NORTHEAST WISCONSIN - Wisconsin's regular gun deer season is still about six weeks away. One hunt's already over.
Just last weekend, the state's youth deer hunt took place. It offers youngsters - ages 10 to 15 - an opportunity to hunt deer at a time when other hunters are not allowed to do so.
"I can sit out in the woods with my family and we can spend some time together," Brett Aimsworth of Shawano told FOX 11 Saturday.
FOX 11 received a number of Buck Tales photos from the youth hunt.
From five-pointers to twelve-pointers, you can see those who took part bagged some sizable bucks.
"It's important to provide them with an opportunity to experience the outdoors while they're still young and can develop some interest in that," said Ed Culhane with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.
FOX 11 asked hunters if they think the trophy bucks shot during the youth hunt will affect the regular gun deer season.
"I don't think that anybody really worries about the big bucks being taken, just because I'd much rather have the kids out there - just (to) be able to learn and see what's going on before anything else," said hunter Kevin Jensen of Howard.
Most hunters we spoke with said they don't have concerns with the youth hunt. But one hunter, who declined to go on camera, says he does have concerns. He thinks the program should be revamped so youth get one turn at bagging a buck, then wait until they are of age to participate in the regular gun deer season.
The DNR does not keep track of how many take part in the youth hunt. However so far this year, more than 35,000 gun hunt licenses have been sold to children ages 10 to 15.
"When you look at our annual harvest this weekend, our gun harvest this weekend, which might be between four and five thousand deer, and you figure that there's more than a million deer out there on the landscape, it's really an insignificant number," Culhane said.
Culhane says while the youth hunt does not cause a significant reduction in the deer herd, the DNR is seeing a steady reduction in the number of hunters nationwide. He says this program helps encourage interest in a longtime state tradition.
"It's something to create an opportunity for young hunters to get out when there's not as much pressure and to harvest a deer, hopefully get them interested in the activity," said Culhane.
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