Conservative mode continues for hunting state's antlerless deer

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 12:48 AM

But firearms hunters in many areas have to apply for a limited number of non-antlered permits.

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bosshogSep. 10, 1311:06 PM

How many people are killed in Minnesota every year for vehicle-deer collisions? How many tens of thousands deer-vehicle accidents are there every year? If wolves killed as many people and caused as much damage that deer do we would exterminate all of them and yet we continue to try to "stabilize" deer at an abnormally high number.

fwallenSep. 11, 13 4:21 AM

It's insanity. I'm not a hunter, but I do drive a car. My spouse and I drive many miles yearly. In 25 years in rural MN we have had collisions with 9 deer. We have been slightly injured once, but other than that the damage has been to our vehicles. The worst was about 9,000 dollars. I hope the hunters take as many as they are allowed. And when the firearm season starts get your limit nd then some.

oxboardSep. 11, 13 7:53 AM

I really do feel sorry for the young hunters of today because they just might be the last of their generation. I saw the best Minnesota will have again in the way of hunting growing up in the late 50's and 60's, ducks deer pheasants etc. what the hell happened, corporate farm, the DNR, up north where I'm from we haven't lost "habitat" to speak of, yet the population is nothing near what it was and declining, whatever it is I'm sorry hunting is declining as fast as pheasant numbers.

stockminderSep. 11, 13 8:05 AM

Those that comment about 'taking as many deer as possible' secondary to concerns about deer/vehicle collisions should keep at least one thing in mind. While I share their concern about personal safety and safe operation of their cars, it is all about the money. The state and DNR are willing to risk some deer/vehicle collisions and subsequent insurance claims to make sure hunters keep hunting and spending their money. With approximately 400,000 hunters going after the wily whitetail, think how much money is put into Minnesota's economy each fall. Hunters buy licenses, need lodging and ammo, and go out to eat and drink. Many decisions about deer populations and antlerless permits have to do with one thing: money!!

minnfidel11Sep. 11, 1311:50 AM

Two things. If the population is low enough to warrant antlerless permits for firearms, why not do the same for bow season? (Yes I know it's harder to harvest with a bow as I hunt both) Also, no mention of wolf predation on deer population. I know in our area the wolves came through about 3-4 years ago and cleaned out the area and we had mild winters then so it wasn't winter kill. The deer are rebounding in our area now as the packs seemed to have moved on. But a dead doe is a dead doe, regardless of method used. So why does the DNR allow for one but not the other? Oh and we need to somehow get a trophy system put in place.

jackpine091Sep. 11, 1312:47 PM

I live in Todd County. We have a HUGE deer population. Driving the car is like running a gauntlet. Please increase the harvest.

minnfidel11Sep. 11, 13 1:26 PM

Not sure why I got thumbs down. I am asking a legitimate question. If the population is low enough to make it an antlerless lottery area the shouldn't it be a lottery area regardless if it's bow, rifle or black powder? If I harvest a nice doe on Nov 7th with my bow vs. Nov 9th with a rifle what's the difference? I know some bow hunters might not want to see that happen and I understand. But it seems to be counterproductive if you're trying to increase or maintain the populations in some areas.

oxboardSep. 12, 13 6:04 AM

bow hunters should be subject to the same rules as firearm hunters, if you have to apply for a doe permit for rife, then you should have to for bow also. Are firearm hunters being discriminated against?

tmrichardsonSep. 15, 13 7:50 AM

Bow hunters have it very good, but they want even more. In addition to the long any sex season, they continually harp about the gun season occuring during the rut. They want it moved out of the rut--but of course they still want to bowhunt during the rut!

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