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Deer abundance throughout much of the Bemidji area has declined and this year's total harvest numbers reflect that drop, according to Bemidji Area assistant DNR wildlife supervisor Blane Klemek.

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Comparing individual permit area harvest figures to previous years is difficult because the boundaries and the harvest options in some of the areas changed this year.

Permit area 184, for example, became a lottery area in 2010 after years of liberal hunting regulations which included intensive harvest, early antlerless and managed status.

While total deer harvest in 184 decreased 35.2 percent this fall, the adult buck harvest increased 8.2 percent.

The final deer kill in the Bemidji DNR Wildlife work area was 17,712, a drop of 4.2 percent from a year ago. The harvest within permit areas that did not change in terms of boundaries from a year ago dropped 16.8 percent.

This season's harvest totals include 16,344 taken by firearms, 552 taken with a muzzleloader and 816 harvested by archers.

Hunters in permit area 184 shot 4,318 deer while area 210 hunters harvested 2,904 animals.

Also topping the 2,000 mark were areas 169 (2,792) and 110 (2,419). Other totals included 1,271 in permit area 103, 1,691 in PA 197, 1,543 in PA 209, 313 in PA 287 and 1,671 in PA 298.

Bucks dominated this year's total harvest as hunters took 10,288 adult males. The majority of the buck kill came during the firearms season as 9,779 of the 16,344 deer killed during that hunt were bucks.

Adult does were shot by 5,056 of the firearms hunters and does proved to be the favorite targets of the archery and muzzleloader hunters. Archers shot 399 does compared to 299 bucks and muzzloaders harvested 243 does compared to 210 bucks.

A total of 1,639 male fawns were taken during the various hunting seasons as were 1,297 female fawns.

Male fawns were taken by 1,525 firearms hunters, 52 muzzleloaders and 62 archers.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Deer abundance throughout much of the Bemidji area has declined and this year's total harvest numbers reflect that drop, according to Bemidji Area assistant DNR wildlife supervisor Blane Klemek.

Comparing individual permit area harvest figures to previous years is difficult because the boundaries and the harvest options in some of the areas changed this year.

Permit area 184, for example, became a lottery area in 2010 after years of liberal hunting regulations which included intensive harvest, early antlerless and managed status.

While total deer harvest in 184 decreased 35.2 percent this fall, the adult buck harvest increased 8.2 percent.

The final deer kill in the Bemidji DNR Wildlife work area was 17,712, a drop of 4.2 percent from a year ago. The harvest within permit areas that did not change in terms of boundaries from a year ago dropped 16.8 percent.

This season's harvest totals include 16,344 taken by firearms, 552 taken with a muzzleloader and 816 harvested by archers.

Hunters in permit area 184 shot 4,318 deer while area 210 hunters harvested 2,904 animals.

Also topping the 2,000 mark were areas 169 (2,792) and 110 (2,419). Other totals included 1,271 in permit area 103, 1,691 in PA 197, 1,543 in PA 209, 313 in PA 287 and 1,671 in PA 298.

Bucks dominated this year's total harvest as hunters took 10,288 adult males. The majority of the buck kill came during the firearms season as 9,779 of the 16,344 deer killed during that hunt were bucks.

Adult does were shot by 5,056 of the firearms hunters and does proved to be the favorite targets of the archery and muzzleloader hunters. Archers shot 399 does compared to 299 bucks and muzzloaders harvested 243 does compared to 210 bucks.

A total of 1,639 male fawns were taken during the various hunting seasons as were 1,297 female fawns.

Male fawns were taken by 1,525 firearms hunters, 52 muzzleloaders and 62 archers.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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