Hunters took 5 percent more Wisconsin deer in 2012

CREATED Jan 31, 2013

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  • A couple of bucks are seen last week at the Wildwood Preserve housing development on N. Lake Shore Drive just south of Donges Bay Road in Mequon. Image by Mike De Sisti

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say hunters killed 5 percent more deer last year than in 2011.

According to preliminary data from the Department of Natural Resources, hunters killed a total of 366,747 deer over all the state seasons last year compared with 347,711 in 2011.

They killed 245,539 deer during the 2012 traditional nine-day November gun hunt and 93,452 during the archery season, including 45,775 bucks, a new state archery harvest record.

The numbers aren't final. The archery season continues in metro units.