ST. PAUL, Minn. - Early numbers from the 2013 Minnesota deer hunting firearms season suggest that the harvest is down, but not significantly.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say hunters shot and harvested 164,550 deer.
Not including the late season hunt in southeastern Minnesota, hunters harvested 144,000 deer, a 6 percent drop from the 153,000 taken in 2012. Preliminary numbers for the late season in southeastern Minnesota show hunters harvested 4,400 deer, down from the 5,000 harvested in 2012.
The statewide muzzleloader season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 15. Archery deer season closes on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The DNR says deer harvest numbers are calculated using data provided by hunters when they register a deer. The final 2013 report, which includes more detailed harvest information, will be released at the end of January.
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