Minnesota’s deer harvest declined in 2012, but officials say it was a safe season for people who took to the woods. The final numbers released Monday show that Minnesota hunters killed nearly 185,000 deer, down 4% from 2011. The decline was expected because the DNR issued fewer permits to take antlerless deer in a move to build up the deer population. The archery harvest was up 5% and the muzzleloader harvest increased 1%, but the firearms harvest was down 5% from last year. The DNR says only one hunter fatality and 19 injuries were reported. Officials credit the state’s hunter education program, in which 4,300 volunteers taught 23,000 students last year.