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Two River Falls men display their deer-hunting trophies. At left is Troy Malmer and at right is Peter Dahm. Bob Burrows photo at left, submitted photo at right

Hunters fare well

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Two River Falls men display their deer-hunting trophies. At left is Troy Malmer and at right is Peter Dahm.

Troy Malmer bagged this 8-point, 157-pound buck on opening day of the 9-day gun deer season Nov. 17, opening day, around 10 a.m. near Maiden Rock. According to preliminary numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters registered a total of 2,460 deer in Pierce County on opening weekend, up 24 percent from the first two days of the 2011 season. In St. Croix County, 1,444 deer were tagged, up 31 percent from a year ago.

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Peter Dahm displays the 14-point, atypical buck, he harvested Sunday, Nov. 18, near Barronett. The Department of Natural Resources reported 134,772 deer were successfully harvested and registered in Wisconsin during the opening weekend of the nine-day deer season, based on preliminary call-in numbers collected from registration stations by DNR staff. Overall, the statewide opening weekend harvest was up over 19 percent from 2011. Officials say the warm weather likely caused some hunters to register their deer right away instead of leaving them hang at camp, which likely bumped up the numbers.

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