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Poor weather at Camp Ripley, MN doesn’t deter bow hunters

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- Archers took a two-day total of 171 deer during the first two-day bow hunt Oct. 15-16 at Camp Ripley Military Reservation north of Little Falls.

Most deer were not weighed, however, of those that were, seven of the adult bucks weighed tipped the scales near or above 200 pounds. The largest buck weighed 239 pounds. And a 192-pound, 32-point buck has subsequently generated considerable public attention. The largest adult doe placed on the scales weighed in at 125 pounds.

Cooler than normal, extremely wet weather and terrible road conditions greeted hunters during the first hunt. For the sixth year in a row, hunters were allowed to take up to two deer and to use bonus permits to increase harvest on antlerless deer. Although the harvest for the first hunt fell this year, it was still well above the long-term average. Fawns and does comprised 71 percent of the harvest.

Harvest from the first hunt represents a 47 percent decline from last year but remains 36 percent above the long-term average harvest of 126 deer.

There were 2,501 permits issued for the first hunt with 2,032 hunters participating for a participation rate of 81 percent, drop from 2008’s 85 percent participation rate. Hunter success was about 8 percent, which is equal to the long-term average. Three hunters took their bag limit of two deer.

The second two-day hunt is scheduled Oct. 31, through Nov. 1. DNR coordinates the hunts with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

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