Posted by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota deer facts
female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 lbs., and males weigh about 170
biggest white-tailed deer recorded in Minnesota was a 500-pound buck.
whitetail’s home range is about 1 square mile.
are nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in Minnesota.
year, 30 percent of Minnesota firearm hunters successfully harvested a
deer. About 63 percent were antlered bucks.
percent of Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest typically occurs during the
first three or four days of the season.
average hunter spends five days afield during Minnesota’s firearms deer
can register their deer via internet, phone or at walk-in big-game
registration stations, except in southeastern Minnesota permit areas 339
to 349 during the firearms season while the DNR samples deer for chronic
largest typical whitetail buck taken in Minnesota had a Boone &
Crockett score of 202, shot by John Breen in 1918 near Funkley.
No. 1 nontypical whitetail buck had 43 points, shot by 17-year-old Mitch
Vakoch in 1974.
total, about 606,000 deer hunting licenses and permits (all types) were
sold in 2015.
percent of Minnesota deer licenses are sold to state residents.
DNR Information Center remained open 3 1/2 hours later on the day before
last year’s deer opener to answer more than 1,600 telephone inquiries,
most of them related to the firearms opener.
hunting-related expenditures in Minnesota totaled $725 million.
expenses such as food and lodging, transportation were $235 million.
spent $400 million on equipment.
spent $90 million on other items such as magazines, membership dues,
licenses, permits, land leasing and ownership.
* From the 2011
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service (www.census.gov/prod/www/fishing.html). Deer
management in Minnesota
DNR is entrusted to manage the deer herd on behalf of, and for, the
benefit of all Minnesotans.
are the number one hunted species in Minnesota and deer hunters along with
other hunters and wildlife watchers together contribute more than $1.3
billion to the economy.
DNR is beginning the planning process to write a statewide deer management
plan and the agency is interested in your thoughts about deer management.
The public will have multiple ways to provide input into the planning
process including membership on the Deer Plan Advisory Committee, public
meetings, focus group meetings, and online public comments.