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Riley O'Neil, 16, shot a buck for the first time during the gun-deer season opener Saturday. O'Neil, an Ellsworth High School student, was hunting near the Rush River around 8:30 a.m. The nine-point buck, estimated to weigh approximately 150 pounds, came running across from his position on the ground and he got a clear shot. Conditions were cold enough Saturday morning that spoiled venison wasn't a big concern for hunters and there was a light snowfall earlier, though hardly enough to help with tracking....

Almost ideal conditions for opening weekend; deer not moving as much

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The only element lacking was snow for tracking, otherwise hunters had cold but nearly ideal hunting conditions for the opening of the 2008 Wisconsin regular nine-day deer hunting season.


Temperatures were below zero in northern Wisconsin when the season opened at 30 minutes before sunrise Saturday, but temperatures got higher throughout the day and most areas of the state reported it was a near ideal opening day.

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