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UPDATE: Preliminary figures show 7.7% jump in deer bagged


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin hunters shot 7.7 percent more deer than a year ago.

That’s according to preliminary figures released Tuesday afternoon for the nine-day gun season that ended Sunday.

The DNR said hunters registered almost 244,000 deer. About 115,000 bucks were taken, 12 percent more than last year. The antlerless harvest totaled 129,000, an increase of 4 percent.

The state ended up selling 644,000 deer licenses, two percent more than last year. Almost 30,000 of them were heavily discounted to encourage first-time hunters to get into the woods.

Officials reported 7 shooting incidents during the gun season, and one hunting death. A 27-year-old Douglas County man was shot by his hunting partner, who mistook him for a deer.

There was also a report that a Milwaukee man was found shot to death on federal land that was open to hunting at Fort McCoy. There was no immediate word that a hunter shot the victim, and the Army has been investigating.

Meanwhile, deer hunting is not over. This is the second day of the muzzle-loader season, and bow hunters are still in the woods.

There’s also an antlerless hunt from December 6th through 9th, plus a holiday hunt in the southern Wisconsin CWD zones from Christmas Eve through January 6th.