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Opening Weekend State and Local Deer Harvest Numbers InSubmitted: 11/19/2012

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RHINELANDER - Hunters seem to be finding more bucks this year. More than 130,000 deer were harvested in Wisconsin this opening weekend. That's up 24 percent from last year.

Here in Oneida County hunters shot 849 bucks. That's up 16 percent. But Oneida isn't the only Northwoods county with more people bagging bucks this year.

"Vilas County's up 16 percent, Oneida County's up 16.3 percent so that's very similar across the two counties. Lincoln County, I saw, is up almost 20 percent from last year, and Forest County's up as well," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz.

Statewide, overall hunter traffic was up two percent. But locally wardens reported it down a bit. Holtz says it could be because northern areas issued fewer doe tags this year. But one demographic did spike.

"This is probably the most women and youth I've seen. I don't know if it's got anything to do with the department's outreach, or if it had anything to do with the fact that we had nice conditions, reduced cost tags. I think the mentoring hunt is starting to pick up," says Holtz.

Each registration station reports the weeks numbers on Monday mornings during the season, but about 70 percent of the season's harvest is typically done on opening weekend.

Story By: Lyndsey Stemm

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