With the second weekend of deer hunting underway in Minnesota, officials look to bigger numbers after a down weekend the previous weekend.

The Minnesota firearm deer hunting opener began on Nov 6. The DNR says the first weekend numbers were down 11% compared last year.

Officials say the numbers were also down 20% from 2019.  The DNR says that 58,370 deer were shot and registered as of Nov. 7.

Officials say the warm weather in the first weekend played a role with less deer movement and less people choosing to participate in the deer hunt both last year and again this year. 

They say the numbers should be better this year during the second weekend.  The officials number for this weekend will be released later this week.