Following several years of tight hunting restrictions and mild winters, Minnesota’s deer population has recovered, and hunters will likely be allowed to shoot more this fall. That’s the assessment of Adam Murkowski, who oversees deer hunting for the DNR.
“We’ve had mild winters and conservative regulations, and we saw a really positive response from a lot of deer herds last year,” said Murkowski, the DNR’s big game program leader. “And now we had another mild winter. That’s going to translate to additional opportunities for hunters this fall, broadly speaking.”
Officials had predicted that, as long as winters weren’t severe, the deer population would rebound quickly following regulations that often prohibited hunters from shooting female deer. But Murkowski said the rate of recovery in some areas surprised wildlife officials.
“In some units we saw 30 to 40 percent increases in the buck harvest, and that shows significant increase in the herds,” he said. Murkowski said the recovery was often most pronounced in the northern parts of the state, including the wolf range in the Arrowhead in northeast Minnesota, where deer died in significant numbers during harsh winters of several years ago. It’s an area that has become known by hunters, often with disappointment, as “bucks-only territory.”
“There’s gonna be more antlerless opportunities up there for folks,” Murkowski said. But no specific changes have yet been made, he said last week. The process for determining how many deer can be shot in which parts of the state will be completed during the summer. This is from the Pioneer Press, by Dave Orrick.
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The DNR has scheduled a confiscated equipment auction on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The auction will be open to the public. All types of confiscated equipment related to hunting, fishing and trapping will be offered for sale including, firearms and archery equipment.
Please note: Anyone purchasing a firearm will be required to pass a background check.
The auction is being held at:
Hiller Auction Service
10705 261st Avenue
A list of firearms and bows being offered for sale will be available approximately one month in advance by visiting the auction website.
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My favorite time of the year is upon us soon. First thing is to apply for a lottery permit. Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 8.
This season, antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery in 67 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas. Antlerless deer are without an antler at least 3 inches long. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas designated as hunters choice, managed or intensive harvest areas.
Hunters who want to participate in special firearm deer hunts also need to apply for permits that are issued by lottery, and the application deadline is Sept. 8.
More information on deer permit areas and special hunts is available in the 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook, found online at http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.