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Wisconsin DNR: Opening week deer harvest up 2.3% from 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed slightly more deer during opening weekend of Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day gun season than last year, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

The Department of Natural Resources released data that shows hunters harvested 95,257 deer from Saturday morning through Sunday evening. That’s up about 2.3% from 93,155 during opening weekend in 2019. Hunters also killed more bucks, taking 49,0025. That’s up about 1.6% from last year.

Agency officials attributed the bump in kills to excellent hunting conditions across the state over the weekend, with cool temperatures, high visibility and light winds. Light snow is expected across much of the state this week, which could further improve conditions.

The DNR said it had sold 559,591 licenses that allow hunters to take a deer with a gun as of midnight Monday, down 1.1% from 565,866 licenses sold during the same time last year.

The DNR’s gun licenses are valid for any of the department’s multiple deer gun seasons. The department doesn’t sell licenses unique to the traditional nine-day season.

The agency did not include in its release how many gun licenses had been sold over the same period last year.

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