DNR officials say preliminary results through last weekend show the deer harvest is up 10 percent from past year. Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared with 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
In Zone 1, across Northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent.
Texas County was ranked fourth late Sunday afternoon in the state in the November firearms deer season, the Missouri Department of Conservation reported.
Part of the increase in the deer harvest so far is an increase in the number of antlerless deer taken. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was up 6 percent.
Checking in deer helps DNR with information like what hunters are harvesting and also the overall health of the deer, especially when it comes to Chronic Wasting disease. Registrations in Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, were down 12 percent.
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"The ratio of bucks to does has changed", said Craig Engwall, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
DNR projections estimate this year's firearms deer harvest at about 200,000.
In much of Minnesota, the firearms deer season ended Sunday, Nov. 12.
North Dakota's deer gun season opened at noon Friday and continues through Sunday, Nov. 26.
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