DNR: Cold start, strong finish to gun-deer season

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A cold start and a strong finish. That's what the DNR is saying about Wisconsin's gun deer hunt.

More than 630,000 hunters participated in this year's nine day hunt.

Preliminary numbers show about 225,000 deer were killed, down 7% from last year.

Frigid temperatures came for opening weekend which saw a huge drop in kills compared to past years.

But there is one number the department is happy to report. "As far as shooting incidents and accidents, there were no fatalities this year, which is great, but there were just as many incidents as there has been over the past ten years. We average about 9 shooting incidents a year, I think there were 8 this year," said DNR Warden Tyler Strelow.


Hunting season isn't over. The state's December antlerless deer hunt starts Thursday.

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