Hunters registered nearly 30,000 more deer during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun deer season than last year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR reported Tuesday that 119,495 deer were registered on opening weekend, about 16,000 more than in 2014 and the second highest count since 2008.
In Shawano County, hunters registered 3,961 deer, including 2,150 bucks. Last year’s opening weekend total was 3,841, including 2,071 bucks. There was one deer, a buck, registered in Menominee County this year and 4,507 in Waupaca County — 490 more than last year, including 2,296 with antlers.
DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang said a mild winter last year was good for whitetails, which could contribute to the successes on opening weekend. Also, he said more northern counties are selling tags for antlerless deer.