Hunters Reporting Successful Weekend for Deer Opener

DULUTH, Minn. – Firearm deer hunting season started Saturday in Minnesota and many hunters are reporting a productive weekend.

They say the recent snow helped a lot with tracking.

Chalstrom’s Archery in Duluth has already registered hundreds of people this year.

Workers have also seen an increase in people doing deer registrations online and even on their phones.

Hunters say they’ve been getting ready for the deer season weeks ago.

“It pays to do a little bit of homework, whether you’re using your trail cams or just seeing where the deer is, estimating the distances you might be shooting at so you understand what kind of range you’re shooting,” said Chalstrom’s Archery Manager Frank Ostrander.

It’s estimated more than half a million hunters took part in opening weekend across Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the white-tailed deer is found in every Minnesota county. It’s also one of Minnesota’s most ecologically, socially and economically important animals.