Preparing for a cold gun deer hunting opener

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AUGUSTA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Express Mart in Augusta is a hunter's hot spot the Friday night before gun deer opener. It is one of the few places hunters like Chris Grimm will feel the heat before heading out to hunt.

"Coldest one I've ever hunted and I'm 28 years old," said Chris Grimm.

He says the cold does not bother him that much.

"I work in the woods I'm used to the cold stuff," he said.

But for everyone else, they are suiting up from head to toe.

"This was the hunting suit of my grandfather's era when he was a young man," said Pat Moore.

He found the suit at a thrift store and knew he had to have it to stay warm for hunting.

"I got home, tried the pants on and thought there was a wallet, and it was a little square piece of toilet paper, it must have been meant to be," he joked.

The DNR says it wants people to go out and enjoy the hunt but be safe while doing so. It says keep an eye on heaters, especially with Carbon Monoxide concerns. Come down slowly from tree stands to let your body stretch out and warm up.

"If you need to take a break and go back to the vehicle you should do so, getting frost bite is not the way to have fun during the deer season," said Bill Yearman with the Wisconsin DNR.

He says hand warmers can be a great way to keep your hands warm, too.

If by this point the cold does not sound appealing, you could always hope someone else does it for you. These ladies say husbands can go have the fun outdoors; they will opt for shopping indoors.

"Idiots, we got smarter," she joked.

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