MN Deer Opener Numbers Down 14 Nov 13

Windy weather and standing corn put a damper on the opening of Minnesota’s firearms deer season this past weekend. The DNR says the harvest for the first three days was down 8% from 2012. Hunters registered just over $77,000 deer from Saturday through Monday. Wildlife officials say that it’s not surprising, however. Last year’s opening weekend weather was almost ideal and the corn harvest was nearly complete. This year there were winds up to 30 miles-per-hour and more hiding places in pockets of unharvested corn. The deer harvest was down 19% in the northeast, 4% in the southeast and 6% for the rest of Minnesota. The DNR still expects a final tally similar to 2012, when hunters killed around 185,000 deer.