(Dodge County) The DNR has released preliminary harvest numbers from opening weekend of the gun-deer season. In total, 118,670 deer were registered statewide in 2018, compared to just over 105-thousand (105,216) in 2017. A total of 65,388 bucks were registered on opening weekend, compared to 60,380 last year. The DNR says the southern part of the state experienced excellent hunting conditions, with fresh snow in some areas and comfortable temperatures. In Dodge County, there were 1342 deer taken, an increase of 22-percent from the 1051 taken last year. Columbia County saw a harvest of 2394, up 34-percent from last year’s total of 1781. Green Lake County reported 1425 deer this year compared to 1095 last year, a 30-percent jump. Fond du Lac County had a 32-percent increase with 1434 bucks and does bagged, 347 more than 2017. Washington County was up 37-percent with 763 deer harvested, up from 555. Preliminary registration figures in the north are down slightly compared to last year’s opening weekend.
See the statistics here: