Archery Hunters May See Less Deer and Smaller Limits
Posted at: 09/14/2012 4:24 PM
| Updated at: 09/14/2012 11:03 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
Archery deer season kicks off September 15 in Minnesota, and DNR officials said hunters may see some changes.
Cloquet Area Wildlife Manager Chris Balzer said there are fewer deer compared to recent years because of aggressive hunts to keep the population down. Balzer said the deer count is now close to the DNR's goal amount, and in an effort to maintain balance, some bag limits have been reduced.
“Hunters are going to find they can shoot fewer deer in most cases than they have in recent years,” Balzer said.
The Duluth city hunt will still have a five deer limit, but most other bag sizes have been reduced to a one or two deer limit. Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance President Phillip Lockett said more than 300 hunters will be out bow hunting just in Duluth, and he thinks the warm weekend will keep people out longer.
“It's pretty nice to be sitting in the stand when it's like this,” Lockett said. “Birds are flying by; leaves are starting to turn. This is what everybody looks forward to.”
Bow hunting season lasts until the end of December.