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Hunters bag more than 106,000 deer on opening weekend


MADISON (WKOW) -- Looks like Lady Luck went out into the woods with a lot of hunters on opening weekend.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, hunters bagged more 106,404 deer in the first two days of the nine-day season.  That's up more than six percent from last year.

The totals include 54,263 bucks and 52,141 antlerless deer.

The DNR says its numbers are only preliminary, and they'll likely increase when the final totals are in.

While the opening weekend is the deer hunting event of the year, "there is still a lot of hunting left," according to Keith Warnke, DNR big game ecologist.

As of early Monday afternoon, 450 "opening weekend" hunting trip reports had been recorded on the department's new online reporting database. This is down from 2009 when hunters filed 570 reports. Data from the reports is used to track wildlife population trends and abundance.

"We encourage hunters to continue to file reports," said Warnke. "The value of this information increases over time and with the number of reports filed each year. We share this information with hunters on our website and it gives hunters an idea of what other hunters are seeing when they are in the woods.

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