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Wisc. preliminary totals up 7.7%

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin’s preliminary harvest totals are up 7.7 percent from 2011.

The tally showed hunters harvested 114, 822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless deer. This compared to 2011 preliminary harvest figures of 102,837 bucks and 123,423 antlerless, for a 12 percent and 4 percent increase respectively.

This year’s preliminary tally indicates 243,739 deer were registered by gun deer hunters between Nov. 17 and Nov. 26.

The preliminary nine-day harvest numbers are collected through a call-around survey of 600-plus deer registration stations all across Wisconsin and likely will increase when all registration tags are officially counted.

A breakdown of the harvest by DNR region and county is available online at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/news/2012_Nine_Day_Preliminary_Deer_Registration.pdf.

Of the total number of licenses purchased this year, nearly 29,000 were First Time Buyer licenses.

New female hunters represented 33 percent of this total, and another 33 percent of first time buyers were youth, ages 17 and under. Additionally, 80 First Time Buyer licenses were sold to hunters 80 and older.

There are additional opportunities to hunt deer in Wisconsin after the close of the nine-day season. The muzzleloader season is currently open through Dec. 5. The late archery season is also underway and continues until Jan. 6.

There is also a statewide antlerless hunt Dec. 6-9, and a holiday hunt in the CWD zones of south central Wisconsin, which starts Dec. 24 and runs until Jan. 6.

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