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Bow hunters prepare for opening day of deer season

A mule deer fawn shelters in a leafed-out shrub during a late spring snow storm in Golden, Colorado May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A mule deer fawn shelters in a leafed-out shrub during a late spring snow storm in Golden, Colorado May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin deer hunters are gearing up for the start of the archery and cross-bow seasons. They begin a week from tomorrow.

D-N-R biologists say hunters should see more deer in southern Wisconsin's farm-lands, than in the central and northern forests where populations are down. This is the first time that hunters who are not elderly or disabled can use cross-bows. The governor and Legislature approved a general cross-bow season earlier this year. The D-N-R Board agreed last month to have the season run at the same time as the archery season, which runs through late November.

Last year, bow-and-arrow hunters shot about 88,000 deer -- about 6,000 less than in 2012.

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