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Wisconsin makes 2009 big game summary available

From the Wisconsin Department of Conservation

-- The 2009 Wisconsin Big Game Hunting Summary is now available in printed and online versions. The summary contains harvest totals for all deer, black bear and turkey seasons and additional reports on deer ages, agricultural damage shooting, chronic wasting disease seasons, tribal harvests and hunting incidents.

The reports can be found online on the Wisconsin Wildlife Surveys page of the DNR website.

Deer

Hunters registered a final total of 330,485 deer during the 2009 gun and archery seasons. Archers (all seasons) tallied 87,241 deer and gun hunters (all seasons) tallied 241,862.

Clark County maintained its spot as the top county for gun deer registrations with a total of 8,609 deer registered. Waupaca was the top county for archery registrations at 3,024.

The 2009 deer hunting season was among the safest on record with a single fatality and 7 non-fatal shootings. Once again a majority of shootings (67 percent) were self inflicted while 33 percent of shootings involved the victim and shooter being members of the same hunting party.

Black Bear

Results from a new black bear population study completed in 2008 indicated a higher Wisconsin black bear population than previous estimates. Biologists accordingly increased black bear harvest permit availability 57 percent between 2008 and 2009. A total of 7,310 permits were issued among 95,384 applicants. Hunters registered 4,009 black bears in 2009 for a 55 percent success rate. Zone A produced the largest registration total with 1,541 bear followed by Zone B (885), Zone D (881), Zone C (695) and 7 unknowns.

Turkey

The 2009 turkey seasons yielded a total harvest of 60,862 birds. The spring season produced 52,581 registrations for a 24 percent overall success rate and the fall season finished with 8,281 birds registered for 12percent success rate. Zone totals for the spring hunt were Zone 1 – 15,729; Zone 2 – 10,253; Zone 3 – 12,947; Zone 4 – 9,630; zone 5 – 2,645; Zone 6 – 863 and Zone 7 – 358.

Printed copies of the 2009 Wisconsin Big Game Hunting Summary are available from Jason Fleener (608) 261-7589, email: jason.fleener@wisconsin.gov.

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