After Governor Scott Walker signed a bill earlier this month which eliminated the minimum hunting age, it was expected that the number of hunters venturing out to snag their first prized buck would be up. That is the case, as the DNR reports that they sold 17,267 mentored hunting licenses during opening weekend which is more than 1,000 over last year. Even though the number of hunters is up, the number of deer harvested has dropped. The latest DNR report shows that on opening weekend, 102,903 deer were harvested compared to 116,615 last year. Some hunters blame the warm weather, while other believe people are passing on the smaller dear, hoping to see a larger one. The DNR is compiling a final number of registered deer, which will be available later this week.