The DNR says hunters have taken more than 106,000 deer statewide since the firearms deer season began earlier this month. That's a 5% drop from last year. Northeastern Minnesota saw the sharpest decline, with nearly 17% fewer deer harvested compared to this time last year.
Meanwhile, the deer harvest in northwestern Minnesota is down 5.7% compared to last year.
Officials are attributing the drops to a few reasons, including a robust predator population in those areas, a late green up so there was a lack of nutrition, and fewer antlerless permits.
Here's a breakdown of the data, provided by the Minnesota DNR:
- 106,538 deer harvested
- Down 5% compared to last year
- Down 16% compared to the 5-year mean
- 32,820 deer harvested
- Down 5.7% from last year
- Down 22.4% from the 5-year mean
- 18,510 deer harvested
- Down 16.9% from last year
- Down 35.3% from the 5-year mean
- Down 58% compared to 2017
- 37,389 deer harvested
- Up 0.4% from last year
- Up 1.2% from the 5-year mean
- 17,819 deer harvested
- Down 1.4% from last year
- Down 3.6% from the 5-year mean