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DNR: Gun Deer Season Off to Slow Start
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/27/2019

The number of deer harvested during the opening weekend of the 2019 gun-deer season was down compared to last year. According to preliminary numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters bagged 90,286 deer on Saturday and Sunday. That was 32,804 less than the first two days of the 2018 hunt.

The total number of bucks taken over the weekend was also down by just over 20,700 from a year earlier at 46,866.

Wildlife officials say the lower kill numbers may be a result of the later season, which means rutting activity was mostly over.

DNR officials say more than 782,815 hunters had purchased their license and headed into the outdoors for the annual nine-day gun deer hunt in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, the DNR's Bureau of Law Enforcement reported four hunting incidents during the gun-deer opener. In Oneida and Marathon Counties, there were two separate incidents involving hunters who discharged their firearms, striking themselves in the foot. A mishap in Fond du Lac County occurred when a hunter shot toward a running deer and struck a 19-year-old woman in the left hand. And a fourth incident occurred in Washburn County on Sunday after a 31-year-old man was struck by a single bullet.

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