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Cold, wind greet WI deer hunters on opening day

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin deer hunters had to deal with chill and wind for the opening day of the state's nine-day gun deer season.

The Department of Natural Resources reports about 616,000 gun deer licenses sold in 2013, with more female hunters registering this year.

Doctors are urging people to take precautions in the cold weather this weekend. They suggest people be careful not to wear too many layers when moving around a lot, to avoid the base level of clothes getting sweaty. That increases the chance of hypothermia and frost bite. 

"I would try to do passive warming measures," says Dr. Eric Grube, with Mayo Clinic Health System. "Hand heaters. If you need to, you need to get out of the woods and start moving around, which will help circulate your blood through your extremities."

Some signs of frostbite are a heaviness or tingling feeling or loss of sensation and color in hands or feet.

According to the National Weather Service, highs across Wisconsin were only expected in the teens and 20's Saturday.

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MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin deer hunters had to deal with chill and wind for the opening day of the state's nine-day gun deer season.
   
Tom Hauge, wildlife management director for the Department of Natural Resources, says even his blind in Sauk County didn't offer much shelter Saturday for the predawn cold and winds.
   
According to the National Weather Service, highs across Wisconsin were only expected in the teens and 20's Saturday.
 
According to the DNR, nearly 616,000 gun deer licenses were sold for 2013, up a little less than 1 percent from 2012.
   
DNR hunting and shooting sport coordinator Keith Warnke says the number of female hunters aged 10 to 30 increased by 10 percent this year.
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