ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Good weather and Veterans Day falling on a Friday are being credited for improved hunter success after a slow start to Minnesota’s firearms deer season.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters have harvested 143,000 deer so far this season, down only 7 percent from the same point in 2010.

Wildlife research manager Lou Cornicelli says Veterans’ Day gave many people another day to hunt. And he says winds were more favorable than on opening weekend, when they were blamed for a 19 percent harvest decline.

Cornicelli said he expects a final harvest comparable to last year’s 207,000 if the weather cooperates.

The DNR also says none of the 1,300 deer tested in and around the Chronic Wasting Disease management zone in southeastern Minnesota have shown signs of the disease.

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Comments (3)
  1. Jake says:

    Yep, the better weather helped a lot. We blasted ’em. Too bad about those blasting away in the dark in our area though.

  2. Venison says:

    THis is news? Who cares about hunting? Then again I guess their are a lot of Northern Hillbillies around these parts. Just go buy some meat from the store.

    1. Jake says:

      Yes, believe it or not, this IS NEWS, and no I’m not a ‘hillbilly’. If it wasnt’ for people like ME, you would have never been able to post your stupid comment. Maybe you should give it a try BEFORE you spout off in such a negative manner. My 14 year old nephew, who bagged a nice 9 point buck, apparently and clearly has more common sense, decency, civility, and skill than you do.

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