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Deer harvest down for opening weekend

Whitetail Deer
Whitetail Deer

UNDATED (WSAU-WRN)  The number of deer harvested on opening weekend of the gun season is down sharply. "Cold and windy" is the consensus, and may be to blame for the decrease. DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says numbers were down statewide. He says registered deer were down 18-percent compared to last year.

That reduction in deer registrations is pretty easy to explain. Cold temperatures and strong winds, particularly on Saturday, drove many people out of the woods.

Still, the season runs through Sunday, and there are other hunts including bow hunting and muzzle loading, so Wallenfang says it's too soon to tell what impact the frigid weekend will have on overall numbers.