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DNR: Gun Deer Season Off to a Slow Start
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/22/2017

The number of deer harvested during the opening weekend of the 2017 gun-deer season was down compared to last year. According to preliminary numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters bagged 102,903 deer on Saturday and Sunday. That was down by 13,712 from the first two days of the 2016 hunt.

The total number of bucks harvested over the weekend was also down by nearly 5,700 from a year earlier at 59,142.

Wildlife officials say the lower kill numbers seem to correlate with weather reports, in which southern parts of Wisconsin experienced rain and higher winds during the season opener.

Hunters have until 5 p.m. on the following day to register a deer.

DNR officials say more than 582,800 hunters had purchased their license and headed into the outdoors for the annual nine-day gun deer hunt in Wisconsin. The season ends Sunday at dusk.

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