Minnesota hunters harvested 151,400 deer so far during the 2012 early firearm season, according to preliminary numbers announced today by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.The late season in southeastern Minnesota remains open through Sunday, Nov. 25.
Overall, antlered buck harvest increased 9 percent and antlerless deer harvest decreased 21 percent compared to 2011. In total, firearm harvest was off 7 percent, which was expected given the conservative allocation of antlerless deer permits.
This year, DNR increased the number of lottery areas where hunters could only take an antlerless deer by permit.
Ample hunting opportunities remain as the statewide muzzleloader season runs from Saturday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 9. The archery season closes on Monday, Dec. 31.