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   View deer harvest totals and trends by deer type, season and land type. Data includes bow, crossbow, gun, muzzleloader, and tribal harvests. For additional Information….
 
  
 
Background
These summaries are data collected from hunter registered deer on a yearly basis. Data are from all weapon types and seasons unless otherwise specified. Deer registered by tribal hunters are included in the summary.
 
Collection and analysis methods
Mandatory in-person deer harvest registration was in place in Wisconsin since the 1953 deer season. Season of kill, location of kill, deer type and weapon used are what was normally collected. In-person registration was mandatory through the 2014 season. Starting in 2015, successful hunters are still required to register a deer, but are allowed to register their deer either via the phone, online, or at voluntary cooperative business that provided a computer station or telephone open to the public. Chronic Wasting Disease sample collection stations also allow hunters to register their deer at the time of sampling.
 
Using the metric
While data on county of kill was collected prior to the implementation of the Deer Trustee Report, many counties had multiple deer management units within their borders. These multiple units could and did have varied seasons, antlerless permit levels, and harvest goals. Because of this, comparison of harvest data prior to 2014 and beyond should be done with caution.

Results can and do fluctuate from year to year as deer densities, permit levels, weather, rule changes, season length, hunter selection, and hunter efforts change. Comparing yearly variations may have some value, while comparing year to year variations to the long-term mean or long-term trend will more likely produce more meaningful and reliable results.
 
Limitations and precautions
Registration of harvested deer has been the backbone of all deer surveys done by the DNR. Accurate and reliable harvest data has provided the DNR with a means to measure many different aspects of deer and hunters in the state. Missing or incomplete records are sometimes a problem for early years of data. The effects of weather, deer abundance, season length, permit issuance, and hunter attitudes all play a role in harvest, but the extent of the effect is unknown and not measured. Since moving to electronic registration it will be important to measure and monitor hunter compliance with this new methodology.
 
Future needs
Measures of registration compliance will be important as we continue with e-registration. Increasing response rates and increasing volunteerism will also produce more reliable results at a finer scale. Finding innovative ways to record hunter effort and sightings using mobile devices will aid in the collection of result in a timely fashion.
 
Additional background materials related to this metric
Most harvest and hunter survey reports are available for viewing on the Wisconsin DNR website dnr.wi.gov keyword “wildlife reports"
  
 

 
Total Harvest
  Total Harvest:  318,506 Total Harvest:  311,107 Total Harvest:  305,414 Total Harvest:  342,631 Total Harvest:  368,313 Total Harvest:  347,184 Total Harvest:  336,929 Total Harvest:  329,103 Total Harvest:  451,885 Total Harvest:  518,484 Total Harvest:  318,506 Total Harvest:  311,107 Total Harvest:  342,631 Total Harvest:  368,313 Total Harvest:  347,184 Total Harvest:  336,929 Total Harvest:  329,103 Total Harvest:  451,885

Total Antlered & Antlerless Harvest
 
Antlered:  157,625 Antlered:  152,071 Antlered:  143,820 Antlerless:  160,881 Antlerless:  159,036 Antlerless:  161,594 Antlered:  143,738 Antlered:  165,457 Antlered:  150,621 Antlered:  148,395 Antlered:  134,123 Antlered:  138,507 Antlered:  171,117 Antlerless:  198,893 Antlerless:  202,856 Antlerless:  196,563 Antlerless:  188,534 Antlerless:  194,947 Antlerless:  313,378 Antlerless:  347,367 Antlered:  157,625 Antlered:  152,071 Antlerless:  160,881 Antlerless:  159,036 Antlered:  143,738 Antlered:  165,457 Antlered:  150,621 Antlered:  148,395 Antlered:  134,123 Antlered:  138,507 Antlerless:  198,893 Antlerless:  202,856 Antlerless:  196,563 Antlerless:  188,534 Antlerless:  194,947 Antlerless:  313,378

Deer Harvest - Private Land
 
Total Antlered Harvest:  134,788 Total Antlered Harvest:  130,977 Total Antlered Harvest:  123,875 Total Antlered Harvest:  120,286 Total Antlered Harvest:  137,526 Total Antlered Harvest:  125,002 Total Antlered Harvest:  122,543 Total Antlered Harvest:  110,363 Total Antlered Harvest:  106,839 Total Antlered Harvest:  129,707 Total Antlerless Harvest:  139,388 Total Antlerless Harvest:  138,796 Total Antlerless Harvest:  141,976 Total Antlerless Harvest:  166,606 Total Antlerless Harvest:  167,377 Total Antlerless Harvest:  161,640 Total Antlerless Harvest:  156,362 Total Antlerless Harvest:  161,530 Total Antlerless Harvest:  248,744 Total Antlerless Harvest:  273,537 Total Antlered Harvest:  134,788 Total Antlered Harvest:  130,977 Total Antlered Harvest:  120,286 Total Antlered Harvest:  137,526 Total Antlered Harvest:  125,002 Total Antlered Harvest:  122,543 Total Antlered Harvest:  110,363 Total Antlered Harvest:  106,839 Total Antlerless Harvest:  139,388 Total Antlerless Harvest:  138,796 Total Antlerless Harvest:  166,606 Total Antlerless Harvest:  167,377 Total Antlerless Harvest:  161,640 Total Antlerless Harvest:  156,362 Total Antlerless Harvest:  161,530 Total Antlerless Harvest:  248,744

