Preliminary Results Show Strong Wisconsin Deer Hunting Opener

By KBJR News 1

Preliminary Results Show Strong Wisconsin Deer Hunting Opener

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.COM) -- 134,772 deer were successfully harvested and registered in Wisconsin during the opening weekend of the nine-day deer season, according to the Wisconsin DNR.

The tally is based on preliminary call-in numbers collected from registration stations by Department of Natural Resources staff.

A breakdown of the harvest by DNR Region and county is available on the DNR website.

The DNR says the state saw a mix of weather conditions including fog in many central counties that hung on for several hours, while most other areas had excellent conditions.

But statewide, hunters misssed the snow that they like.

Overall, the statewide harvest is up over 19% from 2011 and registration increased in all regions.

Preliminary harvest numbers are up in all regions and bucks are up statewide by 24% over 2011.

Nearly 26,000 new hunters bought licenses to deer hunt for the first time this year.

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