Perhaps the most obvious signs, though, come from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and North Dakota Game and Fish Department, which are gearing up for fall hunting seasons with updates on opening dates, bag limits and other regulations.

Numbers also are recovering in the Skime, Minn., area, where the DNR aggressively reduced deer numbers to combat bovine tuberculosis, a contagious respiratory disease now considered eradicated in that area. Deer numbers also are recovering in the Bemidji and Park Rapids, Minn., areas, the DNR said.

The Minnesota DNR this week announced hunters can expect another conservative deer season as efforts continue to try to rebuild deer numbers across the state. Most of the state will have a deer limit of one, and hunters in 70 of Minnesota's 128 deer permit areas will have to be chosen by lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. The bucks only regulation will be in place in 14 permit areas, while hunters in 29 permit areas can shoot either a buck or a doe. Deer licenses and lottery applications now are available, and the lottery deadline is Sept. 10. Minnesota's firearms deer season opens Nov. 7.

The Men Canada Goose Hybridge Hoody Black Ireland Sale first lottery application process deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner had more than 95,000 applicants, and more than 51,000 were unsuccessful.

´╗┐August brings signs of fall

"Doe and buck numbers seem to be moderately increasing in the Roseau, Baudette and Beltrami Island State Forest areas," the DNR said. "Wildlife managers in the Thief River Falls, Thief Lake and Karlstad wildlife management areas are seeing more deer than in recent years, including a good mix of bucks, does and fawns."

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The DNR this week issued a statewide deer outlook, saying fawn production appears to be up from last year. In northwest Minnesota, deer numbers are on the rebound, buoyed by a mostly mild winter with little snow and a conservative 2014 deer season.

Conservative deer season

A few highlights:

On the rebound