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Total Deer Harvest History
 
 
   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 Deer Harvest 1960 - Present
2016 Antlerless Harvest: 159850 2016 Buck Harvest: 156893 2015 Antlerless Harvest: 158249 2015 Buck Harvest: 151580 2014 Antlerless Harvest: 160892 2014 Buck Harvest: 143397 2013 Antlerless Harvest: 198893 2013 Buck Harvest: 143738 2012 Antlerless Harvest: 202857 2012 Buck Harvest: 165457 2011 Antlerless Harvest: 196872 2011 Buck Harvest: 150839 2010 Antlerless Harvest: 188493 2010 Buck Harvest: 148378 2009 Antlerless Harvest: 194947 2009 Buck Harvest: 134156 2008 Antlerless Harvest: 313378 2008 Buck Harvest: 138507 2007 Antlerless Harvest: 347411 2007 Buck Harvest: 171142 2006 Antlerless Harvest: 329865 2006 Buck Harvest: 177359 2005 Antlerless Harvest: 282203 2005 Buck Harvest: 183557 2004 Antlerless Harvest: 350508 2004 Buck Harvest: 166858 2003 Antlerless Harvest: 291017 2003 Buck Harvest: 192934 2002 Antlerless Harvest: 216243 2002 Buck Harvest: 155778 2001 Antlerless Harvest: 261539 2001 Buck Harvest: 182845 2000 Antlerless Harvest: 402961 2000 Buck Harvest: 212332 1999 Antlerless Harvest: 289549 1999 Buck Harvest: 204858 1998 Antlerless Harvest: 213970 1998 Buck Harvest: 193585 1997 Antlerless Harvest: 201766 1997 Buck Harvest: 157862 1996 Antlerless Harvest: 289485 1996 Buck Harvest: 172247 1995 Antlerless Harvest: 256001 1995 Buck Harvest: 211270 1994 Antlerless Harvest: 201537 1994 Buck Harvest: 172346 1993 Antlerless Harvest: 123424 1993 Buck Harvest: 147168 1992 Antlerless Harvest: 207830 1992 Buck Harvest: 141468 1991 Antlerless Harvest: 269869 1991 Buck Harvest: 149748 1990 Antlerless Harvest: 232342 1990 Buck Harvest: 166989 1989 Antlerless Harvest: 191686 1989 Buck Harvest: 165019 1988 Antlerless Harvest: 162264 1988 Buck Harvest: 143553 1987 Antlerless Harvest: 154934 1987 Buck Harvest: 138100 1986 Antlerless Harvest: 162718 1986 Buck Harvest: 137012 1985 Antlerless Harvest: 183372 1985 Buck Harvest: 131828 1984 Antlerless Harvest: 160656 1984 Buck Harvest: 134300 1983 Antlerless Harvest: 119393 1983 Buck Harvest: 111172 1982 Antlerless Harvest: 103251 1982 Buck Harvest: 110431 1981 Antlerless Harvest: 84918 1981 Buck Harvest: 110954 1980 Antlerless Harvest: 70587 1980 Buck Harvest: 89991 1979 Antlerless Harvest: 49020 1979 Buck Harvest: 76550 1978 Antlerless Harvest: 75089 1978 Buck Harvest: 93869 1977 Antlerless Harvest: 59945 1977 Buck Harvest: 88755 1976 Antlerless Harvest: 61860 1976 Buck Harvest: 74285 1975 Antlerless Harvest: 53154 1975 Buck Harvest: 77812 1974 Antlerless Harvest: 38696 1974 Buck Harvest: 69394 1973 Antlerless Harvest: 30592 1973 Buck Harvest: 59947 1972 Antlerless Harvest: 30542 1972 Buck Harvest: 51372 1971 Antlerless Harvest: 26667 1971 Buck Harvest: 50690 1970 Antlerless Harvest: 27281 1970 Buck Harvest: 52083 1969 Antlerless Harvest: 49764 1969 Buck Harvest: 54231 1968 Antlerless Harvest: 62475 1968 Buck Harvest: 64445 1967 Antlerless Harvest: 63173 1967 Buck Harvest: 73016 1966 Antlerless Harvest: 47329 1966 Buck Harvest: 68719 1965 Antlerless Harvest: 41611 1965 Buck Harvest: 62128 1964 Antlerless Harvest: 30846 1964 Buck Harvest: 65763 1963 Antlerless Harvest: 15888 1963 Buck Harvest: 51323 1962 Antlerless Harvest: 6057 1962 Buck Harvest: 41391 1961 Antlerless Harvest: 1320 1961 Buck Harvest: 38615 1960 Antlerless Harvest: 29028 1960 Buck Harvest: 33074
 
Total Buck Harvest 1960 - Present
Historic High: 2000 - 212,332
Historic Low: 1960 - 33,074
  2016 Buck Total Harvest: 156893 2015 Buck Total Harvest: 151580 2014 Buck Total Harvest: 143397 2013 Buck Total Harvest: 143738 2012 Buck Total Harvest: 165457 2011 Buck Total Harvest: 150839 2010 Buck Total Harvest: 148378 2009 Buck Total Harvest: 134156 2008 Buck Total Harvest: 138507 2007 Buck Total Harvest: 171142 2006 Buck Total Harvest: 177359 2005 Buck Total Harvest: 183557 2004 Buck Total Harvest: 166858 2003 Buck Total Harvest: 192934 2002 Buck Total Harvest: 155778 2001 Buck Total Harvest: 182845 2000 Buck Total Harvest: 212332 1999 Buck Total Harvest: 204858 1998 Buck Total Harvest: 193585 1997 Buck Total Harvest: 157862 1996 Buck Total Harvest: 172247 1995 Buck Total Harvest: 211270 1994 Buck Total Harvest: 172346 1993 Buck Total Harvest: 147168 1992 Buck Total Harvest: 141468 1991 Buck Total Harvest: 149748 1990 Buck Total Harvest: 166989 1989 Buck Total Harvest: 165019 1988 Buck Total Harvest: 143553 1987 Buck Total Harvest: 138100 1986 Buck Total Harvest: 137012 1985 Buck Total Harvest: 131828 1984 Buck Total Harvest: 134300 1983 Buck Total Harvest: 111172 1982 Buck Total Harvest: 110431 1981 Buck Total Harvest: 110954 1980 Buck Total Harvest: 89991 1979 Buck Total Harvest: 76550 1978 Buck Total Harvest: 93869 1977 Buck Total Harvest: 88755 1976 Buck Total Harvest: 74285 1975 Buck Total Harvest: 77812 1974 Buck Total Harvest: 69394 1973 Buck Total Harvest: 59947 1972 Buck Total Harvest: 51372 1971 Buck Total Harvest: 50690 1970 Buck Total Harvest: 52083 1969 Buck Total Harvest: 54231 1968 Buck Total Harvest: 64445 1967 Buck Total Harvest: 73016 1966 Buck Total Harvest: 68719 1965 Buck Total Harvest: 62128 1964 Buck Total Harvest: 65763 1963 Buck Total Harvest: 51323 1962 Buck Total Harvest: 41391 1961 Buck Total Harvest: 38615 1960 Buck Total Harvest: 33074
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