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Wis. deer kill not expected to change

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A big-game biologist says snowier weather heading for Wisconsin over Thanksgiving likely won't affect the outcome of the deer gun season.

Keith Warnke, of the state Department of Natural Resources, says weather conditions typically have a big impact on opening weekend, but unless conditions are extreme, they have little influence on the rest of the gun season.

He tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that warm weather, fog and lack of snow may have helped spoil the opening weekend, but harvest numbers were expected to be down anyway.

The deer population is down this year, leading the DNR to extend fewer tags for hunting antlerless deer in most places.

Warnke says the buck harvest over opening weekend was about the same as last year's, but antlerless deer registrations were down.

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