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 - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
MADISON - New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.
The package was published Tuesday. The provisions allow retired teachers or teachers nearing retirement to apply for a nonrenewable five-year license without submitting a professional development plan. They also increase the time that short-term substitute teachers can serve in the same assignment from 20 days to 45 days.
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
KNOWLTON - When you think of Wisconsin, you probably think of the Packers, dairy, and beer. One of the quintessential things that make this state great is its cheese, and you'll find no shortage of that in north central Wisconsin. The largest family-owned cheese factory is right in our own backyard, and it continues to push its limits in the industry
For Bill Mullins, the cheese business is all in the family.
"My other two brothers are in the business," said Bill, Co-Owner of Mullins Cheese. "My brother has four boys in the business full-time. My mom did accounting for us until she was 88."
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
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