Here are some facts about deer and deer hunting in Minnesota from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:
- Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 pounds, males about 170 pounds.
- The biggest white-tailed deer ever recorded was a 500-pound Minnesota buck.
- A whitetailâ€™s home range is about one square mile.
- Minnesotaâ€™s deer population is about 1 million deer. Texas is No. 1 with 4.7 million deer
Deer hunting facts
- Last year, 32 percent of Minnesota firearms huntersÂ harvested a deer. About 49 percent were antlered bucks.
- 70 percent of Minnesotaâ€™s firearms deer harvest typically occurs during the first three or four days of the season.
- The average hunter spends five days afield during Minnesotaâ€™s firearms deer season.
- Last yearâ€™s total deer harvest was 195,000.
- Minnesota has harvested an average of 241,000 deer over the last five years. Wisconsin is No. 1 with an average harvest of almost 450,000.
- The largest typical whitetail buck ever taken in Minnesota had a Boone & Crockett score of 202; shot by John Breen in 1918 near Funkley, Minn.
- Minnesotaâ€™s No. 1 nontypical whitetail buck had 43 points; shot by 17-year-old Mitch Vakoch in 1974. A deer recently taken on the Camp Ripley archery hunt may exceed the record.
- In total, more than 800,000 deer hunting licenses and permits (all types) were sold in 2009.
- 98 percent of deer licenses are sold to Minnesota residents.
- The DNR Information Center remained open two hours later on the day before last yearâ€™s deer opener to answer more than 2,000 telephone inquiries, most of them related to the firearms opener.
Deer hunting economics
- 475,000 deer hunters in Minnesota.
- Retail sales – $260 million.
- Overall economic impact – $458 million.
- Salaries, wages, business owner income – $151 million.
- State and local tax revenue – $33 million.
- Number of directly supported jobs â€“ 5,300.
- Economic impact is greatest in Greater Minnesota.