SHELBY, Wis. - Wisconsin's gun-deer hunting season opened Saturday with mixed opinions about the conditions.
The warm weather will make it comfortable for hunters to be outside and sitting in a tree stand. However, without snow on the ground, some say it's much harder to track and see deer out in the woods.
The season opened at 6:34 a.m. It will last eight more days, wrapping up on November 25.
No snow is forecasted in Western Wisconsin for this year's hunt, which has safety officials at the Department of Natural Resources reminding hunters to be extra careful.17460240
"Certainly without snow this year, you have to be more careful. You have to know your target and certainly what's beyond that target which is really important," said Thomas Sturdivant, a DNR safety specialist.
"We always caution folks from shooting at running deer. Again, without (snow as a) back drop, you're not going to pick up blaze orange as readily," he added.
Regardless of the conditions, the opening day of the season is always exciting for the tens of thousands of hunters who head out into the woods.
"I first saw it coming up a little ravine and I got really excited," said Christopher Poellinger, of Coon Valley. He was able to take down a buck within hours of the season's start.
"It was the first deer I saw this morning and I kind of had to aim between two trees and took a shot. He went about 20 yards and then bedded down," said Poellinger.
Hunters are reminded to wear blaze orange when they head out into the woods. It must account for 50% of their clothing above the waist.
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