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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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