Minnesota’s firearms deer season may be over but the big game animals are still very much on the move. Whitetail deer are a constant concern for motorists, as car-deer collisions continue racking up big repair bills throughout the year.
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.
An administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stout was killed Wednesday evening in a crash involving a deer and a semi truck on Interstate 94. Kay Schnur, 56, was killed near Osseo, Wisconsin just before 7 p.m., according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Schnur, from Merrillan, was traveling eastbound on I-94 when her vehicle struck a deer and stopped in the right lane of traffic.
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.
Transportation officials are urging drivers to watch for deer as November is the peak time for deer-car collisions in Minnesota.
Hunters in Minnesota killed fewer deer during this year’s opening weekend of the firearms deer season than they did last year, the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday. Final numbers show that hunters registered 54,000 deer killed during the first three days of the firearms season, which is 30,000 fewer than last year’s opening weekend, the agency said.
The state Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters in southeast Minnesota to submit deer for chronic wasting disease sampling. The DNR said Thursday it will collect 450 samples from deer at eight locations throughout the state’s southeast corner as firearms season begins this weekend.
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.”
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.
A Ramsey County grand jury has indicted a New Brighton man on new charges of murder and attempted murder in connection to a dispute over feeding deer that turned deadly.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects this year’s deer harvest will be one of the lowest in decades. But, that’s by design.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) says it’s deer breeding season, so motorists need to be extra cautious. Seventeen of Minnesota’s 18 deer-vehicle crash fatalities from 2011 through 2013 were motorcyclists, the DPS said. There were 7,010 deer-vehicle crashes reported during that time span.
A motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday night after colliding with a deer in Benton County. The sheriff’s office says the crash was reported at about 7:25 p.m. on Little Rock Road Northeast, about one mile east of Highway 10.
Testimony continued Tuesday in the fatal feud between neighbors in New Brighton, Minn. over a deer-feeding dispute. Paula Zumberge is on trial for aiding and abetting the second-degree murder of Todd Stevens, and the injuring of Jennifer Cleven, his girlfriend.
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.