Minnesota deer harvest up 10 percent

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

In Zone 1, across Northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent.

With the start of New York's most popular big game season slated for November 18, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging hunters to be safe, enjoy the natural beauty of the environment, and consider passing up shots on young bucks.

Preliminary results through the second weekend show the number of deer registered was up 10 percent from 2016, the DNR said. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state in the west and central counties and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was up 6 percent. Harvest during this season accounts for almost 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and between 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest. "Getting more corn out of the fields and a bit drier weather likely helped". Registrations in Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, were down 12 percent.

Hunters harvested almost 94,977 deer.

Opening day for MI deer hunters Wednesday means thousands of people will begin setting out into the wilderness, but the season's start also brings with it new spending.

"The ratio of bucks to does has changed", said Craig Engwall, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. (The harvest) is up overall, but it's all antlerless, so it's hard to know what that means. We would like to see that get to zero. The 2016 total harvest was 173,213.

Firearm Season for deer opens on November 15 and runs through November 30. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs December 1-3 and the alternative methods portion will run December 23- January 2, 2018.

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