Deer hunting should be good when Minnesota’s firearms hunting season opens Nov. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“Minnesota’s deer population is up from last year, in part, because of the mild winter,” Lou Cornicelli, the DNR’s wildlife research manager, said in a release. “Mild winters result in more survival of adults, more fawns being born, and more deer in the state’s fields and forests the following hunting season.” He estimated the deer population at about 1 million.
Cornicelli said one difference between this and last year is there are fewer areas where hunters can harvest more than one deer. This change, he said, reflects the agency’s interest in rebuilding or maintaining the deer herd in certain portions of the state by managing the harvest.
Last year, Minnesota’s nearly 500,000 deer hunters harvested 192,300 deer.
The firearms deer season concludes in the northern Minnesota on Sunday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 11, in all other parts of the state. A late season in southeastern Minnesota that stretches from Watertown in the north to Caledonia in the south opens Saturday, Nov. 17, and closes Sunday, Nov. 25.
Via the DNR's website, here's where you can buy a hunting license in Woodbury:
- Gander Mountain
- Washington County Service Center
- Holiday Stationstore
- BP Daily Express
- Dick's Sporting Goods