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Hunters Ask DNR To Improve Deer Management As Population Declines

Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

The Pioneer Press reports a petition from the Minnesota Bowhunters Association is asking DNR officials to start managing it’s deer better.

The initiative began after members of the association were concerned by the lack of deer they saw over the last few seasons. Additionally, the members are concerned about lack of information from the DNR.

Brooks Johnson, president of Minnesota Bowhunters Inc, said “It started a couple of years ago. The guys were starting to talk about how they just weren’t seeing deer out there.”

The DNR responded by saying recently implemented goal-setting would strengthen management, but also added that the bowhunters may not understand DNR data or deer management priorities.

Leslie McInenly, touted as the state’s top deer manager, said “We’re not managing so that every hunter has 100 percent success rate,”.

McInenly says statewide action might not take place until 2015. Small changes, such lowering the bag limit or making it harder to kill doe, may happen.

Last fall, hunters killed nearly 171,000 deer, contributing to a third consecutive population decline since 2010.

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