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Hunters See Many Deer And Raccoons
Preliminary results of the 2012 Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife survey show hunters reported spending nearly 25,000 hours in the field observing wildlife and on average saw more deer per hour statewide. The next most frequently observed species was turkey.
In its fourth year, the survey asks Wisconsin deer hunters to report on wildlife they see while they are in the woods. Last year, more than 1100 Wisconsin deer hunters sent in reports on just over 5,000 hunting trips. In all, reports were received from 71 counties and 124 of Wisconsin’s 139 deer management units.
DNR spokesperson Jessica Rees says hunters saw more deer...
"....hunters were reporting about .39 deer per hour...an increase from what they saw in 2011..."
But fewer than average were seen in the Northwoods. Deer seen per hour varied between regions with the high being the Eastern Farmland area averaging 0.61 deer per hour and the low being the Northern Forest averaging 0.20 deer per hour.
The most common animal that wasn't a deer that was seen was a turkey, followed by raccoons.