DNR Releases Preliminary Harvest Totals From Nine-Day Gun Deer Season

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the deer harvest for the 2020 9-day gun deer hunt was up nearly 16 percent over 2019. The buck harvest was up by 12.2 percent and the antlerless total by 19 percent. A total of 188,712 deer were taken during the season, which included 85,340 bucks and 103,372 antlerless deer. All management zones showed harvest increases from 2019, but harvest trends lagged behind 2018 which had the highest total deer harvest since 2013. As of Sunday a total of 820,299 licenses were sold for all deer seasons including 569,203 for the 9-day gun deer hunt. Dodge County set a new record for total harvest with 2,749 deer. According to the DNR website, the previous record was set in 2006 at 2,218.