A Wisconsin tradition continues as nine-day gun deer hunt gets underway



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MADISON, Wisconsin — A Wisconsin tradition is continuing as the state's nine-day gun deer hunt gets underway.

The season opens as the sun rises Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.

As of Wednesday the state Department of Natural Resources had sold 615,644 licenses, about 15,400 fewer than at the same point last year. The agency sold 635,165 licenses in all last year.

DNR officials say the harvest will likely be down again in the northern portions of the state. Two harsh winters have depleted the herd in the region, pushing the agency to bar hunters in 19 northern counties from taking an antlerless deer this year.

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