84
      Wednesday
      83 / 64
      Thursday
      78 / 60
      Friday
      82 / 60

      Hunters experience a slow first day of firearm deer season

      H unters made their stops at DNR check stations throughout the day friday for the first day of firearm deer hunting season.


      H

      unters made their stops at
      DNR check stations throughout the day friday for the first day of firearm deer hunting season.


      "

      I was really excited it was the biggest buck i've shot today and I've been hunting since I was 14

      ," Vito Daniele, deer hunter said.



      "S

      o I was just is
      ecstatic and being able to celebrate with my family just made it that much more of a pleasure."


      H

      owever this year

      ,

      traffic at th

      e Gaylord

      check point
      was a little slow.


      "

      I'd say it's a little bit quieter than normal

      ," Keith Kentigh, DNR wildlife biologist said.



      "W

      e ar

      e

      of course see

      i

      n

      g

      a lot of nice bucks early on

      ,

      because of the antler point restrictions that have been instituted this year

      ."


      T

      he antler restrictions make it so hunters can only shoot deer that have matured.

      E

      ach deer must have
      three antler points on at least one side.


      T

      he
      DNR believes this will strengthen future hunts, but could send some hunters home empty handed this year.


      "

      The main implication is that they are just less bucks available this year for hunters to harvest

      ," Kentigh said.


      W

      hile opening day means taking home a piece of pride for many

      , it's also about spending time with family and enjoying the down time.


      "

      My favorite part about it is being out there with my dad and experiencing the outdoors together

      ," Brian Carnes, deer hunter said.



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