Preliminary totals show that the Minnesota deer harvest was down 17 percent in Series 100 units, which includes all of Northeastern Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.
The harvest in Series 100 units was 48,679, which compares to 58,466 in 2012, said Jeff Lightfoot, DNR regional wildlife manager at Grand Rapids. The buck harvest was down 12 percent, and the antlerless deer harvest was down 23 percent, Lightfoot said.
The antlerless harveset was expected to be down significantly. The DNR had issued fewer antlerless permits this fall in hopes of increasing the deer population in coming years.
Statewide, hunters harvested 140,366 deer, down 6 percent from last year, Lightfoot said.