Deer harvest down 6 percent from 2012

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Nov 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota's firearms deer harvest through the second weekend of the firearms season is down six percent compared to last year. 

The Department of Natural Resources says 128,814 deer had been harvested as of Sunday. Overall, the buck harvest was down seven percent and the antlerless harvest was down five percent.

The season ended Sunday for all but 100-series permit areas in northeast Minnesota, where the season ends November 24th. A late firearms season in southeastern Minnesota begins November 23rd and ends December first. 

DNR Big Game Program leader Leslie McInenly says the decrease in the buck harvest was not expected, and may reflect hunting conditions more than population. Minnesota saw windy conditions the first weekend and both wind and rain on the second weekend.

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