Skip to main content

DNR: Deer harvest down 8 percent in first 3 days of firearms season

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says just over 77,000 deer were harvested by hunters across the state in the first three days of the firearms season, down 8 percent during the same period a year ago, The Associated Press reports.

The DNR says winds of up to 30 mph and unharvested corn – which gave deer more places to hide – contributed to the lower take by hunters.

The Star Tribune says wind conditions affect hunting because stronger gusts prompt deer to bed down.

The northeast part of the state had the biggest drop in comparison to last year's harvest, where hunters took 19 percent fewer deer.

The Duluth News Tribune says the area was especially hit hard by brisk northwest winds Saturday afternoon.

Despite the slow start, DNR officials believe the final take will be about 185,000 deer, the same amount as last year.

Roughly 500,000 Minnesotans – about 1 in 8 people of hunting age in the state – will join the 2013 deer rifle hunting season.

The state's early season deer hunt for firearms ends Sunday. The late season hunt for firearms begins Nov. 23 and ends Dec. 1.

Next Up

MissingMankatoWomanSideBySide

Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found

A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

FSmb9kkWAB0UBqk

Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

Juan Ramos, standing outside of his Taco Chon Mexican Grill, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

Screen Shot 2022-05-14 at 7.32.27 AM

Worker killed in skid loader accident was 23-year-old apprentice lineman

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative called the incident "the unthinkable."

Cascade River 1

Raging North Shore rivers overtake bridges, snap trees in half

Pedestrian bridges near the Lutsen Resort have been damaged by the vast river flow.

u.s. attorney's office

St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.

FSmfYf0WABgrNhI

Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms

The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.

State Patrol

3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday

One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 1.25.08 PM

Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days

A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.

Related

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.