Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the harvest during this year’s nine-day gun deer season is down from prior years. Preliminary data shows Wisconsin hunters took in more than 175-thousand deer from November 21 through the 29th.

That total is 7.9 percent lower than last year’s haul. One word DNR Deer Program Specialist Jeffrey Pritzl used to sum up this year’s season is “quiet.” 

“Quiet can be taken both ways, as it relates to being peaceful and smooth. A lot of the comments we got were people just enjoying the opportunity to be outside. Comfortable conditions, and quiet, in terms of the number of shots heard in some regions.”

Only one area of the state saw an increase in the number of deer harvested, the Northern Forest Management Unit, which was up 9.3 percent from last year, but still down from the 5-year average there.