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Hunters kill 14% more deer during Wisconsin 9-day gun season

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed 14% more deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2021, nearly double the five-year average. The season closed Sunday evening.

The state Department of Natural Resources released preliminary data yesterday (Tuesday) that showed hunters killed 203,295 deer during the season, up 14.4% from last year. The average percent change in each of the past five years has been a 7.7% increase. The higher kill totals come despite fewer hunters in the woods.

The DNR reported gun license sales were down about 1.6% from last year.

DNR biologist Jeff Pritzl says snow cover helped hunters spot deer. He also noted that 75% of the state's corn has been harvested, depriving deer of cover.

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