Favorable weather with high temperatures in the 30s and good deer numbers similar to last year are forecast as hunters head into the woods and fields this Saturday for the start of the traditional nine-day gun deer season.

With the early snow melt last spring and the past summer, the deer herd “seemed to come through strong,” said Rick Olson of Winter, chairman of the Sawyer County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) and a member of the Conservation Congress. “We feel the numbers are high around ag lands and lakes where people are, and lower in the larger blocks of woods that have not had a lot of cutting.

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