MADISON (WKOW) -- The Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources says feedback about this year's gun deer season has been mostly positive so far.
That's a big change from just a few years ago.
Secretary Cathy Stepp has been traveling around the state since Saturday's opener.
She's trying to promote what she says is the DNR's commitment to do a better job of listening to and connecting with hunters.
"The message for deer hunters this year for me is that I want to participate in the fun with you, we don't just want to be the regulator, we want to participate and have fun too and I want to hear all about the traditions, the family, the friends, the fun and the females," said Stepp.
Stepp says women made up 30% of the first-time hunter licenses this year.
She points to a 19% increase in the opening weekend harvest, and record license sales on Friday as evidence the state has moved past the recent disgruntled days of deer hunting, because the DNR is changing.
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