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Wisconsin Deer Hunt Is Main Cultural Fall Event

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 -- 7:32 AM


When it comes to participation, the main cultural event takes the stage in fall: Wisconsin's deer hunting seasons.   In 2020, 876,000 people took part in deer hunting in the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

That compares to about 860,000 people in the seats during regular-season games at Lambeau Field, 840,000 attendees at State Fair in West Allis and 409,000 at the music festival in Milwaukee.  The centerpiece to the state's hunting seasons is the nine-day gun deer season which runs this Saturday through Nov. 28.   The annual gun deer season leads the way in terms of license buyers (about 550,000), deer kill (200,000) and economic impact.

Wisconsin hunters spend $2.1 billion in retail sales and contribute $235 million to the state and local economies.    As a result, businesses throughout the state, including rural areas, benefit from hunters renting hotel rooms, eating in restaurants and bars and buying gas and other supplies.

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and before vaccines were available, last year continued a long-standing streak: hunters from the other 49 states as well as 14 foreign countries traveled to Wisconsin for the gun season, according to the DNR.  Similar participation is expected in 2021.

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