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Hunters gear up for the start of gun deer hunt

WAUSAU (WAOW)--The countdown is on to the gun deer hunt. Hunters, D-N-R officials and local business are all getting ready.

The season starts Saturday.

Newsline 9 talked with hunters preparing for the weekend. some say, this weekend is the most important time of the season.

"You're best opportunity is going to come in the first weekend after that the deer, they don't stay old being stupid." said Jake Schira, Gunsmith Jake,  "They are pretty wise to the hunters and it seems like they go underground after opening weekend."

Gunsmith Jake's advice: be prepared.

The D-N-R reports license sales are down 4%, but officials say the majority are sold right before opening day.

The store manager for Gander Mountain in Rothschild tells Newsline 9 on Wednesday night two workers sold licenses for 8 hours straight.

While more women are expected to hunt this year, some will be left behind. For those staying close to home many business offer hunter widow's activities.

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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