- Hunters from all over got out on opening weekend to enjoy the start of gun hunting season.
But this year's opening weekend hasn't been as successful as last year's.
About 103 total deer were registered on opening day.
DNR workers say that number is actually down 25% from last season, and that downward trend is continuing into Sunday.
"We're about half of a year ago on Sunday," says Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "So yeah the numbers are down a little bit but considering the winter we had last year and the weather we've got now, it's not a big surprise."
The slow start could trickle into the early part of this week, but it could pick up as Thanksgiving gets closer.
"What we see is there's heavy harvest the first two days, and then there's kind of a lag until about Thanksgiving," says Holtz. "Then there's usually a number of people that go out and do traditional family drives or Thanksgiving hunts, so we'll see an uptick again."
DNR workers also says the cold and the foggy weather could have put a damper on opening weekend hunting.