- The deer harvest during the gun season fell more than 15 percent in Wisconsin from a year ago.
In the Upper Peninsula, the drop was even worse.
Early results show the deer harvest in the U.P. was down 30 to 40 percent compared to 2013.
Registrations at some check stations dropped as much as 60 percent during the 16-day season in late November.
"It's not enjoyable to see deer numbers drop, to see hunters have frustrating conditions, either from deer being impacted, or just not being able to get out and enjoy themselves," said Michigan DNR Wildlife Research Specialist Brent Rudolph.
Hunters faced as many as 40 inches of snow in parts of the western U.P. when the hunt opened.
"That both made it hard for some hunters to get in to the areas where they ordinarily hunt, and in some places, it really made deer move elsewhere," Rudolph said. "They migrated out of locations where normally they'd be hanging around."
But the overall state of the deer herd also had an impact.
"We had back to back pretty severe winters that had deer numbers reduced pretty substantially compared to what they had been in some prior years," Rudolph said.
Because of the struggling deer numbers in the U.P., the Michigan DNR significantly reduced antlerless harvest quotas for this season.
No antlerless hunting at all was allowed for most groups in northern Wisconsin.
Harvest numbers fell more than 40 percent in Wisconsin counties like Lincoln, Price, Vilas, Taylor, and Iron.