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DNR: Gun Deer Season Off to Slow Start
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/24/2021

The number of deer harvested during the opening weekend of the 2021 gun-deer season was down compared to last year. According to preliminary numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters bagged 85,860 deer on Saturday and Sunday. That was 13,972 less than the first two days of the 2020 hunt.

The total number of bucks taken over the weekend was also down by just over 3,700 from a year earlier at 47,529.

Wildlife officials say the lower kill numbers may be a result of windy conditions on Sunday, along with snow and sleet accumulation in the north.

DNR officials say more than 795,000 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 three non-fatal hunting incidents during the gun-deer opener, including two in Door County in separate incidents. That's where a 40-year-old man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand; and a 10-year-old boy was shot by an adult who's gun went off while attempting to unload it while inside their home. In Waukesha County, a 30-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg while hanging his riffle on a hook while in his tree stand.

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