MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New data from the state Department of Natural Resources show hunters killed much fewer deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season than last year.
Preliminary figures show hunters killed 160,769 deer during the season, which ended on Sunday, down 25% from 213,972 last year.
DNR officials say the season started so late this year that hunters missed the rut and deer weren’t moving around. They also said heavy winds, snow and rain later in the week may have kept hunters out of the woods.
Interest in gun hunting also waned this season. Through the end of the season, the DNR sold 564,664 licenses that would have allowed a hunter to kill a deer with a gun, down from 577,576 licenses last year.