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DNR secretary Cathy Stepp hopeful about future of deer hunt

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A hunter ties up a doe shot at Potawatomi State Park. (courtesy of FOX 11)
A hunter ties up a doe shot at Potawatomi State Park. (courtesy of FOX 11)

MADISON, Wis (WSAU) – The outlook for Wisconsin's deer harvest is good according to the top DNR official.

DNR secretary Cathy Stepp says she's pleased with the preliminary numbers from opening weekend, but more so with the demographics of who's out in the woods. She's especially excited to be among the influx of first time female hunters. “For women to be getting more engaged in this it's a really big deal.” There were over 14-hundred more female hunters in the woods on opening weekend than last year.

But Stepp says it's not just the female hunters they're trying to encourage. Youth hunt numbers are up as well, and Stepp says the DNR needs to work to better improve the future of the sport. “We do a lot in youth mentoring and we're going to continue that and continue the push.”

The 9 day gun deer hunt wraps up Sunday at dusk.

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