Preliminary results from Minnesota’s latest deer hunting season show a slight decline from 2021. D-N-R big game leader Barb Keller says deer numbers were off by about seven percent:
“We ended up with about 170 thousand deer being harvested during our 2022 season. That is a little bit below what we’ve been harvesting in the past. Last year we ended up with just under 185 thousand deer harvested.”
Keller says heavy rain and strong winds during the opening weekend of the firearms season likely contributed to the lower harvest. The D-N-R will post the final deer harvest report on its website this Thursday.