Deer hunters undeterred by slow start to harvest
By: Mike Simonson, KUWS-Superior, Superior Telegram
A slow start to the Wisconsin nine day gun deer hunting season isn’t dampening the spirit of the quest.
The deer kill numbers are down quite a bit, about 25 percent, but the number of hunting licenses is only slightly down. The great Wisconsin gathering in the woods is keeping places like Fish Lipps in Cornucopia hopping. Fish Lipps owner Mary Lovick says business is good. She’s heard a lot of hunters grumble they “didn’t even see a tail today,” but she says they are also taking their frustration in stride.
Five people were shot, none killed in the first weekend. Conservation Warden Dave Zebro in Spooner says they had a few illegal baiting, loaded gun transport and night hunting violations, but hunters were relatively well-behaved.
There is concern that farmers might get in the line of fire this season. A late corn harvest has them working the fields. A farmer’s group says deer like to hide in corn fields, so they might draw the interest of hunters. The DNR says it would be a good idea for farmers to wear blaze orange.