Minnesota Deer News

Bemidji accepting applications for special deer hunt June 30, 2015 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... The Bemidji Special Archery Deer Hunt, which began in 2005, has become an annual form of wildlife population control after the city received numerous complaints from residents...

DNR approves new deer population goals June 21, 2015 Minnesota, messagemedia.co
... Of the 40 deer permit areas with new goals, 26 will be managed for deer densities higher than those established by the previous goals; eight will be managed at similar densities to former goals; and six will be managed for densities below former goals...

... this has been an ongoing program in the regional parks for the past 20-plus years to manage the white-tailed deer population densities through winter aerial surveys and maintaining the deer population densities between 15-20 deer per square miles ...

Minnesota DNR approves new deer population goals June 10, 2015 Valley News Live 
...  85 percent of the 40 areas will be managed for populations higher than those experienced in 2014; the remaining will see no change... With respect to the four advisory team recommendations not accepted by the DNR, the agency chose more moderate population increases ... 
     DNR sets deer population goals, despite objections June 10, 2015 Minnesota, SC Times 
... In the DNR goal-setting process, citizen advisory teams weren't allowed to make recommendations for population increases of more than 50 percent. The Deer Hunters Association argued that in many cases, population increases of greater than that amount were warranted...

DNR plans GPS elk study in northwest Minnesota June 7, 2015 Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald
... launching a study next winter to fit 20 elk in northwest Minnesota with GPS collars to learn more about the animals' home ranges and habitat preferences... you put a collar on an animal, and you're 24 hours a day in contact with that animal ...

Deer hunters seek $19 million to save forest June 6, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The conversion of thousands of acres of central Minnesota’s pine forests to potato fields has sparked environmental concern... the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) is proposing a novel and ambitious $19 million plan to buy about 10,000 acres of forest from Potlatch Corp. in Cass, Wadena and Hubbard counties to prevent their conversion to cropland ...

To save moose, coalition spends millions on habitat May 22, 2015 Minnesota, mprnews.org
... The number of moose in Minnesota has fallen to 3,450, down from 4,350 in 2014, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Since 2006, the moose population has dropped by 60 percent...  a coalition of groups is spending nearly $3 million to restore the animal's habitat ...

Owatonna moves forward with another city deer hunt May 21, 2015 Minnesota, southernminn.com
... The hunt as described to the council would be similar to last year’s, in which bow hunters received licenses to hunt deer in a number of city parks from preset locations... In prior years, the city attempted to cull deer populations within the city using police sharpshooters, but didn’t have much success...

As moose population dwindles, agencies work to give them a fighting chance May 20, 2015 Minnesota, Northland's NewsCenter 
... Experts say it's not quite clear what's causing this drop, but are blaming forest fires, warmer temperatures, and a number of diseases...

Minnesota family finds success raising elk on farm May 16, 2015 TwinCities Pioneer Press
...  Luckyland sells elk in quarters, halves and full portions at about $4 per pound at hanging weight... "I had really enjoyed hunting for elk while living in Bozeman, Mont. -- but actually at the time, I had no idea people raised elk," ...

Community, students team up to track deer collared last year May 14, 2015 Minnesota, ABC Newspapers 
... With donations from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association ...  the school was able to purchase a GPS collar to track the deer’s movements... She is limping with a broken right leg.  “It’s amazing how tough deer are,” ...

... Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is proposing a Crow Wing River Watershed habitat project, with hopes to acquire Potlatch Corporation lands and open the property to the public for hunting and recreational opportunities...

Should worst Minnesota poachers be charged with felonies? May 8, 2015 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A trophy 8-point buck deer. was recently shot by bow and arrow hunter ... Gov. Mark Dayton pushed a bill last week in the Legislature calling for more stringent penalties and longer license revocations ...

Moose Are Dying in Horrible Ways Due to Climate Change May 8, 2015 Minnesota, Motherboard
... In Northeast Minnesota, moose numbered about 8,000 a decade ago. Today, that number is roughly 3,500. As new evidence unspools, one clear thread has emerged: in years of warmer, shorter winters, the moose are plagued by health problems. It’s a trend that can be seen across the United States...

VNP moose numbers appear stable May 5, 2015 Minnesota, The Journal 
... Voyageurs National Park wildlife biologists have completed an annual moose survey and found continued apparent stability in the low-density population in the park...  the 2015 population estimate for the Kabetogama Peninsula at 46 moose, similar to estimates from 2009-2014 of 40 to 51 moose...

Minnesota DNR's deer management to be audited May 3, 2015 Duluth News Tribune
... the auditor’s office listed three possible “evaluation issues” ... 1. How does the DNR estimate and monitor Minnesota’s deer population ... How does the DNR establish the state’s deer population goals ... 3. To what extent do the DNR’s deer population goals reflect an appropriate balance between stakeholder interests?...

Arboretum fences deer out to protect research May 1, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...Researchers have used deer fences at the site for years and have found them to be the most effective way to keep deer away, he said. Though older electric fencing is still used at the center, newer fences are made of woven wire meshes, and have openings large enough to let smaller animals like wild turkeys through....

... If we look at the issue of “how do these methods compare with other states,” the assumption is being made here that “other states” do it right. Do they? Isn’t this an example of blind faith in a system designed for outcome-based wildlife management goals from others with little or no interest, and sometimes outright opposition to, managing deer for surplus harvest, i.e the interests of hunters? ...

Minnesota moose research halted by Gov. Dayton April 28, 2015 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday put an end to Minnesota’s ambitious moose research project out of concern that it is harming the animals it’s designed to help. He said human handling of adults and calves when scientists collared them with GPS tracking devices resulted in too many deaths of the animals...

