Hunters Challenge DNR Deer Management PracticesA 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 Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 DeerMinnesota 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.
Minn.’s 2014 Deer Harvest Expected To Drop SharplyFive-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.
Special SE Antlerless Deer Season Opens Thursday Hunters in parts of southeastern Minnesota can take up to five does during an early antlerless deer season that runs from Thursday through next Sunday.
DNR Announces Plans For 'Conservative' Deer SeasonMinnesota 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.
DNR Sets New Deer Goals For Southeastern Minnesota Wildlife managers plan to boost the whitetail deer population in several parts of southeastern Minnesota while holding deer numbers steady or bringing them down in certain other zones in the region. The Department of Natural Resources said the decision reflects input from the public and a stakeholder advisory team. Similar processes elsewhere are expected to affect deer hunting regulations over much of the state during the next several years.