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MADISON — With fall nearly finished, the annual nine-day Wisconsin deer hunt ushers in the creation of new memories and excitement as hunters throughout the state take part in this time honored tradition.
This year’s nine-day hunt has been a very safe one thus far, and hunters throughout Wisconsin have done an excellent job of learning new rules and regulations, according to Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Weather conditions have been highly variable across the state from fog to rain to freezing rain, with a great deal of hunters experiencing ideal hunting conditions, he said.
In much of the state, hunters experienced wet conditions and fog, but Wallenfang said that did not stop many hunters as the rush and excitement of heading into the woods on opening day took hold.
In 2014, deer hunters will travel to Wisconsin from all 50 states and 19 foreign countries.
Despite challenging weather conditions in some areas, Wisconsin has seen another strong effort from youth hunters, as mentors and others continue to pass on a wealth of traditions and knowledge.
Total gun deer license sales as well as other information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “deer.”
2014 license status
A comparison of 2013 to 2014 license sales for the season opener up to 11/20/14 showed that there were 710,680 license sales in 2014, and 731,725 license sales in 2013.