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 Perham area calls for a chance of rain and snow before 5 p.m., with a high near 37 degrees.
Highs in the mid teen's to the low 20's, with lows in the single digits 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/.
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.