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Hunters bagging more deer in Wisconsin’s opening weekend

Written by on November 24, 2021

NORTHERN WISCONSIN – Northern Wisconsin deer hunters bucked the statewide trend on opening weekend by taking more deer than last year.  According to the Department of Natural Resources, the total deer harvest for the first weekend of the nine-day gun season was up in Iron, Ashland, and Bayfield counties. Ashland County had the third-highest harvest increase in the state at 35.7%, with 418 deer killed on this year’s opening weekend.  Despite an average 9% increase across the 19-county northern forest region from last year, the regional harvest was still down 19% compared with an average of the previous five deer openers. Declines in the number of deer killed in other parts of the state led to an overall statewide decrease of 14% since last year, with 85,860 deer registered.  The regular gun deer season continues through Nov. 28, followed by the statewide muzzleloader season from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8 and the statewide antlerless-only four-day season from Dec. 9 to 12.