Tracking the 2021 Deer Harvest

Through Nov. 15, Door County hunters had registered 586 bucks and 407 antlerless deer, for a total of 993. That included 652 with crossbow, 279 with bow and 62 during the youth gun hunt. 

Kewaunee County hunters had reported 433 bucks and 298 antlerless, for a total of 731. That included 440 with crossbow, 229 with bow and 62 during the youth gun hunt.

Statewide, there were nearly 88,000 deer taken through Nov. 15, including nearly 49,000 with crossbows, nearly 34,000 with bows and more than 5,000 in the youth gun hunt. That combined number was more than doubled in just the first two days of the gun deer hunt, and it will likely approach 300,000 by the end of November.

Jeff Pritzl, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deer Program specialist, said the buck harvest was trending above the five-year average in all deer-management zones, but he said the gun-season stats may not track the same. 

“We will likely see the effects of hunter behavior and effort shifting toward seasons outside the nine-day,” Pritzl said.