Wisconsin's Firearms Deer Season Kicks Off to A Good Start

Updated: November 18, 2018 10:32 PM

It was day two of the Wisconsin firearms deer opener Sunday. Hunters and businesses in Superior, Wisconsin were busy prepping and enjoying the hunting season.

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"I happen to see a buck come by at about seven bright and early so I had a very short season this year,” Andrew Liebaert, a hunter, said.

It was also a busy time for local hunting and meat processing businesses. The stores were filled with folks buying hunting gear and getting their deer meat processed.

"We sold close to 90 licenses on Friday alone for gun deer so it has been a really strong season for us so far,” Scott Miller, A Northwest Outlet employee, said.

"We'll have a lot of people bringing their stuff on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We'll probably get a lot of people coming in with their venison,” James Khane, the Superior Meats assistant manager, said. "We usually end up with close to 1,000 orders by the end of the year.”

This year’s season is a shift from last year’s deer hunting season. One reason being the weather being colder and with snow on the ground.

Another reason is the total of deer harvested in the state of Wisconsin, with about 197,000 deer last year, according to the Wisconsin DNR.

"It kind of has its' ups and downs. We'll have two to three year swings where we'll see a lot of bucks and some swings where we don't see many and that's all factored by the weather and predators,” Liebaert said.

Hunters and businesses seem optimistic about seeing better results this season.

"There was movement, I think we're hitting the end of the rut so there's still some bucks chasing which is a good thing,” Liebaert said. ”My father got one today that was doing the same thing as mine as far as chasing doe, which is a good sign as far as movement.”

"It’s been really busy here with the license sales, the orange hunting clothing, all the different deer scents and scent killer, and all that stuff. It’s been really really busy,” Miller said.

The Wisconsin firearms deer season runs through Nov. 25. A reminder that deer hunters have until 5 p.m. the day after they recover their harvest to register it.

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