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Langlade County deer hunters harvested 2,521 deer over the just-completed season, numbers that Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician Eric Borchert said point to a successful harvest.

Hunters had until 5 p.m. Monday to register their whitetails, and the DNR will release statewide totals later today.

“In general, these numbers are good for the number of deer we anticipated we had out there,” Borchert, who monitored the hunt from the DNR Service Center in Antigo, said. “It was about as good as we could have expected.”

With fewer antlerless deer tags available, Borchert said the most accurate reflection of populations and hunter success can be found in the number of bucks harvested. After opening weekend, with frigid weather and harsh conditions, the buck harvest was down over 13 percent.

By season’s end, the numbers had rebounded to just 1 percent off the 2012 total.

“That confirms the effort the hunters put into filling their tags later in the season,” Borchert said. “Being down 1 percent is reflective of the number of deer who are out there. We knew the population was down because we did not have good fawn production over last winter.”

Final tally for Langlade County shows a harvest of 1,503 bucks, down 1.31 percent, and 1,018 does, down 34.74 percent due largely to fewer tags being issued.

Tally by reporting station includes:

—DNR Service Center: 205 bucks, 143 does.

—BP North: 203 bucks, 207 does.

—Held’s Bar, Deerbrook: 124 bucks, 46 does.

—Elcho Shell: 98 bucks, 63 does.

—Mike’s Mobil, Langlade: 238 bucks, 136 does.

—Hope & Marv’s, Parrish, 94 bucks, 39 does.

—Kuhr’s Kountry Store, Phlox: 215 bucks, 197 does.

—Lotter’s BP, Pickerel: 221 bucks, 136 does.

—Gas N Go, Summit Lake: 105 bucks, 51 does.


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