Now on endangered list, wolves are difficult to control April 27, 2015 Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News
... The state Department of Natural Resources estimates there are about 2,400 wolves in Minnesota... Our deer population is down, we've had some rough winters, and wolves have to eat, of course ...

Minnesota deer management facing new scrutiny April 26, 2015 TwinCities Pioneer Press
... The Minnesota legislature's non-partisan watchdog will scrutinize how the state manages its deer population ... The news is a victory for many of the state's roughly 500,000 deer hunters who have seen the deer population -- and their hunting fortunes -- fall steeply in the past two years ...

Don’t blame wolves for fewer moose April 22, 2015 Minnesota, Timberjay Newspapers
... “Brain worm is certainly one of the large factors but not the only factor. Deer and habitat are the two biggest factors ... Deer are the source of the brain worm parasite which is benign in that species but can be fatal to infected moose. The high deer population also supports a large wolf population, which prey on moose, particular the young during calving season.” ... MNR Kenora district biologist Bruce Ranta ...

Legislative auditor will examine Minnesota's deer population management April 22, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Minnesota’s deer population management program will be audited this year by the state’s Legislative Auditor — a move pushed by some deer hunters critical of the Department of Natural Resources deer management...

Deer Population Management April 20, 2015 Minnesota, Office of the Legislative Auditor
... From 1970 through 2000, deer population strategies generally aimed to increase populations in the state’s deer permit areas. This resulted in a greater number of deer and increased concern over their negative impacts. Goals since the early 2000s often sought to reduce deer populations.  Since then, the annual number of deer harvested has followed a decreasing trend with a high of 290,525 in 2003 and a low of 139,442 in 2014... Assessing DNR’s deer population estimates would require some technical expertise. ... such an analysis could be premature at this time...

Two Men Drag Their Way Across Frozen River to Rescue Deer April 15, 2015 Minnesota, OutdoorHub
...  the ice on Minnesota’s Red Lake River was more like slush than anything solid when this deer fell through recently.

Deer hunters group and DNR clash over deer population goals April 14, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Engwall fired off another letter Monday to McInenly and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “We are significantly disappointed in how the goal-setting process has evolved,” he wrote.  The written exchanges between the DNR and the deer hunters group are posted on the MDHA’s website, www.mndeerhunters.com ...

Under Bill, 84-Year-Old Could Get Another Shot at a Deer April 13, 2015 Minnesota, AM 1240 WJON 
... A provision tucked in House Republicans’ budget bill for environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and older to kill a doe without a permit...

North to deer country... April 11, 2015 Minnesota, Herald Review
... in 1960, the state’s record deer harvest was in 1959 when 200,102 resident firearms hunters took 104,335 deer for a 53% success rate. He also said that the take was mostly in the north as southern Minnesota had very few deer and that up North anything that was brown was down...

Woodland caribou populations continue downward trend April 11, 2015 Minnesota, DL-Online
... most of the northern third of Minnesota once harbored these gorgeous and gregarious members of the deer family ... historic caribou trails can still be observed crisscrossing through the Big Bog adjacent to the Red Lakes ... The last known caribou from this part of Minnesota are thought to have disappeared by the 1930s and perhaps lingering into the 1940s...

Audit likely after hunters challenge DNR April 9, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A vote Friday by a Legislative Audit Commission subcommittee is expected to move a DNR deer audit plan forward ... Estimating deer herd size is at crux of dissatisfaction ...  hunters say DNR management is also to blame for the decline [in deer harvest] ...

Deer hunters group says DNR's deer population review is seriously flawed April 5, 215 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... “The DNR refused to allow teams to make recommendations for population increases above 50 percent ... If a group couldn’t get the 80 percent supermajority, it would officially have no recommendation,” ... Craig Engwall, executive director of the 15,000-member Minnesota Deer Hunters Association ...

2015 Deer Goal Setting Background on Advisory Team Process and Recommendation Development [PDF] April, 215 Minnesota, dnr.state.mn.us
... In 2013, Minnesota DNR initiated a new public process to revisit deer population goals in
Southeast Minnesota. The new process emphasized collection of public input (mail surveys, online questionnaires and public meetings) prior to convening stakeholder advisory teams selected to represent the diversity of perspectives related to deer management...

... The comment period runs from Thursday [April 2] through April 15.. [comment on the DNR website.]

Deer Rescued From River In Crookston April 2, 2015 Minnesota, WDAZ 
...  lucky deer will live another day after falling into the ice-covered Red Lake River thanks to first responders in Crookston... Saving deer isn't a common job for the department, but they tell us they have the training so it was a no-brainer to help...

... the panel's recommendations: Permit area 180, no consensus; permit area 122, 25 percent increase; permit area 127, no change; permit area 117, no change; permit area 126, no consensus...

Should worst Minnesota poachers be charged with felonies? March 31, 2015 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Gov. Mark Dayton ... wants a new felony-level penalty for poachers who take fish or game valued at $2,000 or more, citing two recent high-profile poaching cases... 

Duluth, Final summary for 2014 Duluth city deer hunt March 28, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Total registered harvest for the 10 years the hunt has been held (2005-2014) is 5,201. That includes 4,374 antlerless deer (84 percent)...

Mild winter should help boost deer population March 28, 2015 Minnesota, messagemedia.co
...  If mild conditions persist, those conditions combined with a conservative 2014 deer harvest could signal the start of a rebound in the state’s white-tailed deer populations... Following the two consecutive severe winters of the late 1990s, the deer population rebounded to pre-severe winter levels within two to three years ...

