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DNR: First weekend of gun deer season off to a good start

Posted at 4:27 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 18:27:32-05

The first weekend of gun deer season has officially wrapped up and for Deer Creek Processing in Waukesha, business was busy Monday morning.

In the past two days, manager John Rodenkirch said they have had over 250 orders from hunters looking to turn their deer into different types of venison. 

"We seem to be much busier this year than the last couple years," said Rodenkirch.

He is hoping the steady stream of customers continue for the rest of the week.

"We try to get them in and out as fast as we can," said Rodenkirch. 

Dean Rahm went hunting with a group of friends over the weekend. He said it' been an annual tradition for the past 20-years.

"We got one nice buck, passed on another couple decent bucks but we do this every year. We try and harvest the good ones and let the younger ones go," said Rahm. 

Despite the decline of the number deer hunting licenses sold in Wisconsin, Bret Owsley, the Southern District Wildlife Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said the season is off to a great start.

A healthy deer population and favorable weather conditions increased the chances of a hunter getting a deer this year.

"Snow mostly covered Southern Wisconsin so that always increases the ability for people to see deer. Temperatures were good, no rain, no high winds," said Owsley. 

Official harvest numbers won't be available until Tuesday but Owsley's anecdotal evidence suggests the weekend was a positive experience for hunters.

Gun deer hunting season runs until Sunday. This year the DNR has a new app to help provide hunters maps and up to the minute shooting hours.