2017 Wisconsin Deer Forecast
September 19, 2017
The HARVEST numbers are in and all indications are that Wisconsin's deer hunters can expect another banner year in 2017. Here's a look at harvest results from 2016 and how things are shaping up for Badger State hunters this season.
What's not to like about Wisconsin deer hunting? Last year the combined hunter kill (gun, bow, crossbow, youth, muzzleloader and antlerless) totaled 310,374 whitetails. These are preliminary numbers for 2016 but these totals have held steady for over a decade, with a couple of banner years topping 400,000 deer in our state.
To put this in perspective, Wisconsin's deer hunters annually tag nearly 75,000 more whitetails than are taken in New York, and more than 10 times the harvest of deer in the entire six-state New England region. That amounts to a lot of deer, no matter how you look at it.