Wisconsin Hunting

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources expect to see strong numbers for opening weekend of the firearms deer season once the numbers are tallied.

Good field conditions were reported both Saturday and Sunday.

The DNR says deer registration centers in Dane, Green, Iowa, Sauk and Columbia counties reported excellent conditions with registration numbers in line with previous years.

Dennis Hoesly of Hoesly's Meats in New Glarus says deer registration numbers probably don't reflect the actually numbers of deer taken during opening weekend. That's because the cold temperatures mean the deer won't spoil.

The DNR says more than 631,000 hunters are licensed to hunt deer during the nine-day gun deer season. About 1.5 million to 1.7 million deer roam the state.

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