Firearms Deer Harvest Third Highest on Record

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Despite the unusually warm weather that dominated this year's deer season, the 2001 MInnesota firearms deer harvest was the third highest on record, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunters harvested 200,100 deer statewide, an increase of 8,500 deer (4 percent) compared with the very successful 2000 season.

The higher harvest was expected, although preseason expectations were even higher, said Steve Merchant, DNR Forest Wildlife Program leader. He attributed the harvest increase to more antlerless permits offered by the DNR, but said the unusually warm weather throughout the season may have hampered achieving an even larger deer harvest.

The harvest by region was: Northwest Region: 62,800, up nearly 15 percent Northeast Region: 31,437, up about 5 percent Central Region: 64,804, up about 3 percent Southwest Region:17,671, nearly unchanged Southeast Region: 19,200, down nearly 15 percent Twin Cities Metro Region: 4,200, nearly unchanged

Warm weather likely contributed to the somewhat disappointing harvest in southern Minnesota. "Most hunters I talked with agreed that the deer were out there, but the weather was not favorable for deer movement or hunter activity. It was just too warm," Merchant said.

This year's firearms deer harvest total is exceeded only by harvests in 1991 when 206,275 deer were taken and 1992 when 229,236 deer were taken during the firearms season.

Minnesota's archery deer season continues through Dec. 31. The DNR will issue a final deer harvest report on its Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us later this winter.

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hunter25's picture

I like readin these old

I like readin these old reports from ten years ago and compare them to now to see how the management programs are working in different states. Over 200,000 deer is nothing copared to some states but still far more than we will ever harvest here in Colorado for one year. I will look forward to how 2011 turns out for thhis state and others with the bad winters we have been having and things like wolves eating them also. Quite a few cominations of things have put the hurt to the deer herds over the last ten years when things were lookin so good.