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WAUSAU: Hunters register their bucks on the first day of the season

DNR officials say more than 600,000 hunters will head into Wisconsin woods this season, hoping to bag a buck.

"I got a five pointer, probably four years ago and that was my first buck," said Jake Wildeck.

Wildeck said he hoped to have the same luck this year, but did even better.

"Probably about thirty-five minutes into it, I saw this guy walking about a hundred yards away," said Wildeck.

Wildeck hunts in Weston and said he was surprised when he saw the size of what he'd hit.

"This is definitely by far, my biggest deer," said Wildeck.

Workers at Gander Mountain in Rothschild said they've been busy as hunters brought in their bucks.

"The energy level is really good, people are excited to get out, especially, it's pretty early, in terms of comparing what it was a couple of years ago," said Kevin Churkey.

DNR officials said there's definitely more hunters in the woods this year.

"This year we had 614,435 licenses sold, it's an increase of about 2 percent from last year," said Diane Brookbank.

On the first day of the season, hunter after hunter pulled up to registration stations, bringing their six point, eight point and in Wildeck's case, a ten point buck.

"This is what I was hoping for, I'm just pretty happy that I finally bagged a big buck," said Wildeck.

The buck made Wildeck very popular as shoppers and workers caught a glimpse.

"I was blown away actually, it was a nice deer, real nice deer," said Kevin Churkey.

Not a bad way to kick-off this year's gun-deer season.

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