DNR expects good numbers for gun-deer season

CREATED Nov 25, 2012

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EAGLE - While the hunt numbers have yet to be tallied, the DNR says Wisconsin appears to be on track for a high deer harvest this year.

Hunters from Milwaukee are hoping to nab their buck on the last of the 11-day gun deer season.

"They're kind of just lying and bedded down, so we're not seeing as many as we'd like to," hunter Joshua Stachowiak says.

While many hunters prefer snow to track deer prints, it's hard to complain about the weather for this year's gun deer season.

"The temperature is 25 degrees out," Stachowiak says. "Yesterday, it was 62."

Numbers for opening weekend were up this year compared to last year. DNR biologists expect numbers to be up for the entire hunt.

"This is the last day for the regular gun deer season," DNR Conservation Warden Kevin Mickelberg says.

Mickelberg oversees the DNR is southeast Wisconsin.

"Although we don't have snow for tracking, it's been just a wonderful experience," Mickelberg says.

"They're able to hunt some long hours. They're not being chilled out of the woods."

Registration stations are expected to report soon so the DNR can release hunt numbers mid-week.