Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this afternoon.
So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have killed 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 144,000.
This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer — particularly does — off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population.
In a news release, the DNR said its ongoing deer management work also includes upcoming revisions to the deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota. This is part of a multi-year goal-setting process for the entire state. People interested in helping set these deer population goals can get more information on the process and opportunities for involvement here.
Additional deer will be taken during the late season in southeast Minnesota, which runs through Sunday, and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 14. The archery season is open through Dec. 31.