Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Wisconsin DNR announces the preliminary deer harvest totals for the opening weekend of the 2022 gun deer season. In total, 102,347 deer were registered statewide.

This is a 15 percent increase over 20-21, but DNR officials say registration numbers are actually returning to normal for a five-year average.

Conditions for the opening weekend included some snow cover and high winds, but hunters in the area still saw good deer movement.

In Eau Claire County, figures indicate a nearly 37 percent increase in registration numbers from last year

“The zone that we saw the highest increase on opening weekend was the Central Forest part of the state. Their increase was well over last year’s opening weekend at 37% above last year, and 16% over the five-year average.”

Along with registration numbers, the Wisconsin DNR reported six hunting incidents, with one being fatal. Wardens remind all hunters to use firearm safety rules for safe outings.