Henry Wulf, DNR regional wildlife supervisor, said this yearís firearms deer registration was down about six percent from last year, based on preliminary reports from registration stations in 15 counties. Wulf said 13,203 deer had been registered compared to 14,042 last year.
Locally, The Outdoor Store, Paynesville, had 161 deer recorded after the two-day season the first weekend and 179 deer after the four-day season on the second weekend. ďThis is down about 20 deer from last year,Ē the store spokesperson said.
At C&G Meats, Paynesville, they reported 60 deer registered after the first weekend and 44 after the second weekend. The deadline for registering deer was Nov. 19.
ďHunters enjoyed one of the warmest openers in a long time,Ē Wulf said. He said the lower harvest is not a surprise. ďWe anticipated a lower harvest based on size of the deer population and reductions in the number of anterless permits that were available to hunters.Ē
Statewide, the deer registrations are down about 11 percent from last yearís with the biggest decrease coming in the extreme northwest.
The past six deer hunting seasons have been the six highest deer harvests in state history, Wulf said.
ďOur goal is to maintain a sustainable deer population that is compatible with the carrying capacity of range,Ē Wulf said. ďThis yearís lower harvest is consistent with our overall management objective.Ē
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