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MADISON (WKOW) -- Hunters have registered nearly 69-thousand deer in just the first day of the gun-deer hunt in Wisconsin.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 68,756 deer were brought in across the state on Saturday, most of those shot in central Wisconsin. That's fewer than opening day 2015, when 76,223 were registered. 

Hunters in Crivitz tell our sister station WBAY-TV Sunday was a much-needed rebound after a slow start to the season there. Wind on Saturday made the hunt nearly unbearable for some and kept deer from moving around.

"Usually you hear just a lot of shots. Everything echoes in the woods, I mean you can hear stuff from acres and miles away, and [Saturday] morning was just really quiet," says Brian Raddatz, from Wind Lake.

As of Friday afternoon, the DNR sold 533,502 gun licenses for the 9 day season. 612,377 licenses were purchased through the end of the 2015 season.

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