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Hunters in Burnett County can thank the great red oak acorn crop that fell last fall for the excellent shape of deer headed into this season.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WNDR) released their deer fall forecast in August. The forecast suggests Burnett County hunters will see a lot of deer this season.

“Biologist Bob Hanson says hunters in Burnett County should see good numbers of deer this season,” WDNR said. “Last fall, the red oak acorn crop was one of the best in memory. Acorns were the hot food source from before archery season started through the completion of winter. The mild winter allowed deer to dig through the snow and continue to feed on acorns, putting them in excellent shape going into this fall.”

The deer forecast continues, “Early indications show oak acorns beginning to form and early fall hunters might consider hunting in oak stands, especially white oaks. Finding the best food sources while avoiding pressured areas from predators and other hunters is critical to finding deer.”

Hunters looking for extra antlerless tags should get them soon as they may sell out this year.

“Mobility will continue to be important for hunters to find areas of focused deer activity. Hunters hoping for public land antlerless harvest opportunities should be ready to purchase their harvest authorizations early as there is the potential for them to sell out.”