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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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