Preliminary numbers for gun deer opener

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:40 PM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announces the preliminary deer harvest totals for opening weekend of the 2022 gun deer season.

In total, 102,347 deer were registered statewide. This is a 15% increase over 2021, but DNR officials say registration numbers are actually returning to normal for a five-year average. Conditions for opening weekend included some snow cover and high winds, but hunters in the area still saw good deer movement.

In Eau Claire County figures indicate a nearly 37% increase in registration numbers from last year.

Jeff Pritzl with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says in part quote, “The zone that we saw the highest increase on opening weekend was the central forest part of the state.”

Along with registration numbers, the DNR reported six hunting incidents, one was fatal. Wardens remind all hunters to use firearm safety rules for safe outings.