Deer harvest totals are higher this yearPeople hitting the woods of Wisconsin for the nine day gun deer hunt bagged 11-percent more deer this year than last.
By: Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
People hitting the woods of Wisconsin for the nine day gun deer hunt bagged 11-percent more deer this year than last. A preliminary report released today by the DNR says more than 218,000 white tailed deer were harvested.
Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Todd Naas says the snow helped bring out hunters, but the Vikings-Packers game the Sunday of opening weekend slowed things down. He says there was some concern by hunters in Ashland and Bayfield Counties after a false positive report of chronic wasting disease in this area, but he doubts it caused any hunters to change their plans.
“When CWD was first discovered in southern Wisconsin, that was certainly an issue and it did affect hunters turning out but this year we know a lot more about it. The public's more aware of what's going on with CWD so I don't think it had a significant impact."
Especially since test results were released two days before the hunting season began showing no CWD in the tested deer from a Bayfield County deer farm.
Naas says it appears more first time and young hunters bagged deer.
This year, 621,000 gun deer licenses were sold. More than 11,000 were purchased by 10 and 11 year olds.