The agency has posted gun season harvest and license totals dating back to 1966, but it's not clear if the data covers only the nine-day season or gun deer seasons, such as the muzzleloader season and antlerless seasons.
In numbers released Tuesday, the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources counts the total deer harvest around the state for the nine day hunt at just under 197,000 - a little over one percent lower than previous year.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released their annual report about the state's nine day gun season on Tuesday. In the state's Northern Forest Zone, there was a 30 percent increase in bucks shot by hunters.
"The DNR is entering the next cycle for deer management regulations and will be advancing deer hunting recommendations for the next three years", said Terry Minzey, DNR Upper Peninsula regional wildlife supervisor.
Most of the 4,500 samples the DNR hopes to collect will be taken during the first half of December, as more than 120,000 hunters take part in Iowa's shotgun deer seasons. Hunters may use any unfilled antlerless tag during the latter two hunts.
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Hunters have expressed their worry over the warmer temperatures in November thinking that the deer will not be moving around as much and therefore be more hard to find.
In 2015, 22,253 deer were reported the first day of the deer-gun season. Five of the last 10 gun deer hunting seasons have been without a fatality. One incident occurred in Waukesha, Oconto and Ozaukee, and two in Taylor. "We saw hunters following the firearm safety message of TABK and take time to educate those who don't", said Schaller "It was great to see hunters and families of hunters out in the woods enjoying a Wisconsin tradition".
The opening weekend of gun season this year was preceded by a quick shift in temperatures from the unusual 50's and 60's to the more normal 30's, and a light snowfall.
In addition, Thiede said, apparent hunter confusion about new paper deer carcass tags and an online system to register deer may have reduced the number of deer that were registered. Western Wisconsin, on the other hand, is one of those places where deer weren't quite so plentiful.