Unofficial numbers are coming in from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stating that the deer kill numbers for this year’s nine-day gun season are 336,211. That’s up 7% from last year. The big BUT here is officials don’t know until all the numbers are tallied, including the present ongoing muzzleloader season that runs through December 6 and the antlerless season that will begin on the 7th and run for four days, whether the harvest is sufficient enough to not revisit opening the October antlerless hunt again. The number of antlerless deer taken was up by 18% over last year.
On a trial basis, Wisconsin officials opted this year to cancel the October hunt. Hunters claimed that by having the antlerless hunt after the regular and muzzleloader seasons, more deer would get harvested, which is what officials want to help control a blossoming deer herd.