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Preliminary Deer Hunting Numbers Released

The DNR has announced a preliminary count of 195,647 deer harvested during the recently completed gun deer season. This number does not include deer taken during the archery or other gun deer hunting seasons.

This number represents a nearly 30% decline from 2008’s preliminary count of 276,895 deer. DNR officials cited weather conditions and lower fawn production for the decrease in the harvest.

In other news, the DNR announced that nearly 10,000 mentored hunting licenses were purchased by 10- and 11-year old hunters, along with 638,000 regular gun licenses. The 2009 gun deer hunting season was the fourth safest season ever.