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Lack of snow, warm conditions lead to 16% drop in Wisconsin opening weekend deer kill

MADISON, WI (AP)— The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed 16 percent fewer deer during this year's opening weekend of the state's nine-day gun season than last year.

The department released data Tuesday that shows hunters registered 92,050 deer, compared with 103,623 last year.

DNR officials attribute the downturn to a lack of snow and warm temperatures that suppressed deer movement.

As of midnight Sunday, hunters had purchased 539,811 licenses that permit the holder to kill a deer with a gun. That's down about 3 percent from the number of licenses sold by the same point last year.

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