WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011VILAS COUNTYNEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
to pass this (concealed carrylaw) and not one (state) hasrepealed it.I’m not going to puta sign on the Police Depart-ment door.” A motion to abide by thestate law with a local ordi-nance but do nothing at thelocal level was adopted byunanimous vote of the council.
The city ordinance prohibit-ing the throwing or shooting of any object,arrow,stone,snow-ball or other missile or projec-tile within the city limits wasagain discussed. Vander Bloomen explainedhe was absent from the lastmeeting when the ordinancewas discussed,but understoodquestions were raised aboutthe ordinance that includedsnowballs and other objects.Heexplained that portion of theordinance was already in exis-tence and he simply quotedwhat was in the present lan-guage.Indicating he didn’t want tosee 5-year-olds in a playgroundbreaking the ordinance,maybeit should be taken out of thelanguage.“Who will be committingthis offense?”asked VanderBloomen.“Kids.Usually drag-ging them to their moms solvesthe problem.I don’t anticipatemuch enforcement.”Hyslop said former PoliceChief Sig Hjemvick interpretedthe ordinance if the snowballwas thrown from one propertyto another.Councilman Jerry Burkettadmitted he may be guilty of violating the present ordi-nance.“Once a week,I throw a rockat a doe eating my wife’s flow-ers,”he said.“We should bringit (the ordinance) back nextmonth.” Additional language shouldinclude an exemption for cere-monies,Vander Bloomen said.This would include such thingsas military salutes when a rifleis discharged even though the“bullets”are blanks.Language changes will bereviewed at the Decembercouncil meeting.
Silver Lake Road
A contract was approved forthe preliminary design of theSilver Lake Road upgrade withMSA Professional Services at acost of $64,000.The proposedproject will include 1,700 feetof urban roadway includingcurb,gutter,sidewalk,storm-water sewer and a bike path.The preliminary design willbe returned to the council todetermine final road width,which tentatively was going tobe 41 feet,but could be narrow-er.According to city adminis-trator Joe Laux,the city couldget a U.S.Department of Agri-culture project loan for 40years at 3% interest.“The sewer side for Highway70 West could be included inthe package and is grant eligi-ble,although the water won’tbe,”Laux indicated.He said asidewalk (bike path) was addedto the project,though it’s noteligible for reimbursement. A joint meeting with thelight and water department togo over the project is planned.
In other business,the coun-cil:—approved a list for theelection poll workers;—heard a report from Van-der Bloomen on the success of the unused drug drop-off sys-tem at City Hall,who said 293pounds of prescriptions havebeen deposited in the latestround;and—received a notice fromMinistry Eagle River MemorialHospital stating the ambu-lance subsidy will be $12,986in 2012,$15,583 in 2014 and$18,700 in 2015.
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VETERANS REMEMBERED — Veterans from across the NorthWoods were honored in Veterans Day services last Friday. AtEagle River, veterans attended a program at Northland Pines Mid-dle School. --Staff Photo By GARYRIDDERBUSCH
earlier opener means rut activity
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consin) and an increase in thenumber of available bonusantlerless tags.” Antlerless permits areavailable at $12 each for resi-dents and $20 each for non-residents at the rate of oneper day.Registration figures fromlast year show hunters took928 bucks in Vilas,up from669 in 2009,and 1,560 bucksin Oneida,up from 1,159 in2009.In Forest County,whereit is mostly public forest,hunters registered 943 buckslast year,up from 749 in 2009.The antlerless harvest wasextremely low last yearbecause no antlerless tagswere available to the generalpublic in the three counties.“All indications are that thedeer herd is on the rebound inareas where they were fewerin the past,”said Zeckmeister.“Although populations aregrowing,local conditions stilldetermine what you will seefrom your hunting spot.Deerare not evenly distributedacross the landscape.”The dismal herd andhunter complaints in 2008and 2009 prompted the DNRto decide in 2009,for the firsttime,to eliminate the oppor-tunity for gun hunters toshoot antlerless deer in unitswhere the herd was 20% ormore below goal.The buck-only hunt meant one of themost traditional deer seasonssince the 1970s.The big question this yearis if there will be trackingsnow for hunters.Snowalmost always improveshunter success as deer areeasier to see,shoot and trackin snow.It also aids hunters interms of scouting and findingthe best areas to hunt.WJFW TV-12 meteorologistMatt Serwe said snow flurriesand lake-effect snow are inthe forecast for several daysthis week,which could givehunters some tracking snow.Following 3 to 8 inches of snow last week,most of thatsnow has melted except inpine plantations and north-facing slopes.Saturday’s forecast calls fora low temperature of 27degrees and a high of 37.There is a chance of rain inthe morning,with afternoonsnow showers and windy con-ditions.The forecast for Sun-day is morning snow with falltemperatures,with a low of 23and high of 31.Zeckmeister said preseasonscouting is always importantfor deer hunters.“Deer change their habits,sometimes on an annualbasis,based on habitat,”saidZeckmeister.“For example,the area that you have huntedfor years may be on the down-ward spiral as good deer habi-tat.If this is the case,you maywant to consider a change andredirect your efforts to areasoffering better deer habitat.”Because there are severalbuck- only units here,includ-ing 35 and 39,along with 34and 29B in western VilasCounty,Zeckmeister recom-mends that hunters check thedeer hunting regulationsbooklet to make sure theyknow which unit they arehunting in and know the sea-son structure for that unit.“The more time put intoscouting,planning your huntand hunting your plan,themore you will enjoy your over-all hunting experience,”saidZeckmeister.“The top priorityis always a safe hunt.”Hunters will be faced withthe third-earliest openingdate possible,so it is too soonto tell at what level ruttingactivity might still be occur-ring to boost buck movement.Biologists say once rutting isover,exhausted bucks tend todisappear into seclusion torecover.The nine-day hunt will runthrough Sunday,Nov.27,andwill be followed by a 10-daymuzzleloader season Nov.28to Dec.7 that is open to any-one with an unused carcasstag.The four-day antlerlesshunt Dec.8-11 will be open forthose hunters that haveantlerless tags in regular quo-ta units,but not the buck-onlyunits.
