Numbers Released From Wisconsin Deer Season
It was a good, not great year for northwestern Wisconsin deer hunters during the nine-day firearms hunt.
Numbers released Tuesday (Nov. 30) by the Wisconsin DNR show the total harvest was up 25 percent this year in Douglas County, 35 percent in Burnett County, and 52 percent in Washburn County. However, the numbers were down in Bayfield, Ashland, Sawyer, and Iron counties.
Jim Bishop, a spokesperson in the DNR’s Spooner office, told WDIO in Duluth that the decline was partly due to a reduction in the number of antlerless permits available in the area this year. He said the overall numbers were about what the DNR expected, given the reduction in antlerless permits.
Hunters killed 24,544 deer this fall in the seven-county area, up 16 percent from last year. Douglas County saw the biggest buck harvest, while Burnett County had the biggest antlerless harvest and Washburn County’s harvest was the largest overall.