Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters are seeing between one to three deer per outing during the state's early hunting seasons.
The Department of Natural Resources used a preliminary count of deer registration stubs and hunter observation reports on the agency's Web site to reach those conclusions.
Bow hunters took about 22,000 deer through Nov. 5, down from about 31,000 last year. The antlerless harvest fell by about 40 percent and the buck harvest climbed about 7 percent.
Wildlife managers attribute those figures to the lack of earn-a-buck regulations and fewer herd control units this year.