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Wisconsin DNR releases annual deer harvest report

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released their annual report about the state's nine day gun season on Tuesday.

Hunters killed nearly 197,000 deer during Wisconsin's hunt this month, that's down 6 percent from last year's harvest.  While the overall number is down, hunters did kill more antlered deer this year than last, taking 97,892 animals compared with 92,610 in 2015.

Wildlife biologist, Ron Lichtie says a few factors may have played into the lower harvest numbers this year.

"There's a lot of new rules and regulations that came into effect so there's a lot of different things that we're gonna have to look at.  It could just be that hunters decided that they were looking more for antlered deer this year or it could be that the population was down a little bit from last year but they're not down too terribly," says Lichtie.

The DNR reports it has sold 598,867 gun deer licenses through the end of the season on Sunday.  That's down about 13,510 licenses from the same point last year.  The DNR law enforcement's wardens are investigating the 5 non-fatal hunting incidents in four counties during the gun-deer season, however, hunting in Wisconsin is safe, which is demonstrated by a downward trend in hunting incidents.  5 out of the last 10 deer seasons were fatality-free.

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