Deer Hunt Numbers Across The State

posted Nov 28, 2018, 6:22 AM by Ryan Quinn
Hunters across the state killed slightly more deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2017. 

The state Department of Natural Resources released preliminary data Tuesday showing hunters killed 211,430 deer this season. 

That's up nearly 7 percent from 197,733 deer last year. The buck kill jumped 5.4 percent, from 99,002 in 2017 to 104,388 this season. 

Hunters in Barron county took 4,523 deer, up 7.9% from last year; in St. Croix county, 2,241 deer were taken, down 2.5%; Hunters in Rusk County harvested 3,010 deer, down 17.9% from a year ago; in Sawyer County, 2,251 deer were taken, up 3.4% from a year ago, and in Washburn county, 3,125 deer were taken, down 3.7% from last year. 

Fewer hunters were in the woods this year. DNR data shows 576,277 hunters purchase some form of gun deer license as of midnight Sunday, the day the nine-day season ended. 

That's down from 589,642 licenses last year, a 2.3 percent decrease.