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Gun Deer Opening Weekend a Big Success Submitted: 11/18/2012
THE NORTHWOODS - Plenty of blaze orange all over the Northwoods today for the gun deer opener. Hunters look forward to the nine day season all year long and were out in full force today.

More than 614,000 people registered to go hunting this year...that's a 2 percent increase over last season.

The warm temperatures and lack of snow on the ground made deer sightings more difficult.



Guys weren't the only ones enjoying the outdoors and trying to harvest a deer. The DNR reported about 30% of "new buyer" licenses were sold to females.

70 percent of deer harvested during the 9 day season are shot on opening weekend. At the DNR in Rhinelander, 227 bucks were tagged over the last two days and 110 does were brought in.

Initial reports around the state indicate hunters are seeing more deer than last year and the antler size of bucks is larger.

Many happy hunters shared their experiences from this weekend.


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