MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials are telling their board that cold weather and a struggling northern herd contributed to a down gun deer season last month.
Preliminary totals show hunters killed 226,582 deer, down 7 percent from last year. The buck kill was down 15 percent. The northern area of the state saw a 15 percent decline in total harvest, the sharpest drop in any region.
Agency officials gave the Natural Resources Board a report on the hunt on Tuesday.
Wildlife Program Director Tom Hauge told the board cold temperatures on opening weekend forced hunters out of the woods, setting the tone for the rest of the hunt. He also noted the long 2012-13 winter led to high mortality in the northern deer herd.