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First Camp Ripley archery deer hunt is another success

Updated: October 25, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Archery hunters at the special Camp Ripley deer hunt last week bagged 287 whitetails -- the same number as last year

And the 13 percent success rate for the 2,100 hunters also was about the same as last year

"Almost everything about this year's first hunt was identical to last year,'' said Beau Liddell, DNR area wildlife manager

There was one difference

"Fewer really big bucks were registered,'' Liddell said
And the antlerless harvest increased by 3 percent

Still, it was the third-highest harvest on record for the first two-day hunt

A second two-day hunt runs this Saturday and Sunday
There were 33 fewer hunters this year Sixty-seven percent of the deer killed were antlerless and 33 percent were bucks Twenty percent were adult bucks

Among big bucks taken were a 210-pounder shot by Dylan Laudenbach of Coon Rapids, a 208-pounder killed by Adam Pickar of Brainerd, a 205-pounder taken by John Haus of Sauk Rapids and a 203-pounder shot by Joseph Barton of Fridley

Don't wait to buy

DNR officials have again urged the state's 500,000 deer hunters to buy their hunting licenses early and avoid lines The firearms season opens Nov 5 Licenses are $27 and can be bought at license agents around the state, or by phone at 888-665-4236, or online at wwwmndnrgov/buyalicense Hunters who buy by phone or Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take five to 10 business days

Corn harvest

Good news for deer and pheasant hunters: Minnesota's corn harvest is way ahead of schedule As of Monday, the harvest was 79 percent complete, compared to 73 percent last year and 43 percent on average


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