Deer population looks favorable April 10, 2016 Minnesota

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Deer population looks favorable April 10, 2015 Minnesota, Hibbing Daily Tribune
... “The 2015-2016 winter was definitely in the mild category, even as it drags into early April,” ... snow depth is the most important factor in deer winter survival in northern Minnesota ... This is the second mild winter in a row following two extremely harsh years ... Fawn production should be excellent in spring 2016...

More fawns, more deer being seen by wildlife officials July 10, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... People are seeing lots of twin fawns with adult does this spring, a sign that recent mild winters are allowing the deer population to rebound somewhat across Northeastern Minnesota. ... Most deer permit areas across Northeastern Minnesota remain slightly below deer-density goals or around the goal range ...

Minnesota DNR Unveils Deer Season Framework July 28, 2016 Outdoors with Sam Cook - AreaVoices
... a somewhat more liberal season ... During the past two firearms deer seasons, few antlerless deer permits have been issued so that the deer herd can recover from several severe winters in recent years... 

...  bag limits that are more liberal than they have been the past couple of years... That's definitely the case in northwest Minnesota,  ... permit areas near the Canadian border and along the Red River ... The uptick in licenses reflects an increase in deer numbers after two mild winters... 

Minnesota Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... deer numbers have been on a downward trend in many portions of the state... deer harvests have dipped to less than half what they were in the early 2000s ... We have had conservative harvest regulations for the past two years, which should be conducive to deer herd growth ...

Oak trees' acorn production down across Minnesota October 21, 2016 St. Cloud Times
... downturn is widespread across the state among the four native species — Northern red, Northern pin, bur and white oak.  Red oaks’ acorn production tends to peak every two to five years ... white oaks’ every two to three years...

Population on way up October 30, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... We’ve had two consecutive mild winters coupled with conservative harvest regulations. That will result in increased deer populations and slightly increased hunting opportunities for hunters. … We know that in the northeastern part of the state, deer numbers were down after those severe winters. ... Minnesota has one of the only CWD-free deer herds in the Midwest...

A Minnesota tradition, firearms deer season, opens Nov. 5 October 31, 2016 Wahpeton Daily News
...DNR projects the total harvest at 165,000 to 185,000 deer, up from a little more than 159,000 last year...

...  in northeast Minnesota ...  “We’re going to see a lot of those young fawns from this year and forks and spikers.” ... The last two winters have been very mild ... 

... “Based on our observations, the deer herd is quite healthy in Rice County,” she said. “We have liberalized the season because of that.”  Although one-deer limits are the norm for the state of Minnesota, Rice County hunters can expect, for the most part, a two-deer limit...

Deer harvest up 10 percent across Northeastern Minnesota November 8, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
...  the opening-weekend harvest was 18,473, up from 16,710 last year. The buck harvest was up from 13,878 in 2015 to 14,664 (6 percent). The buck harvest is often a more reliable indication of herd strength ...

Deer harvest up 30%, down statewide November 8, 2016 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... Statewide, it appears the harvest is down so far as hunter have bagged 66,130 deer so far this season compared to 71,389 at this time last year...  lots of young deer as the herd is recovering from the harsh winters of 2013 and 2014...

Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd appears to be growing January 12, 2017 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the preliminary 2016 statewide deer harvest was 171,026, a 7 percent increase from the 2013-2015 harvest average of 157,972.  The past two relatively mild winters have aided the recovery...

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