By Paul Schmitt
Over 2700 deer were harvested during the opening weekend of gun deer hunting in Door and Kewaunee Counties. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation released numbers on Tuesday that showed a statewide decrease of over 13,000 deer compared to last year’s opening weekend. DNR Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says the hopes are that more antlerless deer are taken this year to thin the herd in the area.
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. The nine day gun deer hunt concludes at dusk on Sunday.
Link to statewide numbers for opening weekend by DNR: