Minnesota Deer Harvest Up 10 Percent from 2016

Minnesota firearms hunters registered over 145,000 deer through the second weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Preliminary results through the weekend show that 145,054 deer were registered, which is up 10 percent from 2016.

Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.

In northeastern Minnesota, firearms harvest was up 25 percent, while the rest of the state has seen either a slight increase or an over 10 percent decrease in harvest.

“It appears as through deer harvest improved substantially since the first weekend,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “Getting more corn out of the fields and a bit drier weather likely helped.”

The DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000.

More information on deer management can be found at mndnr.gov/deer.

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