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Hunters take slightly fewer deer during 9-day season

Lee Foth poses with an 11-point buck he shot in the Fremont area during the 2017 gun deer hunting season. (Photo submitted by Lee Foth)

MADISON (AP) -- Hunters killed slightly fewer deer during this year's nine-day gun season than last year.

The state Department of Natural Resources released preliminary figures Tuesday that show hunters killed 195,738 deer this year, down 0.8 percent from 197,262 deer in 2016. Hunters killed 198,049 deer during the nine-day in 2015 and 192,111 deer during the nine-day in 2014.

Fewer hunters took to the woods this year. The DNR sold 588,387 licenses authorizing hunting with a firearm during the nine-day season, down 1.7 percent from the previous year.

The DNR was expected to release a statement on the harvest total later Tuesday.

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