Deer Harvest Numbers Down Statewide

The number of deer harvested in Door County during the nine-day gun deer hunt was down this year when compared to 2018. According to the Department of Natural Resources, 955 antlered and 1,178 antlerless deer, or a total 2,133 were taken in 2019, compared to 2,958 deer registered last year. While opening weekend saw mild temperatures throughout the state with some snow in the north, hunting conditions deteriorated throughout then remainder of the season as heavy wind, snow and rain moved through the state. The DNR says the largest declines in antlered harvest occurred the northern forest zone, where blizzard like conditions and significant snow accumulation hindered hunter access. In the northern forested zone, the number of deer taken in 2019 was down 38.2%. Statewide, the 160,769 deer harvested was close to 25% less than last year.

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