1851 marked the first year of an actual calendared season for deer hunting, although First Nations people were exempt from seasonal restrictions. The open season ran from July through March, and closed from February 1 to June 30. There was no bag limit on deer.
1934 was the states first bow season.
The state's deer herd in 1990 was estimated to be an astonishing 1.3 million animals, compelling the state to extend the season for another week in order to whittle down the population.
Population of 1,377,100 deer in 2017 post-hunt, at 1,345,000. A tough 2017-18 winter reduce populations in parts of the north.