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Opening weekend deer harvest up from 2011

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It was a successful opening weekend for hunters in Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources says the deer harvest was up  more than 19% from last year across the state.

Hunters harvested and registered 134,772 deer during opening weekend of the state's nine-day deer gun season.

That's based on preliminary call-in numbers.

DNR wildlife management program director Tom Hauge says the final tally will likely be even larger, after all the registration stubs are entered into the database over the next couple of months.

The warm weather may have forced some hunters to register their deer immediately instead of letting the deer hang at camp, which probably bumped up the numbers.

Some hunters did report low deer sightings, primarily in northern counties.

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