Wisconsin Gun Deer Season Saw Lower Harvest Numbers Than Last Year

(Dodge County) Gun deer licenses were down nearly a percent this year compared to 2020. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which says that 564-thousand licenses were sold through the end of the nine-day season that wrapped Sunday, compared to 569-thousand in 2020. Preliminary figures show a drop in the deer harvest with 175-thousand registered this year, a decrease of nearly 15-thousand deer from the 190-thousand registered last year. In Dodge County, there were 2,443 deer harvested this year compared to 2,776 last year, a decrease of 12-percent. Columbia County hunters registered 3,325, a drop of 16-percent from last year’s 3,996. Jefferson County reported 1,723 deer taken, an 11-percent decline from last year’s 1,953. Washington County registered 1,263 deer in 2021 compared to 1,442 last year, down 12-percent. Fond du Lac County dropped 4.5-percent with 2,204 animals this year after registering 2,308 in 2020. The DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement reported five firearm involved injuries and one fatality for the entire gun deer season.