Dayton calls for felony-level penalties against poachers March 27, 2015 Minnesota, San Francisco Gate 
... Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations ... a new felony-level penalty ...

Comments Accepted on Proposed Minn. Deer Population Goals March 24, 2015 Minnesota, KSTP.com
... Comments on 40 of the state’s 128 deer permit areas will be accepted April 2-15 on the DNR website. The goals were recommended by citizen advisory teams in those deer permit areas ...

Mild winter's timing could not have been better for deer March 22, 2015 Minnesota, wadenapj.com
... After two straight winters of of tough conditions, the winter of 2014-2015 got off to an early and chilly start ... in the second week of March hollered "spring." ... Schultz is expecting good deer reproduction this spring...

Fight EHD during Drought Conditions with Clean Water March 20, 2015 Minnesota, Banks Outdoors
... With droughts forecasted for the upper Midwest, Southwest and Pacific Northwest, a clean water source for deer is more important than ever to fight the risk of EHD... spread by a small, flying insect called the midge. For more information on the disease, read Can We Prevent EHD? ... 

Listen to the people; protect wolves March 19, 2015 Minnesota, SC Time
... Former Wisconsin DNR biologist Adrian Wydeven stated, "Wolves are not driving deer numbers down to dangerous levels. The biggest factor that affects our deer herd are winters and the hunting harvest. When wolves have established themselves, deer are going to be more elusive...

Nohre talks state of local deer herd March 18, 2015 Minnesota, Echo Press
... We need a real accurate survey done on the deer herd in the state of Minnesota... We’ve got a lot of members that put in food plots. We’re getting probably 1,600 pounds of seed corn, 1,100 pounds of soybeans and I think about 500 pounds of sunflowers...

Roseville council to consider wildlife feeding ban March 17, 2015 Minnesota, Lillie News
... “The recommendation we have is that the council should continue to inventory and monitor the deer population [and] develop ... a comprehensive wildlife ordinance that would introduce a wildlife feeding restriction,” Newby said ...

Hastings firefighters rescue deer from Mississippi River March 15, 2015 Minnesota, Hastings Star Gazette 
... The deer was attempting to get out of the water, but was unable to get back on top of the ice.  Three firefighters used a boat ... the deer panicked at first, Schutt said, but settled down when he realized they were trying to help him...

... At  the urging of a statewide deer hunting group, wildlife officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have agreed to write a deer management plan and manage the state’s deer herd with a specific harvest goal in mind...  we can’t control is weather, which is the biggest factor in deer population numbers ...

Good news for deer numbers March 7, 2015 Minnesota, Virginiamn 
...  this year’s mild winter will benefit the northern Minnesota deer population... The winter of 2014 was ranked by the National Weather Service as the second most severe on record, topped only by the winter of 1875 ... five of the last seven years have been hard, and that the winter of 2014 wiped out a number of deer already in trouble... last year we didn’t have any fawns,” ...

... Despite the mountain of public perception that the herd has been cut almost in half, our DNR is still presenting computer-generated herd estimates that do not jibe with any data set collected by any group... Brooks Johnson, President of Minnesota Bowhunters Inc.

As deer disappear, DNR agrees to develop management plan March 4, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... At the urging of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, state Department of Natural Resources officials have agreed to develop a deer management plan, which will include a harvest goal.  “We’d like them to manage to a harvest level of 225,000 per year by 2019,’’ ... Rep. Brian Johnson, R-Cambridge, said the deer population is so low in northern Minnesota it probably has hurt the economy and deer license sales...
 
Deer Debate in Minn. March 1, 2015 Minnesota, Valley News 
... Last fall, about 130,000 deer were killed in the state, a far cry from the 290,000 harvested in Minnesota in 2003...  DNR sought to have the state’s forests certified as being sustainably managed... None of these required the DNR to reduce the number of deer that roamed the forests...

Piebald deer visits rural Duluth family’s feeder February 28, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune 
... “I saw what I thought was a moving snowbank,” ... The deer came to some feed that Parker’s family had put out... Sometimes piebald deer don’t just show coat color differences but also have physical deformities...

Eau Claire survey crews count deer from the sky February 26, 2015 Minnesota, WEAU 13 NEWS
... “The ultimate goal is to write a deer management plan for the city. The first step of any good management plan is to come up with an inventory to decide what we have out there and it will help us make a decision on what needs to be done in the future,” ...

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Deer Hunting Conviction February 26, 2015 KSTP.com
... The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled a man who had a loaded weapon while he was concealed in a deer blind was "pursuing" deer and needed a hunting license...

Lawmakers to DNR: We want more deer up north February 23, 2015 Minnesota, wadenapj.com 
... echoing a refrain among many of the state's half a million deer hunters: Deer populations in many areas have fallen unacceptably low, and the quality of a fall tradition is suffering... As recently as 1972, the deer population was so low that no hunting was allowed. But populations rebounded dramatically ... 

Deer counting begins next week in Eau Claire February 22, 2015 Minnesota, Leader-Telegram
... A low-fly­ing he­li­copter will hover next week over parts of Eau Claire where deer are known to con­gre­gate so a bi­ol­o­gist can count the ur­ban herd... Po­ten­tial strate­gies to re­duce prob­lems be­tween deer and res­i­dents could in­clude an ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign, re­duc­ing the herd, plans to elim­i­nate food sources or stronger en­force­ment of anti-bait­ing or­di­nances ...

