Nearly 5,700 young deer hunters harvested a deer during the DNR's first statewide youth season, which took place October 17-20. that is a 77 percent increase from last year's youth deer season, which was limited to fewer areas.

“We know that a number of youth license-buyers won’t be hunting until the regular firearms deer season, but the large increase in harvest reflects the great response to this new opportunity,” said Barbara Keller, big game program leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Positive early hunting experiences go a long way toward starting or continuing a rewarding fall tradition.”

According to a release from the MN DNR, before opening day of the first statewide youth deer hunting season, 21,211 youth licenses had been purchased, which is up more than 50 perfect from last year at the same time. Also, a total of 7,896 licenses purchased through the youth season were for first-time license holders.