Usually by this point — five days into Minnesota’s firearms deer season — the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would have released harvest figures for the first three or four days of the season. But not this year.
Perry Loegering, area wildlife manager at Grand Rapids, said the DNR’s Electronic Licensing System, which tracks deer registrations statewide, is not working right and hasn’t provided any firearms deer harvest information yet.
As soon as I get harvest information, I’ll post it here. Meanwhile, I’ve heard from a lot of hunters and have scanned the DNR conservation officer reports. Some hunters are getting deer, but it seems, based on anecdotal reports, that the harvest in Northeastern Minnesota will be down from last year. We’ll wait for the official numbers to see.