Hunting Recap

posted Nov 28, 2016, 5:36 AM by Ryan Quinn
The 9-day gun deer season came to an end yesterday, and according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, preliminary numbers show the number of deer harvested this year is down from 2015. 

Preliminary numbers report 140,638 deer were harvested across Wisconsin this year compared to 144,199 in 2015. But the DNR says population may not have been the issue. 

License sales were down, and there were fewer tags issued for antlerless tags this year, although the buck kill was up a bit from last year. 

This year's season was one of the safest. Last year there were five hunting-related fatalities in Wisconsin. This year, none were reported. 

However, deer hunting is not over. The Muzzleloader deer season begins today (Monday, November 28th) and continues until the 4-day statewide antlerless hunt which runs December 8-11. 

The archery and crossbow deer season remains open now through January 8th.