MADISON, Wis. -

Preliminary data from the state Department of Natural Resources shows hunters killed nearly 244,000 deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season.

The DNR's tally showed hunters killed 243,739 deer between Nov. 17 and Nov. 26. That's up 7.7 percent from last year's preliminary count of 226,260 deer. The final count for the 2011 season was 257,511 deer.

The DNR says 633,460 people bought a license in 2012, up from 621,375 last year. According to the preliminary count, 2012 hunters killed 114,822 bucks, up 12 percent from a year ago.

DNR officials say seven people were shot during the hunt, one fatally.