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Published December 10, 2013, 08:05 PM

Minnesota hunters bag fewer deer than in 2012

Minnesota hunters bagged fewer deer this year. Through the beginning of December, firearms hunters harvested 144,000 deer, a 6 percent drop from 2012. Preliminary numbers for the late season in southeastern Minnesota show hunters harvested about 600 fewer deer than last year.

Minnesota hunters bagged fewer deer this year. Through the beginning of December, firearms hunters harvested 144,000 deer, a 6 percent drop from 2012. Preliminary numbers for the late season in southeastern Minnesota show hunters harvested about 600 fewer deer than last year.

The statewide muzzleloader season remains open this Sunday. The archery season closes at sundown on New years Eve.

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