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Wisconsin gun deer harvest down

March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State wildlife officials say gun deer hunters harvested about 93,000 bucks last year. That’s an 11 percent decline from the previous year.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the drop was steeper for antlerless deer. The DNR says gun deer hunters registered 147,000 last year, down 40 percent from 2008.

The DNR attributes the latter decrease to fewer antlerless-deer tags available in the northern forest, and the suspension of earn-a-buck hunting requirements in eastern Wisconsin.

Archers apparently had a better season. The DNR says the archery buck harvest was up 19 percent to more than 41,000 deer.

The DNR says hunters registered a total of 134,000 bucks in 2009, down 3 percent from the previous year.

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