By Tim Kowols
Three injuries sustained during the opening weekend of the gun deer season have renewed the call for hunters to practice safety in the woods. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, three separate incidents, including one in Brown County, resulted in leg injuries and hospital visits due to user error. DNR Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha reminded hunters during last week’s Ask the Warden show to treat every gun like it is loaded.
While the injury totals from the opening weekend are in, the preliminary harvest numbers were not yet available as of noon on Tuesday. When factoring the archery, crossbow and youth hunt, the DNR reports that 1,158 deer have been harvested in Door County and 816 deer have been harvested in Kewaunee County.
Opening Weekend Gun Deer Season Comparison
Door County had 1,560 total deer taken compared to 1,417 last year. 840 bucks and 720 antlerless deer were harvested over the opening weekend this year.
Kewaunee County saw a slight decrease in the kill with 1,108 taken this year compared to 1,202 last year. 576 bucks and 532 antlerless deer accounted for this past weekend’s harvest.