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Bucks to brag about taken in Pierce County for Wisconsin's gun-deer opener

Haley Walz of Hudson showed off a couple of bucks her hunting party took near the Rush River on the opening day of the gun-deer season Saturday. The 10- and nine-point animals weighed approximately 160 and 150 pounds, respectively. They were dropped with a clear shot around 8 a.m. while the hunters were sitting on some rocks in a ravine.1 / 7
Dennis Haas of Ellsworth had success on opening morning of the gun-deer hunting season Saturday. Haas was in a tree stand near the Gas-Lite around 8 a.m. when he dropped a nine-point, 160-pound buck from 70 yards away. He registered the animal at SuperAmerica in Ellsworth.2 / 7
Jim Huber was hunting near the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club when he shot a nine-point buck weighing 200 pounds about 9 a.m. of Saturday's gun-deer season opener.3 / 7
A pair of does was the prize for Mike Kinneman of Hager City on the opening morning of the gun-deer season. Kinneman achieved the success from a tree stand around 7 a.m. near CTH O north of Diamond Bluff. He estimated the does weighed approximately 140 and 90 pounds.4 / 7
Andrew Johnson tagged one of the two does he brought back from the gun-deer season opener Saturday. Johnson was hunting about 10 miles east of Ellsworth when the animals, which weighed around 100 pounds each, were downed.5 / 7
Cari Martinez bagged her first buck while participating in her second season of gun-deer hunting Saturday. Martinez had a clear shot at the eight pointer, weighing between 170 and 180 pounds, from a ground position near Nugget Lake.6 / 7
Shaun Hanson called it "small," but it was venison nonetheless he returned with from Saturday's gun-deer opener. He was hunting on land outside of Ellsworth when he shot the approximately 75-pound doe around 9 a.m. -- Photos by Bill Kirk7 / 7

For Pierce County, the opening morning of Wisconsin's gun-deer season Saturday featured temperatures just above freezing, gray skies and some flurries in the air.

Many participants registering at the registration station in Ellsworth, SuperAmerica, said they saw a lot of deer.