Minnesota firearms season deer harvest down due to lower population, poor hunting weather

  • Article by: STEVE KARNOWSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 5:14 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's firearms deer hunters haven't been as lucky as last year, according to preliminary figures released Monday.

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tituspulloDec. 9, 13 4:49 PM

"Johnson said he's hearing from hunters that they want the state to produce more deer."____LOL...so we can kill them...too funny. How about finding another hobby to produce some self-worth?

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sjfellegyDec. 9, 13 5:00 PM

Hunters would be shocked if they saw the low success percentages per actual legal TAGS (not numbers of hunters)issued per hunter compared to success rates per legal tags before there was multiple intensive harvest, management and choice tags available to most hunters. A 25 year chart of those figures would be a reality check.

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waldorbbDec. 9, 13 5:11 PM

Still lots more deer around than in the old days. Just ask you grandpa.

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waldorbbDec. 9, 13 5:13 PM

Anybody factor in the reduced attention span or loss of hunting skills in the general hunter population?

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DufferHDec. 9, 13 5:19 PM

So the deer are just a crop to be "harvested"? Why not call it what it is -- a killing sport. I've said this before, but it's always deleted.

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Douglind33Dec. 9, 13 5:22 PM

Visitors to Bemidji, unaware that it was deer season, commented that they were impressed that the locals made all their drunk drivers wear orange.

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gutshotDec. 9, 13 5:25 PM

Ain't gonna be any left after this winter!!!

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mypcaccountDec. 9, 13 5:30 PM

DufferH, the same thing could be said for cow, pork, fish, chicken, lamb, bear, elk and anything else that man shoots to eat. I have no problem with someone that shoots an animal and eats it. I hate people that mount animals or kill wolves, cats, etc to mount. I would rather see someone that hunts use the animal for what it was meant. to provide food for your table.

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woodyagDec. 9, 13 5:37 PM

it is WAY past time for everyone to accept that the "deer population" - affects everyone in the state- not just hunters. The damage they do- is immense. Ask the insurance companies. And yes- I lost a loved one this year to a deer-3 car accident. Hunters- pay attention. Or you (we- I'm one) may lose any say-so at all; when the people being harmed by too many deer get mobilized.

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nicesiglegDec. 9, 13 5:51 PM

Wolves, not weather.

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