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Early reports suggest big opening weekend for deer hunters in Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Early reports indicate that Wisconsin deer hunters had a lot of success during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun season.

But we won’t know for sure until the DNR issues preliminary numbers which could come out Monday afternoon.

Hunters did not have cold weather and tracking snow – but they did benefit from the earlier start to the season, as the mating period continues and deer remain more active.

A number of registration stations reported brisk activity, especially during the opening day on Saturday. And there were more hunters in the woods.

Just over 614,000 deer licenses were sold by midnight last Friday – almost 17,000 more than the previous year.

Meanwhile, two hunting-related deaths are being investigated in north central Wisconsin.

Marathon County sheriff’s deputies said 51-year-old Shawn Lemanski of Green Bay died after falling from a tree stand late Saturday afternoon. And 51-year-old Steven Jackson of Antigo was found unresponsive Saturday evening near Gleason in Lincoln County. Sheriff’s deputies say foul play is not suspected.