...Bucks only - Intensive harvest, look up your zone
The MN DNR has released the deer zone designations for 2017. Antlerless harvest is managed to grow or shrink the herd on a zone by zone basis. If you want more deer you shoot fewer ladies. Too many deer means more doe tags, if we want to grow the herd we issue fewer. In theory.
Buck harvest is the number one gauge of herd size on a zone by zone basis. It is far from perfect but it is collected data. I personally believe we need more data that we can use to double check the model (3rd model since the 2015 deer management audit), but none of the other deer groups seem to care. Data would add accountability to publicly announced goals.
Click here to see info on your DPA and what the harvest designation is.