MADISON (WKOW) -- It may be rushed, but for Erik Brekke, buying his deer hunting license is a time honored tradition...a tradition he's been doing since he was 12-years-old.
"Deer hunting is just absolutely tradition. I've actually lived out of state sometimes and drove back just for it," says Brekke.
And Brekke isn't the only one who waits until the end to buy his license. As of Friday morning, more than 500,000 licenses had been sold statewide. But the DNR says that's nothing compared to the amount that they will sell on Friday alone. In the past, the day before hunting season begins has accounted for nearly 30% of total sales for the season.
DNR officials also say that as the population gets older, the number of deer hunters is going down nationwide. But here in Wisconsin the number has stayed somewhat steady because of a new group invading the hunting group: teenage girls.
The DNR is still employing several strategies to bring in new hunters. First timers or hunters who have been inactive for several years can now buy a license for only $5.
They have also made some changes to the kinds of guns you can use this year. For example, they lifted restrictions on Rifles. People can now use a rifle or shotgun in every hunting region in the state. DNR officials just say to be aware of any city or county restrictions that might be in place.