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Less Deer Harvested During 2021 Gun Season
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/01/2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released its preliminary harvest estimates from the recent nine-day gun-deer season, which wrapped up on Sunday. A survey of deer registration stations and online submissions from across the state show that 175,667 deer were bagged during the annual hunt. That's down from the 188,712 killed last year, but more than the 160,766 harvested during the 2019 season.

The DNR says 84,952 hunters were successful in their pursuit of a buck, which was down just one percent from last year. The agency will release its final harvest numbers later in the winter.

While opening weekend saw mild temperatures throughout the state with some snow in the north, DNR staff across the state reported good hunting conditions and weather throughout the season.

This year, 564,440 gun deer licenses were sold online or through retail outlets, compared to 569,203 last year.

Meanwhile, the season was considered mostly safe, despite six firearm-involved accidental shootings and one fatality.

Wildlife officials say there are still other opportunities to hunt deer this year. The muzzleloader hunt is already underway for hunters holding unused gun buck and antlerless deer tags. There is also a statewide antlerless deer hunt December 9-12.

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