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Minnesota's deer kill was down in 2008

ST. PAUL -- Bad weather on opening weekend and a lower deer population are blamed for a drop in the number of deer shot by Minnesota hunters last year.

Minnesota's deer kill was down 19 percent in 2008. But it's still one of the largest deer harvests in state history.

The Department of Natural Resources says the 2008 season saw 222,000 deer shot in Minnesota -- down 38,000 from 2007.

The statewide firearm harvest was down 15 percent; archery harvest was down 7 percent; and the muzzleloader harvest down 25 percent.

While it's the smallest deer harvest in five years, 2008 still ranked as the eighth-largest harvest recorded in Minnesota's history.

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