Hunters venturing out for the opening weekend of deer season will have tolerable temperatures — at least by this week’s standards — and there’s even a chance of tracking snow Saturday.
Deer season opens a half-hour before sunrise Saturday, Nov. 9, in Minnesota.
According to the National Weather Service, Saturday’s forecast for the Douglas County region calls for a 40% chance of snow in the morning and rain in the afternoon, with a high near 40 degrees and west winds of 5 to 10 mph.
Highs in the teens, with lows in the single digits — ugh — are on tap from Sunday through Tuesday, the NWS predicts.
A cold front moves in Sunday, keeping temperatures steady for the most of the day under mostly cloudy skies. The high is only expected to be in the lower 20s, with winds picking up out of the north at around 15 mph.
Temperatures fall into the single digits on Sunday and Monday nights, with a forecast low of 4 degrees Monday night.
Despite the recent cold snap, hunters in some areas may encounter muddy, wet conditions, the result of an extremely wet fall and persistent precipitation that began in late September.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates trail conditions after 2 p.m. Thursdays on its website at mndnr.gov/trailconditions/.
The second round of open house whitetail sessions the Minnesota DNR hosted in August and early September as part of its statewide deer management plan were poorly attended, at least in the northwest part of the state.
According to the DNR, no one attended meetings in Karlstad and Roseau, and meetings in Bemidji and Crookston drew two people and one person, respectively. The largest crowd in the DNR’s Northwest Region was in Warroad, where 14 people attended an Aug. 13 meeting with managers of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area.
The open house sessions are slated for twice a year, with a focus on “general concerns about deer, harvest data, topics for the DNR’s deer advisory committee and upcoming hunting season changes,” the DNR website states.
Up-to-date harvest info
New this year, the Minnesota DNR is posting deer harvest numbers regularly online, including an interactive map showing the number of deer taken by permit area. The interactive site is available on the DNR’s Deer Reports and Statistics web page at bit.ly/DeerHarvestMN.