Field report: Minnesota deer harvest down 6 percent from 2012

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  • Updated: November 20, 2013 - 7:07 AM

Hunters have killed 129,000 deer so far during Minnesota’s firearms deer season — down about 6 percent from this time last year. Officials believe windy conditions are primarily responsible for the reduced harvest.

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rjgronesNov. 19, 13 8:14 PM

re: 'The whitetail "harvest"' - what a cute little agricultural term. It's called "slaughter". And I hope I live to see the day space aliens figure out we're here and come down and start "harvesting" all these phoney "frontiersmen" psycopaths out there slaughtering the innocent furry, winged and gilled cohabitants of their very own home planet, etc..

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whatzitNov. 19, 1310:51 PM

@rjgrones, if they do i suspect the weakest and doe eyed will be "harvested" first and at that line you might be at the head. Having lost the faculty for critical thinking I will give you a question? Would it be more or less ethical to let them starve? Hunters are conservationists by nature this is why we have bag limits and manage this resource. Deer are a very prolific mammal and thinning them with a managed hunt is good for them in the long run and hunting is a great way to accomplish this task

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BigPeteNov. 20, 13 6:08 AM

The state wolf population went down 30% yet the deer harvest went down 6%? That wasn't supposed to happen

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odinmanNov. 20, 13 7:37 AM

@rjgrones - Congratulations. You have lost all connection to nature and man's part in it. For one thing...it is not a "slaughter". Only about 30% of deer hunters kill a deer in a given season. With such a low success rate, why do they keep doing it year after year? Have you ever sat out in the woods by yourself for hours at a time and observed what is going on around you? You seem to have no idea where our food comes from or how it ends up on your table. Your ancestors knew how to feed themselves by hunting and gathering. But somewhere along the way, that knowledge got lost in your family. It's too bad really because those skills just might come in handy some day should all hell break lose, but I'm sure with your highly superior morals, you would rather starve than kill a deer to feed your family. For now, keep going to Cub or Wal-Mart. They will keep you fed.

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tinosaNov. 20, 13 8:16 AM

Forget it people, logic doesn’t work on people like rjgrones. They will stand there and speak about the evils of hunting until they are blue in the face. After which they will go and get a burger to eat. Have seen many like him who move out to the country and plant flowers all over their yard. The first time they watch the deer eat some of their flowers, they think it’s great. Then after the deer eat everything, they ask me how to get rid of this problem. I respond that I can help them in the fall and that they will get some tasty steaks to enjoy. Problem solved.

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fishanhunt2Nov. 20, 13 9:19 AM

For many the 2013 deer season has been a good, safe, productive hunt in spite of reduced whitetail numbers in the state. Regarding rjrones's comments? History has proved it is useless to attempt to reason with the anti-hunting crowd. Nor is their any value in attempting to compromise with them. The anti hunting zealots follow along the same dysfunctional unreasoning vein as the anti-gun crowd. The final agenda of both is obvious.

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LundExplorerNov. 20, 1310:56 AM

rjgrones: The vast majority of deer die in 1 of 4 ways: - Starve to death - Hit by vehicle, usually not dying right away - Eaten alive by wolves or coyotes - Killed by hunters - usually quickly If you were a deer, which way would you want to go? Think about it.

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tituspulloNov. 21, 13 1:34 AM

odinmanNov. 20, 13 7:37 AM @rjgrones - Congratulations. You have lost all connection to nature and man's part in it. For one thing...it is not a "slaughter". Only about 30% of deer hunters kill a deer in a given season. With such a low success rate, why do they keep doing it year after year?______To get away from their wives and drink?

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tituspulloNov. 21, 13 1:35 AM

whatzitNov. 19, 1310:51 PM @rjgrones, if they do i suspect the weakest and doe eyed will be "harvested" first and at that line you might be at the head. Having lost the faculty for critical thinking I will give you a question? Would it be more or less ethical to let them starve? Hunters are conservationists by nature this is why we have bag limits and manage this resource._______Spare me...most hunters couldn't give one rip about conservation.

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sjfellegyNov. 21, 13 5:53 AM

To the people who are thinking the deer population is hurt by hunting--just remember that before the modern day deer management was put into place ( doe permits etc.), using hunting as the main tool, Mn. deer numbers were less than half of what they are now. And if you think hunters are hard/cruel on and to the deer--until you've watched a coyote( I did) rip an unborn fawn out of a very much alive screaming doe ( deep late winter snow allowed the coyotes to knock this deer down), you have no idea what reality is. In fact, hunters and ONLY hunters are the number one ally the deer population has. Period...

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