Hunters Challenge DNR Deer Management Practices February 20, 2015 Minnesota, CBS Minnesota
... Minnesota Bowhunters president Brooks Johnson talked about the changing landscape of the deer population ... some deer hunting groups are looking into hiring outside help to look at the state’s deer population if the state does not perform an audit...

Former mayor to help lead DNR February 20, 2015 Minnesota, Star News
... Schara said some of the biggest issues Strommen might be addressing are the intensity of farming in southern Minnesota affecting the cleanliness of water and pheasant populations, a declining deer population ...

How many deer is enough in Minnesota? February 20, 2015 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... those seeking a review, or audit, of the agency’s whitetail program want events leading to the state’s current deer shortage dissected in detail, and processes put in place to prevent a recurrence... the chance the legislative auditor will actually critique deer management in the state isn’t good ... Aiding the rebuilding of the state’s whitetail herd is the current relatively mild winter...

Poaching case should be wakeup call February, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... We shouldn’t buy into the perverse logic that squealing on a poacher makes us the jerks. The offender is the one attacking our collective reputations and our sport. This much we know: Only 6 percent of the U.S. population hunts. We are members of a shrinking minority, and we’ve got a cheating problem in our ranks...

No end to declining trend in northeast moose herd February 19, 2015 Minnesota, Outdoor News 
... DNR researchers are heading into their third year of concurrent studies looking separately at both adult moose and calves, trying to figure out why they are dying ... just because a moose might be killed by a wolf doesn’t mean there weren’t some other underlying causes that made that moose susceptible to being killed by the wolf...

... Using aerial surveys by the state DNR, the total in Minnesota has dropped from 8,840 in 2006 to 3,450... the number of calves that survive to their first year has also been low.  “This indicates the population will likely continue to decline in the foreseeable future,” ... Studies also have connected winter moose deaths to a warming climate ...

Did our DNR sell the Herd for Pennies? February 16, 2015 Minnesota, Minnesota Bowhunters Inc.
... The truth is the DNR planned to cut the herd in half, and they did it behind our backs ... Certified forests are a green initiative that gives companies the option to use timber grown under a certain set of conditions and parameters. One of these parameters is the deer herd must be lowered to a level that allows certain measurable new tree growth. If you want your wood certified you have to lower the deer herd, and the decrease was to be substantial in MN...

North Shore residents sound off to DNR about deer numbers February 15, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune 
... One after another, North Shore residents walked to the microphone to tell wildlife officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that too many wolves roam the north woods and that they’ve driven down the deer herd... “I think we should close the deer season ...



Brainerd, Local hunters share concern of low deer numbers February 13, 2015 Minnesota, Brainerd Daily Dispatch
..."There's hardly anything left out there," said Les Vroman, a local deer hunter... part of a public comment opportunity at the Franklin Arts Center hosted by the MInnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...

Endangered, threatened or over-populated: The debate continues February 13, 2015 Minnesota, Lake County News Chronicle ... there is good evidence that the decline in the moose population seems to correlate with the years when the wolf population increased. He said the predation of young moose and early deaths of older moose due to disease or other factors contribute to a declining population...

... United States Geological Survey Senior Research Scientist David Mech said
Angry lawmakers tell DNR to boost deer herd, especially up north February 12, 2015 Minnesota, TwinCities Pioneer Press
... As recently as 1972, the deer population was so low that no hunting was allowed. But populations rebounded dramatically, and between 1990 and 2010, many years saw more than 200,000 deer taken.  However, the total harvest has fallen steadily since 2010...

... One was thrashing wildly in a seemingly hopeless effort to free itself.  The other one was dead... Wareham fired his Taser at it, the animal fell to the ground, and residents standing by used saws to quickly cut off one of its antlers, freeing it.  When the deer came to, it ran off...

Public input sought on North Shore deer population goals February 7, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Residents of Northeastern Minnesota will have two opportunities to offer their thoughts about deer population ... DNR staff will make a presentation on deer populations and management, after which meeting participants may comment ...  Comments also can be emailed to deergoals.dnr@state.mn.us

With Handwritten Plea, 84-Year-Old Hunter Charms Lawmakers February 7, 2015 Minnesota, CBS Local
... Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is pushing to allow residents 84 and older to take a doe without a special permit — just as Krog asked ...

WSI drastically lower than last year February 6, 2015 Minnesota, International Falls Journal
... The measure resource managers use to indicate the winter severity on Minnesota’s deer herd is less than half of what it was last year at this time... was 41 Jan. 31, reports Larry Petersen, DNR area wildlife manager.  The WSI was 84 last year on this date, and 45 two years ago...

Minnesota's Famous Wandering Moose Was Killed by Brain Worms February 6, 2015 Minesota, OutdoorHub
... the cause of death for a wandering moose in Sleepy Eye, nicknamed “Bullwinkle” by some residents, was a brain worm infection.  The young bull had been first found in the area last November, which was unusual as moose very rarely migrate so far south ...

Elk in northeast Minnesota? Tribe seeks studies February 6, 2015 Minnesota, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are applying for state conservation grants ... The problem in northwestern Minnesota, where there has been a small elk herd since the 1930s, is that the elk have settled in an area of intensive agricultural production. Local farmers and lawmakers have moved to keep that herd as small as possible...

...  massive conversion of thousands of acres of Minnesota pine forest into farmland ... about 42 square miles ... Several rare species reside in jack pine forests ... The clear-cutting also could threaten the local deer population ...

