The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning motorists to watch for increased deer movement. The current deer breeding season and added crop harvesting are main factors in the added traffic risk. Minnesota's deer population is estimated at more than one million.
DNR: Deer harvest down seven percent in 2011
The Department of Natural Resources says the decline is a result of a smaller deer population and a windy opening weekend of the firearms season. Minnesota deer hunters harvested 192,300 deer during the 2011 season. That's 15,000 fewer deer than in 2010. The 2012 deer hunting season begins in September.