Minnesota deer facts October 19, 2015 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Minnesota deer facts October 19, 2015  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
... A whitetail’s home range is about one square mile...  Last year’s total deer harvest was about 140,000.  Because of a conservative 2015 season designed to boost the statewide population, total deer harvest in 2015 is again anticipated to be relatively low. The DNR is projecting total harvest to come in around 140,000 to 155,000 deer...In total, about 628,000 deer hunting licenses and permits (all types) were sold in 2014... 

Deer population rebounding October 31, 2015 Minnesota, St. Cloud Times
... “We’re still kind of on a rebound, but last year was a huge rebound year for deer in Central Minnesota, to a point where we’re going to have to look seriously in the near future at controlling that population,” ...

Minnesota Deer Hunting: Still in rebuilding mode November 1, 2015 Grand Forks Herald
... One-deer limits remain in most of the state, with numerous permit areas restricted to bucks-only for hunters w ... ho didn't receive an antlerless permit by lottery ... "We are continuing to build the deer population across much of the state, and we do that by harvesting fewer antlerless deer," ...

Deer population strong in area November 1, 2015 Minnesota, SC Times
...  last year’s conservative regulations prevented a lot of deer, especially antlerless deer, from being harvested. Toss in a mild winter last year and very good recruitment of fawns this spring and there’s no doubt there’s more deer ... 70 percent of Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest usually occurs during the first three or four days of the season...

2015 Ely-Tower area deer season forecast released November 2, 2015 Minnesota, ElyEcho.com
... DNR ... forecasting a deer population on the rise but still below management goals for Northern St. Louis and Northern Lake Counties. Wildlife managers report the deer herd is below population goals in 7 of 9 of the deer permit areas in our area but rebounding from recent tough winters.   Five out of the last 8 winters have negatively impacted the deer herd and fawn production in the Tower Area...

Recovery mode November 4, 2015 Minnesota, The Bismarck Tribune
... Yes, deer numbers are down... deer are still rebounding from some rough winters that overlapped liberal hunting seasons.  That said, DNR wildlife managers say hunters are likely to see more deer this year than last year...

... The Minnesota DNR is restricting most hunters to one deer this season. Some of the Northland has a buck-only one-deer limit, other areas have a lottery one-deer limit... 

Minn. deer hunting opener: A perfect storm? November 6, 2015 Minnesota, Northland Outdoors
... “Minnesota needs a four-point restriction,” Beimert said referring to a restriction that would prohibit shooting deer with four points or less. “You just can’t shoot the little deer.” ... In northeastern Minnesota, last winter wasn’t mild, but it was milder than average. However, compared to some other areas of the state, a deer population recovery in the region can be slower ...

The Deer Opener is Saturday and hunters are preparing to head into the woods. The DNR continues to have a one-deer limit as they work to rebuild the herd November 6, 2015 Minnesota


Rebuilding Deer Population in 2015 - Minnesota, October 20, 2015



... Deer populations are on the rise following a milder winter and a conservative hunting season last year. This season will again be a conservative one, which means fewer antlerless deer permits were issued. Harvesting fewer does allows deer populations to grow and helps provide more opportunity in the future...

Increased deer kill indicates deer population recovering December 17, 2015 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer ·
...   "With bucks-only regulations, hunter success ranges from 15 to 20 percent, depending on the permit area. That means only one in six or seven put venison in the freezer in 2015. That's tough hunting. Barring an extreme winter, that will change next deer season." ...

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