State's deer hunters can have their say February 5, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  the state has considerably fewer deer now than it did as recently as five years ago... 
The DNR generally attributes the decline to an intentional population drawdown that followed regional meetings of small citizen groups a decade or so ago... Wildlife officials say the groups were dominated by hunters who agreed that deer numbers should be reduced in many areas — a claim now in dispute...

10 DNR open houses in MN will shape future of deer herd management February 2, 2015 Minnesota, Northland's NewsCenter
... According to Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Executive Director Craig Engwall, people don't want to see the deer herd fluctuate in numbers as it has in the past 20 years, due in part to severe winters, and starvation...

Fond du Lac elk restoration inches ahead February 1, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are applying for state conservation grants that would help pay for an intensive University of Minnesota study to determine if adequate public land habitat exists in the area to support a population of elk...

DNR seeking comment on deer population goals January 31, 2015 Minnesota, Brainerd Daily Dispatch
... an online questionnaire about deer populations in large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota, which can be completed on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) website atwww.mndnr.gov/deer...  until Thursday, Feb. 12 ..

... "Did it come down because of brain worms? Probably," he said. The parasite is very common in white-tailed deer, Cornicelli said, which is why moose sometimes get it where their ranges overlap. Because they evolved in concert with the parasite, deer are immune to it ...



Proposal would prohibit permanent deer stands on state lands January 28, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Big changes could be coming for thousands of Minnesota deer hunters who climb into permanent stands each fall on state and county forest lands.  Forestry officials from the state and counties would like to get rid of those permanent stands — and allow hunters to use only portable stands...

Minn. cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection January 26, 2015 Minnesota, AG Week
... critics point to a recent Washington State University study, which found that killing wolves to protect livestock leads to more cattle deaths, not fewer, at least initially. “It just disrupts the pack and leads to more problems for farmers,” ... The average wolf will take 18 to 20 adult-sized deer per year ...

State's wildlife faring well in mild winter January 24, 2015 Minnesota, St. Cloud Times
... Pheasants, deer, turkeys and grouse all are benefiting from the mild winter conditions up to this point... “It’s exactly what the doctor ordered for this northern deer herd and the conditions are good region-wide,” ...

Camp Ripley deer by the number January 23, 2015 Minnesota, Brainerd Daily Dispatch
...  During a deer study conducted from 1999 to 2002 researchers recorded all of the causes of deer mortality. Of 29 radio-collared adult female deer that died during the study, over 50 percent died from hunting, but less than 15 percent from predation, not all of which was attributed to wolves...

DNR issues along with the wolves and deer population is discussed. - January 23, 2015 Minnesota



Roseville, Parks & Recreation Commission to Discuss Deer January 21, 2015 Minnesota, Roseville City
     The Commission will discuss the deer population in Roseville at its meeting on Tuesday, February 3. Over the past several years, city officials have received concerns about the number of deer on private property and roadways.  Some residents have requested that the city consider options to control the deer population, while others oppose any action. The Commission will discuss options at their February meeting.  The February 3 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will be held in its regular location at City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. It will be taped and shown later online and on Cable Channel 16. Residents can call 651-222-3333 to request free Universal Service that includes Channel 16.  
     See video of the January 6 Parks and Recreation meeting discussing the issue, including:   concerns have primarily 10 been complaints regarding damage to gardens and vegetation in resident’s yards as well as the tameness 11 of deer and health concerns... 

James saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck out on the ice in the middle of Albert Lea Lake, so he called up his dad and they broke out the hovercraft. It's a father son rescue mission unlike anything you've ever seen. - January 23, 2015



... widespread illegal killing of trophy deer and other big game in western Minnesota.  The five-year probe by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) led to the seizure of dozens of guns, some of them high-powered rifles, and more than two dozen sets of deer and elk antlers ...

Help dummy down the MN deer fact set January 17, 2015 Minnesota, All Things Habitat 
...  our DNR uses a model to estimate the size of the herd... In 2008, Marret Grund (MN DNR Wildlife Populations and Research) came right out and said the model is performing so poorly ... MN DNR manipulation of the numbers used to estimate the size of the herd makes the model function on paper, but that model is not working for the hunters of Minnesota ...

How to provide winter cover for wildlife January 15, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... consider planting evergreens — any species of spruce, pine or fir trees that retain their needles during winter... On cold winter days, especially when the wind is blowing from the north, deer and other wildlife will often gather on the downwind side of my evergreen plantings ...

DNR to fly deer and elk surveys January 13, 2015 Minnesota, Walkermn 
... "We use aerial surveys to help monitor deer populations in portions of Minnesota,” said Gino D’Angelo, DNR farmland deer project leader. “These flights provide data to improve our understanding of how deer populations respond to management ...

Deer population goal-setting public meetings begin Feb. 2 January 12, 2015 Minnesoat, News Releases - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
     Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Monday, Feb. 2, in Monticello. [locations and times] ... Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas in 2015. People can view a map of the goal-setting areas online... For those unable to attend a meeting for the area in which they are interested, details on how to submit written or online comments will be available soon...

Duluth city bow hunters take more deer January 11, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune 
... The 2014 total harvest of 446 deer, though up from 2013, was well below the average of 534 deer registered annually from 2008 to 2013... With the deer population down outside the city this past fall, many hunters may have concentrated their efforts within the city ...

Minnesota's deer kill lowest since ’80s January 8, 2015 Outdoor News
... Hunters killed just more than 139,000 deer during all seasons in 2014 ... the total kill is the lowest in nearly three decades. Hunters killed 139,723 deer in 1989 and 138,230 in 1986...

