2018 Wisconsin Fall hunting and trapping forecasts available online September 18, 2018

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Compared to the previous three mild winters, heavier snows and colder temperatures were measured across much of the north in 2017-18.  However, except for a relatively small area centered on Iron County and diminishing outward, most of the north
experienced moderate winter conditions while the southern two-thirds of the state received considerably less snowfall, more mild temperatures, and little impact on the deer herd. A late April snow storm caused some concerns due to its lateness in the winter during a critical time for deer. While the storm likely had little impact on overall deer survival or fawn recruitment, antlerless harvest quotas were reduced in some northern counties.  An excellent growing season that is providing abundant food sources and reports from across the state indicate plentiful deer ..,

Prospects better for Wisconsin firearms deer season November 16, 2018, Superior Telegram
... A scaling-back of antlerless deer tags in recent years and a string of mostly average winters have contributed to more deer in the woods across northwestern Wisconsin ... in Ashland County, the deer herd has not rebounded as quickly and antlerless authorizations or tags are only available on private land..,

Durkin County Deer Advisory Councils don't have tools to control deer herds April 20, 2018 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
...  deer herds have rebounded across much of Wisconsin ... “The antlerless-only option is more toxic than earn-a-buck, so it’s not really an option at all,” said Mike Amman, a county forester who serves on Bayfield County’s CDAC, the only such council in the Northern forest region whose 2018-2020 goal is to reduce deer numbers...

DNR Says Number of Deer Harvested is up From 2017 November 21, 2018 Wisconsin, FOX 25/48 
... More than 118,000 deer were harvested this opening weekend across Wisconsin. That's 13,000 more deer than last year ... more than 65,000 bucks ... more than 53,000 [antlerless] which is more than 8,000 than the 2017 opening ...

Opening weekend a bonanza for Sauk County deer hunters November 23, 2018 Wisconsin, wiscnews 
... Hunters registered 3,183 deer Saturday and Sunday in the county, a 33 percent increase over the previous opening weekend. Statewide, nearly 119,000 deer were registered, a nearly 13 percent increase from last year.  Snow cover, tolerable temperatures and considerable deer movement made for ideal hunting conditions ...

... more than 118,000 deer during opening weekend. That’s up about 13 percent from last year ... 

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