Initial Number For 2021 Gun-Deer Season Lower Than Last Year

(Wisconsin) This year’s opening weekend of the gun-deer season saw lower numbers posted compared to 2020. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the first days of the nine-day hunt were down 14-percent from last year. That equates to 85,860 deer taken compared to 99,832 last year. This year’s initial harvest saw 47,529 bucks registered compared with 51,241 last year. Closer to home, Dodge County saw a 26.2-percent decrease over the two-year period with 1030 deer taken this year compared to 1396 last year. Columbia County saw a 24.1-percent decline with 1612 harvested, a decrease of 512. Fond du Lac posted 940 deer, dropping 24.4-percent while Green Lake County is down 27.8-percent with a take of 1005. Hunters in Jefferson County saw a 21.5-percent decline with 806 animals taken. Washington County was down 25.3-percent with their 508 deer harvested.