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Minnesota deer hunting -- by the numbers

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• Last year, 38 percent of Minnesota firearm hunters successfully harvested a deer. About 43 percent were antlered bucks.

• 70 percent of Minnesota's firearms deer harvest typically occurs during the first three or four days of the season.

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• The average hunter spends five days afield during Minnesota's firearms deer season.

• Last year's total deer harvest was 222,000, the eighth highest on record. 2003 was the record (290,525).

• Minnesota has averaged deer harvested 254,000 deer over the last five years. Wisconsin is No. 1 with an average harvest over 450,000.

• The largest typical whitetail buck ever taken in Minnesota had a Boone & Crockett score of 202; shot by John Breen in 1918 near Funkley.

• Minnesota's No. 1 non-typical whitetail buck had 43 points; shot by 17-year-old Mitch Vakoch in 1974. A deer recently taken on the Camp Ripley archery hunt may exceed the record.

• In total, 832,860 deer hunting licenses and permits (all types) were sold in 2008.

• 98 percent of deer licenses are sold to Minnesota residents.

• The DNR Information Center remained open two hours later on the day before last year's deer opener to answer more than 2,000 telephone inquiries, most of them related to the firearms opener.

• 475,000 deer hunters in Minnesota

• Retail sales -$263 million

• Overall economic impact - $455 million

Salaries, Wages, Business owner income - $151 million

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