Deer Harvest - Public Land
 
Total Antlered Harvest:   22,837 Total Antlered Harvest:   21,094 Total Antlered Harvest:   19,945 Total Antlered Harvest:   23,452 Total Antlered Harvest:   27,931 Total Antlered Harvest:   25,619 Total Antlered Harvest:   25,852 Total Antlered Harvest:   23,760 Total Antlered Harvest:   31,668 Total Antlered Harvest:   41,410 Total Antlerless Harvest:   21,493 Total Antlerless Harvest:   20,240 Total Antlerless Harvest:   19,618 Total Antlerless Harvest:   32,287 Total Antlerless Harvest:   35,479 Total Antlerless Harvest:   34,923 Total Antlerless Harvest:   32,172 Total Antlerless Harvest:   33,417 Total Antlerless Harvest:   64,634 Total Antlerless Harvest:   73,830 Total Antlered Harvest:   22,837 Total Antlered Harvest:   21,094 Total Antlered Harvest:   23,452 Total Antlered Harvest:   27,931 Total Antlered Harvest:   25,619 Total Antlered Harvest:   25,852 Total Antlered Harvest:   23,760 Total Antlered Harvest:   31,668 Total Antlerless Harvest:   21,493 Total Antlerless Harvest:   20,240 Total Antlerless Harvest:   32,287 Total Antlerless Harvest:   35,479 Total Antlerless Harvest:   34,923 Total Antlerless Harvest:   32,172 Total Antlerless Harvest:   33,417 Total Antlerless Harvest:   64,634

Deer Harvest - Weapon Type - Gun
 
Gun Harvest:  105,186 Gun Harvest:   99,757 Gun Harvest:   97,196 Gun Harvest:  102,221 Gun Harvest:  119,469 Gun Harvest:  106,178 Gun Harvest:  106,281 Gun Harvest:   92,721 Gun Harvest:  103,845 Gun Harvest:  133,107 Gun Harvest:  123,540 Gun Harvest:  122,974 Gun Harvest:  125,392 Gun Harvest:  152,782 Gun Harvest:  154,578 Gun Harvest:  150,806 Gun Harvest:  146,816 Gun Harvest:  149,108 Gun Harvest:  248,756 Gun Harvest:  269,361 Gun Harvest:  105,186 Gun Harvest:   99,757 Gun Harvest:  102,221 Gun Harvest:  119,469 Gun Harvest:  106,178 Gun Harvest:  106,281 Gun Harvest:   92,721 Gun Harvest:  103,845 Gun Harvest:  123,540 Gun Harvest:  122,974 Gun Harvest:  152,782 Gun Harvest:  154,578 Gun Harvest:  150,806 Gun Harvest:  146,816 Gun Harvest:  149,108 Gun Harvest:  248,756


Deer Harvest - Weapon Type - Bow
 
Bow Harvest:   28,172 Bow Harvest:   31,229 Bow Harvest:   30,433 Bow Harvest:   41,517 Bow Harvest:   45,988 Bow Harvest:   44,443 Bow Harvest:   42,114 Bow Harvest:   41,402 Bow Harvest:   34,662 Bow Harvest:   38,010 Bow Harvest:   20,100 Bow Harvest:   21,775 Bow Harvest:   24,377 Bow Harvest:   46,111 Bow Harvest:   48,278 Bow Harvest:   45,757 Bow Harvest:   41,718 Bow Harvest:   45,839 Bow Harvest:   64,622 Bow Harvest:   78,006 Bow Harvest:   28,172 Bow Harvest:   31,229 Bow Harvest:   41,517 Bow Harvest:   45,988 Bow Harvest:   44,443 Bow Harvest:   42,114 Bow Harvest:   41,402 Bow Harvest:   34,662 Bow Harvest:   20,100 Bow Harvest:   21,775 Bow Harvest:   46,111 Bow Harvest:   48,278 Bow Harvest:   45,757 Bow Harvest:   41,718 Bow Harvest:   45,839 Bow Harvest:   64,622


Deer Harvest - Weapon Type - Crossbow
 
Crossbow Harvest:   23,562 Crossbow Harvest:   20,594 Crossbow Harvest:   15,768 Crossbow Harvest:   16,214 Crossbow Harvest:   13,500 Crossbow Harvest:   11,123 Crossbow Harvest:   23,562 Crossbow Harvest:   20,594 Crossbow Harvest:   16,214 Crossbow Harvest:   13,500
For questions on this deer metric data contact:
Brian Dhuey 608-221-6342 Brian.Dhuey@wisconsin.gov
Kevin Wallenfang 608-261-7589 Kevin.Wallenfang@wisconsin.gov