State officials highlight a simpler harvesting process as part of an effort to encourage more Wisconsin deer hunters for the gun season that starts Saturday. Last year marked the first time in 40 years that the number of deer licenses sold dropped below 600-thousand — and the total harvest of almost 197-thousand deer was the lowest since 1982. Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Monday alerting hunters that they no longer have to validate deer tags or keep tags with the animals and meat they get — but they must still register deer and carry proof of their tags while in the woods. Walker and D-N-R Secretary Dan Meyer also issued a video about the changes on the governor’s Facebook page. Licenses went on sale Monday which reflect the new law that no longer requires youngsters to be at least ten years old when hunting with mentors.