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Gov. Walker talks state of the deer hunt in Wisconsin


Governor Scott Walker took to the Northwoods this morning looking to bag a buck. He headed out to Presque Isle in Vilas County.

Newsline 9 was invited along, where we talked to the governor about the state of hunting in Wisconsin.

"It's been pretty quiet," Walker said as he walked around Crab Lake.

So far this year, Governor Scott walker hasn't had much luck hunting.

 "For me, I'd take whatever I can find right now because this year I haven't seen anything," Walker told Newsline 9.

But for Walker, it's about more than just bagging that prize winning buck.

"For a lot of folks, it's certainly about friendship, it's certainly about the harvest, but for a lot of us as hunters, it's a nice way to get out and relax," Governor Walker said.

Walker says hunting is a time to get away from it all, where political differences can be put aside.

"We're all the same in blaze orange. It really doesn't matter whether you're republican or democrat. It's just a common experience," he added.

Last year, Governor Walker hired a deer czar in an effort to improve the population.

"Dr. Kroll is here for the hunt this year as well. He and his team really wanted to hear from hunters," Walker said.

The governor says it's those hunters who play a big role.

"They can give us a sense of what they're seeing and hearing in the woods and allow us to adapt things so the management of the harvest is done effectively," Walker said,

The governor says the nine-day hunt is also a big boost to our state's economy.

"This fall is a big time for a lot of businesses that depend on a good hunt and we want to make sure we continue to have a successful one," Walker told Newsline 9.

That's something hunters hope for every time the head into the woods.

Governor Walker says he plans to head out again to hunt this weekend, as the season comes to a close.

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