While the preliminary totals for the 2012 deer hunt were up statewide, numbers for northwoods counties remained similar to last year.
State wide, the initial results showed a nearly 8% increase over the preliminary numbers from last year. According to the DNR, the preliminary nine-day harvest numbers are collected through a call-around survey of 600-plus deer registration stations all across Wisconsin and likely will increase when all registration tags are officially counted.
Here in Lincoln County the harvest was down 1% due to a decline in doe harvest. The buck harvest in the county was actually up slightly. Overall 3,334 deer were taken in Lincoln County including more than 1,600 bucks. Numbers from Oneida County saw an even larger drop with 26% less deer registered. The entire Northern District comprised of the upper most 18 counties had a 1% increase.
Once again Waupaca County was the place to hunt, as nearly 9,000 deer were registered. Marathon County, in spite of a large drop, still had the second most with 8,000.