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Local deer harvest down

Hunters harvested fewer white-tailed deer during the gun season that ended Nov. 26, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Numbers were down in Waupaca and five other area counties. Photo Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

Gun season ended Nov. 26

Preliminary harvest numbers are in for Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season, held Nov. 18-26.

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, the antlered and antlerless harvest were down for the Central Farmland Zone, which includes Waupaca, Waushara, Portage, Outagamie, Winnebago and Shawano counties.

Hunters harvested 44,587 antlered and 53,696 antlerless deer in the zone, which was down 5.2% and 14.7%, respectively.

Harvest totals for each county include:

Waupaca County: 3,136 deer (1,682 antlered, 1,455 antlerless).

Waushara County: 2,123 deer (1,145 antlered, 978 antlerless).

Portage County: 2,225 deer (1,193 antlered, 1,032 antlerless).

Outagamie County: 1,071 deer (609 antlered, 462 antlerless).

Winnebago County: 580 deer (371 antlered, 209 antlerless).

Shawano County: 2,933 deer (1,646 antlered, 1,287 antlerless).

Preliminary figures show hunters registered 173,942 deer statewide, including 85,390 antlered and 88,552 antlerless deer.

The total firearm deer harvest was down 17.6% statewide from 2022, with the antlered and antlerless harvests down 14.7% and 20.3%, respectively.

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