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Wisconsin's Gun Deer Hunt Kicks Off Saturday


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Deer hunters across the state have been cleaning their rifles and stocking up on supplies for the nine-day gun season that opens Saturday morning.

Last year hunters harvested more than 240,000 deer statewide during the gun season. More than 5,000 of them were killed in Waupaca County.

At the Cenex gas station in Weyauwega, manager Donna Skaar says hunters she's talked to are optimistic about this year's hunt. Skaar’s gas station both sell licenses and register deer. She expects a big rush for supplies on Saturday morning.

She says business will slack of a little during the week and then pick back up again on Thursday when the holiday weekend begins. The gun season ends on November 28.

The DNR has added texting as an option for reporting hunting violations this year.

Steve Sisbach with the Bureau of Law Enforcement says members of the public can text information to TIP-411. Sisbach says the decision to take tips via text was because of the growing number of people who rely on the method to communicate.

Also, he says it can allow someone out hunting to discreetly send in a tip without alerting violators who may be nearby. The DNR typically sees a wide range of tips come in during the nine day gun deer hunt.

Sisbach says people have been very good about reporting information about illegal baiting, hunting too close to roads, and hunters failing to properly use tags. Texted tips will also be available beyond the season for people to report non-hunting violations of state wildlife and conservation laws.