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Minnesota firearms deer harvest declines

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota hunters harvested 164,550 deer during the 2013 firearms season, according to preliminary numbers announced by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials.

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Excluding the late season hunt in southeastern Minnesota, hunters harvested 144,000 deer, a 6 percent drop from the 153,000 harvested in 2012. Preliminary numbers for the late season in southeastern Minnesota show hunters harvested 4,400 deer, down from the 5,000 harvested in 2012.

The statewide muzzleloader season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 15. The archery season closes on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Deer harvest numbers are calculated using data provided by hunters when they register a deer. A final report, which includes more detailed harvest information, will be released at the end of January.

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