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Wisconsin hunters killed 211,430 deer during the 2018 nine-day gun season — an increase of almost 7 percent from 2017, though the number of licenses sold this year decreased, according to preliminary numbers from the Department of Natural Resources.

Deer killed in La Crosse, Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties made up about 13 percent of those kills.

The number of antlered deer killed this year increased in all counties except in Jackson and Buffalo counties.

The number of antlerless deer increased in all area counties.

Altogether, Vernon County marked the most deer killed during the nine-day gun hunting season this year. Crawford County had the largest percent increase in total deer killed, while the number of deer killed in Jackson County decreased by 0.3 percent.

The majority of deer killed in La Crosse, Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties during the nine-day hunting season — which ran from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to the Sunday after Thanksgiving  — occurred during the first two days of the season, according to DNR data.

This year’s nine-day deer season was also the safest on record, according to the DNR, with three nonfatal shooting injuries.


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Jennifer Lu is the La Crosse Tribune environmental reporter. You can reach her by phone at 608-791-8217 and by email jennifer.lu@lee.net.

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