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2009 Gun Deer Season Ends Quietly


APPLETON (WRN) - Wisconsin’s gun deer hunting season came to a quiet end Sunday. DNR warden Michael Young of the Fox Valley said everything worked against the hunters this year – including warm weather, standing corn, and excess water in the fields where the deer could hide. Young also said the cold winters from the last 2 years resulted in a lower fawn production. The statewide deer harvest was down 25 percent in last weekend’s opening – and some registration stations expect the final totals to be even lower. One station in Fremont had the lowest registrations in the 13 years they’ve been taking them. Thanksgiving normally has the 2nd highest number of deer shot after the opening weekend – but Young said he saw only limited hunting on the holiday. Hunters have until 5 p.m. Monday to register their animals. No reports of a hunter being shot to death during the season. The DNR said 5 people were wounded in hunting accidents in the opening weekend – and those reports have been few and far between during the week. The most recent incident was on Saturday in Shawano County, when a hunter was wounded in the arm because another member of his party mistook him for a deer.