Minnesota DNR releases final 2009 deer kill numbers

The Minnesota DNR reported on Tuesday that state hunters
officially harvested 194,178 deer during the 2009 season. The
decline reflects the fact that fewer permits were available to
hunters to harvest antlerless deer because the deer population has
been reduced to desired levels in many permit areas.

“We regulate deer populations by allocating antlerless deer
harvest,” Cornicelli said. “In 2008, one-third of deer permit areas
were lottery. In 2009, half the deer permit areas were either
lottery or bucks-only, so hunters could only take one deer and many
did not receive an either-sex permit. Consequently, total harvest
declined because thousands of antlerless deer were not
included.”

Firearms hunters harvested 165,428 deer while archery and
muzzleloader hunters harvested 20,659 and 8,091 deer, respectively.
Overall, the statewide firearm harvest was down 13 percent from
2008. Archery was down 9 percent. The muzzleloader harvest
decreased 15 percent.

However buck harvest in 2009 was only 1 percent lower than in
2008 and archery and muzzleloader hunters actually took 6 percent
and 11 percent more bucks in 2009, respectively.

Final population estimates will be completed after the winter
ends. DNR staff re-evaluates populations relative to established
goals. In many areas, hunters should expect similar bag limits and
possible placement of their hunting area into the lottery
designation, requiring them to apply for lottery permit.

The final deer harvest number is calculated using information
provided by hunters when they register their deer. A final report,
which includes more detailed harvest information, is available
online at www.mndnr.gov.

Hunters should pay close attention to the hunting synopsis,
which comes out in early August, to see if they need to apply for a
lottery either-sex permit.

For the 2010 season, the deadline for the either-sex permit
application is Thursday, Sept. 9.  Archery deer hunting will begin
Saturday, Sept. 18. The statewide firearms deer-hunting season
opens Saturday, Nov. 6. The muzzleloader season opens Saturday,
Nov. 27.

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