Deer are scarcer thanks to DNR manage...

Deer are scarcer thanks to DNR management

There are 26 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 25, 2008, titled Deer are scarcer thanks to DNR management. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Did you see fewer deer during the Minnesota firearms season? It wasn't by accident.

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JohnJ

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 25, 2008
Do you think that there are people in Minnesota that harvest deer 365 days a year? Free Meat!
joedirt

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Nov 26, 2008
Wolves!, Wolves!, Wolves!...They are at historic levels! HHMMM...
logical

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Nov 26, 2008
Scarce except in the Twin Cities where I had a deer jump out on the road in front of me this morning. Nice rack.
Tired of the DNR

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Nov 26, 2008
Unbelievable.....they encourage our youth to participate in our hunting heritage and the DNR wants us to lower our expectations? How are my kids going to enjoy hunting when their aren't any deer? Who sets the goal levels? Nobody asked my family how many deer we'd like to see. We had our worst year in Zone 2 in 12 years.....What do you expect when the DNR allows 5 deer per person in some areas. Complete mismanagement by the DNR...again.
The Shack on old 1

Duluth, MN

#5 Nov 26, 2008
Nice Job DNR. I am going on 15 years hunting in Effie, MN and again I had another deerless season. And now they want me to lower my expectations....not sure how much lower than I can go.
Grumpy

Jordan, MN

#6 Nov 26, 2008
Typical responses from the instant gratification crowd and sun shine hunters. Make them work for a deer and they whinnnnnne. The deer are out there - the cars sure don't have a problem finding them.
Kenny Christenson

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Nov 26, 2008
the deer population may be down in some areas, but I think we have created a smarter deer population through natural selection. The does who taught their fawns to avoid hunters are the does that survived. I hunted areas with high deer populations and saw very few deer this year. There was a lot of sign. The deer were out of sight. In areas where i saw many does 10 years ago, i saw very few deer. I think the deer are smarter to hunters now.
Deer tag soup

Grand Rapids, MN

#8 Nov 26, 2008
The only intensive harvest I had this year was in my pocket book paying fees for bow tags, fire arm tags, muzzle loader tags and bonus tags.

GO to a one season tag and call it a day.
Turk

Long Lake, MN

#9 Nov 26, 2008
I set my expectations and didn't buy a license first time since the 1960s.

But I met my expectations.

My brother bought a license and didn't see any to shoot at but bagged the only one he saw on the road,$2,800 damage.
Sense

United States

#10 Nov 26, 2008
The Shack on old 1 wrote:
Nice Job DNR. I am going on 15 years hunting in Effie, MN and again I had another deerless season. And now they want me to lower my expectations....not sure how much lower than I can go.
I hunt between Bigfork and Effie, and the same goes for me. I had one chance to shoot a deer during all of bow/rifle season this year, and nothing last year. I go out and use a climbing tree stand, but the people that seem to have the best luck bait the whitetail, and the DNR wonders why as they relieve them of their weapon.
Turk

Long Lake, MN

#12 Nov 26, 2008
It's OK to plant acres of corn as food plots and every deer within miles lives by the corn. DNR has no problem with plots.

Makes NO SENSE!

If you don't feed you see nothing!
deeraddict

Big Lake, MN

#13 Dec 9, 2008
How many of you put in more than a half dozen hunts a year? Good old weekend warrior cry babies is what most of you are.

I have been out over 20 times archery hunting this year, 7 of 9 days of firearms season and so far 8 days of muzzleloader.

And I have had many days with nothing seen. But I have harvested 3 deer myself this year. Persistence and hard work. Thats what you should try.
Another top 10 harvest in the state and all you babies are whining because it wasnt as easy as you had hoped for.

Go work for it and search for some deer, rather than whine about it.

The DNR has one thing going for them. They are gauranteed to never satisfy everyone.
Turk

Plymouth, MN

#14 Dec 10, 2008
Many hunters don't have time to hunt like you for a lot of reasons. Maybe in retirement I will be able to do that, of course nowadays retirement is synamous with being 6 feet under terra firma..

You had a good year..
deeraddict wrote:
How many of you put in more than a half dozen hunts a year? Good old weekend warrior cry babies is what most of you are.
I have been out over 20 times archery hunting this year, 7 of 9 days of firearms season and so far 8 days of muzzleloader.
And I have had many days with nothing seen. But I have harvested 3 deer myself this year. Persistence and hard work. Thats what you should try.
Another top 10 harvest in the state and all you babies are whining because it wasnt as easy as you had hoped for.
Go work for it and search for some deer, rather than whine about it.
The DNR has one thing going for them. They are gauranteed to never satisfy everyone.
Just me

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 10, 2008
I have been hunting the Ely area for many years, and have shot 2 deer. There were many years when everyone seemed to have a doe permit for that area, which made no sense to me. Plus reintroducing wolves in that area certainly takes a toll on the population of what is left. Not sure what the DNR was thinking with the way they have managed that area.
Deer hunter

Cottage Grove, MN

#16 Dec 11, 2008
Before the season started the DNR came out and said that they thought the deer population was about 1.2 million deer. I hunt in the Southeastern part of the state and hunted for 6 days, our group of 11 shot 3 deer. This was our worst year in over 30 years. Even the locals said they didn't see many deer in the 3A season. We work hard every day and we hunt many farms in the area. The last two years have not been as good as the last 28 years. 1.2 million deer?? DNR has no idea how many deer there are in the state so why do they put out a number like this and then 4 weeks later they say not to set your expectations to high. Next year they should go back to the lottery system down there.
oxboro

Lakeville, MN

#17 Dec 11, 2008
27 point bucks are running rampant in Welch..
AndrewEss

Oshkosh, WI

#18 Dec 11, 2008
oxboro wrote:
27 point bucks are running rampant in Welch..
Funny ! Seriously I have no tag licenses for any deer, and I have bagged three this season. I was just driving home from work, I still have the back end of one nicely cooked stuck to the radiator. I was jinxed by a kind hearted state trooper who warned me about having my plate license light out, and the deer running amuk. I need him to unjinx me.

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Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#19 Dec 11, 2008
AndrewEss wrote:
<quoted text> Funny ! Seriously I have no tag licenses for any deer, and I have bagged three this season. I was just driving home from work, I still have the back end of one nicely cooked stuck to the radiator. I was jinxed by a kind hearted state trooper who warned me about having my plate license light out, and the deer running amuk. I need him to unjinx me.
Are Shetland ponies carnivores? If you serve him a balanced meal, will the pony regain his balance?
What is the wastegate setting on his turbos?
Irish Schmoozer

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Dec 11, 2008
Madaman wrote:
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Are Shetland ponies carnivores? If you serve him a balanced meal, will the pony regain his balance?
What is the wastegate setting on his turbos?
Madaman:
You are in rare form and fine feather tonight! I take it you like venison?
AndrewEss

Oshkosh, WI

#21 Dec 11, 2008
Madaman wrote:
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Are Shetland ponies carnivores? If you serve him a balanced meal, will the pony regain his balance?
What is the wastegate setting on his turbos?
I see the professional in you really is awake, there is ample limiters and feedback on the wastegate/s. Now if my shetties were as badly shod as my uber alles for winter, then my invitation would not still stand. Your jar of vaseline (Walmart brand) and open field awaits.

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