November 08, 2017 04:01 PM
Minnesota hunters registered 70,724 deer on the opening weekend of firearms season, the Department of Natural Resources said.
That number is similar to the count after the first weekend in 2016.
But hunters harvested fewer bucks than the previous year - 57 percent in 2017 compared to 67 percent in 2016.
The deer harvest was most plentiful in northeastern Minnesota's Zone 1, where numbers were up 16 percent. They were down 5 percent across the expansive Zone 2 portion of the state, which stretches from the Canadian border to the Iowa border. Numbers were down 20 percent in southwestern Minnesota's Zone 3, the DNR says.
The agency projects the total harvest in 2017 could reach 200,000.
Hunters harvested 173,213 deer in 2016.
Updated: November 08, 2017 04:01 PM
Created: November 08, 2017 01:45 PM
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