Minnesota deer hunters picked up the pace a little after a slow opening weekend, but the number of deer registered across the state remains down from recent years.
As of Tuesday morning, hunters statewide registered 120,014 deer during the firearms season, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. That’s down 11% from last year and 12% from the five-year average.
In the 100 series units, which includes all of Northeastern Minnesota, registrations were down 11% from last year and 22% from the five-year average. The 200 series were down 11% from 2020 and the 300 series units were down 16%.
DNR officials and others have suggested that unusually mild conditions for the Nov. 6-7 opening weekend may have hindered the deer harvest, while a snowstorm last weekend may have kept some northern hunters out of the woods.
The season ended Nov. 14 in the 200 series units, but runs through Nov. 21 in the 100 series units, with a second season Nov. 20-28 in the 300 series units. The statewide muzzleloader season runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 12.
Including the October youth firearms deer hunting season and the archery season to date, hunters registered 151,193 deer in Minnesota through Tuesday morning. The DNR has a goal of about 200,000 deer registered each year through all seasons.