Caution urged
4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thin Ice Is Potentially Hazardous Says Warden


The DNR's Chief Warden is cautioning hunters and others outdoors this weekend to be very wary of ice conditions.

The early cold has frozen over some lakes, but the conditions vary. Some lakes have not frozen over.
Warden Todd Schaller  says use extreme caution...

"....make sure they know the ice thickness before they venture(out), and to realize that ice is never considered 'safe'. It's always unpredictable..."

Schaller says the ice will vary by conditions...

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World War II Vet Returns For Deer Season
4:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

History Afield: Home for the Hunt

Credit Joyce Bong Erickson

Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season.  For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition.  In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.

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Natural Resources
5:23 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Comment Period Reopens on Northern Long-Eared Bat Listing

Northern long-eared bats are being threatened by white nose syndrome.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again taking comments on whether to add the northern long-eared bat to the endangered species list.  Some groups are questioning estimates of the bat’s fragility. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says populations of the northern long-eared bat are dropping precipitously due to the deadly fungal disease white nose syndrome.  It’s wiped out millions of bats in the eastern U.S. and was found to have spread to Wisconsin earlier this year. 

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Bridging Gap Between Vets and Resources
4:58 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Grants to Help Northern Wisconsin Homeless Veterans

State officials have a new plan to help connect homeless veterans in northern Wisconsin with social services and other resources. 

Federal grants totaling 1.2 million dollars over the next three years…will go to fund a new Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program. 

Veterans Affairs Grant Specialist Kelly Laabs says it’s trying to help homeless veterans access programs that provide things like housing or healthcare.    

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Deadline Friday
2:49 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Business Owners Invited To Talk About Red Tape


Northwoods business leaders are invited to a meeting in Rhinelander to talk about cutting through  government red tape.

The Governor's Northern Summit is set for Minocqua on December 4 and 5. All the cabinet secretaries and staff, along with Governor Walker will be on hand to talk about what they are working on to spur economic development.

Two days prior to that event, a meeting is set at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Dana DeMet...

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Donated venison
2:29 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Tomahawk Venison Feed Brings Out Hunters

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Sec. Stephanie Klett

An event that has been around for nearly half a century returns to the streets of downtown Tomahawk on Friday.

Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett attended the Annual Venison Feed when she worked for the TV show Discover Wisconsin....

"....the Tomahawk Venison Feed is a blast. I got to film it years ago. They serve about 1800 venison burgers, free...they encourage donations of course...people come out in bright orange, and crazy hats with antlers. It's just a fun party in the streets of downtown Tomahawk.."

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
10:54 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Why Windstorms Can Be Good For Wildlife Habitat

Fallen trees are a good choice for firewood, but also helpful for animals.
Credit Rob Burke

Many people gather firewood from fallen or dead trees on their own lands or from national forest or state-owned property.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says in some cases, managers may choose to leave those trees alone for the benefit of wildlife.  

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F&S pet care leader
10:47 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Petco To Acquire Drs. Foster and Smith In Rhinelander

An established northern Wisconsin mail order pet supply business is being sold to a leading pet supplies retailer.

Petco announced they are acquiring Rhinelander based Doctors Foster and Smith. Petco will acquire both Drs. Foster & Smith's prescription services as well as its branded products.

The mail order supplier was founded in 1983 by veterinary doctors Rory and Race Foster, and Marty Smith has become the largest catalog and online pet supply marketer in America.

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Week of Thanksgiving Sees High Absentee Rate
10:41 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Deer Season Means Early Vacation For Some Northwoods Students

About 200 students were absent last year during the week of Thanksgiving, many of them busy deer hunting.

Northland Pines School District has a new vacation this school year. Students and teachers will have the whole week off at Thanksgiving for deer season. 

Last year, nearly 200 students in the Northland Pines middle school and high school were absent from school on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, many of them to take part in the 9-day deer hunting season. That’s nearly 15% of the district student body. This year, the Northland Pines School District responded by adjusting its vacation schedule accordingly. As superintendent Dr. Mike Richie explains,

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Some Zones Going Over Limit
10:35 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Wolf Hunt Approaches Quota

Now in its third year, Wisconsin's wolf hunt continues to be controversial.
Credit Brooks Tracy / USFWS

Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt is probably nearing its end as hunters approach the season’s quota.

As of Wednesday a hundred and forty two wolves have been taken out of the total licensed quota of 150. 

But some opponents are crying foul, saying the hunt is overly aggressive toward the state’s wolf population.

Wisconsin state Director of the Humane Society Melissa Tedrowe says the population can’t sustain the harvest.

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