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Wisconsin's archery deer season underway


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Saturday was the first day of Wisconsin's archery deer season.

Officials say with good conditions hunters can expect to see plenty of deer in most areas of the state.

Archers set an all-time record buck harvest last year, when over 94,000 deer were taken.

The forecast for this season is a bit shaky for the north. The DNR says a late spring with heavy snow meant fewer fawns.  Because of that the DNR has reduced the number of antlerless permits available in that region this year. 

In west central Wisconsin, things look much better. The DNR expects deer numbers to be about the same, or higher, than last year. More than 2/3rds of the units in west central Wisconsin have deer populations higher than DNR goals.

The 2013 archery deer season runs from Saturday through Thursday, November 21st and then from Saturday, November 23rd through January 5th. There's no deer hunting of any kind the Friday before the gun deer season begins.


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