Over 70,000 Deer Registered During First Weekend of Season

MINNESOTA – Firearms hunters in Minnesota registered a total of 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Preliminary numbers from this year show that numbers were comparable to those in 2016. Of the deer harvested, 57 percent were bucks, compared to 67 percent during the first weekend in 2016.

In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 16 percent, while the rest of the state saw a decrease in harvest.

“We expected to see an increased harvest this year, and that appears to be so in Zone 1. In other zones where the first weekend harvest is off, it could be that the amount of standing corn negatively affected deer harvest,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “If that is the case, we should see improved deer harvest as more corn is harvested.”

The DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000, compared to 173,213 last year.

In much of Minnesota, the deer season will continue through Sunday, Nov. 12, some areas may see extended periods.

For more information on the deer hunting season and management visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/deer