By Paul Schmitt
The statewide gun deer season numbers are in and the kill and the number of hunters were down considerably. According to the initial numbers released Tuesday by the Wisconsin DNR, a total of 196,785 deer were registered this year which is the lowest since 1982. Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says although area hunters reportedly saw less deer the numbers in Door and Kewaunee County were comparable to last year.
Kratcha says the new paper tagging system that was implemented during the deer hunt this year created some confusion and questions for some hunters. The number of hunters also fell below 600,000 for the first time since 1976, with 598,867 gun licenses.