MADISON (WAOW) - The state Department of Natural Resources reports that hunters killed 366,747 deer during the 2012 seasons, up five percent from 2011.
The agency said Thursday the total ranks Wisconsin in the top five deer hunting states in the country and represents the third consecutive year of higher harvests.
DNR wildlife expert Kevin Wallenfang says good hunting conditions, high numbers of both hunters and deer and an early opener for the gun season contributed to the success of the seasons.
Most of the deer, 245,539, were killed during the nine-day November gun hunt. The DNR says archers killed 93,452 deer.
Paul Kloos died after a manure pit exploded Friday morning, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.
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