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2007 hunting statistics ready; second-best deer harvest

The 2007 roundup of hunting statistics is yours for the asking.

Pick up the 2007 edition of the Wisconsin Big Game Hunting Summary at most Department of Natural Resources service centers and by request from Jason Fleener, DNR Wildlife Management, WM/6, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707; 608.261.7589 or by e-mail at

Reports are also available on the Wisconsin Wildlife surveys page of the DNR Web site.

"It was another great year for hunting in Wisconsin," said Keith Warnke, DNR's big game ecologist.

Overall, deer hunters had the second best total deer harvest at 520,416 deer registered (only 2000 is higher at 618,274).

Archers posted their best ever season, registering 116,010 deer.

Hunters will have additional opportunity to harvest antlerless deer and continue progress toward deer population goals during the October antlerless only gun season from Oct. 16-19.

The season is set to resume after a trial two year moratorium in Herd Control units statewide, except in the Central Forest Deer Management Units, according to Warnke.

"Bear hunters also had great success and deer hunters, with expanded opportunity and a huge herd, did very well," he said.

Black bear hunters registered 2,797 bears, down slightly from the previous year's harvest of 3,068. The four leading counties for bear harvest were Bayfield with 255; Price, 233; Sawyer, 199; and Rusk, 193. The report also tallies that 756 nuisance bears were captured and relocated.

Hunters experienced a good spring wild turkey season in 2007, registering 52,428 birds for a 25.5 percent success ratio. This was up nearly 6,000 over 2006.

Fall wild turkey harvest was down slightly over 2006. Hunters registered 12,010 turkeys in 2007, compared to 12,108 in 2006.