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Opening Deer Season Harvest Numbers Up in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/22/2011

We now have a better idea of how hunters did in the woods during the first two days of Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters bagged about 112,600 deer over the opening weekend, which is just over five percent more than the same time last year. They also shot about 3,700 more bucks than in 2010--thanks partly to the recent law that drops the controversial Earn-a-Buck program that used to require hunters to shoot antlerless deer first.

DNR Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson says hunters experienced mixed weather including snow, rain turning to snow and moderate temperatures. He also says this year was a safer hunt than usual.

"There were no fatal shooting incidents recorded during the first two days of the hunt and two non-fatal shooting injuries, including one to a non-hunter doing a deer drive in Clark County on Sunday and another in deer drive in Waukesha County on Monday," Gunderson said.

The department's license sales office reported 603,919 gun deer licenses sold by the start of shooting hours on November 19. That's down from last year. But there were nearly 54,000 female hunters this year, an increase of 1,50 from 2010.

Deer license and tag sales will continue through the hunting seasons.

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