Hunters took 204,725 deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season, which ended Sunday. That’s up slightly from the 199,583 taken in 2014, according to preliminary harvest figures compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
More than 612,000 deer hunters took part in the hunt compared to more than 608,000 last year. State wildlife officials had predicted the harvest would be up somewhat this fall, although the deer herd is still rebounding from a severe winter in 2013-14 and what some observers say were past seasons in which antlerless deer harvests were too liberal.
Breakdowns of the harvest by county or deer management units are not yet available.
The DNR investigated eight hunting accidents the nine-day gun deer season. Five were non-fatal (Rock, Marathon, Jackson, Polk and Manitowoc counties) and three were fatal (Columbia, Waushara and Marathon counties).
This year’s muzzleloader season is currently open through Dec. 9, and the late archery season is open through Jan. 3.