Minnesota deer harvest down in '09
Minnesota hunters took 194,178 deer during the 2009 season.
The decline from a harvest of 222,000 deer in 2008 reflects the fact that fewer permits were available to harvest antlerless deer because the deer population has been reduced to desired levels in many permit areas, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release.
The deer harvest peaked at 290,000 in 2003 and was above 255,000 through 2007.
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