The countdown is on to this week’s firearms deer hunting opener. The D-N-R’s Lou Cornicelli says while the deer population is up from last year, there are fewer places where hunters can take two or more deer. He says there were also a limited number of anterless deer permits granted. The reason: to help re-build or maintain the deer herd in certain portions of the state by managing the harvest. But in the end, Cornicelli says “the bottom line is we are setting ourselves up for a pretty good deer season.”
The state’s inaugural wolf hunting season opens this weekend (11/3) and opponents are still crying foul. The group Howling for Wolves claims the Minnesota D-N-R used an emergency rule-making process for the hunt to avoid public comment. Spokeswoman Dr. Maureen Hackett says she’s especially opposed to the trapping of an iconic legacy species in Minnesota. The Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals denied a motion by Howling for Wolves and another group to stop the first-ever wolf hunt. The Appeals Court said the groups did not demonstrate that the wolf population would be harmed.