...but you will never know where
The summer deer hunting season is almost upon us, and soon many will take to the field to shoot the free depredation tags they got from their area wildlife managers. They often hunt at night because its easier to target deer when they are on their feet. But you can’t find out where the hunts will take place, or how many deer will be shot because we don’t really track that in Minnesota.
Area managers can hand out summer deer tags to interests that can demonstrate need. Browsed trees, browsed ag field etc. If the deer do damage, they may be summer targets. I get it.
But the information on who gets tags and how many sits in your area managers desk drawer. No annual records are compiled. No data base for you to see if your neighbor is one of the shooters.
Funny story relayed to me one day about a conversation between a couple of area landowners. One was very excited about all the young bucks they had passed last fall. He had high hopes for some bigger bucks in the woods this fall. Until he was told that a neighboring landowner was issued 7 buck tags because they rub his trees. No doe tags, but 7 buck tags
It happens more than you think. Or does it?