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The gun deer hunt leaves many hunters unhappy


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The nine-day Wisconsin gun deer hunt has come to an end. While some hunters bagged a buck, others went home empty handed.

Austin Frafjord, a hunter from Stevens Point, says he looks forward to "the aadrenalinrush when you see a big deer," every year.

Many hunters didn't get to experience that rush or take home a buck this year.

"I seen one deer the whole time I was out there," said Nick Seitz from Marshfield.

Dylan Worthen from Weston said he didn't see many deer either. "What I have seen has been quite small," explained Worthen.

DNR officials say last winter took a toll on the deer population and this year's snow and fog kept deer from moving.

"The weather had a huge impact on it. When it's as foggy as it was earlier during the gun deer season, it makes it a lot tougher to see the deer that are out there," explained Conservation Warden Chelsey Collette. "There are people who are seeing them. If you can do the work to get out in the field and start walking and kick them up, [the deer are] there."

Some hunters tried to track the deer.

"Deer dont seem to be moving too much so you have to move to them," explained Worthen.

Tommy Zieglmeier from Wausau said he went out hunting every day this season. "Kind of slow. I didn't see too much but enough to keep me interested," said Zieglmeier.

On the last day of the gun deer hunt he landed an eight-point buck.

Hunters who weren't as lucky say they are not ready to give up.

"I might have to pick up bow hunting," said Worthen.

DNR oofficialssay they don't have numbers on how many deer were shot this season just yet. Those numbers should be out early this week.

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