Oct 15, 2013 at 9:47 am
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (KNSI) The federal government shutdown has not impacted the upcoming annual archery hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls--at least not yet.
DNR area wildlife supervisor Beau Liddell says the DNR has been working closely with the Department of Military Affairs, and at this point, there's no indication the shutdown will keep the hunt from happening.
Bu Liddell cautions that, "if the shutdown continues, there could be some impacts." He's advising hunters to stay tuned for the latest information, and how a prolonged shutdown could affect the hunt--scheduled for October 26th and 27th and November 2nd and 3rd.
Liddell says he expects about 5,000 hunters to participate this year. Most of them are from Minnesota, but Liddell says 200 top 400 non-resident hunters will be coming in from as far away as Florida, Texas, New Jersey, California and even Alaska.
Liddell says the deer population at Camp Ripley has been "fairly stable the last three years" with around 27 to 30 deer per square mile pre-hunt.
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