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First-time license buyers get a price break on fun REGION – A $5 first-time buyer’s license for Wisconsin residents makes it easier than ever for family and friends to join in Wisconsin’s hunting, fishing and trapping traditions. Under a 2012 law, certain hunting, trapping and fishing approvals are sold at a reduced fee to people who have not been issued that same type of license, Conservation Patron license or sports license in any of the previous 10 years, according to Penny Kanable, of the state Department of Natural Resources’ licensing bureau. “For Wisconsin residents, $5 will buy you an annual license for fishing or trapping or many hunting seasons,” she said. “Nonresidents also get a price break, too. First-time buyers also can recognize that special person who introduced them to the sport. Wisconsin residents who have been designated as a recruiter thee or more times within one license year are eligible for discount on the license of their choice the next year.” First-time buyers can call 888-WDNR-INFO (936-7463) and give their customer number and the recruiter’s customer number to recognize that special person. Recruiter points are available only for Wisconsin residents.
Thursday, november 8, 2012
Manawa’s Hass has a season to remember on the gridiron By Bert Lehman firstname.lastname@example.org
MANAWA – Logan Hass, a senior at Little Wolf High School, couldn’t have asked for a much better football season than the one he put together this year. When the dust settled after Manawa lost to St. Mary Springs in the second round of the WIAA football playoffs, Hass had amassed 1,701 yards on 271 rushing attempts. He found the end zone 20 times and scored a total of 126 points. It was a great finish for a player who started playing youth football when he was in third grade. “I have been fortunate to have been able to coach Logan through his youth and high school years,” said Bob Sell, varsity coach at Little Wolf High School. “I remember when he was in third grade and playing football for the Cowboys, he started out as a lineman and played center. He was a fast kid, but an unorthodox runner. He wanted to be a running back and he got his chance that season.” Hass continued on as a running back and the rest is history. School records are not available, but Hass said he thought his senior season might have been good enough to rank second alltime in school history for total yards rushing in one season. “It seems pretty cool to be right up there since they had a lot of good running backs back in the day,” he said. Sell said Hass picked up his attitude and fun for the game his senior year. “During preseason football camp we watched the
guys’ sixth grade championship game on video,” Sell said. “We laughed. I remember saying, ‘Hass, why don’t you run like that now? Look at how good you guys were and how much fun you had.’” Whether Hass used that as motivation or not, he definitely had a breakout year after rushing for only 231 yards on 47 attempts in 2011. In 2012 he had two games where he carried the ball more than 40 times. He had at least 20 carries in six other games. Sell said Hass was the workhorse running back this season. “He learned how to protect himself and hit his opponent versus getting hit,” Sell said. “He took a beating but just kept going.” Getting the majority of the carries was something Hass relished. “I was fine with that,” Hass said. “I didn’t mind taking all the hits. The first game that I had 40 carries I didn’t even realize I had that many. It was like, ‘Wow, it didn’t seem like it.’” Toughness and pride are two characteristics that Sell knew Hass had back in youth football. “Later in the season of his first year playing football he made the corner, was running for a touchdown, and someone caught him, tackled him, and he ended up breaking both bones in his arm,” Sell said. “He was calm, never said a word, he was just concerned that he did not want anyone to cut off his jersey.” Hass, who played varsity football all four years of high school, was quick to give
credit to his offensive line for his successful season. He said he also had a pregame ritual with the offensive line in which they did a special handshake to get pumped up for the game. Giving credit to his teammates isn’t surprising, Sell said. Hass said part of the reason the offensive line was so good this season was the fact it has played together as a unit since they were sophomores. “They would help me get the holes open and get going,” Hass said, “and the wide receivers after seven yards would help get blocks downfield so I’d have my big runs.” There were plenty of big runs for Hass, as he rushed for more than 200 yards in four different games. He rushed for 252 yards on 21 carries against Pacelli, 235 yards on 20 carries against Wittenberg/Birnamwood, 231 yards on 43 carries against Iola-Scandinavia and 273 yards on 42 carries against Bonduel. He missed the 200 yard mark by two yards against WeyauwegaFremont. Spending more time in the weight room over the summer helped Hass prepare for his senior season. Also attending a team camp in Platteville with his varsity teammates helped create better chemistry on the team, Hass said. He said his most memorable moment from the season was beating Ozaukee at home on the new field in the first round of the playoffs. It was the first time the team had made the playoffs since his freshman season. Against Ozaukee, Hass
Logan Hass had a tremendous season for the Manawa Wolves this year. Jaci Bartel photo
rushed for 131 yards, which he said was an “OK” game. Being able to play varsity football all four years is what Hass said he will remember most about his high school football career. “Starting as a freshman and going all the way to my
Summer Rec Program to return in 2013 By Bert Lehman email@example.com
MANAWA – The city of Manawa will once again have a Summer Rec Program in 2013. At a city of Manawa Improvement and Services Committee meeting, Mon-
day, Oct. 29, the Summer Rec Program was discussed. City Clerk/Treasurer Cheryl Hass said the program “came in close to budget.” The program did not go over budget. She also told the committee that there is talk of other communities switching to
parent run leagues. She said Summer Rec takes place during the day when parents are at work, and parents like to be able to watch their kids play sports. Mayor Debby Nolan agreed that more communities are switching to parent run leagues.
