St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A dismal deer season for hunters with the Minnesota DNR reporting a six percent drop in deer harvests compared to last year.
According to preliminary numbers from the DNR, Minnesota hunters harvested 164,550 deer during the 2013 firearms season.
Excluding the late season in southeastern Minnesota, hunters harvested 144,000 deer, compared to 153,000 harvested in 2012.
Preliminary numbers for the late season in southeastern Minnesota show hunters harvested 4,400 deer, down from the 5,000 harvested in 2012.
The statewide muzzleloader season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 15. The archery season closes on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
DNR officials say deer harvest numbers are calculated using data provided by hunters when they register a deer. A final report, which includes more detailed harvest information, will be released at the end of January.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns