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More hunters come home empty-handed after the gun-deer season

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Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Patience runs thin as the temperature drops. That helps explain new numbers about the gun deer hunt.

The DNR says hunters killed more than 226,000 deer during the nine-day season that wrapped up on Sunday. That's down seven percent from last year. The numbers were even worse in the northern district. The harvest was down 15 percent.

Closer to home, the buck kill in Dunn County was down 29 percent. Clark County saw a seven-percent increase overall.

Click here to see the DNR's numbers for each county in the state.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters killed 7 percent fewer deer during the 2013 nine-day gun season than last year.

The Department of Natural Resources released preliminary data Tuesday that shows hunters killed 226,582 deer, down from 243,739 deer last year. They took 15 percent fewer bucks but almost the same number of antlerless deer, 128,817 compared with 128,917 last year.

DNR officials say cold weather during the first part of the season kept hunters from spending long hours in the woods. Hunters indicated in an agency survey they felt the weather was the worst they'd seen in the five years the agency has done the survey.

The DNR reported a total of eight shooting-related incidents. No one was killed.

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