History of Minnesota deer hunting and management October 23, 2015

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History of Minnesota deer hunting and management October 23, 2015 Hometown Focus
... . European settlement of southern and central Minnesota during the mid- to late- 1800s cleared forests for lumber and agriculture, which improved habitat quality for deer by creating new openings. However, as agricultural land conversion expanded, habitat quantity declined and so did deer numbers. Market and subsistence hunting accelerated the population decline in deer numbers; by the 1880s deer were rare in many parts of Minnesota ...


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