DNR: Minn. firearms deer harvest down from 2012

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DNR: Minn. firearms deer harvest down from 2012

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota's 2013 firearm deer harvest is down 6% from last year according to a preliminary numbers released by the Department of Natural Resources.

In the report released today, Minnesota hunters harvested 128,814 deer through the second weekend of the 2013 firearms season. Overall, antlered buck harvest is down 7% and antlerless harvest is down 5%.

“Based on our population estimates, the decrease in buck harvest was not anticipated and may reflect hunting conditions more than population,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “Based on the preliminary numbers, our opening and second weekend harvests from Saturday to Monday were down 4 and 13 percent, respectively, and we experienced windy conditions the first weekend and both wind and rain the second weekend.”

DNR officials say much of the change in statewide antlerless harvest can be attributed to decreased harvest in the northeastern portion of the state, where antlerless harvest is currently down 25 percent.

However, McInenly stresses that these numbers are preliminary.

For most of the state, the season ended on Sunday, November 17th, however the season continues until this Sunday for hunters in the northeastern part of the state.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns