Deer Hunt Up 19 Percent from Last Year’s Numbers

A good start for what has actu­ally been a warmer than wished for gun season.

The Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Nat­ural Resources reports the state’s gun deer hunt is off to a fast start, while the wolf hunt remains plagued with con­tro­versy and legal challenges.

In Brown County, 462 deer were har­vested dur­ing open­ing week­end of the nine-day deer gun sea­son, up 74 per­cent from the 266 recorded in 2011. Statewide, more than 134,700 were har­vested dur­ing the open­ing week­end, based on pre­lim­i­nary data. That’s up more than 19 per­cent from this point last year.

We’re really opti­mistic about how it has gone so far this sea­son,” said DNR Sec­re­tary Cathy Stepp, adding she was pleased that women made up 32 per­cent of the nearly 26,000 new hunters who bought licenses.

When you get women involved in some­thing, it becomes a fam­ily event, and that’s what we’re look­ing to do with the DNR, to get whole fam­i­lies involved in the hunt.”

The tra­di­tional gun deer sea­son ends Sunday.

As for the wolf hunt — again the long-standing stance of this blog has been “Let us shoot them” — is fac­ing legal hell for idi­otic envi­ron­men­tal groups who are more com­fort­able in air con­di­tioned Wash­ing­ton, DC offices than the actual wilder­ness.  Of the 200-some wolves allowed to be hunted via quota, only 90 have been killed and two of the six allot­ted hunt­ing areas have already reached their kill quotas.

Given the grum­bling from the usual sec­tors of Madi­son, it looks like the DNR is actu­ally let­ting hunters be hunters again.  Frankly, it’s about time.

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