Good weather credited with better deer hunting results in Minnesota

The DNR says hunters have harvested 143,000 deer so far this season, down only 7 percent from the same point last year.
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The DNR says hunters have harvested 143,000 deer so far this season, down only 7 percent from the same point last year.

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Minnesota deer harvest tops 180,000

That's down about 7 percent from last year. The DNR says the decline is due to the cold, windy weather during the opener weekend. Across the river, our neighbors to the east are exactly opposite -- they're up nearly 6 percent -- bagging more than 112,000 in their first weekend.

DNR: expect a good deer season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says that a strong harvest and a healthy deer population should make for a robust hunting season. 500,000 hunters are expected to participate in the season that opens Nov. 5.

A deadly deer season for Minnesota hunters

The DNR says so far this year, four people have died in hunting-related accidents -- compared to two deaths overall last year. Officials say most injuries stem from falling from deer stands.