Bowhunters killed 42,128 deer in Wisconsin in 2019 (Table 1), while crossbow hunters killed 51,957 (Table 2). The total harvest was 94,085 animals, an increase over the joint harvest of 87,629 slaughtered in 2018.
The number of deer harvested in Wisconsin increased in every county except Columbia and Pierce.
In Milwaukee County, where most of the population lives, there were about 5,700 more deer harvested this year than last. In Dane County, which includes Madison, the number of deer harvested this year was about 2,400 more than in 2018. In Monroe County, near Minnesota, the number of deer harvested was about 1,200 more this year than last.
In Wisconsin, all hunting is done seasonally, with a season on most species for each zone starting at a different time of year. Hunters can use firearms or other weapons to take deer within their zone during its season. The only requirement is that they must be taken alive to be considered part of their herd's total.
A deer farm is any facility that raises deer as a commercial activity. While some deer farms are large operations that house hundreds or even thousands of deer, others are just a few dozen head.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, deer harvest figures during the 2020 Wisconsin 9-day firearms deer hunt were up 15.8 percent from 2019. The hunt finished on Sunday, and early numbers released Tuesday reveal that 188,712 deer were taken. That's a new record for Wisconsin and an increase of more than 11,000 compared with 2018.
The number of bucks taken was down slightly (1.4 percent), but the number of does (female deer) increased by 4.1 percent. The statewide average price paid for a deer was $63.88, which is up from $60.86 last year. The price varied across the state, with males taking higher prices in some areas than others. In Milwaukee County, the average buck sold for $85; in Dane County, it was $67. In other counties, male deer ranged in price from $40 to $100 or more; females ranged in price from $20 to $50.
In 2020, there will be two firearm seasons: one opening day-Sunday and closing at noon on Monday-and another starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday and closing at 5 a.m. on Monday. Hunters must be 16 years old to purchase a hunting license. Those younger than 18 can apply for a special permit to take their first deer at 14 years old. Permits are free but require proof of identity and citizenship status.
Annually, about 180,000 deer hunters account for more than 4 million man-days of hunting activity and have a considerable influence on the rural Alabama economy. The harvest fluctuates from year to year, but hunters routinely take in more than 300,000 deer every year. Dates, bag restrictions, and zones may be found on the Seasons and Bag Limits page.
The number of deer harvested in Alabama has increased over the past few years due to improvements in hunting technology, access to recreational hunting, and changes to state management plans. Overabundance of deer in some areas of the state has led to concerns about public safety and animal welfare. However, these issues do not affect most Alabamians who do not live in populated areas.
Deer are typically harvested during the fall season between early October and late December. Hunters should use caution not to disturb active feeding or mating pairs, as these behaviors can indicate a healthy herd balance. A mature male deer will often fight off predators when protecting its antlers or breeding tract. Mature females will also defend themselves if threatened.
Hunters should also avoid disturbing bedding sites or fresh tracks in the snow. This will help older individuals retain their secrecy while searching for food and mates, which are important for survival. Disturbing these signs may cause them to attack because they do not know what threat it may be.
Finally, hunters should be aware of personal safety while out in the field.