The deer kill during the nine-day gun season that ended last Sunday was down nearly 30% from last year. That’s according to preliminary figures from Greg Matthews of the DNR.
The harvest this year totaled 195,000, down 80,000 from last year, and Matthews says the “gap” is almost entirely in fewer doe that were shot.
The DNR had predicted a smaller harvest, saying there weren’t as many deer out there, earn-a-buck rules were dropped outside the CWD zones, and fewer permits were issued for shooting doe.
John Colbert, WIBA