November 16, 2017 01:14 AM
About 600,000 people are projected to hunt during Wisconsin's nine-day Firearms Deer Season, which opens on Saturday.
Last year, the DNR says hunters in the state registered 197,578 deer during the nine-day season, including 98,024 bucks and 99,554 antlerless deer. Wisconsin had an estimated population of 1,343,500 deer following the 2016 hunt.
Kevin Feind of the Wisconsin DNR cites three straight mild winters as a reason for hunters in Douglas County to have optimism for getting a buck.
Only four deer management units in the northern part of the state will feature "buck only" rules. That is down from 10 last year and 12 back in 2015.
Wisconsin hunters are no longer required to place a carcass tag on a deer killed in the state, but hunters must still possess a valid license and register the animal. All harvested deer must be registered by 5 p.m. the day after the game is recovered. Hunters can register deer online at GameReg.WI.Gov or by phone at (844) 426-3734..
(Contributions form Paul A. Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)
Created: November 16, 2017 01:14 AM
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