DNR: Deer harvest down 8% during opening weekend

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

DNR: Deer harvest down 8% during opening weekend

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota hunters harvested 77,008 deer during the first three days of the firearms season, down 8 percent from 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The harvest was down 19 percent in the northeast, 4 percent in the southeast and 6 percent for the remainder of the state. However, numbers for opening weekend could increase since hunters have 48 hours to register a harvested deer.

DNR officials say the lower number of deers taken was not unexpected due to roaring winds on Saturday and many areas of unharvested corn that provides more hiding spots for deer.

With improving weather conditions this week, the DNR still expects the final 2013 harvest to be similar to last year when about 185,000 deer were taken.

The firearms season continues through Sunday for all but northeast Minnesota, which extends until Nov. 24.

The DNR reminds hunters who harvest a deer to tag it at the kill site. Also, new this year, hunters are required to register their deer within 48 hours after harvest and before processing.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns