Fewer deer expected to be taken in upcoming hunt
By: Steve Roisum, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources predicts a smaller deer harvest for the upcoming hunting season.
DNR ecologist Keith Warnke says there could be a noteworthy drop in the number of antlerless deer killed by hunters this year. He says there are several reasons why. For example, there are no earn a buck requirements outside of chronic wasting disease zones this year, and fewer herd control hunting opportunities. Warnke also says fawn production has been below average the past couple of years in northern and central Wisconsin. The corn harvest is also behind, giving deer a hiding place.
Last year, deer hunters in Wisconsin registered around 310,000 antlerless deer and 138,000 antlered bucks. The state’s gun-deer season starts November 21. The bow hunting season started in September.