Hunters took 201,812 deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season, which ended Nov. 29. That’s up just more than 1 percent from the 199,583 taken in 2014, according to preliminary harvest figures compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Here’s how the harvest compared to last year’s in several Northwestern Wisconsin counties:
Douglas — 1,625 this year, 1,523 last year, up 6.7 percent
Bayfield — 1,610 this year, 1,502 last year, up 7.2 percent
Ashland — 496 this year, 613 last year, down 19 percent
Iron — 226 this year, 206 last year, up 9.7 percent
Sawyer — 1,167 this year, 1,105 last year, up 5.6 percent
Washburn — 2,589 this year, 1,477 last year, up 75 percent
More than 612,000 deer hunters took part in the hunt compared to more than 608,000 last year.
State wildlife officials had predicted the harvest would be up somewhat this fall, although the deer herd is still rebounding from a severe winter in 2013-14 and what some observers say were seasons in which antlerless deer harvests were too liberal.