One deer per hunter this season
Hunters around New York Mills can only bag one deer this year, thanks to new deer harvest regulations.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designed a conservative 2014 deer season in an attempt to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, according to a press release that was released last week. For the first time in 20 years, only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state.
For New York Mills hunters both north and south of the Highway 10 line (areas 240 and 241), hunters will be able to shoot one deer, either a doe or a buck. Bonus permits are not available this year. This is the case for a wide swath through central and southeastern Minnesota.
Other areas of Minnesota will fall under a lottery system. In 69 of the 128 deer permit areas in the state, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Those not selected can still shoot a buck. In 14 areas of the state only bucks can be hunted. Bonus permits allowing hunters to shoot more than one deer may only be used in seven permit areas and for some special hunts.
Last year, the deer harvest came in at a 15-year low. Last year’s DNR records show 172,781 deer were harvested across the state. In comparison, in nine of the past 15 years, harvest numbers topped 200,000 deer. During the past decade, the DNR allowed an intensive harvest as high deer populations allowed for it. However, recent DNR studies show that deer population is falling.
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