A group of Minnesota hunters say the deer population is in worse shape than the state is letting on. Minnesota Bowhunters president Brooks Johnson talked about the changing landscape of the deer population as he walked through the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Big Lake.
Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s down 31,000 through the same period last year. Adding in special hunts and archery, the DNR says the total harvest so far this season is 115,000 deer, down 32,500 from the same point last season.
A hunter was shot and killed Saturday morning while deer hunting in rural Bemidji, Minn.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a get-together Saturday in Rogers to promote the use of copper-based ammunition by deer hunters this season.
Deer hunters in southeastern Minnesota’s will be used to help the Department of Natural Resources determine the extent of an outbreak of chronic-wasting disease.
Minnesota firearms deer hunters are on pace to exceed last year’s harvest.