Deer Hunting

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Hunters Challenge DNR Deer Management Practices

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.

02/20/2015

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With Handwritten Plea, 84-Year-Old Hunter Charms Lawmakers

Behind a bill to add a scant three lines to Minnesota’s hunting laws is a story of an aging man. George Krog served in the military, first in Cuba and then in the Philippines. He made a career out of working with steel, retired, paid his taxes and bought a deer hunting license every year. Now 84, Krog is afraid he won’t get a shot at a buck again.

02/07/2015

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Hunters Register 111K Deer Through 3rd Weekend

Minnesota hunters have registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of the firearms deer season, a drop of 31,000 from the same period a year ago. But the lower harvest is by design. Regulations were put in place to make more deer — especially does — off-limits to increase Minnesota’s deer herd.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 Deer

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.

11/18/2014

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Sheriff: Hunter Stole Deer In Stearns County

Authorities say a 34-year-old man was taken into custody in Stearns County on Sunday for stealing a deer from another hunter after not having success during Minnesota’s opening weekend of hunting.

11/10/2014

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Laporte Man Dies In Deer Hunting Accident

A 50-year-old man has died in an accident on the opening day of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. The Mahnomen County sheriff’s office says Paul Scholl, of Laporte, was shot while coming out of his deer hunting area about 16 miles southeast of Mahnomen in northwestern Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.

11/09/2014

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For Deer Hunters, ‘Orange Friday’ Bags Early Deals

For Minnesota’s 500,000 firearms deer hunters the Friday before opening day is much like the day after Thanksgiving. The day has become such a popular shopping day for hunters that one major sporting goods retailer trademarked the name, “Orange Friday.”

11/06/2014

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Minn.’s 2014 Deer Harvest Expected To Drop Sharply

Five-hundred Minnesota hunters will head into the woods on Nov. 8 for the annual firearms deer hunting opener. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is already predicting one of the poorest success rates in recent decades. That’s because Minnesota’s whitetail deer numbers are down in many parts of the state, particularly in the heavily-forested northeastern region.

11/05/2014

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Minnesota Drivers Need To Start Watching For Deer

Minnesota’s deer hunting season is just around the corner, which means it’s also time to start keeping a closer eye on the sides of the road. A new survey from State Farm Insurance estimates that about one in every 88 drivers in Minnesota will hit a deer this year.

09/16/2014

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DNR Announces Plans For ‘Conservative’ Deer Season

Minnesota wildlife managers have announced rules for a “conservative” deer season to rebuild the whitetail population across much of the state. The Department of Natural Resources says only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state, and the harvest of does will be further restricted.

07/23/2014

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DNR, MDHA Host Listening Sessions For Deer Hunters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will host a series of listening sessions for deer hunters to learn more about the state of deer after this year’s winter.

03/10/2014

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Appeals Court: Man ‘Pursued’ Deer While In Blind

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a man who had a loaded weapon while he was concealed in a deer blind was “pursuing” deer under state law — and that he needed a hunting license.

12/23/2013

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14-Year-Old Hunting Accident Victim Making ‘Miracle’ Recovery

A North Dakota teen’s father calls it a miracle that his son survived — and is doing so well — after being shot in the eye in a hunting accident.

12/09/2013

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Minnesota Firearms Season Deer Harvest Down

Minnesota’s firearms deer hunters haven’t been as lucky as last year, according to preliminary figures released Monday. Firearms hunters killed about 148,400 deer from when the season opened Nov. 9 until a late season closed in southeastern Minnesota on Dec. 1, the Department of Natural Resources said.

12/09/2013

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Minnesota Firearms Deer Harvest Down 6 Percent

Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest so far this season is down 6 percent from the same point last year. Two weekends into the season, the Department of Natural Resources says hunters have registered 128,814 deer.

11/20/2013

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Sheriff: Man Survives Being Shot In Neck While Hunting

A 32-year-old Foley man is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the neck on accident while hunting on Wednesday in Benton County, authorities said. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was called at about 1:50 p.m. on a report of a hunting accident.

11/14/2013

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Doctor: Lead Bullets Poisoning Minnesota’s Raptors

Hunters across the state have been waiting for this weekend as deer season starts. And as Minnesotans load up to head out, a veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is making a plea. Eagles it seems are being taken down by bullets, without even being hit.

11/08/2013

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Bemidji Lands 2014 Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener

Bemidji has been chosen to host next year’s Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener. Gov. Mark Dayton made the announcement in Fergus Fall on Friday as part of the 11th annual festivities ahead of the state’s firearms deer opener, which falls on Saturday this year.

11/08/2013

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11-8-13 Deer Hunting Opener On The Morning News With Dave Lee

500,000 Minnesotans in the woods this weekend for a rite of fall.

11/08/2013

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What To Do When You Bag That Buck? Hire A Taxidermist

Hunting generates around $420 million in salaries and wages in Minnesota. And once you bag that prize buck, it’s hard not to want to employ a taxidermist. The experts at Trophy Time Taxidermy in Pequot Lakes

11/08/2013

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Minnesota DNR Cracks Down On Deer Baiting

With citations for deer baiting hitting an all-time high, conservation officers are reminding Minnesota deer hunters to review the rules before heading to the field.

11/08/2013

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Little Falls Business Thrives Off Locally Hunted Meat

Jamie Yuccas and Edward Moody headed north to show us the industries that count on deer hunting season. First up is Thielen Meats in Little Falls. The family-run business has been helping hunters make sausage for the last 23 years.

11/04/2013

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Minnesota Archery Deer Season Opens Saturday

Deer hunters take to the Minnesota woods this weekend for the opening of the state’s archery deer season. The archery season opens Saturday morning, giving deer hunters their first chance of bagging a trophy buck or just putting some venison on the dinner table. It runs through Dec. 31.

09/13/2013

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Minn. Deer Farm Puts $9,400 Price On Buck’s Head

A Minnesota deer farm owner has turned to social media to advertise a chance to shoot a captive trophy buck for $9,400. Mike Summers of Summers Game Ranch near Vergas tells WDAY-TV Tarzan is 4 years old and won’t be bred.

09/12/2013

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Camp Ripley Deer Hunt Applications Open July 1

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources begins accepting applications next Tuesday, July 1, for the two special archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley. Because of military training needs, this year’s hunts are being held about a week later than usual: the weekends of Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3.

06/25/2013

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