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DNR: Hunters killed 451,885 deer in 2008

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife experts say gun and archery hunters killed just under 452,000 whitetail deer last year. That's 13 percent fewer than in 2007.

The final hunting figures are included in the Department of Natural Resources Big Game Hunting Summary released this week.

The DNR says gun hunters registered nearly 353,000 deer during the fall hunts, the lowest number since 2002. Wisconsin's record deer kill was in 2000, when gun and archery hunters registered about 615,000 deer.

The DNR says black bear hunters killed nearly 3,000 bear in 2008, up 6 percent from 2007.

As for turkey hunters, they registered about 64,000 birds, down 1 percent from 2007.

Online Reporter: Donnie Forti

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