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Hunters, taverns, enjoy Wis. gun deer hunt

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    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - With a little skill and luck, you might be one of the many hunters in Wisconsin to successfully get a deer this season. As always, the DNR requires hunters to register theirMore >>
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MIDDLE RIDGE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Hunters took to the forest early Saturday for the start of Wisconsin's gun deer hunt.

For hunters, there's always a game plan.

But a lot of hunting is a waiting game. Just ask Ryan Schams.

"Not that easy to sit in a stand all morning when it's this cold," he said.

But the colder the weather, the more deer are moving. Schams and his group are seeing them.

"It's a tougher hunt but it's a better hunt," Schams said, holding up his 9-point buck. It's the biggest one he's ever harvested.

Over at Charlie's Inn in La Crosse, hunters registered their deer. Staff said it's a day of good stories and good business.

"This is sort of (some hunter's) hangout point already and so they all come down," said manager Holly Munson. "Even the non-hunters come out – we have one over there right now – the non-hunters come out because they want to see the deer that come in."

When big bucks came through the door, Munson took a picture and hung it on the wall.

Those hunters are submitted into a "Big Bucks" contest and will have bragging rights at the bar for a long time.

Munson said she expects around 70 hunters to flood the bar around 5 p.m., when it gets dark.

Hunters like Schams are taking full advantage of the daylight. Around noon, his team tried a run.

"Across the valley we have two guys against the fence that are standers, the two guys to the right, who are just about to start walking in, they will be our pushers who will drive the section of woods," Schams said.

After a little waiting, Schams had no luck.

"That's how it goes sometimes, there's no deer."

But he still has the rest of the afternoon, and eight more days, to hunt.

Wisconsin's gun deer hunt runs until Dec. 1.

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