Hass informed the committee the Summer Rec Program is in the budget for 2013. Those on the committee agreed that the city needs to monitor what other communities are switching to parent run leagues and plan accordingly.
EHD outbreak declared over for 2012 STATE – With the recent onset of hard frosts across southern Wisconsin, state Department of Natural Resources officials are declaring that the 2012 Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) outbreak is over. The disease has been confirmed in samples submitted from deer found dead in Waukesha, Columbia, Iowa, Rock, Sauk, Dane, Jefferson and Marquette counties. Nearly 350 deer were suspected to have died from the disease in southern Wisconsin with Dane and Columbia counties having the highest numbers. As a result there may be pockets on the landscape where deer numbers are down, Lobner said. There was a previous EHD observation in Wisconsin in 2002 in Iowa County where 14 deer died from the virus. EHD is common across southern states and occasionally shows up as far north as the upper Midwest.
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The Summer Rec Program in Manawa is set to return in 2013 despite more communities switching to parent run leagues. Bert Lehman photo
senior year, then playing against Springs in our last game, they are one of the best teams in the state,” he said. Hass wasn’t restricted to only offense. He was named First Team All-Conference on offense, as well as Sec-
ond Team All-Conference on defense. He played defensive back on defense. When asked if there is more football in his future, Hass said he is thinking about playing football in college at a Division III school.
Hunting in Wisconsin continues to get safer STATE - It’s no accident that hunting in Wisconsin is a safe, fun activity for the entire family, according to Conservation Warden Jon King, who heads the Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Program. “And it is getting safer with each year,” he says. Wisconsin has a fatality rate per 100,000 of 0.28 percent when considering a 10-year period. Going hunting is now safer than driving to work. In 1985, Wisconsin’s hunter education certification program became mandatory for all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1973. That meant any hunter age 12, the youngest legal hunter, beginning in 1985 had to complete the hunter education program. Individuals applying for a hunter’s license this year would have to be at least 39 years old to be exempt and with each passing year the age goes up. Still, many older hunters take the course voluntarily because it is so well designed and useful. King doesn’t stop with the expanded course and outstanding instructors as the sole factors behind Wisconsin’s safety record. “There has been the creation of reasonable opening and closing hours for hunting, mandatory blaze orange clothing requirements for
hunters, the growing use of full safety harnesses for tree stand use, global positioning satellite devices, smart phones and more,” King says. Firearm hunting incidents in 2011 also followed the downward trend and came in below the 10-year average of 32 incidents annually. Tree stands, harnesses and deer drives Tree stands and harnesses, and the popular group hunting method involving “deer drives,” also pose challenges unless done with safety in mind. King suggests each deer drive be planned in advance, with safety the top priority. “Everyone involved in the drive should know and understand the plan – and follow the plan. Always be sure of your target and beyond,” he says. King’s easy tree stand tips to follow: • Always use a full-body harness and tether yourself to the tree • Always unload your firearm while climbing into or out of the stand. • Use a rope or line to raise and lower your unloaded firearm • During the ascent or descent: maintain three points of contact -- two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.