Hunting Accidents and Deer Harvest Up During Opening Weekend

Six people were shot in hunting accidents in Wisconsin’s first weekend of deer season. The state’s Department of Natural Resources yesterday said three of those accidents were self-inflicted, the three others were people shot by someone in their own hunting party. One of those hunting accidents left an eleven-year-old boy dead. The DNR says the six hunting accidents this year is double the number from the first weekend of deer season last year.

DNR also said the harvest for this year’s first weekend is up 14 percent. Hunters bagged just over 103 thousand deer this year, compared to just over 90 thousand deer in last year’s first weekend. The DNR says this year’s snow likely helped hunters track down the deer. Gun deer season will close after one more weekend of hunting this weekend.