No chronic wasting found in southeast Minn. deer January 5, 2015 Minnesota, Winona Daily News
... The discovery of the disease in a wild deer earlier this year in Allamakee County, Iowa, which borders Houston County, triggered the DNR’s surveillance efforts this fall...

DNR to fly deer and elk surveys January 5, 2015 Minnesota, News Releases
... Low-flying helicopters will be used for white-tailed deer population surveys planned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for January through March in central and southeastern Minnesota, if suitable snow conditions develop.  “We use aerial surveys to help monitor deer populations in portions of Minnesota,” said Gino D’Angelo, DNR farmland deer project leader... Aerial elk surveys are also planned for the Kittson County and Grygla elk ranges in northwestern Minnesota...

The year outdoors: The cold set the tone December 31, 2014 Minnesota,  Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The tough winter, combined with an already reduced deer population because of overharvest, led the DNR to hold one of the most conservative deer hunts in memory in an attempt to restore the whitetail population...The final deer harvest tally hasn’t been completed, but the kill likely will be less than 140,000 — the lowest in at least 25 years...

MN deer in Arrowhead Region benefiting from mild winter, little snow cover December 29, 2014 Minnesota, Northland's NewsCenter 
... Without much snow, Quarberg says deer have easier access to food, and have a stronger chance against predators... The fawns are heavier when they're born ... 

Engwall to lead Minnesota Deer Hunters Association December 16,  2014 Herald Review
... Craig Engwall ...  a key player in Minnesota acquiring the largest conservation easement in state history - the nearly 200,000 acre Blandin Paper Company project that protects forest lands from parcelization while providing key habitat and public access to those lands...

Deer bait ends this squirrel hunter's hunt December 14, 2014 Minnesota, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... I didn't know the bait was there. My hands were clean... More practically, now I knew the area was baited, and the 100-yard rule meant I couldn't hunt within reach of it ... banned in Minnesota ... Many bait ingredients, including corn, can be harmful to a deer during the time of year when corn isn't a normal part of its diet... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as recently as 2009 supported a ban...

St. Paul sets another deer hunt for Highland Park December 9, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Three hunters will occupy deer stands in a secluded area Monday through Wednesday, in hopes of removing four to six deer from among the 25 thought to be encamped in the woodsy park and surrounding area ...

Tower Area, Final tally: Deer harvest down 30% December 6, 2014 Minnesota, The Ely Echo
... Last year it was 25 percent down, this year 30 percent down for the firearms season. The DNR released numbers for the Tower area on Tuesday...

Hunters Register 111,000 Deer Through Third Weekend December 2, 2014 Minnesota, belleplaineherald.com 
... Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013 ...

Minnesota deer harvest down 22 percent over 2013 November 30, 2014 Duluth News Tribune 
... In Northeastern Minnesota (Series 100 permit areas), preliminary figures showed the firearms harvest at 29,000, down 41 percent from 49,000 in 2013 ...

What are the chances? Rare albino deer spotted in Minnesota state park November 28, 2014 Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews
... They’re considered as rare as a “gold nugget in a stream”, but earlier this month an albino deer was captured on camera in a Minnesota park...

Councils ask for input on deer numbers November 27, 2014 Minnesota, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... We have gotten away from numbers — we no longer have goals like 25 deer per square mile of deer habitat. Kroll said hunters don’t believe the state Department of Natural Resource’s deer population estimates anyway, so why have them.  Instead we have “increase,” “maintain,” “ decrease” for goals ...

Hunters Register 111,000 Deer in Minnesota November 25, 2014 FOX 21 News
... So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 144,000 ...

Voice Your Support For The Minnesota Deer Audit November 24, 2014 blogspot.com
... There are not many out there that haven't heard about the proposed audit of deer management practices in Minnesota... Very active participants in the deer discussion have found there to be large differences in the computer model vs the aerial survey.  In some instances, the computer model estimates the herd in a given area at 25 per square mile, when the aerial survey in the same year revealed there to be only 7...

Wild moose illegally killed in northwestern Minnesota November 24, 2014  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... shot one recently during the deer hunting season and left it to waste south of Fosston ... call the Fish and Wildlife Service at 218-844-3423

No surprises with bucks-only season November 20, 2014 Minnesota,  International Falls Journal
... the trend we’ve had for the last several years of the population going down because of the bad winters ... “With a few more fawns spotted — that is a hopeful sign,” ... Severe winters often bring a poor crop of fawns ...

Local deer harvest down 12% November 20, 2014 Minnesota, St. Cloud Times
... The gun-deer season harvest for most of Stearns, Wright and Sherburne counties was down about 12 percent compared with last year ... change in regulations from a two-deer limit last year to a one-deer limit this year...

...  hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season... down 31,000 through the same period last year...

Overuse of “depredation tag” impacting number of deer November 18, 2014 Minnesota, The Caledonia Argus
... Besides the hunt there is something else going on at a neighborhood farm near you.  There is a wholesale slaughter going on. The tool this agri- business is using is called a depredation tag.  Apparently any farmer who claims crop damage is able to purchase an unlimited quantity of these tags for a buck apiece.  I am not talking five or six but rather dozens upon dozens of them...

Firearms deer harvest down 44 percent in NE Minnesota November 18, 2014  Outdoors with Sam Cook
... The buck harvest in the region — all Series 100 deer permit areas — was down 28 percent from last year. The antlerless deer harvest was down 82 percent, largely because so many deer permit areas were restricted to bucks-only hunting this fall...

