Sean Evans, HillTop Stop, said they had 330 deer registered at their place of business. David Schrupp at C&G Meats, had only 45 registered, and 125 deer have been brought in for processing, which is less than last year.
Many hunters felt the count was lower this year as many came home empty- handed.
Jeff Miller, DNR officer serving Kandiyohi and Meeker counties, said the total registration in the two counties is about the same as last year. In Kandiyohi County, a total of 1,727 deer were taken over the two-weekend hunting period. This compares to 1,724 the previous year.
In Meeker County, a total of 673 deer were registered. This compares to 693 the year before.
Mike Maurer, Stearns County DNR officer, reports Stearns County recorded 2,431 deer taken the first weekend which was up from the year before when 2,023 were registered. The total number registered for the two-weekend hunt was 4,155 for Stearns County. This compares to 4,072 recorded last year.
Maurer said last year Stearns, Sherburne, and Wright counties recorded 7,500 deer taken over the two-weekend period. This year, that number was down with only 7,266 deer registered.
Stearns County has 23 registration stations while Meeker County has five and Kandiyohi County has 10 registra-tion stations.
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