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Gun-deer gains

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Biologist Ryan Haffele, foreground, assisted by Amanda Haffele, right, determined the age of a buck shot by Calvin Pechacek, left, Saturday during opening weekend of this year’s gun-deer season. Pechacek’s deer proved to be approximately three-years-old. The aging procedure was done on a number of deer brought to the registration station at Ellsworth’s SuperAmerica convenience station store opening morning. 1 / 6
Calvin Pechacek of Ellsworth stopped his eight-point, 200-pound buck with one shot while hunting on opening morning of the gun-deer season Saturday at about 6:50 a.m. Pechacek said he stayed near a fence line to wait out the deer he wanted.2 / 6
Aaron Thibault of River Falls got himself a doe during the gun-deer opener Saturday. Thibault dropped the approximately 100-pound deer with a clear shot at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the Beldenville area.3 / 6
Roger Spindler had opening day gun-deer hunt success with an eight-point buck Saturday. Spindler was hunting with his son-in-law and granddaughter, Ashley Prissel, who was also successful.4 / 6
Brandon Frandrup of Prescott got ready to license a six-point buck he shot on opening day of the gun-deer season Saturday. Frandrup dropped the animal around 7 a.m. from a distance of about 20 yards outside of Ellsworth. The season’s opening morning conditions were clear and bitterly cold, with just a bit of tracking snow on the ground. (Herald photos by Bill Kirk)5 / 6
Carson Ingli, age 13, the son of Mark and Amber Ingli of Ellsworth, shot this huge 11-point buck with 19-inch inside. This deer was had the first day of this gun season. Ingli used a 20-gauge youth gun and shot it through the heart, dropping it from a distance of 30 yards. This one’s definitely a "wall hanger." (Submitted photo)6 / 6

Saturday proved to be another succesful gun-deer opener for area hunters as evident by the photos below. Meantime, although weekend deer totals for the Super America location in Ellsworth weren’t available Monday, there were 65 bucks and 77 does registered at 63 Express in Hager City, and 82 bucks and 154 does registered at 35 Express in Maiden Rock over the weekend.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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