Preliminary numbers show that the number of deer registered in Minnesota so far this hunting season has risen 13.5 percent from 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 145,383 deer, up from the 2014 to-date harvest total of 128,134.
Firearms hunters have registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of the season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014.
Buck harvest during the firearms season was up 18.4 percent from last year, indicating that the population has in fact grown from its low point two springs ago. Buck harvest was up significantly in all zones.
The DNR has projected the 2015 total deer harvest to be between 140,000 to 155,000 deer. The 2014 total harvest after last year’s conservative season was just over 139,000.
Additional deer will be harvested during the late southeastern season which runs through Nov. 29; the muzzleloader season, which begins Nov. 28 and continues through Dec. 13; and the archery season, which runs through, Dec. 31.