DNR: 2018 gun deer hunt safest on record

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says this year’s gun deer season set a record for hunter safety.

Three hunters suffered non-fatal shooting injuries during the hunt that began Nov. 17 and ended Sunday. DNR conservation warden Jon King says that make it the state’s safest gun deer season ever. Prior to this year, the DNR considered 2014 the safest with four non-fatal shooting injuries.

There hasn’t been a shooting fatality during a Wisconsin gun deer season since 2015, when there were three.

The agency hasn’t released a final tally of gun deer license sales, but 570,000 hunters were expected to participate this season.

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