A harsh winter and an abundance of hunter concerns have led
Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce the number of deer that will be taken this year. In some areas (like the one I hunt in) the option to buy a second tag (or bonus permit) is no longer on the table; other zones have changed from "hunter choice" (one deer of either gender) to "lottery" (random selection of doe tags for those who apply between...
The good news about this April is that it feels like April. People and animals alike are appearing outside in greater numbers; the deep freeze is over (we hope).
The DNR and its controversial deer feeding program
are also adjusting for the changing season. It's ending this Saturday. With the melting snow the deer can at last get to the vegetation and seeds they need until...
What does a reluctantly given $170,000 of DNR money have in common with 130 snowmobiling volunteers? Why a mission to save the white-tail deer population of northern Minnesota of course!
With certain permit areas already in a vulnerable state, a large winterkill could mean big problems for hunters and, in the long run, other natural predators (a surplus of starved and frozen deer carcasses makes predation easy in the short-term).
The Minnesota DNR, which last did an emergency deer feeding...!--more-->