2017 was a good year for hunting, fishing and getting outdoors in Minnesota.

New and returning visitors flocked to Minnesota state parks and trails. Overnight stays were up 4.1 percent over last year and sales of year-round state park vehicle permits were up 4.5 percent in 2017.

Minnesota deer hunters had one of their better seasons in several years, with fall harvest expected to total nearly 199,000 deer and some late season hunting yet to come.

Last year alone, more than more than 1.4 million anglers hit the state’s lakes and rivers.