The Minnesota DNR says deer numbers are looking up.
It may only be the beginning of August, but things are already looking exciting for Minnesota hunters and the 2016 deer season according to the DNR.
“Hunters can look forward to seeing the growth in local deer populations following two years of mild winters and lower overall harvests,” Minnesota DNR Big Game Program leader Adam Murkowski said in a press release.
The DNR says deer populations are on the rebound after a few rough years for the land of 10,000 lakes. Last year many northern hunt areas were open for the taking of antlered deer only. While many of these northern areas will see similar regulations, the number of buck-only areas has dropped from last year.
With the archery seasons set to open in about a month and a half, the time to go and get your permits is now. You’ll automatically be entered into an antlerless deer lottery upon purchase of a license provided you declare what area you want a permit for.
Limits of one buck will still be enforced this year. If you want to take two deer this year, it sounds like your best bet will be in one of the southern portions of the state.
You can get further details on the breakdown of lottery areas and area-by-area details and guidelines on the DNR’s website.
After a few lean years, it sounds like things will finally be looking up a little for Minnesota hunters this year.