Central Minnesota deer harvest down about 25% November 15, 2014 St. Cloud Times
...  67,000 total deer have been shot in the state through Nov. 10, down from 100,000 at this point in 2013.  ... "We still have a lot of problems with baiting, not just locally, but everywhere and I don't understand that; just because you can buy it in the store doesn't make it legal ... And now with the snow, we've started seeing more people shooting at deer from the road." ...

DNR deer decision: Bad for hunters, good for deer November 13, 2014 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
...  in an effort to rebuild the herd, the DNR is limiting hunters in most of the state to one deer. The goal is a total deer kill of 120,000.  By way of comparison, in 2003, Minnesota hunters killed nearly 300,000 deer ... 

Hunters Harvest 54,000 Deer in MN November 12, 2014 Minnesota, FOX 21 Online
... Minnesota hunters registered 54,000 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...  the number of deer registered dropped 30,000 from 2013...

... Reports were especially bad in the far north, where a brutal winter pummeled the deer herd...  very few bucks seen and many stating they are pulling the plug after sitting all weekend and not seeing a thing ...

Still time to apply to serve on DNR deer goal setting teams November 10, 2014 Minnesota, DNR News Release
... People interested in helping the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources establish deer population goals for large portions of the state have until Monday, Nov. 17, to apply online. Volunteers are being sought to join five advisory teams that will develop deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota.

Conservation Officer Report, slow deer season November 10, 2014 Minnesota, WDIO-TV
... reports the least amount of activity he has seen for deer hunting. Overall, the worst deer hunting he has seen along with the lowest numbers of deer hunters. A number of traditional hunting camps sat vacant...

Man Caught Stealing Deer Carcass in Central Minnesota November 10, 2014 Minnesota, KSTP.com
... The group told investigators they had hung several deer carcasses in a tree and then left the home for a short time. When they returned, they noticed a deer was missing...

... maybe most, deer hunters carry cell phones these days, but most have no clue that they cannot use electronic devices – including cell phones – to assist in the taking of a deer... (2014 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook, Page 28)  ...

Hunters are gearing up for tomorrow's deer hunting opener. A half-million Minnesotans are expected to head out. Here are four things you should be aware of this hunting season - November 7, 2014



... According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, deer hunting leads to $234 million in in-state retail sales and generates another $28 million in state and local tax revenue...

Stricter rules, fewer deer for MN firearms season November 7, 2014 Minnesota, Austin Daily Herald 
...  In 95 percent of the state, hunters will only be able to take one deer ... will cut this year’s deer harvest to as low as 120,000 — 50,000 fewer than last year and down dramatically from the peak of 290,000 in 2003 ... hunters asked for the conservative harvest. He and his members have seen fewer and fewer deer in the woods over the last few years ...

Nearly 500,000 hunters wearing blaze orange are expected to be afield Saturday when Minnesota's firearms deer season gets underway. But the Department of Natural Resources says those hunters are less likely to bag a deer than in recent years. - November 7, 2014



DNR will collect samples from harvested deer for CWD November 7, 2014 Minnesota, KTTC 
... CWD has been detected in Allamakee County, Iowa, and for that reason the Minnesota DNR has started conducting CWD surveillance ... Hunters in permit areas 348 and 349 who harvest a deer are encouraged to bring it to one of eight sampling locations ...

Deer councils set goals for counties November 7, 2014 Minnesota, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... Deer numbers should remain about the same in the western two-thirds of Eau Claire County, which is part of the state’s Central Farmland Zone, but deer should be increased in the eastern third of the county, which is part of the Central Forest Zone, according to preliminary recommendations from the County Deer Advisory Council...

Rice County hunters to see young deer population November 6, 2014 Minnesota, southernminn.com 
... In the mid-‘90s, the deer population was much higher than where it currently sits, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made efforts to bring those numbers down ... “Then in the 2000s it’s been lower, but we’re trying to build it back up,” ...

Minn.’s 2014 Deer Harvest Expected To Drop Sharply November 5, 2014 Minnesota, CBS Minnesota
... whitetail deer numbers are down in many parts of the state, particularly in the
Minnesota 2014 Deer Permit Areas


heavily-forested northeastern region. To conservatively manage the deer herd for future years, the DNR is cutting back the harvest... 
predicting one of the poorest success rates in recent decades...

MN firearms deer license sales on pace with previous years November 5, 2014 Minnesota, Areavoices
...  License revenue pays for the vast majority of the DNR's research, monitoring and management of the state's game species, as well as maintaining quality wildlife habitat on the state's 1.3 million acre wildlife management area system. License revenue helps fund DNR conservation officer ...

DNR official, bowhunting advocate discuss deer management November 2, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... For much of the 1970-1990s, our management was designed to build deer numbers and the population responded. By the early 2000s, there were concerns regarding impacts of higher deer densities ...  High harvests during the past decade (supported by higher bag limits and the availability of antlerless permits) were intentional to move the population lower ...  this year’s harvest was designed to boost the population...

Lake Carlos State Park to remain open during deer hunt October 31, 2014 Minnesota, Voice of Alexandria
...  During the special resource management deer hunt November 8th – 9th, Lake Carlos State Park will remain open, but visitors are advised to wear blaze orange if they visit while the hunt is in progress...

... under a plan devised with hunter and landowner input, the DNR deliberately reduced the size of the herd. Today’s populations are close to the goal numbers we set some six years ago. The severe winters of the last two years have driven herd levels lower than where we’d wanted them...

We’re all less likely to shoot a deer this year October 29, 2014 Minnesota, Twin Cities Blogs
... the “conservative” deer season the DNR has imposed this year through deer tags, which restrict the types and number of deer each hunter can shoot. The end result will be the fewer deer will be killed than have been in years.  It needs to be that way, Landwehr argues, to allow the population to rebound...

