The nine-day gun deer season had mixed results for hunters throughout Wisconsin.
According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), hunters participating in the opening weekend of the Wisconsin deer season saw both prosperous and deficient results.
The cold weather and snow cover across much of the state provided a great start, but the eventual fog and rain was debilitating for many hunting areas.
DNR director Tom Hauge told reporters much of the Richland County hunting experience was foggy and slow. Conversley, hunters in Montello and Marquette counties counted 45 shots in the first hour, which is normal. Princeton also held to expected activity levels where 80 deer were registered on opening day.
In regards to the Wisconsin deer season overall, the farmland regions of the state have good populations, but the numbers of deer in the north have fallen.
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License sales suffered a 4.2% drop from last year’s gun deer season, selling 589,830 deer tags. Lower populations of deer and fewer antlerless deer permits being issued, are the reasons for this decrease. The fiscal year ending on June 30, generated $19.9 million in license sales for the state. Reports show 30,751 permits were sold to non-residents and 21,862 were purchased by first-timers.
The season had a safe start, as no shooting related incidents have been reported. Last year eight non-fatal accidents occurred.
The DNR is expected to release more information regarding the opening weekend for the Wisconsin deer season soon.