Monday, February 6th, 2023
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Minnesota opening weekend deer kill down 36 percent from 2013

St. Paul — Deer hunters, as expected, were less successful during the first three days of the firearms deer season.

Hunters killed a total of about 54,000 deer Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which is down about 36 percent from the 84,000 they shot during the same three days last year. Last year, hunters killed just more than 170,000 deer during all seasons combined.

DNR officials expected the harvest would be down this year, thanks to regulations that are more conservative than they’ve been in years. They expect the total deer harvest this year to be in the range of 120,000 or so. In addition, hunters in many parts of the state dealt with heavy winds, particularly on opening day.

Minnesota deer license sales through last Friday, Nov. 7, the day before opener were 393,549. That's down 9.4 percent from the same day in 2013.

The biggest harvest decline took place in the 100 series of permit areas, which includes 14 areas where hunters are allowed to shoot only bucks. The kill in that part of the state was down 51 percent this year compared with last year.

The kill was down 30 percent in 200 series permit areas, and down 9 percent in 300 series permit areas.

Since the archery season opened in mid-September, hunters have killed a total of 67,000 deer.

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