You might have to wait a little bit to sink your teeth into your venison if you were lucky enough to harvest a deer recently.
Over a half million hunters have taken to the woods to shoot a trophy buck or doe, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, most of which have done so since the gun season started on Saturday. The DNR reports that 1,194 deer in Door County (655 bucks) and 891 deer in Kewaunee County (415 bucks) have been harvested in the first few days of the gun season.
Local processors can also give you an idea of how successful the hunting season has been thus far. Konop Meats in Stangelville began notifying its customers two days before the gun season started that they would have to wait until after the New Year to bring in their boneless venison. That is on par with last year when they made a similar announcement on November 16th. Levi Zeitler from Salmon’s Meats in Luxemburg says they keep seeing lots of venison daily.
Konop Meats and Salmon’s Meats both accept frozen venison well into spring for those who can hold out on enjoying their harvest until later. The DNR predicts approximately 300,000 deer will be harvested during its different hunting seasons. Hunters who do not want their venison can donate it to the DNR’s Hunt for the Hungry program.