I used to hunt everything years ago....deer, grouse, ducks, snowshoe hares. From grade school hunting age through college, I used to look forward to the WI gun deer season. Most of my hunting was in Vilas or Florence Counties, with one season spent in Vernon Cty. Back in the early 80's to early 90's it was very common for me to see several dozen deer where we hunted in Vilas/Florence counties on opening weekend.....and our group was usually pretty successfull. I am not sure what year it started to fall off, but it did. Then in 1996, I had the opportunity to hunt the 3-day shotgun season in Illinois. Our group of 4 guys killed 4 bucks....mid 140's inch 10 pointer (almost 12 inch G2's), 158" 8 pointer, 161" 11 pointer, and a 176" 12 pointer (w/12" G2's also...but nearly a 24" inside spread). After that season, I only gun hunted WI once in the last 22 years....2006. And I sat all opening weekend and saw only one deer. After that, I decided to spend my time hunting waterfowl on opening weekend of WI gun deer. I just don't have any interest anymore in deer hunting at all.