By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement
Now that the 2017 nine-day, gun-deer season is in the books, the Wis. Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens pulled several of their favorite photos from their daily patrols to share with you.
The wardens enjoyed meeting thousands of hunters, hunting families and hunting groups in Wisconsin's great outdoors for this annual state tradition.
Here are a few of the people they met.
At right is Lexi, 6, who was hunting with her father in the central Wisconsin area. Lexi and her father, Tyler, told Warden Randy Dunkel of Marathon County the father-daughter team sat for hours opening day without success. But, the persistent pair returned Sunday of opening weekend and Lexi got her first buck.
Dad Tyler had tears in his eyes as he told Warden Randy last year the family bought a 'buck hut' so Lexi could sit with her dad during the gun-deer season. Lexi, who had her hut painted purple, enjoys learning about the outdoors with her dad.
Warden Dave Youngquist of Iowa County was on patrol when he ran into a very happy Mandy Pagel of Madison -- who was not only wearing blaze orange but also blaze pink.
At left is Mandy with her first-ever buck taken during opening weekend. This picture was taken south of Barneveld in Iowa County.
Warden Paul Leezer was making the rounds in Marathon County when he met Anthony Vang of Schofield. Anthony, right, had opening day success and got this 14-pointer on public land in Marathon County.
It was a big day for Kevin of Waupaca County, left photo. Warden Ted Dremel got this picture of Kevin posing with his buck. It was a personal best -- the biggest buck for Kevin.
During the daily patrols, the wardens were always ready to respond to citizen calls. At right is Warden Jon Kaiser, ending a patrol day on -- you guessed it -- his phone.
As the nine-day came to a close, Warden Ben Mott of Waushara County grabbed a stunning shot of the red sky as it marked the conclusion of the 2017 gun-deer season.
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