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Minnesota deer harvest still lagging behind 2022’s total after start of muzzleloader season

As of Dec. 3, Minnesota's total deer harvest was 151,794, which is behind 2022’s tally of 164,006. This year’s harvest is 12% behind the five-year mean (170,082). (Stock photo)
Minnesota's deer firearms season concluded Nov. 26 with the end of the 3B hunt, and deer harvest numbers remain down by 7% compared with 2022. There are a few deer hunting opportunities left, like muzzleloader (ends Dec. 10), archery, and a chronic wasting disease management hunt, before the final harvest numbers are complete. Todd Froberg, Minnesota DNR big-game program coordinator, said he expects that 7% to stay consistent through the last month of hunting. If so, this will be the fourth straight year of decreased harvest totals.
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