Deer Hunt



The Wisconsin state Department of Natural Resources board is set to discuss results of this year's nine-day gun deer hunt.
 
The board will hear a report from DNR officials during a meeting Wednesday in Madison. The report shows hunters killed 196,785 deer, down 6 percent from 2015. The buck harvest was up 5.7 percent, however. 
 
The report says 598,867 hunters purchased gun licenses through the end of the nine-day season, down about 2 percent from 2015. About 21,720 hunters bought a gun license for the first time or the first time in 10 years. New female hunters represented nearly 30 percent of first-time buyers. 
 
Hunters had turned in more than 5,300 deer heads for chronic wasting disease tests through Dec. 12, with 215 testing positive for the fatal brain disease.
 

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