a gun license, you can also use a crossbow during that season.
Mode believes the increased crossbow usage will mean more hunting time for people who might only hunt during the deer gun season.
"But for those folks who want to hunt--and there are a lot of them--a crossbow gives them a nice option that they can extend the season from maybe just rifle season to going and doing crossbow during archery season and have a much longer season," Mode said.
If you are looking at a crossbow, Mode says you want to get a crossbow that you are comfortable holding.
"They can get a little bit weighty at times. Get a crossbow, learn how to use it, pay attention to the instructions and practice with it," Mode said.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
- In the last week, more than a dozen people in the Wausau area found their cars damaged or broken into.
In a span of six days, at least 17 vehicles were either keyed, had windows bashed in or had stuff stolen from them.
"Some weirdo doings some weirdo stuff that's how I look at it," said Jon Radtke who lives in the neighborhood where items were stolen from a handful of unlocked cars."It's kind of (strange) for this area. We really don't have a lot of problems in the area."
Last Friday, two vehicles parked at the East High Apartments on Street and Adams Street and three more just down the street were broken into.
"We're working on who [is doing] this," said Wausau Police Officer Brian Burkhardt.
He says a few days after the break-ins around 7th Street; he received calls of 12 cars being vandalized, nothing stolen just vandalized.
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