As the Opener Approaches, Amaze Your Friends with These Deer Hunting Facts
This weekend, Minnesota woods will be flooded with hunters. As you sit around to strategize Friday night (okay, I mean drink), you can amaze everyone with these deer hunting related facts.
Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR, here they are, and please don't turn this into a drinking game:
- Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 lbs., and males weigh about 170 lbs.
- The biggest white-tailed deer recorded in Minnesota was a 500-pound buck.
- A whitetail’s home range is about 1 square mile.
- There are nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in Minnesota.
- Last year, 30 percent of Minnesota firearm hunters successfully harvested a deer. About 63 percent were antlered bucks.
- 70 percent of Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest typically occurs during the first three or four days of the season.
- The average hunter spends five days afield during Minnesota’s firearms deer season.
- The largest typical whitetail buck taken in Minnesota had a Boone & Crockett score of 202, shot by John Breen in 1918 near Funkley.
- Minnesota’s No. 1 nontypical whitetail buck had 43 points, shot by 17-year-old Mitch Vakoch in 1974.
Have a safe a successful hunt and make sure to share you pictures and stories with us.