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Minnesota opening weekend deer harvest down from last year

Minnesota hunters registered 62,702 deer, of which 36,149 were bucks, during the opening weekend of the state's firearms deer season, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Natural Resources.

The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, July 25, 2018, announced specifics of its Minnesota White-tailed Deer Management Plan, which will guide deer management and DNR performance in achieving management goals from 2019 through 2028. Courtesy photo / Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show hunters registered 62,702 deer during the opening weekend of the firearms deer season. In 2017, by comparison, hunters registered 73,479 deer during that period. (File photo/ Minnesota DNR)

Minnesota hunters registered 62,702 deer, of which 36,149 were bucks, during the opening weekend of the state's firearms deer season, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Natural Resources.

That's down about 14.5 percent from last year's opener, when hunters registered 73,479 deer and 42,286 bucks during the first two days of season, the DNR said.

Minnesota's firearms deer season continues through Sunday, Nov. 11 in 200- and 300-series permit areas and through Sunday, Nov. 18, in 100-series permit areas. A late season hunt in 300-series permit areas of southeast Minnesota opens Saturday, Nov. 17 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Credit: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Credit: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Related Topics: HUNTING
Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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