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2019 Firearms Deer Season Preview

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/6/19)

Detroit Lakes, MN -- The annual infiltration of blaze orange will take to the woods this Saturday morning for the start of the Minnesota Firearms Deer Opener, which runs through next Sunday, November 17th.  During last year’s firearms season, roughly 28% of hunters registered a deer. Deer population numbers in our region remain very strong despite a tough winter, but Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden says because corn harvest is again behind schedule, that could make things difficult for those hunting in agricultural regions.

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The Minnesota DNR continues to run into issues with hunters harvesting deer over bait. Bait must be completely removed 10 days prior the start of the season. Baden says since hunting over bait is both unethical and illegal, he encourages hunters to invest in food plots as an alternative.

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And as always the Department of Natural Recourses is encouraging safety while hunting. Baden reminds hunters to always be wearing their blaze orange or pink, be confident in what they’re shooting at, and use a harnesses up in the tree stands.

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The Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association will be hosting their annual Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener this week Fergus Falls. Listen to R & J Broadcasting as broadcast live from the Big Wood Events Center in Fergus Falls on Friday. Scheduled to join us throughout the morning are Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman, DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Julia Nelson, and others.