DNR reports positive outlook ahead of Wisconsin deer opener

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This Saturday marks the Wisconsin firearms deer season opener. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the outlook is good for this season with higher deer populations reported across the state following a mild winter last year.

"We usually see a pretty good uptick in the survival of deer over winter with those kind of mild winters," Greg Kessler said, a Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist. "I think hunters can expect to see a fairly good number of yearling bucks, in particular the fawns from last year that now have their first set of antlers."

Kessler anticipates a comfortable weekend weather wise with temperatures around the 30s for the 170th nine day gun deer season.

As a reminder Kessler added that Deer registration must be done by 5pm the day after the harvest and is all electronic. Hunters can call in or register their deer online here.