WAUPACA, Wis. (WBAY)- The start of the gun deer season always has hunters debating which location is the best.
According to DNR statistics, though, if you want to increase your odds Waupaca County is near the top of the list.
On the eve of big hunt, the anticipation is huge and almost everyone has a goal.
"We have a group of three. We've shot only one buck in the last two years. So, we've had a lot walk-by that are too small, but waiting for the big ones," said George Kagel of Greenville.
Kagel is among the many who come to Waupaca County to hunt, giving places like Niemuth's Steak and Chop Shop extra business.
"Huge, huge, it's huge for business. Yeah, definitely," said Suzanne Giefer who works at the store.
General Manager Jaime Zinser said further, "People coming in grabbing stuff for deer camp. We had a lot of orders this week. We had snack sticks, cheeses, anything for guys out in the stands, and then we take care of the deer when they bring them in as well."
The DNR says Waupaca County has an estimated deer population of more than 50,000, trailing just Shawano and Marathon counties statewide.
However, when looking at last year's antlered harvest, Waupaca led the way with more than six bucks per square mile.
Jack Zimmermann of Waupaca said, "It is a great county, but the numbers have declined every year for the kill, and you know population estimates, I don't know if they're really that great."
The nine-day season starts at the crack of dawn Saturday morning and runs through November 25.
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