Uncased gun law
Gun deer hunters will havea new rule concerninguncased guns in a vehiclestarting this year.The new legislation modi-fies the state law concerningthe manner in which long-bar-reled firearms,bows andcrossbows can be transportedin motor vehicles or placed inor on stationary vehicles.The new law will be pub-lished in time to take effectthis Saturday,Nov.19,open-ing day of the 2011 nine-daygun deer season.In its essence,the new lawcan be boiled down to a singlestatement,said Tim Lawhern,DNR division of enforcementand science administrator.“Unless otherwise prohibit-ed,you can carry a long gununcased and unloaded in or ona motor vehicle in Wisconsinat any time,”Lawhern said.The DNR has prepared afrequently asked questionslist on Act 51 on the lawenforcement pages of the DNRwebsite at dnr.wi.gov.While the law has changed,Lawhern said there will stillbe many people who continueto use a carrying case totransport unloaded firearmsin motor vehicles,as huntershave been and will continue tobe advised in hunter educa-tion courses.“It’s a great way to protectyour investment in yourfirearms,”Lawhern said. As is always the case with anew law,Lawhern said,thefirst year is an educationalopportunity.DNR chief warden RandyStark has already providedthe state’s warden force withdetailed instructions on thenew law and its enforcement.Wardens will use a mix of enforcement,communicationand education to help huntersunderstand and comply withthe new law,Lawhern said.“We are always ready tohelp people in the field,toanswer their questions and toprovide advice,”Lawhernsaid.In another new rule in2011,youth hunters ages 10through 17 who purchase afirearm deer license will auto-matically be issued an antler-less permit that can be usedwith a gun in any deer man-agement unit statewide.Starting in 2009,Wisconsin’smentored hunting programallows 10- and 11-year-olds tohunt with an adult withinarm’s reach.
While hunter numbersmight be down in northernunits compared to the gloryday of deer hunting in the1990s,DNR officials estimate40,000 hunters will still taketo the woods this Saturday in Vilas,Oneida and Forestcounties.Last year,Wisconsinhunters purchased more than607,000 gun deer licenses byopening day.Many hunterswait until that last minute topurchase their license,as theDNR reported selling morethan 89,000 licenses Fridaylast season.Many northern hunterswill come to cabins,resortsand motels in the tri-countyarea,home to massive tractsof public forestland and indus-trial forestland that harbordeer in varying densities.Public forests here includethe Chequamegon-NicoletNational Forest,the NorthernHighland-American LegionState Forest and countyforests.There are also thousands of acres of privately ownedindustrial timberlandsenrolled in forest crop man-agement that are open to pub-lic hunting.
ONE YEAR AGO
LAST SEVEN DAYS
(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OFKEVIN BREWSTER,EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)
Wednesday there will be light lake-effect snow, with a high of31 and a low of 24.Thursday will be a chilly morning and part-ly sunny, with a high of 28 and a low of 13.Friday should bemostly cloudy and maybe light flurries, with a high of 36 anda low of 19.The forecast for Saturday is morning rain, after-noon snow and windy, with a high of 37 and a low of 27.Sun-day expect morning snow with falling temperatures, with ahigh of 31 and a low of 23.
With water temperatures dropping into the upper 30s,anglers are still pursuing fall muskies.The approaching cis-co spawn could trigger action by the larger fish.Days precipitation recorded since Oct.1, 2011, 21 days;2010, 19 days.Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 48;2010, 50.Averagelow of past 30 days, 2011, 29;2010, 30.
Tues., Nov.9...........5932NoneWed., Nov.10.........6035NoneThurs., Nov.11.......5239.04"RFri., Nov.12.............4424NoneSat., Nov.13...........37302"SSun., Nov.14..........3629Tr.SMon., Nov.15..........3826.8"SMost of the snow that fell last week is gone, except on north-facing slopes.The public forests will be busy this weekendwith the opening day of the gun deer season Saturday.
Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
Wed., Nov.9...........3630NoneThurs., Nov.10.......3527 3.2"SFri., Nov.11.............39181"SSat., Nov.12...........4523NoneSun., Nov.13..........4938NoneMon., Nov.14..........5023NoneTues., Nov.15.........4824NoneThe average daily high at this time last year for the next sev-en days was 35, while the average overnight low was 24.There was rain on two days measuring .07 of an inch and atrace of snow on two other days.