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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of an albino deer taken near Gordon in Douglas County. The deer was found dead by a hunter several days ago, said Mike Zeckmeister, DNR northern district wildlife supervisor at Spooner. "We believe it happened prior to the nine-day gun deer opener (Saturday) based on the fact that that the hair was starting to slip (fall out) and it was bloated," Zeckmeister said.
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Minnesota's firearms deer season ended Sunday in Northeastern Minnesota. The state's muzzleloader season begins Saturday.
Preliminary figures indicate that Minnesota's statewide deer harvest through the second weekend of the firearms season was up 10 percent from last year, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said. In Zone 1, across Northeastern Minnesota, the total firearms harvest was up 25 percent through that period. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, the harvest was up 6 percent. Registrations in Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, were down 12 percent.
After last week's Outdoors section reported on Mark Monacelli's 10-point buck in velvet, comes word that Kaden Matteen of Esko shot an eight-point buck on Nov. 11 that also was in full velvet. Matteen, 20, was hunting with his dad and brothers at a camp near Alborn. The buck weighed 190 pounds. Bucks' antlers are normally in velvet during summer months, but the antlers harden as fall approaches. The anomaly that occurs when antlers remain in velvet is caused by a hormonal aberration in a buck affecting its testosterone level, biologists say.
Hunters in Duluth's city bowhunt for deer had taken 205 deer through Nov. 12, week eight of the hunt, according to the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. That compares to 200 at the same time last year and to the long-term average of 349 for the same period in the 13 years of the hunt. The hunt began on Sept. 16 and will continue through Dec. 31. Last fall, hunters registered 281 deer in the city hunt.
• Today — Final day of Minnesota firearms deer season. • Now through Nov. 26 — Wisconsin gun deer season. • Saturday through Dec. 10 — Minnesota muzzleloader deer season. • Nov. 27-Dec. 6 — Wisconsin muzzleloader deer season. • Dec. 30 — Opening of lake trout and stream trout seasons in lakes entirely within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. • Jan. 13 — Opening of lake trout and stream trout seasons in lakes outside or partly outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Greg Kessler misses talking to deer hunters. For most of his 27-year career as a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources — he's stationed at Brule — that's what Kessler did on opening weekend of the state's gun deer season. He would usually hang out at JT's One Stop convenience store in Solon Springs, where a lot of Douglas County hunters went to register their deer.
SOUTH OF PATTISON STATE PARK — Gaylord "Googs" Palm peered out from among a tangle of fallen cedars, gazing over the same country he's hunted since 1962. His .30-06 rifle, the one he's shot since he was 15 or 16, leaned against one of the cedars. Like more than about 600,000 other Wisconsin deer hunters, Palm, 73, was hoping to see a buck come sauntering his way on Saturday morning, opening day of Wisconsin's gun deer season. Palm, of Superior, wasn't sitting in a deer stand.
My feet go chick, chick, chick down the trail. The trail was snow once, a couple of weeks ago — wet, mashed-potato mush that, under the feet of a few hundred walkers, became gray slush. When the temperature dropped below freezing, it became ice and stayed that way. Chick, chick, chick. You can walk on it efficiently in the dark of a November night if you're wearing steel spikes over your running shoes. It's a loud, crunchy walk.