More Deer, but More Hunters Anticipated this Hunting Season

More Deer, but More Hunters Anticipated this Hunting Season

November 3, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson (11/3/20)

Detroit Lakes, MN — We are just days away from one of Minnesota’s great traditions. A few hundred thousand hunters will take to the woods, prairies, river lands, and all the state’s great landscapes on Saturday morning in hopes of successfully harvesting a whitetail deer. And this year they may have a better chance of success. Compared to the last few years, there’s significantly less crops that remain in the fields, meaning there’s less places for deer to hide, according to Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden.

And there won’t just be more deer in the woods, there will likely be more hunters as well. Baden says since the beginning of the pandemic, they have seen a positive trend in all the state’s hunting and fishing activities, and he expects that trend to continue with the firearms deer season.

While there haven’t been any major changes to the rules and regulations this year, hunters are encouraged to take these few days before the season begins to study up on the handbook that they get when they purchase a license. Baden says one of the most common questions he gets relates to hunting in multiple permit areas and how that effects their tags.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 31% of Minnesota hunters successfully harvested a deer last year and 70% of the state’s firearms deer harvest typically occurs in the first three or four days of the season.