The deer season has begun with a bang. 70,724 deer were registered in the first two days of the season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR reports that 57 percent of the nearly 71,000 deer taken last weekend were bucks. 67 percent of deer taken opening weekend last year were bucks.
Although the opening weekend haul is about the same as last year, the agency is expecting an increase in the overall harvest this season. The total harvest last year was about 173,000. The DNR is predicting that number will approach 200,000 for the 2017 hunting season.
The deer hunting season will conclude after the 12th for much of Minnesota. The northern rifle zone season continues through November 19th. The late southeast season will run November 18th to the 26th. Muzzleloader season doesn’t begin until November 25th, and will close this year’s season on December 10th.