Minnesota Firearms Deer License Sales Holding Pace

Theresa Lawlor of Rice Lake Township shot this eight-point buck on Saturday, opening day of Minnesota's firearms deer season. (Theresa Lawlor photo)
Theresa Lawlor of Rice Lake Township shot this eight-point buck on Saturday, opening day of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. (Theresa Lawlor photo)

Despite prospects for a lean deer season in Minnesota, firearms deer license sales have been keeping pace with those of recent years, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Through Friday before Saturday’s opening day of hunting, just more than 419,000 licenses had been sold, DNR officials said. That’s up from about 393,000 at the same time last year and close to the average of 420,000 licenses sold for the same period over the past seven years.