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.

At least 4 people have died since deer hunting opener

A juvenile in central Minnesota is the latest to die in a hunting-related accident, according to the Associated Press. Two others were killed after falling from deer stands, and another hunter succumbed to natural causes. Several others have been hurt from firearms or falls from deer stands.