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UPDATE: First day of gun deer hunting season a success

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MADISON (WKOW) -- - Hunters across Wisconsin are heading into the woods this weekend, for the opening day of Wisconsin's gun deer hunt.

Saturday brought some unusual weather for opening day, hunters are used to colder temperatures and snow on the ground.

This year, more than 614-thousand licensed hunters will be out across the state, hoping to bag a buck. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that's up from last year, by about 11-thousand.

Many hunters got up early this morning, before dawn, which is the best time to find a deer. By early afternoon, some area registration stations were already packed.

DNR wildlife biologist Travis Anderson says opening weekend can bring 500 to 600 deer through one Iowa County location.

"In Barneveld, it's one of the highest volume stations as far as deer registration in southern Wisconsin, so it's always busy here on opening weekend," Anderson says. "We just have a lot of hunters in this area and there's a lot of deer down here and we're just set up in the perfect spot."

Matt Sarbacker, from New Glarus, and his family get together every year in Mount Horeb for what they call a "deer camp". It's a weekend of enjoying the relaxing outdoors and waiting for deer.

Sarbacker's sister got the family's first deer Saturday morning. The hunt has been a family tradition for decades-- but it's not just about the hunt.

"We end up getting a couple deer every year, but it's not really about that for us," says Sarbacker. "It's the camaraderie, the family time, the time we get to spend with each other. That's kinda how we measure it."

DNR officials say they've heard good news from hunters on the first day, who have reported seeing more deer out than in previous years, and registration numbers are showing that to be true.

For more information on the 2012 hunt, visit the DNR's deer page.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Hunters across Wisconsin are heading into the woods this weekend, for the opening day of Wisconsin's gun deer hunt.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), more than 614,000 hunters are licensed this year. That's up 11,000 from last year.

Registration stations are already busy on Saturday afternoon, as hunters pick up their tags.

The nine day hunt begins on Saturday, November 17th, ending November 25th. This year, the bow hunting season overlaps with the gun season.

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