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Wisconsin DNR calls 2014 gun deer hunt rebuilding year after kill drops 15 percent

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials are telling the agency's board that the 2014 nine-day gun deer hunt was a rebuilding year.

Preliminary numbers from last month's hunt show hunters killed 191,550 deer, down 15 percent from last year.

DNR Wildlife Management Bureau Director Tom Hauge presented the numbers to the DNR's board on Wednesday. He called the season a rebuilding year, noting the agency allowed hunters in 19 northern counties to take only bucks in an effort to help the herd in that region replenish itself after two harsh winters.

He also noted hunters struggled with deep snow, fog and rain on opening weekend and unharvested crops that offered deer cover.

Board members offered no comments on the harvest data.

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