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Published October 20, 2009, 02:11 PM

Minnesota Deer Herd Survey

State deer herd at manageable level

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State wildlife experts say many deer hunters will have fewer targets this season because Minnesota's overall deer population has declined.

The Department of Natural Resources says much of northeastern Minnesota has a one- or two-deer limit for hunters this year. Winter killed about 20 percent of the herd there.

The population is even lower in southwest Minnesota, where only youth hunters can apply for antlerless deer permits in many areas.

The DNR says the deer population remains a problem in the Twin Cities and some counties in southeast Minnesota. It has about 40 deer per square mile, compared to about 0.5 deer per square mile in the southwest and Boundary Waters.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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