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Gun deer hunt season officially ends

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Sunday was the last day in Wisconsin's gun deer season, and preliminary numbers show a strong year.

Statewide, the DNR sold more than 614,000 gun deer licenses. About 25,000 of them were first time hunters. That's a growing trend registration officials are happy to see.  The DNR estimates a 27-percent increase in the number of harvested bucks. License sales were also up two-percent over last year. The state's muzzleloader season opens this week, and December sixth marks the start of antlerless deer hunt.

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