Minnesota Deer News

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 
    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. 
       The state's moose population has dropped from a peak of about 8,800 in 2006 to an estimated 4,230 to 2,760 — between 2012 and 2013.  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.
     An estimated 2,423 wolves 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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