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Gun deer hunters like the snow

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) -- There was more snow on the ground than usual this year for opening day of the gun deer hunt. Hunters say a little snow didn't stop them from bringing in some nice bucks.

"It hasn't been too much of an issue. Just slower walking out to the stand," said Sam Miller, a hunter from Houston, Texas.

Justin Lafrenier works at Kurt's Island Sport Shop in Minocqua. He says a lot of hunters stopped by to pick up some "Hot Hands and boots" before heading out.

Once the hunters had their winter gear, they went out into the woods and used the snow to their advantage.

"It's making it really easy to track both before and after the shot," said Miller.

"I think [the snow] made it better. [Deer are] sticking to the pathways," explained Christopher Farley, a hunter from Germantown.

Some hunters didn't have to wait very long to get their deer.

"I got in the tree stand. A half hour later he walked out," explained Farley.

While many hunters didn't have to travel far to find deer, Sam Miller came all the way from Houston, Texas to try his luck in the Wisconsin snow. It paid off. He shot an eight-point buck before noon.

"This eight-pointer walked out down the trail and a couple minutes later it was harvested," explained Miller.

Even though snow makes some aspects of hunting easier, wildlife officials say hunters probably wont see many big antlered bucks.

"With some of the bucks that come in, there seem to have been some depressed antler growth because of the rough winters," said DNR Wildlife Technician Eric Kroening.

Hunters say the deer are out there. It just boils down to patience and what you want to do with the deer when you get it.

"There are some good meals coming up in the future and probably a spot on the wall," said Miller.

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