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Minnesota Whitetail Deer Hunting Habitat Guide


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Minnesota Whitetail Deer Harvest Data

Minnesota's white-tailed deer harvest data is shown in the table below. The records show Minnesota's white-tailed deer harvest for 2012 is 155458 deer with 98725 bucks and 56733 antlerless deer harvested.

The table includes the deer harvest density for Minnesota's deer habitat as described below. The 2012 white-tailed deer harvest density for Minnesota's deer habitat is 2.33 deer per square mile with 1.43 bucks per square mile and 0.89 antlerless deer per square mile.

DeerMinnesota HarvestDeer Per Sq. Mile
Bucks987251.43
Anterless 567330.89
Total1554582.33

Minnesota Whitetail Deer Habitat

Minnesota's total land area is 84317 square miles. This includes 4823 square miles of urbanized areas, 5137 square miles of water, and other areas that are not considered as deer habitat. The potential deer habitat within Minnesota is comprised of 74224 square miles of land distributed in the land types shown below.

Habitat Land TypeSquare Miles
Forest16628
Grassland8498
Crops31300
Wetland16053
Shrubland1745
Total Habitat74224

Minnesota Deer Hunting Areas

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