(Dodge County) The state Department of Natural Resources has released preliminary numbers from the nine-day, gun-deer season. The DNR says around 211-thousand animals were taken this year compared to 198-thousand deer last year, an increase of around seven-percent. DNR Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says more deer were harvested this gun season that last year even though there were slightly fewer hunters in the woods. Wallenfang says this is a rebound after poor weather last year snarled the deer hunt.
In Dodge County, there were 2679 deer harvested this year compared to 2610 last year. Columbia County hunters bagged 3995 deer, 550 more than the 3445 from last year. Jefferson County had 1782 deer taken this year, around 300 more the 2017 total of 1465. Fond du Lac County recorded 2676 this year after 2317 were shot last year. Washington County’s total was up by 343 to 1639 deer harvested.