Eau Claire (WQOW) - Hunters killed slightly fewer deer during this year's nine-day gun season than last year.
The state Department of Natural Resources released preliminary figures Tuesday that show hunters killed 195,738 deer this year, down 0.8 percent from 197,262 deer in 2016.
In Chippewa County, 2,795 deer were harvested. That's 450 more than last year's total of 2,345.
Eau Claire and Dunn counties both saw a decrease in numbers. In Eau Claire County, 1,434 deer were killed, compared to 1,872 in 2016. Dunn County hunters were not nearly as successful in 2017 as 2016 with 4,274 deer taken this year compared to 5,032 one year ago.
The most deer came out of Marathon County: 7,317. That was the only county to eclipse 7,000 deer.
Fewer hunters took to the woods this year. The DNR sold 588,387 licenses authorizing hunting with a firearm during the nine-day season, down 1.7 percent from the previous year.
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