It was an overall successful opening weekend for hunters in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin DNR who reports around 92000 deer were registered during the first few days of the state’s annual gun deer hunt. That’s an increase of about 2000 statewide over opening weekend of 2019. However, harvest figures were lower in northern and central Wisconsin. In Marinette County’s central farmland zone hunters took a total of 1576 deer including 918 bucks. That total opening weekend harvest is down more than 10% from 2019. Hunters in the northern forest zone of the county had an even tougher go of it, bagging 573 deer opening weekend- a drop of about 32% compared to last season. As predicted, there are more hunters in the woods this gun deer season. Preliminary figures indicate that the number of deer hunters in Wisconsin increased by about 3% compared to the same period for 2019 and female hunters are the largest growing demographic in 2020, with the number of female hunters up 9% from last year. The number of non-resident licenses did decrease this year, likely due to COVID-19. Wisconsin’s gun deer hunt continues through this Sunday.
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March 8, 2021