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Gun deer hunt begins Saturday

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Saturday marked the start of Wisconsin's gun deer hunt.

Hunters from all around the Coulee Region made sure they registered their hunt.

Logan Bar in La Crosse was one place to do just that.

But the late morning crowd was considerably small, according to Bill Davenport.

Davenport, a patron at Logan Bar, has been there for the deer season opener for 16 years.

"Usually by 11 in the morning we have 15-20 (deer to register), now it's only (around) 5," said Bill Davenport, a patron at Logan Bar.

"I haven't seen a lot of deer yet," said Richard Henthorn, who's helping register the deer.

"I wait ‘til they get here, go put a tag on it," he explains. But after an hour passes, still no hunters have entered the bar.

By noon, Henthorn is finally put to work.

"We had one earlier about the same (size)," he said while tagging a deer.

Hunters, done for the day, entered Logan Bar to register and grab a cold beer.

"I caught my first year at 7 o'clock, the second at 7:15 and the third at 7:30. I had no time to change," said Bob Gaul, a hunter. "It was a good day."

Gaul caught three deer while hunting with his son and friend.

He said after 25 years, this was the best hunt he had on opening day, adding he can't wait to bring his 3 deer home to his wife.

"She cooks it, I clean it," he said.

Logan Bar will give free chili and peanut butter sandwiches to hunters all weekend.

Gun deer season continues until Sunday, Nov. 25.

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