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  • by Natalie Kennedy
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LIBERTY – Abby Heatley hit the woods around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, the first Saturday of deer rifle season. There were 14 hunters total, including her dad Bryan, brother Dalton and 11 other men who gathered at the Heatley’s hunting cabin in Liberty Township.

Another Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season is in the books, and preliminary registration numbers show a slight increase in statewide buck harvest, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Similar to 2016, northern counties again showed the most significant increases in both buck and antlerless harvest.

  • BOB KRUMM For The Gazette
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It's happened again; I have waited until the last week or two of a Wyoming deer season that opened Sept. 1 and runs until Dec. 15. I bought my general deer license and three doe/fawn white-tailed deer permits for area 24, which is west of Interstate 90 to Banner, Wyoming, and off Bighorn National Forest land.

  • DANNY RIDDLE Wounded Hero Project
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ELKO — The seventh Wounded Hero’s totally free elk-of-a-lifetime hunt recipient is Trey Humphrey, who currently is a student under the GI Bill program. Humphrey’s third combat deployment was to Sangin, Afghanistan. He led his squad under live fire to evacuate a fellow Marine who stepped on an IED.