The final numbers are in, and it looks like Minnesota’s 2011 deer season will fall about seven percent from last season’s totals.
From this story in the Albert Lea Tribune:
Smaller deer populations and a windy first weekend of the firearms season resulted in Minnesota’s deer harvest dropping 7 percent in 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota hunters killed 192,300 deer during the 2011 season, a drop of 15,000 from the 207,000 in 2010. In 2011, firearms hunters harvested 164,800 deer, while archery and muzzleloader hunters harvested 20,200 and 7,300 deer, respectively.
Overall, the statewide archery and firearm harvest declined 6 percent for both seasons, and the muzzleloader harvest declined 19 percent. Jeanine Vorland, DNR area wildlife manager for Mower, Freeborn and four other counties, expects similar declines in all of these counties compared with state numbers. However, she has not yet tallied the exact numbers for each county. The wind during the firearms opener was a significant factor in the decline.
How’d it go in your state? If it declined, what was the main cause?