Owatonna, City of Owatonna should reconsider how it is conducting deer hunt October 28, 2014 Minnesota, Southernminn.com
...  the wildlife deer belong to all of us, collectively ... City government should encourage representation by all Owatonna citizens. Rather than a few officials ...  their plan is to keep all of the parks open during the hunts. Is this a safety risk for park patrons? ... [the city likely would be liable for any injuries to people] 

Owatonna, City deer hunt set for Nov. 1 October 22, 2014 Minnesota, southernminn.com 
...  archery deer hunt to begin in nine Owatonna public park areas.
The city issued special permits to 15 bow hunters to set up stands in the parks... There has been some concern over safety, because the parks will be open to the public during the six-week hunt ...

Minnesota DNR: Leslie McInenly, big game program coordinator, talks about the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. - October 22, 2014


DNR: Minnesota hunters will bag far fewer deer this season October 21, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune 
... our total harvest this year may end up coming in around 120,000 ... far below the 170,000 bagged last year... Hunters can only pursue bucks in some parts of Minnesota, fewer antlerless permits were offered and a one-deer bag limit rules most of the state. [response to decline in deer population] ...

Animals sensing the world around them October 19, 2014 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... published research has confirmed that deer do indeed see color after all. During the day deer discriminate colors in the blue to yellow-green range as well as in the orange and red wavelengths. At nighttime deer can decipher colors in the blue to blue-green range, but can also detect some colors of longer wavelengths... We humans have about 12 times better visual resolution than deer do...

The Economics of Social Deer Management October 16, 2014 Minnesota, Minnesota Bowhunters Inc.
... Deer hunters and viewers spend $1.4 billion annually on whitetail deer in MN.  (MN DNR numbers)... Wisconsin does quantify the damage deer cause to agriculture, and their annual number is $1.25 million dollars... with deer vehicle accidents cut by over 50% in the last 10 years, we have only reduced the odds of a driver having any accident less than 2%. ...

Expo part of deer opener in Bemidji October 13, 2014 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
...  a Welcome to Camp Expo on Nov. 6 as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunter Opening activities...  starts at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Sanford Center...

Hundreds of deer at Iowa farm test positive for CWD October 13, 2014 Minnesota, Outdoor News 
...  More than 280 captive deer at a farm in Iowa’s Cerro Gordo County – just south of the Minnesota border – have tested positive for chronic wasting disease... The area where the herd was kept will remain quarantined with a fence for five years ...

New Minnesota wildlife management area is an oasis October 13, 2014 Washington Times
... up on Minnesota Highway 24 south of Clearwater... the 604-acre Veterans State Wildlife Management Area, Minnesota’s newest. Shoulder-high prairie grasses and waist-high wildflowers ... food for pheasants, turkeys and deer. He sees shelter and nesting habitat in the big bluestem that grows 7 feet tall ...

... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to serve on advisory committees that will meet to recommend deer population goals in several regions.  Teams of 15 to 20 people will participate in one or two public meetings ... They nominate themselves by completing an online application at www.mndnr.gov/deer

Minnesota Data: About 900,000 to one million wild deer in 2013 - 2010, up slightly in 2012 from better weather and hunting restrictions in some parts of the state, but down in 2013 and 2014 from severe winter, worst in the north. The MDNR reduced deer tags for 2014 to boost the herd and imposed bucks only hunting in the northeast. Deer density dropped to 5.6 deer per square mile around Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in the northwest - target of 15 to 20 per square mile.  After pressure from hunting groups, emergency deer feeding began in March of 2014 for the northern part of the state, the first time since 1989 based on a legislative bill.  The 2013 deer harvest was the lowest in a decade. Anterless deer permits were reduced to grow the herd.  
     The harvest peaked in 2003 at 290,000 during a time of liberal hunting regulations. Some believe too many deer were killed then, resulting in the decline of the past 10 years, bringing the population down to 1970 levels.  The 2014 harvest is expected to fall below 150,000, the lowest number since 1997.  Hunter success was 31.1% in 2013 with about an equal number of bucks and does taken.  Statistics  Hard winters have taken a toll on the upper Minnesota herd with five hard winters out of the seven prior to 2015.  There was little fawn survival in 2014 which was the second most severe on record. 
    After over hunting during the 1960's, the deer season was closed in 1971 allowing the herd to recover.  For much of the 1970 to 1990's, the DNF focused on increasing the deer population.  The legislature approved rules for emergency winter deer feeding when about 30 percent of the herd died in the severe winter of 1995-96 and an additional 8 percent died in '96-97, 50 cents from each license for deer feeding.  About 500,000 deer hunters. .A whitetail's home range is about one square mile. Adult males weight about 170 pounds, adult females about 145. 
     Moose  The state's moose population dropped from a peak of about 8,800 in 2006 to an estimated 4,230 to 2,760 between 2012 and 2013 -- 3,450 based on an aerial survey reported in early 2015.  Biologists are studying the cause of the decline.   The population in the northeastern corner of the state peaked at 8,840 in 2006. By then they had already largely disappeared from the northwestern corner of Minnesota. Elk were abundant prior to extermination by European immigrants in the late 1800's.  Caribou were abundant in the northern part of the state but were hunted to extinction by the 1930's and 40's.
     Wolves  An estimated 2,400 wolves in 2015, 2,423 in 2014, 2,211 in 2013. The 2012-13 winter survey estimated a range of 1,652 to 2,641 wolves, compared to the 2007-08 estimate of 2,200 to 3,500. 


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