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Wis. deer hunters ready for the new gun season

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The day Wisconsin hunters have been waiting for is here at last. Saturday marks the start to the state's nine-day gun deer season.

After last year's feeble harvest outraged hunters who believe the state herd control strategies have devastated the deer population, the stakes are high for state wildlife officials.

The Department of Natural Resources responded by creating a $2 million project to track population numbers and imposed earn-a-buck requirements in chronic wasting disease zones only.

Republicans, who now control state government, are prepared to come down hard on the agency if hunters return from the woods empty-handed once more.

The success of this year's hunt will depend upon local conditions and hunter effort.

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