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Deer harvest declined 4 percent in 2012

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Minnesota hunters killed 184,649 deer during the 2012 season, a decline of 4 percent from the year before, the Alexandria Echo Press reported Monday, citing Minnesota Department of Natural Resources data. Here's the DNR press release.

The hunting rules for 2012 were set to limit the harvest of antlerless deer, in an effort to help stabilize and increase populations, Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader told the publication. “We expected the reduction,” she said.

There's more info on the DNR's deer hunting page.

The DNR is already planning for next season. The deadline for the either-sex permit application is Sept. 5, the newspaper noted. Archery deer hunting begins Sept. 14; firearms deer season opens Nov. 9, and muzzleloader season opens Nov. 30.

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